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Media Power: It’s in your Hands

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Media power was a focal topic in the run up to the General Election. Sat in Russell Brand’s London apartment, Ed Miliband outlined an aggressive stance on media ownership in an effort to win over the non-voting nonconformist comedian who had passionately campaigned against oligarchs such as Rupert Murdoch. But he needn’t have bothered. According to new research, power in the media industry no longer rests with the publications. The marriage of social media and...

The Music of Climate Change

By Dr Robin Andrews, TLE Science Editor Everyone’s heard of climate change, but have you ever actually heard climate change? Well thanks to an intrepid musician, now you can. What do you get when you cross a cellist with some scientific know-how? A symphony of the latitudes, of time and space, and of rising global temperatures, as it turns out. I have often thought that there are two distinct stages to humanity’s evolution. There’s the biological kind espoused so wonderfully...

Witnessing the Birth of Volcanic, Evolutionary Laboratories

Japan’s new volcanic islands provide scientists with an opportunity to study new life colonising untouched land By Dr. Robin George Andrews, TLE Science Editor  Have you ever heard of an island called Atarashii Shima, off the coast of Japan? I’m betting you haven’t, but to be fair, before November 2013, neither had anyone on the planet. This little island, not given an official name but which the Japanese media christened “new island”, formed close to Nishinoshima (meaning “western island”), a small...

Ashford: The International Town

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Last week news filtered through that Handelsbanken, the Swedish-owned bank, had decided to open an office in the small town of Ashford in Kent. Eschewing the capital, the bank is one of many firms looking to secure international footing in the Garden of England. Perched on the banks of River Great Stour at the edge of North Downs, Ashford is a prodigy of international economic growth. Directly connected to London, Brussels and now the three largest...

Second Time Lucky for the SNP

By Max Bluer Thursday evening and the British general election’s exit poll has just been released; it accurately predicts massive gains for the Europhobic Conservative Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party – the driving force behind last year’s referendum on Scottish independence. That noise you heard when the news broke was supporters of the left, of the integrity of the United Kingdom and of the European project banging their collective head against the nearest wall.   David Cameron and his government...

The Changing Face of British Politics needs a Different Press

By Pieter Cranenbroek The day after the UK general election, a Dutch journalist commented that ‘as long as the British press is giving out voting advice, you’re better off reading cat blogs.’ Although most European newspapers can be linked to a certain political group, this relationship is rarely as explicit as in the British media. With more flavours on the political menu and a surge in floating voters, it becomes increasingly important for newspapers to hide their political partisanship. There were...

C.S.R. should mean ‘Collective Shareholder Responsibility’

By Marc Cave, co-founder of communication consultancy, Green Cave People Social values drive commercial value. That statement might feel empty to many business leaders. But when Unilever reports that their 'brands with purpose' are growing at twice the speed of others in their portfolio, it’s time to sit up and take note. Startups intrinsically understand this need to do good in order to do well. Looking at young ventures like Perfect World (premium ice cream made of nutrients that are...

Labour: The past, present and future

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor   I am too old to be pulling all-nighters. On Thursday evening I returned home with a solid plan; exit polls at 10, bed, up at 6 for a clear indication of the results - and repercussions thereof - then at my desk for results in time for elevenses. GE2015 made a complete hash of that. Like many others, I became engrossed from 10 o clock onwards. Mainly in disbelief. I knew that a Labour...

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