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The Naughty Step is a funny, irreverent and knackered podcast about parenting. In each episode, journalists Stuart Heritage (Guardian and Esquire family columnist) and Robyn Wilder (HuffPo family columnist; ex of The Pool) pull apart the best and worst aspects of having kids, from the hell of other people's kids to whether YouTube sensation Blippi is a wrong'un (he is). The Naughty Step also comes with its own hilarious parenting newsletter, which you should totally subscribe to. Written and ...
 
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Self-government or the consent of the governed? One or other of these assumptions about democracy must be a sham if the other is valid. Either we are ruling ourselves, or someone else is ruling us, and one or other of these has to be the preferable model.Democracy has been elevated to the status of an object of worship in recent decades, particular…
 
How come we have such different visceral reactions to the assertions “I am entitled to a house” and “I am immune in my house”, even though both entitlements and immunities are kinds of rights? Is it really a step forward that the UN has enumerated “rights” in an International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and an International Cov…
 
The Big Short: This week Mike and David delve into the muddy waters of the financial derivative markets. In the murk they find weapons of financial mass destruction and striking similarities between these exotic and complex financial instruments and betting on the 2:30 at Newmarket. They discuss counter-party risk and black swans, bailouts and mali…
 
Why does English have the Norman French word “legal” as well as the Anglo-Saxon word “lawful”? Is the law the Crown’s or ours? Is “jury nullification” the most hazardous phrase to utter near a courthouse?Alex Thomson discusses with David Scott and Mike Robinson how the stirring phrase “the common law” has been understood down the ages, and whether …
 
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