Theo Brainin

Plain Packaging: Does The Official Line Even Make Sense?

A quick note about plain packaging. I am obviously no wiser than anyone else as to whether Lynton Crosby specifically used his access to Cameron as election strategist to lobby … Continue reading

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Egypt, Democracy and Political Legitimacy

For western observers, the mass protests in Egypt that have now culminated in the ouster of President Morsi present a dilemma. More sympathetic to the views of the secularists lighting … Continue reading

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Press Regulation: Just a Problem of Enforcement?

It’s become a common refrain that the problem with press ethics in Britain was enforcement. The PCC didn’t ‘have teeth’, it ‘lacked the power’ to do anything about press abuses, … Continue reading

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Privatisation: A (Very) Brief History

Back on the topic of privatisation, here’s a short historical overview by Richard Seymour for the Guardian.¬† Brings into focus the point I was making about the need to strike … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is tax avoidance a reason to drop the 50p rate?

The argument we are offered for dropping the 50p rate is that it encourages tax avoidance. That’s the point Osborne made today: A 50p tax rate can only be justified … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Public Ownership, Private Ownership and Instrinsic Bads and Goods

“David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads”. This, then, is the latest in a series of ‘sell-offs’ announced by the government including hospitals, and only earlier this month … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

Update on Riots, Walkabout with the Police, More to Come

Another piece up on WNYC’s It’s A Free Country¬†blog, an update plus some reactions from police I spoke to on the streets last night. It includes a fantastic map IAFC’s … Continue reading

August 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

New piece on WNYC – London is Burning, but Austerity Measures Aren’t to Blame

New piece up on WNYC’s political blog It’s A Free Country – it’s a response to the coverage of riots and the tendency to view looters as protesters: In a … Continue reading

August 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Riots: The Changing Picture

So, I’m up late trying to get a sense of what is going on at the moment, largely from confused and contradictory reports on Twitter, following the #londonriots hashtag. TV … Continue reading

August 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Privates, the Press, and Public Life

In the midst of all this coverage of phone hacking, I forgot that I actually wrote a piece for Oh Comely on political journalism and privacy a few months ago. … Continue reading

July 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

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