The position of London as a global financial centre, the cross-border nature of financial flows and related criminality, and the importance of information sharing and transnational partnership in tackling financial crime make a strong case for remaining a member of the EU.
Buying property through anonymous companies registered offshore is an ideal way to legitimise money earned through corrupt means, as cases in Russia have shown. More specialist knowledge is required if David Cameron’s proposed beneficial ownership register is to be successful.
United Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, has swept the Russian parliamentary election. But the battle for power is only beginning: the critical moment will arrive in March next year, when Mr Putin steps down from the presidency.
The newly-revealed counter-terrorist measures (revealed 14 November) places an emphasis on protecting the very fabric of our society. It will be the continuing and necessary functioning of society, its ability to adapt, adjust and overcome, that makes terrorism so ordinary, pathetic, lethal and impotent.
The speech made by Gordon Brown on 14 November, in advance of the National Security Strategy which will be published in the next few weeks, sets out a strategy for preventing future terrorist attacks on the UK. Much of the new content of Brown’s speech pertained to Lord West’s review of physical security measures within the UK. These included the introduction of barriers to keep potential...