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On the 24th of November 1999, the United Kingdom banned the use of asbestos. Twenty years later and this toxic mineral still plagues public health, being linked to multiple diseases including mesothelioma. But why has asbestos remained such a threat to public health, despite laws which prevent its use?
Liberalism relies heavily on certain assumptions about the human condition, particularly, about our ability to act rationally. John Rawls defines a rational person as one who can identify and prioritise from the options available, then follow a ‘plan which will satisfy more of his desires rather than less’.
During his campaign, Boris Johnson made it very clear that when it comes to proroguing Parliament, he is “not going to take anything off the table”. Today [n.b. 28th August 2019] it appears that the PM is moving forth with that line of thought, in an effort to curtail efforts from Parliament to block a no-deal Brexit.
Download the full text of the submission On 3rd July 2019, the CMA launched a market study into online platforms and the digital advertising market in the UK. CMA wanted to assess three broad potential sources of harm to consumers in connection with the market for digital advertising: to what extent online platforms have market power in user-facing markets, and what impact this has on consumers whether consumers are able and willing to control how data about them is used and collected by online platforms whether competition in the digital advertising market may be distorted by any market power held by platforms Overall, we welcome the CMA’s announcement of a study into of these markets.
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