This week, Lloyds bank was fined for manipulating Libor rates. A new report from ResPublica suggested ways in which bankers can become more ethical. Here are some more useful resources:
- The Bank of England (BoE) issued a statement in response. The BoE’s website also has information on the Fair and Effective Markets Review.
- The British Bankers Association website also responded.
- The Financial Conduct Authority regulates the financial services industry in the UK. Its website has press releases and principles relating to ethics.
- Recent government initiatives include the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and the independent Lambert Banking Standards Review.
- The IMF website has useful materials. A recent speech by Christine Lagarde argued that bankers are resisting reform.
- Try Econpapers and SSRN Papers for free access to articles and working papers.
Freedom of Religion
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom release annual report includes a world overview and country reports. Also try:
World War One Centenary
- Long Way to Tipperary from the University of Limerick’s Glickman Library is transcribing primary source documents (letters, diaries and photos) to provide a weekly account of the war through the eyes of the privileged Armstrong family of Moyaliffe Castle. The site also has maps and timelines which set the entries in context.
- English Heritage Britain from Above Home Front Legacy is tagging aerial images to show the impact of war on landscapes in England. See the gallery of photos
- Guardian global interactive documentary on the centenary of the outbreak of war. Featuring 10 historians from 10 nations covering themes such as origins of the war, war and empire, battle fronts, slaughter and aftermath.
- Coming next week – look out for the special 1914-1918 postings on this blog.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched the Humanitarian Data Exchange. To offer a single access point to statistics from the United Nations, NGOs and other bodies covering humanitarian issues such as refugees, food security and aid.
New from the Office For National Statistics Urban Audit, 2010–12, a cross European comparison of UK cities with others from 28 EU nations. 128 variables are considered including; population, housing, transport, air quality.
- Also available Eurostat city statistics.
- UN Habitat has a global urban observatory with worldwide reports and figures
With the focus on Glasgow, here are some new and favourite sites about Scotland.
- Holyrood referendum Debate just launched by Holyrood Communications contains news, articles and debate. Look out for more postings on this topic coming soon in this blog.
- Scotland’s People from the National Records of Scotland has information on Scottish family history. Also free access to biographical information about famous Scots.
- National Libray of Scotland Digital Gallery has many excellent online collections. The Word on the Street has fascinating broadsheets from 1650-1910 read about crime, politics and scandal !
- Scottish Screen Archive Great place for tracing 20th century documentaries, newsreels, educational programmes from historic film archives. See the Dumfries 1956 summer festival!