Stealing Mersey Beat

Rules that clamp down on street performers are causing concern that Liverpool’s street culture is being needlessly regulated under the banner of ‘business improvement’, raising fresh doubts about whether Liverpool City Council acted against the public interest in crafting their new busking policy.

Political Apathy in Scotland

Although the final figures are not yet known, turnout at Scotland’s recent local government elections is set to disappoint. The political and media classes will, with characteristic condescension, argue that the ‘epidemic’ of political apathy is largely the public’s fault. Blighted by corruption, political monoculture and doublespeak, the simple truth of the matter is that much of the Scottish public have little stake in a politics that increasingly serves the interests of an elite at the public’s expense.