President Park’s Pardon Problem

Insights Asia, Economy, Korean Peninsula

The inclusion of Chey Tae-Won has been criticised as a violation of President Park’s promise to root out corruption, a reference to previous administrations believed to have delivered pardons to senior imprisoned figures of corporations as a reward for support during the then-president’s campaign. However to perceive President Park’s pardon of the SK Corporation chief as on par with these previous pardons is unfair.

Elections 2015: What have the parties promised the youth?

Soumaya Hamdi Economy, UK

With the General Election on the horizon and no party expected to win a majority, it appears that like five years ago, the UK will have a hung parliament after 7th May. Support for Labour and the Conservatives now appears to be neck and neck, with a ComRes poll published on 2nd May showing each party with 33% of the public’s prospective …

Osborne’s Stamp Duty Reform Explained

Soumaya Hamdi Economy, Legal, UK

On Wednesday, George Osborne went some way towards attempting to boost the chances of a Tory electoral victory by announcing changes to the stamp duty system, which he claims will benefit 98% of house buyers. The change sees a move away from the ‘slab’ system of stamp duty charges to a gradual system similar to how income tax is levied, …