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  • The fate of the BBC in Scotland

    A previous blogpost reported on the Scottish government’s plans for independence, set out in its White Paper, Scotland’s Future.  The fate of the BBC, noted briefly in the previous post, is worth discussing in a bit more detail. It shows the peculiarities of the current governance […]

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  • Local government pause for thought

    It has long been a contention of this website that democracy should be thought of not merely as a set of rules but as a culture.  While elections and elected institutions are necessary, they are by no means sufficient.  There is a range of other […]

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  • Proved right on press regulation

    This blog has not expected to be proved right so quickly on press regulation, but that’s what happened today.  At the end of last year, when the Leveson commission published its report into the standards and regulation of the press, this website observed, while the […]

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  • Can the press be controlled?

    The proposals from the Leveson inquiry into the behaviour of the British press, which reported last month, include the call for a legal backstop to independent regulation.  The Press Complaints Commission should be made tougher and more effective, and the courts should treat differently those […]

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  • The case against Rupert Murdoch

    Passing judgement on Rupert Murdoch appears to be today’s fashion, and this blog is not one to shirk a challenge.  His dislike of the EU is well-known, as are the anti-European opinions of his newspapers, as is the eurosceptic influence he has had on British […]

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