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Mini-Issue Introduction: Democracy 2015

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In this short introduction, George Richards (Editor-at-Large), gives an overview of the aims and objectives of a new project called “Democracy 2015″ that has emerged from Andreas Whittam Smith, founder of the Independent, which hopes to reverse public apathy towards politics and repair political trust.

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Over the Hedge?

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In this article, Joe Austin considers the role of hedge funds in global financial markets and asks whether they played a part in causing the financial crisis that was sparked in 2007. The role of irresponsibility in markets is also explored. As a result of this irresponsibility, it can be argued that they should not be allowed to exist in their current form.

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The Decline of Sleaze?

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‘Sleaze’ as a noun is defined as ‘tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar’. [1] Over the last 20 or so years the term has been used with reference to many scandals within government and politics. John Major’s 1993 ‘Back to Basics’ [2] speech was designed to promote trust in the government, but it ‘backfired when ministers became embroiled in sex scandals’. [3] Years later, he was further embarrassed when his own affair with Edwina Curry become front page news. [4]