Politeia Publication

Banking on Recovery

Towards an accountable, stable financial sector

By Lord McFall, Dr Syed Kamall, Dr Gerard Lyons, Professors Richard Roberts, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Kent Matthews, David B. Smith, Melanie Powell, Dr Eugene Michaels and  Dr Sheila Lawlor.

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Read Stephen Hammond MP's response to the publication.

Publication: Thursday 21st of April 2016

The financial crisis of 2007/8 and its causes still loom large in the debate about Britain’s economy and its recovery. While politicians and economists agree on some of the main contributing factors and the broad principles needed to guide future policy, there is less certainty about next steps. How should the law be shaped? Are the UK government and its European counterparts on the right tracks?

The EU and the UK series: publications

Politeia's EU and UK Series

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Labour’s Policy Won’t Wash – Anti-Zionism is an open door to Anti-Semitism

Labour’s Policy Won’t Wash –
Anti-Zionism is an open door to Anti-Semitism
A Jewish boy in the Stamford Hill area of north London.
Last week the Labour Party descended even deeper into chaos. First, it suspended the MP, Naz Shah. She had commented on social media that the population of Israel should be transported to America. Then one of Labour’s most influential elder statesmen, Ken Livingstone, a member of its ruling NEC, came to her defence, with the bizarre claim that Hitler had been a Zionist. Here John Marenbonexplains why the anti-zionism endemic in the Labour party is objectionable: but for too many of its members, proscribing it would be a step too far. 
Professor Marenbon writes ...
Labour responded to the furore last week about anti-semitism in its ranks, by announcing that anti-semitism is racism and not to be tolerated. But hostility to Israel can be permitted, or even adopted as party policy, it suggests, in view of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

New Politeia Publication

Dumbing Down the Law— 
The SRA Proposals for Legal Training 
By Professor Anthony Bradney,
in response to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. 
Publication: Thursday 11th February
Britain’s legal services attract business from across the world. Not only is the UK’s legal system seen to be fair, effective and reliable. But the legal profession’s knowledge, professionalism and quality of work guarantees the high standards under which the law operates. Indeed, as Politeia's new study by Anthony Bradney explains, evidence commissioned in 2013 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, concluded that the present system for qualifying to become a solicitor worked well.   
However, Professor Bradney warns in Dumbing Down the Law - The SRA Proposals for Legal Training, all this might now be the victim of arbitrary change.

New Politeia Publication: The British Bill of Rights

The British Bill of Rights - Protecting Freedom Under the Law
Jonathan Fisher QC

Publication: Monday 7thDecember 2015 
The new Conservative government is set to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. In Parliament, amongst the legal profession and in the country, a lively debate has opened.
In Politeia’s new study, A British Bill of Rights: Protecting Freedom Under the Law, Jonathan Fisher QC explains why the Human Rights Act 1998 has failed despite Britain’s rich common law tradition of individual rights and liberties. The British people do not trust the present legal arrangements under the Human Rights Act. As the author argues:
A domestic instrument which reflects Britain’s legal and historical heritage, culture and contemporary values will, if properly drafted, give the people of Britain a document in respect of which they can feel a sense of ownership and pride.
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