PolLaw Express: 23rd July 2015 edition.

Your daily dose of politics and the law. NI intrigued? Covered. UK focused? Sure. US-centric? You got it.

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Welcome to the daily news round-up via my e-newspaper. Here are the top stories from today:

(Before we begin, why not look at this satirical gem from The New Yorker re overly wordy emails? Well, it made me chuckle, anyway.)

1. Nikkei buys the Financial Times (via POLITICO)
~ Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has purchased the Financial Times for $1.29 billion from Pearson.

In a statement, Pearson chief executive John Fallon said that the media is at an “inflection point” which led to the decision to sell the salmon-coloured newspaper.

Fallon went on to comment:

‘Pearson has been a proud proprietor of the FT for nearly 60 years. But we’ve reached an inflection point in media, driven by the explosive growth of mobile and social…

‘In this new environment, the best way to ensure the FT’s journalistic and commercial success is for it to be a part of a global, digital news company.’

It will be interesting to see how Nikkei will proceed, and how it plans to revamp the FT.

(Pst, fellow law students: this is the newspaper you are constantly told to read to improve your commercial awareness. Note the irony in that the news of this sale is, in fact, an article regarding commercial awareness.)


2. High court orders judicial review of Cage charity funding decision (via The Guardian)
~The High Court today made a landmark ruling that the Charity Commission will face a judicial review of its decision to pressure charities not to fund advocacy group Cage.

The Commission allegedly had overstepped its powers when it requested for two charities to stop funding Cage in March, after the group said Mohammed Emwazi, believed to be the ISIS executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’, had been radicalised by Britain.

The application for the review to proceed was granted on Thursday morning by Lord Justice Burnett. The parties now have until mid-September to submit any further evidence.

The case will be heard later in the year in the Divisional Court.


3. Liz Kendall dismisses quit calls and vows to fight to end (via BBC News)
~ Quelle surprise, another news story surrounding the Labour leadership contest did on this day emerge.

One of the Labour leadership contenders, Liz Kendall has dismissed calls for her to pull out of the contest and back another candidate to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.

These calls come after a YouGov poll for the Times placed left-winger Mr Corbyn well ahead in the race, and Ms Kendall fourth. She has been repeatedly branded as a ‘Tory in disguise’ and as being the polar opposite of Corbyn.

But she was determined today, stating that she will be ‘fighting for what [she] believe[s] in until the very end.’  Kendall said she had always been an outsider in the race, but there were 51 days left to get people’s support.

Furthermore, Kendall added that she was the only candidate offering an alternative to the politics which lost the party the last two elections, saying her policies would help Labour win power ‘so we can change the country for the better’.

You can read my musings on the YouGov poll in question, and the labours of Labour here.

Also, lookie here: it would appear I am not the only one who is tempted to make comparisons between Labour, Corbyn and Michael Foot.


4. Obama urges UK to stay in the European Union (via BBC News)
~Speaking to the BBC, US President Barack Obama has stated that the UK must stay in the European Union to continue to have influence on the world stage.

He said the UK’s EU membership ‘gives [America] much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union’.

Obama also said that the UK was America’s ‘best partner’ due to its willingness to project power beyond its ‘immediate self-interests to make this a more orderly, safer world’. Furthermore, he called Prime Minister David Cameron an ‘outstanding partner’, specifically congratulating his government for meeting the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence – which had previously been a source of recent contention between the US and the UK.

These comments come after the news yesterday, when MPs argued that any relaxation of so-called ‘purdah rules’ in the lead-up to the referendum on EU membership would be ‘completely unacceptable’. See yesterday’s PolLaw Express news round-up here (at number two on the list).


5. MI5 letter unearthed by Cabinet Office in child abuse inquiry (via BBC News)
~ An MI5 letter which warned of the risk of ‘political embarrassment’ from child sexual abuse claims has come to light.

The 1986 note – written by the then-head of MI5, Sir Anthony Duff – followed on from warnings an MP had a ‘penchant for small boys’.

The newly uncovered material, which was found via a search by the Cabinet Office, was not disclosed to a 2014 Home Office Review.

The author of the Review, the NSPCC’s Peter Wanless, stated his belief that the new documents showed the risk to children from MPs was ‘not considered at all’ – yet it did not alter his overall findings.

These papers have been discovered months after the conclusion of an official review into whether allegations of child abuse were covered up by the Home Office in the 1980s.


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