The Merits of Having Elected Representatives
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Post No.: 0509   Furrywisepuppy says:   Strong arguments for why political representatives should be elected by the public in a representative democracy (via free, competitive, fair and regular elections) include because this should align their interests with the popular … Read More

Making a Contractually Mutual or Unilateral Mistake
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Post No.: 0503   Furrywisepuppy says:   In general, if a contract is made between free and knowledgeable people and if there’s been a mistake – as in not just concerning a minor detail but an important one that the … Read More

Select Committees and Petitions Explained
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Post No.: 0482   Furrywisepuppy says:   The government watches over us, to protect us as well as keep us in line, and we should all do our bit to watch over the government in return – that’s how it … Read More

Public Bills, Private Bills and Hybrid Bills
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Post No.: 0460   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A ‘bill’ is a proposed piece of legislation. In the United Kingdom, after a bill is proposed, it is considered by the legislature, which is the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and if … Read More

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse!
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Post No.: 0455   Furrywisepuppy says:   A contract is formed only if and when an offer, exactly as stated, is accepted – this is the ‘mirror image rule’. The person who initiates an exchange (the offeror or ‘master of … Read More

False Confessions Means False Justice
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Post No.: 0443   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Confessions are highly persuasive. Less than half of suspects in criminal cases make full confessions but they’re the number one reason for determining a conviction if a case goes to trial.   Confessions … Read More

Internal Controls and Whistleblowers
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Post No.: 0429   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s now look at some ways we can tackle fraud within an organisation, as promised at the end of Post No.: 0424…   Interventions that can get inbetween fraudsters and their criminal acts … Read More

The Minds of Fraudsters and the Elements of Fraud
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Post No.: 0424   Furrywisepuppy says:   In general terms, fraud is an intentional deception, whether by commission or omission, which causes a perpetrator to realise a gain and a victim to suffer an economic loss.   When under a … Read More

Making a One-Sided Promise, and Detrimental Reliance
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Post No.: 0415   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let me try to extend on Fluffystealthkitten’s post on enforceable and unenforceable contracts in Post No.: 0305. I recognise that I may be vastly overstepping my expertise here but hopefully it’ll serve to … Read More

PMQs, Oral and Written Questions, and Debates
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Post No.: 0374   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post may only be primarily relevant for those living in the United Kingdom, although I hope it’ll be interesting for others around the world to read about too – perhaps for the … Read More

Con Artists and Confidence Tricks or Scams
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Post No.: 0353   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Cons, confidence tricks, scams, hustles or swindles, conducted by fraudsters who might be called con artists, grifters, scammers or swindlers, typically exploit the greed, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation, lust, vanity, insecurity or other vulnerabilities … Read More

Identifying a Criminal Suspect from a Line-Up
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Post No.: 0347   Furrywisepuppy says:   Identifying upside-down faces is particularly difficult compared to trying to identify other objects that are presented to us upside-down, suggesting that we use a different brain mechanism when identifying faces. This may possibly … Read More

Police Interviews and Interrogations
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Post No.: 0339   Furrywisepuppy says:   (The room is dark apart from the light of a single lamp blazing right in the suspect’s face. In the shadows, Furrywisepuppy is wearing a trench coat and fedora hat too why not … Read More

Offender and Racial Profiling
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Post No.: 0317   Furrywisepuppy says:   Offender or criminal profiling is about determining the potential characteristics of an offender by examining the characteristics of a crime scene, the victim(s) and the crime itself. This is based on patterns found … Read More

Enforceable and Unenforceable Agreements
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Post No.: 0305   Fluffystealthkitten says:   It was previously mentioned by Furrywisepuppy in Post No.: 0089 that, in Contract law, ambiguity shall be interpreted with the benefit of the doubt in favour of all persons who did not draft … Read More

Eyewitness Memories and Accounts
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Post No.: 0275   Furrywisepuppy says:   What we each perceive as reality is a subjective yet elaborate reconstruction of reality – of minds interpreting information from senses, coloured by personal expectation and open to influence. ‘Naïve realism’ is the … Read More

The House of Commons and the House of Lords
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Post No.: 0267   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In the parliament of the UK, there is a bicameral system, which means that it has two chambers. The House of Commons (or ‘lower house’ of the UK Parliament; the House of Representatives … Read More

The Gross Over-Reliance on GDP
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Post No.: 0263   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Gross domestic product’ (GDP) is the market valuation of all the final goods and services produced within a given time period in a country. It’s highly debatable as an adequate measure of an … Read More

Protecting Ideas with Intellectual Property Laws
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Post No.: 0235   Furrywisepuppy says:   This follows on from Post No.: 0199 and our brief overview of the different main areas of law, which I believe are very useful for everyone to learn about. Once more, one must … Read More

The False Dichotomy Between Liberal and Conservative Politics
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Post No.: 0206   Furrywisepuppy says:   There is generally a false dichotomy between politically ‘rightwing’ and ‘leftwing’ people. There are a lot of different schools of philosophy and they don’t fit neatly along one single linear dimension. For instance, … Read More

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