Theresa May wants to abandon human rights, and over 800 years of British history.

Dr. Laura Mitchell, Lecturer in Management

In yesterday’s news headlines, one major candidate for leadership of the Conservative Party has claimed that Britain should want to leave the European Convention on Human Rights. This argument has derived from a history of struggles over the rights of prisoners and foreign national extremists. Yet it overlooks the long history of contested relations between the government and the people in this country.

Some analysts have pointed out that the recent referendum more closely addressed an expression of a feeling of lack of control or powerlessness rather than the issue of Parliamentary sovereignty. In this, the events of the past few days reflect an extremely long history of British contention between rulers and ruled which has encompassed much more than the British Islands.

My previous post on the Magna Carta highlights how that 800 year old document marks the shift away from religious to secular law, and specifically challenges the Government (in this case the Crown) to recognise the basic needs of ordinary people, to be able to sustain themselves despite the demands of the Crown to provide funds and soldiers for ongoing and fruitless war with France. Enshrined in this document was the concept that the monarch was not above the rule of law, and subsequently, further movements such as the Chartist movement made the same claims about the governing authority of Parliament, claiming that not only was the monarch not above the law, but neither were those of the House of Lords or House of Commons.

Fast forward several hundred years and persistent war in Europe had spread across the declining Empires of France, Russia and Britain, against those of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. This Great War was only shortly followed by another, as financial penalties enforced on the aggressors were wholeheartedly rejected by a population driven to the far right through austerity.

The parallels with today’s situation in England, Brussels and Greece, in particular, are frightening. The European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) was an outcome of these Imperial conflicts and an attempt to assert the worth of the individual as something that cannot be overruled by the State. No matter the argument for the ‘greater’ need or purpose of the nation, no individual should be denied life, liberty, due process before the law, freedom of thought, assembly and association. It is this agreement which prohibits police brutality, imprisonment without trial, forced labour and many other terrible instances of state domination of individuals or groups.

In British Law, the ECHR is incorporated into domestic use through the Human Rights Act. Yet in debates over terrorism and illegal migration, there have been numerous attempts to deny these rights to specific individuals. Regardless of the worthiness of these individuals, would you trust current politicians to maintain these rights for you and yours while denying them to someone else? The matter of freedom of expression and association is crucial here, as we enter a time of political upheaval and passionate differences over what our future as a nation, in business and civic life, might look like.

This poem, which you may have encountered before, directly addresses these issues of individual rights and the power of the state. Scrutinise those who would strive for power carefully, for we may not like what they do with it.


Did Bank of England governor speech shore up confidence in Brexit UK?

Gabriella Legrenzi, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Keele University and Costas Milas
Professor of Finance, University of Liverpool have published an article on The Conversation in reaction to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s press conference last Friday.

“Bank of England Governor Mark Carney was admirably quick to read the unfolding economic dangers of a Brexit when the referendum result was declared. While stock markets and sterling plummeted amid developing financial stress, the governor’s statement immediately brought to mind the famous “whatever it takes [to save the euro]” intervention by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi at the height of the eurozone crisis in July 2012…”

Read the full article here

NARTI Workshop: ‘Translation in Research: Empirical, Conceptual and Methodological Considerations


An event sponsored by NARTI (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative) was hosted by Joanne Garrick of NARTI and Professor Susanne Tietze (Keele Management School) on the 26th of May 2016 at Keele Hall.

The theme of this event was ‘Translation in Research:  Empirical, Conceptual and Methodological Considerations’. The workshop provided plenty of opportunity to explore the challenges of conducting international research, which is frequently informed, designed and executed in several languages – while research accounts are invariably published ‘in English only’.

Delegates, mainly doctoral students, reported from their struggles to incorporate  non-English language data in translated form into their research accounts. The speakers, Professor Nigel Holden (What is being translated in international business and by whom?), Professor Dvora Yanow (On translation)  and Professor Susanne Tietze (Multilingual research – monolingual management publications: management knowledge in English only) provided inputs about theoretical, philosophical  and also practical aspects and approaches to translation, which could be drawn upon to inform the writing up stages of  (doctoral) research, where ‘foreign’ language data usually disappears as it becomes transformed into English data.

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Doctoral researchers struggled in particular with the ‘practicalities’ of translation relating to questions such as whether to use professional translators, how much detail to report about the translation process or whether to leave ‘other language data’ visible in their texts.  In total, translation was seen and explored as a crucial issue in the globalisation of business and management research where ideas, meanings and practices travel across the globe; yet where international management, policy and business research is still to develop a more sophisticated understanding of translating across linguistic, cultural, practice and methods boundaries.