Editor's note

If you are based in England or Wales, you are probably heading back to work today after the summer bank holiday weekend. Was it a heavy one? Did “the sun go to your head”? Well, if you are reflecting on what you got up to and thinking, never mind, I just had a little too much to drink – I wasn’t really myself, then you’re in for a shock. Because, new research from Kathryn Francis and colleagues suggests that alcohol actually does nothing to shift your sense of morality. The demon drink, it seems, does not change people’s personalities.

Meanwhile, have a look at what our authors think should have been agreed at the G7 and take the time to listen to this fantastic podcast on the protests in Hong Kong, produced by The Conversation’s Melbourne bureau and presented by Justin Bergman and Sunanda Creagh.

Stephen Khan


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Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink

Kathryn Francis, University of Bradford

You've no one to blame but yourself, according to science.

French president, Emmanuel Macron has set his sights on tackling inequality. EPA-EFE / Pascal Rossignol

If G7 are serious about tackling inequality they should implement our global tax framework

Andrew Baker, University of Sheffield; Richard Murphy, City, University of London

A fundamental driver of inequality is the race to the bottom in how governments set their corporate tax rates.

Protesters holding umbrellas amid heavy rain march in an anti-government rally in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. AAP/EPA/VIVEK PRAKASH

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have nothing to lose

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation; Justin Bergman, The Conversation

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated she's open to dialogue. But unless she meets the demonstrators' demands, the protest movement isn't going to end anytime soon.

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