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Coalition unveils gay marriage bill

Coalition unveils gay marriage bill | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The government publishes legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales, dividing opinion within the Conservative party.
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England Wales only - not Scotland - but useful reference for legal proposals on this topic.

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Three losers: A European elections catastrophe for Westminster's chiefs

Three losers: A European elections catastrophe for Westminster's chiefs | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Which party leader has come out worst from this year's elections?
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Carney: 'House Prices Biggest Risk To Economy'

Carney: 'House Prices Biggest Risk To Economy' | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The Bank of England Governor exclusively tells Sky News that rising house prices represent the biggest risk to the economy.

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House of Commons 'is scrutinising government more effectively than ever'

House of Commons 'is scrutinising government more effectively than ever' | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Retiring Commons clerk Sir Robert Rogers endorses John Bercow's speakership with praise for parliament's effectiveness
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Income inequality undermines growth - YouTube

New OECD research suggests that widening inequality is indeed undermining growth. Evidence like this will fuel calls to review the tax contribution of wealth...
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Farage cleans up: Ukip surges to new high following Maria Miller row

Farage cleans up: Ukip surges to new high following Maria Miller row | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Ukip appears to be the main beneficiary of the Maria Miller affair, with the party soaring to a new poll high as the Conservatives drop several points
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Unit 2 Macro: Network Rail plans £38bn Investment Programme

Unit 2 Macro: Network Rail plans £38bn Investment Programme | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
A significant 5 year rail infrastructure investment plan adds weight to the belief that capital spending will be a major driver of the next phase of the UK economic recovery. Network Rail is state owned, a not-for-profit business whose commercial returns are reinvested into the rail network..
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Economic History: The Rising Height of the Average Man

Economic History: The Rising Height of the Average Man | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Smaller families, improved knowledge about nutrition and hygiene, and a cleaner environment with better housing, less overcrowding and a reduction in toxic heavy industry – all of these things have contributed to the spectacular increase in the height of the average young man in Britain over the past one hundred.
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Unit 4 Macro: Rebalancing the Economy

Unit 4 Macro: Rebalancing the Economy | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Economic re-balancing describes changing the balance of demand, output and jobs in different parts of the economy. .
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Unit 2 Macro: CPI Basket is Updated (2014)

Unit 2 Macro: CPI Basket is Updated (2014) | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The basket of goods and services that makes up the products used when calculating changes in the cost of living is periodically updated to reflect shifting patterns of spending by UK households. .
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Changes to the 700 items sampled for the CPI inflation 'basket' so that price inflation can be measured accurately.

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David Cameron: I want Boris Johnson back at Westminster

David Cameron: I want Boris Johnson back at Westminster | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
PM says he hopes the London mayor will run for parliament at the next election so he can be back ‘on the team’
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Thomas Piketty on Economic Inequality

Thomas Piketty on Economic Inequality | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
There has been huge interest in the new book by Thomas Piketty entitled

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Vote for me or risk execution warns Ukip candidate

Vote for me or risk execution warns Ukip candidate | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Voters for three main parties are guilty of treason and should be hanged.
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If you vote on Thursday, beware!

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Reducing Contestability using the ‘sardines’ technique

Reducing Contestability using the ‘sardines’ technique | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
A good article in The Economist recently, arguing that firms may be cramming markets in order to keep rivals out. Raising barriers to entry serves to reduce the levels of competition in markets, or makes them less ‘contestable’..
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Evaluating UK interest rates

Evaluating UK interest rates | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
England's odds of winning the World Cup are about 30-1 - which reflects a rather low level of confidence that we have a realistic chance. However, the Governor of the Bank of England seems to think that a safer bet would be to back the recovery of the UK economy,.
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PMQs verdict: Cameron's relationship with Bercow hits a new low

PMQs verdict: Cameron's relationship with Bercow hits a new low | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
An angry outburst and a cold reply: the Speaker and PM wash their laundry in public
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Unit 2 Macro: Falling Inflation in the UK Economy

Unit 2 Macro: Falling Inflation in the UK Economy | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The UK’s official inflation benchmark, the Consumer Prices Index, slid to 1.7 per cent in February – the lowest for more than four years. What are some of the main factors causing inflation to fall below target?.
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Unit 2 Macro: The UK Current Account Deficit

Unit 2 Macro: The UK Current Account Deficit | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Britain’s current account deficit for 2013 as a whole (4.4% of GDP) was greater than in any other developed economy and the widening current account gap is raising fresh concerns about whether the UK's economic recovery is balanced and sustainable..
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Note the concerns about our high deficit (4.4% of GDP). What is most likely to happen to interest rates?

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Comment: Why has Grayling banned prisoners being sent books?

Comment: Why has Grayling banned prisoners being sent books? | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The justice secretary's decision to punish reading is as nasty as it is bizarre
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Prison book ban: Grayling hits back at critics

Prison book ban: Grayling hits back at critics | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Justice secretary hits out at critics of decision to ban prisoners receiving books, saying the rule is necessary to improve rehabilitation rates
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A very odd story about the government preventing prisoners being able to access books. A short-sighted approach to personal development?

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Geographical mobility of labour in the UK

Geographical mobility of labour in the UK | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
One type of market failure that contributes to inequality and unemployment is the geographical immobility of labour. If the labour market really ‘cleared’ effectively, wages would equalise across the economy. Workers would drift away from regions with low wages and/or high unemployment towards areas where wages were higher and labour.
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