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About Carl Packman

Carl Packman is a writer, blogger and researcher. His first book, Loan Sharks: The Rise and Rise of Payday Lending, was published in October 2012 by Searching Finance. He has worked for various organisations working in health, education and children’s policy and has written for many publications including the Guardian, the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Tribune Magazine, as well as regularly for some well-known blogs such as Left Foot Forward, Liberal Conspiracy and the LSE blog.

Articles by Carl Packman

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Challenges and opportunities of the unbanked and under-banked

Talking about access to appropriate and affordable finance is one thing but what happens when people reject those banks? What happens if some consumers never feel banks can provide for them?

The forgotten grassroots voices of Greece

"We have good weather here in Greece and we are happy to have coffee for €1, sit and enjoy our leisure time with friends and family – but even this luxury is being taken away from us."

David Cameron and the Conservative identity crisis

David Cameron's project of decontaminating the Conservatives and appealing to a broad base has been a failure.
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