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The Cummings affair and who owes what to whom

The Dominic Cummings affair has sparked a debate about the nature of our obligation to comply with the lockdown rules and about how far our willingness to comply depends on the willingness of others to do likewise.  Our article seeks to lay bare the underlying considerations in this debate, exploring the difference between horizontal and vertical obligations and between the authority of a rule as it relates to its source and to its content.  

Pay cuts, pay ratios, and moral panic

Reports suggest that more than half of FTSE 100 CEOs have now taken a substantial cut to their base salary in response to the Covid-19 crisis. To date, a select band of university Vice- Chancellors and senior leaders have done the same, with 20% salary reductions fast establishing themselves as the default figure.  In this article we ask: Whose attention are these pay cuts intended to grab, and to what end? 

Slogans and Staying

The slogan Stay Alert has had a pretty bad press. Politicians and pundits have revelled in its vacuity. As a slogan, they say, it lacks the clarity of its forbear, Stay Home. At least in the days of Stay Home, the people of England knew where they stood.  Along with their counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland, the authorities in Scotland will shortly have to wheel out their own new slogan.  How much should we really be expecting a slogan to do our thinking for us?