GSK CHINA CONTROVERSY: British PM risks ‘diplomatic tensions’

As the United Kingdom government prepares for a trade mission visiting China to woo the country’s investors to trade with Britain, a controversy involving a British company threatens to destabilise relations between the U.K. and China, overshadowing the upcoming visit. The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is currently under investigation by the Chinese government over alleged accusations that it behaved like a ‘criminal godfather’ in an expansive network of bribes and kickbacks. The British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped into the debacle by inviting the GSK chief executive officer Andrew Witty to join his delegation on the trade mission to the People’s Republic. … Continue reading GSK CHINA CONTROVERSY: British PM risks ‘diplomatic tensions’

BACK WITH MUM & DAD: UK Govt. plans to scrap housing benefit for under-25s

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition which currently run the United Kingdom (and running amok through the Houses of Parliament) have been a difficult lot to be governed by. As the country picks itself up and dusts itself down after being run over by the global recession of 2008, the politicians of the blue rosette have been at pains to usher in a new era of  ‘austerity Britain’. As the ‘Big Society’ ideals of the uneasy political marriage of convenience (some have dubbed the Con-Dems) surely come to fruit, David Cameron, the prime minister, has insisted that everyone must make sacrifices to … Continue reading BACK WITH MUM & DAD: UK Govt. plans to scrap housing benefit for under-25s