Doppelganger Political Commercials @VeepHBO @justinlmack @emrosenberg @indystar @washingtonpost

Eli Rosenberg at the Washington Post points out the “life imitates art” resemblances between Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)’s new campaign commercial and that for character Jonah Ryan, who ran for Congress in the popular TV series “Veep.” Cue the plaid shirt and tree-chopping activities. Mr. Rosenberg cites some tele-analysis from Justin L. Mack and Holly V. Hays at the Indianapolis Star, who note that “there are some differences. For example, Donnelly does his own narration…while Ryan uses a voiceover. And Donnelly, showing his love of responsible wood chopping, makes sure…

Law & Humanities Blog: Gingerich on Remixing Rawls: Constitutionalizing Cultural Liberties

Jonathan Gingerich, Washington University, St. Louis, is publishing Remixing Rawls: Constitutionalizing Cultural Liberties in volume 11 of the Northweastern University Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. This article develops a liberal theory of cultural rights that must be guaranteed by just legal and political institutions. People form their own individual conceptions of the good in the cultural space constructed by the political societies they inhabit. This article argues that only rarely do individuals develop views of what is valuable that diverge more than slightly from the conceptions of the…

Smart home projects double over 12 months

A record surge in home automation and smart home installation jobs has created a new multi-million pound market for experienced tradesmen, with in-demand trades such landscapers enjoying a six-fold increase in earnings to £120 an hour. The finding emerged from analysis of over six thousand related tasks posted over the last year on the local services marketplace Bidvine.com – and with smart home items set to be a popular present this Christmas, the volume of work is tipped to rise well into the New…

Bonfield on Britain’s Brief Encounter With Forced Heirship @NYLawSchool

Lloyd Bonfield, New York Law School, has published Farewell Downton Abbey, Adieu Primogeniture and Entail: Britain’s Brief Encounter with Forced Heirship. Here is the abstract. This article observes a little-noted proposal (the Landed Property of Intestates Bill) introduced into the British Parliament in 1836. It considers the debate upon it that ensued, and the accompanying pamphlet literature. The Bill proposed to alter the inheritance custom of primogeniture that directed the pattern of descent of freehold land in the absence of directions by settlement or will, and the dialogue is used…

1 in 5 online valuations turns into a completion

According to new data, 18% of online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with HM Land Registry. Between January 1 2016 and December 31 2017, member agents of the network – which now represents over 800 brands and more than 4,000 branches – generated 551,620 online valuation leads, 97,228 of which went on to complete with HM Land Registry. Agents earn huge commission pot from online valuations The network calculates that using an…

Equity release product numbers trebled in 2 years

Equity release referral service, Key, has found that the number of equity release products has grown by 206% in the last two years – prompting calls for customers to receive specialist advice. The analysis shows that the number of products available has trebled in the past two years to 144 from just 47 in October 2016 with more product features than ever before. Currently, 81% of all plans (117 products) allow ad hoc penalty free repayments and 15% explicitly allow interest to be…

EU Law Analysis: The “Mellifera” case and access to environmental justice under the Aarhus Regulation: new findings, old story

Mario Pagano, PhD candidate in EU environmental law, European University Institute The Aarhus Convention is probably the most important piece of international law relating to environmental democracy rights. Indeed, this UN Convention – adopted in 1998 – enshrines three individual procedural rights having a direct link to environmental protection. These rights (also known as the three Aarhus “pillars”) are the right to environmental information, the right to participate in the environmental decision-making, and the right to access to justice in environmental matters. The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC) is the…

Green eyed over green fingers

A new survey of around 1500 Brits has revealed the old saying of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is still as relevant today as it has ever been. Garden and conservatory furniture experts, Alfresia.co.uk, revealed that 53% of Brits judge their garden based on their neighbour’s and many are getting green-eyed when it comes to their outdoor spaces Keen to keep up appearances, 71% of British residents even reveal that they would make improvements to keep up with their neighbour’s garden updates. Garden…

Monthly house price growth slowdown continues

The latest data and analysis from LSL Acadata has shown that despite most regions seeing annual price rises, average month on month growth (apart from in August) continues to slow. The figures for September revealed further a 0.1% during the month and 0.9% increase over the year – the lowest level in six and a half years. According to LSL, the average price in England and Wales remains above the £300,000 mark, and is up almost £3,000 on a year ago, now standing…

Cash purchase numbers fall to lowest level on record

New research published today by Hamptons International shows that in H1 2018, the proportion of homes in England and Wales bought with cash fell to 29.6%, the lowest level since the company’s records began. Hamptons International’s records started in H1 2007 when 33.6% of homes were purchased with cash and peaked in H2 2008 when 37.8% of homes in England and Wales were bought without a mortgage. In H1 2018, 113,490 homes were cash purchases, totalling £25.3 billion in value according to Land…