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There goes the election: Tory majority hopes shrivel after boundary change defeat

There goes the election: Tory majority hopes shrivel after boundary change defeat | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Liberal Democrat government ministers have combined with the opposition to defeat the Conservatives' favoured boundary changes, in what is being viewed as a massive blow to coalition unity.
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Coalition divided and Tory defeated on boundary changes. It could cost them the 2015 election.

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How rich nations benefit from EU membership

How rich nations benefit from EU membership | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it

Via Geoff Riley
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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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State pupils 'get better degrees'

State pupils 'get better degrees' | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
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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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MPs grumble as Tony Benn honoured

MPs grumble as Tony Benn honoured | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Tony Benn's body will 'rest' in a Commons chapel overnight
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Budget 2014: Osborne's three clever tricks revealed

Budget 2014: Osborne's three clever tricks revealed | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Chancellor funds this year's giveaways by whacking the 'baddies' of 21st century Britain
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Britain’s five richest families worth as much as poorest 20 per cent, says Oxfam

Britain’s five richest families worth as much as poorest 20 per cent, says Oxfam | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The UK’s five richest families have accumulated more wealth than the whole of the bottom 20 per cent of the population, with the gap between rich and poor continuing to grow, according to research published today.
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Unit 4 Macro: Oxfam and IMF Focus on Inequality

Unit 4 Macro: Oxfam and IMF Focus on Inequality | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Inequality is an issue that remains firmly in the spotlight of the news media and also of policy makers in different countries..
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The importance of inequality

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Forget the BRICs; Meet the PINEs | TIME

Forget the BRICs; Meet the PINEs | TIME | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
While many emerging markets are taking a beating, a fantastic growth story in the developing world is widening and drawing in new countries
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The socialism of humanity: A tribute to Tony Benn

The socialism of humanity: A tribute to Tony Benn | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Tony Benn's socialism was one of humanity, rather than dogma.
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Excellent interpretation of socialism - useful for Political Theory.

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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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Economics - AS Micro

Economics - AS Micro | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
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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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Budget 2014: Ed Miliband statement

Budget 2014: Ed Miliband statement | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Ed Miliband's response to the 2014 Budget - in full and unedited
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Impressive stuff from Ed?

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Unit 2 Macro: Structural Decline in the UK Steel Industry

Unit 2 Macro: Structural Decline in the UK Steel Industry | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a solid example of a manufacturing industry that experienced deep long term structural contraction then the UK steel sector is a good one to use.Global steel output has more than doubled in the last four years but what remains of the UK steel industry is.
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It's the BBC's rightwing bias that is the threat to democracy and journalism

It's the BBC's rightwing bias that is the threat to democracy and journalism | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Owen Jones: The claim of 'liberal bias' is a clever fairytale that allows the right to police the corporation and set the wider political agenda
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BBC - biased? Almost definitely - but in favour of the Right or the Left?

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Corruption and the economy

Corruption and the economy | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Pub economics often explains the plight of poor countries in terms of the problems posed by corruption. That approach might have some value, and to raise the quality of your analysis of this topic, it’s helpful to say why and how it might arise, and the effects it might have. Rich.
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Good piece on corruption and economics

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Factcheck: Do immigrants really cost Britain £22 million a day?

Factcheck: Do immigrants really cost Britain £22 million a day? | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Migration Watch claims labelled "sloppy" and "wrong" by academics.
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