My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring). This week: a right pot-pourri.
First up – the bias of public broadcasting. The BBC is regularly accused of being left-wing, anti-Business, pro-EU… Well, some academic folk did some research on it – they report Tory political views twice as much as Labour ones (even accounting for who’s in government), and business voices far more than organised labour or community ones, and anti-EU voices more often than pro- ones. Would we find the same here? Certainly we hear from bank economists most of the time pushing the housing market, rather than academics, let alone trade union voices on business. And if right-wing parties don’t get their say: well it’s not like they aren’t constantly invited!
On US law enforcement – the NSA has had to admit to more illegal spying and the NYPD has had to admit to strategies based on Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
From the Guardian – how much brain-power of kids are we using making them live in poverty, and as Quantitative Easing is the only tool major countries are using to ease the financial criss – due to it being the one that keeps the wealth imbalance in-place – may it cause another crisis? Intriguingly Britain’s austerity economy is still not recovered from the 2007-8 crisis as the length of this recession now far outstrips the Great Depression.
Should we force voters to vote in their first election (possibly tied to dropping the age to 16)? A think-tank is pushing the idea to get people into the habit – and for parties to care about the young.
[unless you also want: why are vulvas so obscene they aren’t allowed to be seen? NSFW ]