Review: The Return of the Public by Dan Hind (@danhind)

I encourage anyone interested in the debate on media standards in and around Leveson to read Dan Hind’s The Return of the Public, now released in paperback by Verso. First published in 2010, it antedates the current furore but throws considerable light on it. Hind explores the interplay between conceptions of the political state and […]

Media regulation: Carnegie recommends voluntary regulator

Carnegie UK have published Blair Jenkins’ report on Better Journalism in the Digital Age (report, summary pdfs). The report calls for a voluntary regulation regime, with strong incentives for joining, such as easier press accreditation or possibly labelling schemes. A new code of conduct would be at the heart of the regulatory regime. Jenkins also […]

Accidentally on purpose

The Daily Telegraph is surprised by Lord Myners‘ suggestion that HSBC should relocate its centre of operations to Paris to avoid the new UK banking regulation system. Myners said:  If I was the director of HSBC, I would simply cease to do business in the UK through HSBC plc which is the old Midland bank, and […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]

Lunchtime list for June 9th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Heffer on the EU: Nostradamus he ain’t – One of our own pieces on a hysterical prediction of the future by Simon Heffer, written in 2003. Find out about the gangs of armed EU police who will be roaming the streets attacking […]