There appears to have been an awakening of late that our current version of capitalism is simply not working; in the words of ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore, ‘We are bust – both actually and morally’ i. The financial crisis of the latter years of the last decade, the MP ‘expenses scandal’, and the phone hacking scandal have each discredited our economic and supposedly moral elite, whilst the widespread rioting of summer 2011 has led some to assert that the virtues of the 1980s – consumerism and ‘popular capitalism’ – have damaged moral fibreii. Admissions that the rich must take responsibility have not only come from journalists and commentators, in a startling comment piece in the New York Times on the 14th August, billionaire Warren Buffet argued forcefully that the mega rich should pay more tax – and do their bit to contribute more to society iii. This call was echoed from across the Atlantic when 16 French billionaires requested and pressured Sarkozy to impose an additional tax levy on the super-rich iv.
Patrick English outlines criticism from a debate recently raised at an Exchange event at the University of Sheffield Union of Students
This article is about the suitability of the British constitution for hung parliaments and coalition governments, and the reforms necessary to better accommodate coalition government in future.
Written by Joe Williams.
This article looks at the British relationship with the monarchy and finds that although the majority of people in Britain support the monarchy, recent polls suggest that there is a serious public want for reform. However, these have been slow coming in parliament
It seems logical that an elected second chamber would improve the British political system, but more elections do not equal a better democracy. James Bowater argues that electing peers will cause damage to the House of Lords, the government and British democracy.
Dr David S. Moon, academic at the University of Sheffield, outlines why a ‘no’ vote on 05 May will help British democracy.
Dr Alistair McMillan argues the case for AV. Dr McMillan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.
Written by Jordan Marshall.