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Hyer's Highlights: the Paradise Papers

Listener Olivia feels that it's morally incomprehensible for individuals or corporations to pay minimal tax and then expect solid, well-running public services.

Hyer's Highlights: the Paradise Papers

This week, the world witnessed its second biggest data leak ever: the Paradise Papers.

The ‘Paradise Papers’ refers to the leak of 13.4m files. Most of the documents – 6.8m – relate to a law firm and corporate services provider that operated together in 10 jurisdictions under the name Appleby.

The Paradise Papers focuses on companies and individuals, united by one thing: money. The Guardian states that “some of the world’s biggest multinationals feature in the leak, including Apple, Nike and Facebook.” Monaco-based British racing driver Lewis Hamilton was also caught up in the leak, guilty of avoiding VAT on his multi-million-pound private jet by exploiting tax rules in the Isle of Man.


Who is to blame: the government for allowing these loopholes to exist, or the tax avoiders for exploiting them to their financial advantage?

On Benji Hyer’s show, listener Olivia feels that…

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Politics

Hyer's Highlights: The Poppy

Listener Thomas argued that the poppy is losing relevance amongst young people...

Hyer's Highlights: The Poppy

Today is Remembrance Sunday.

The United Kingdom partook in a minute’s silence commemorating those who served and gave their lives in World Wars and more recent conflicts. One way of showing respect and donating to the forces is by donning a famous red poppy.


But this week, Prospect Magazine’s Stephanie Boland claimed that poppies have become a test of patriotism for some, rather than a public expression of private feeling. She described the politicisation of the poppy, branding it as 'poppy Stalinism".

On Benji Hyer’s show, one listener, Thomas, argued that the poppy is an antiquated symbol which is losing relevance amongst young people, and it is time to provide an alternative to help engage individuals in its meaning.

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Books

Interview with Ali-A

Last time they spoke, James asked Ali-A a very awkward question and, of course, they have to relive that moment...

Interview with Ali-A

We're sure we don’t have to tell you who Ali-A is, but just in case you’re completely out of the loop…

With 3 billion YouTube videos and 13 million subscribers across his two channels, Ali-A is one of the most popular faces in gaming… quite a big deal!


As well as holding two Guinness World Records related to his videos about Call of Duty, Ali-A hosts the CBBC series, ‘Ali-A’s Superchargers’ (think: MTV’s Pimp My Rides for a CBBC audience) and now he has his own book out too!

In ‘Ali-A’s Adventures’, Ali is drawn into the action at the launch for a hotly anticipated video game as a merciless band of aliens turn up to spoil the party, and it’s up to Ali-A to transform from gaming icon to real-life hero and, with help from his fans, save the day!

James Gilmore interviewed…

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