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Horse hardly nouvelle cuisine

Despite the media’s best efforts, last month’s horsemeat ‘scandal’ failed to stir up much public outrage. To most, our unconscious ingestion of horsemeat seemed amusing, even vaguely continental. Indeed, the sale and consumption of horsemeat in this country is neither illegal nor unheard of, although there is a longstanding taboo…

Against, Richard III

The entertaining juxtaposition of a King and a car park certainly makes for an eye-catching headline, but the discovery of Richard III’s body does not actually provide much, if any, useful information about his personality or his reign. In spite of our better judgement we still fall into the trap…

History of evil corporations

One of the most controversial episodes of October 2012 was the revelation that many multinational companies, including Starbucks, Apple and Google, have been evading corporate taxes in the UK through tax management schemes. Most strikingly, all of these schemes have been legal leading to suggestions that such companies have undue…