Strand: Whose business is it anyway?
While profit-making companies supply (almost) our every material need, the role of business in society is often controversial. We are all familiar with the ubiquity of advertising, but while many see it as harmless promotion, others argue that advertisers push their products on us, creating pointless desires, huge amounts of waste - like the tons of plastic in our oceans - and even ill-health. What does this view of advertising say about us, as consumers? In poorer countries, big business is accused of using its power to exploit both resources and people, but could investment by such companies actually help those societies to develop? Is business just too powerful now, with government regulation the only solution, or does the mountain of legislation that firms must deal with holding back economic growth? Will we anything even change after we formally leave the EU?