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Thursday 25th September 2014

Revelation of Tesco accounting error may have done new board a favour

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There is a long history of companies misstating their financial position and performance, and on Monday Tesco plc became the latest with its announcement that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by £250 million. This revelation, arising from information provided by an internal whistle-blower, resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in the supermarket giant's share price, putting the share value at an 11-year low. How can an error this large have occurred?
Date:
Thursday 25th September 2014
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Social Sciences
Thursday 18th September 2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

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Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
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Thursday 18th September 2014
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Social Sciences
Thursday 31st July 2014

We want our political leaders to display good character - but what does it mean?

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With just ten months to go before the next General Election, Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his vision for government last week in a speech that named 'decency and empathy' as two of the defining principles of leadership:
Date:
Thursday 31st July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 24th July 2014

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English
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A multilingual research team will conduct detailed linguistic ethnographic investigations in super-diverse neighbourhoods in the four cities, working with speakers of Chinese languages in Birmingham, Arabic speakers in Cardiff; Polish speakers in London; and Czech, Slovak, and Romani speakers in Leeds.
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Thursday 24th July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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