From the daily archives:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

#495: 1980, The Clash, Bankrobber

June 28, 2012

Last week, it was RBS, Nat West and Ulster Bank customers not having money transferred to and from their accounts.  This week, it is the news that Barclays is getting a slap on the wrist for fiddling the LIBOR rate, with international consequences and the likelihood that they were not the only bank implicated.  And […]

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When Marty met Betty

June 28, 2012

We recently had one of our regular Allthatsleft spats over the award for Hero of the Week. I don’t think I’m breaking any confidences when I say that two of us were in favour of The Queen and Martin McGuiness and two gave their votes to Aung San Suu Kyi, who eventually prevailed. Now, to […]

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SCOTUS Upholds ObamaCare: The US Remains A Nation Of Laws (Just)

June 28, 2012

Trading on In-Trade this morning had it a 73% probability that the US Supreme Court would strike down the centre piece of Barack Obama’s domestic legislative programme: the Affordable Care Act, by ruling that the individual mandate was unconstitutional. As I wrote during argument before the Court, the conservative justices had been very hostile to the arguments […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: The Turin Horse

June 28, 2012

  Two and a half hours long.  Black and white.   An elderly peasant without the use of his right arm, and a younger woman, probably his daughter, live in a remote farm house.   Over the course of 6 days we watch the rituals of their life.   He gets up and is dressed by her, they […]

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