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FPTP - Should Britain Arm the Syrian Rebels?

FPTP - Should Britain Arm the Syrian Rebels? | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Parliament’s rejection of airstrikes on Syria last reopened the debate over whether Britain should be intervening at all in Syria’s ongoing conflict – and if so, how?.
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Tory wants cannabis legalised 'for medicinal purposes'

Tory wants cannabis legalised 'for medicinal purposes' | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
A Conservative MP is calling on the government to do more to make cannabis available for those suffering intense pain.
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Be aware that some Tories are very keen on personal liberties being unconstrained by the State - this is an excellent example.

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Countryside voters turning back on Tories

Countryside voters turning back on Tories | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Conservative support is splintering in the Shires, a poll placed before ministers earlier this month has revealed.
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Trouble for the Tories in their own back yeard. Many in the countryside - the Shires - see Cameron and his team as too 'metropolitan' (London based or centred).

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Reports that NSA taps into Google and Yahoo data hubs infuriate tech giants

Reports that NSA taps into Google and Yahoo data hubs infuriate tech giants | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Files obtained from Edward Snowden suggest NSA can collect information sent by fibre optic cable between Google and Yahoo data hubs 'at will'
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Infringement of basic rights?

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Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”

Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
But before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.
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Not sure if anyone will have actually read this, but you may have heard about it. @rustyrockets was the guest editor for the New Statesman last week and his theme was revolution. 

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IDS' back to work scheme illegal, supreme court rules

IDS' back to work scheme illegal, supreme court rules | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Iain Duncan Smith's department went into crisis-limitation mode today, after the Supreme Court ruled its back to work scheme was illegal.
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More on the Supreme Court in Unit 2. Plus, we'll be visiting it when we go to London.

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China, debt, and the West

China, debt, and the West | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
A couple of good articles in the news this week on the increasing interdependence between China and the rest of the world.
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Calls for a shorter working week – ‘new’ Economics or same old fallacy?

Calls for a shorter working week – ‘new’ Economics or same old fallacy? | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Economists like to talk about fallacies – arguments that fall apart when you look at them closely. One such fallacy is the ‘lump of labour’ delusion.
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Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed

Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Aditya Chakrabortty: Despite the crash, the high priests of economics refuse to look at the big picture – and continue to prop up the world's elites
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Good background article on potential shifts in economic thinking.

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Is Britain’s economic recovery for real?

BBC Newsnight explores the latest UK growth data and holds a discussion about the durability and nature of the upturn in economic fortunes. Excellent background for evaluating this crucial stage of the cycle..
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We may watch this at the start of Unit 2.

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Intra-national trade

Intra-national trade | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The concept of gains from trade is of fundamental importance to economists. But don't be fooled into thinking that gains from trade are limited to international trade.
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Very useful for Unit 3

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Royal Mail was worth £10bn, said JP Morgan. It sold for £6bn less

Royal Mail was worth £10bn, said JP Morgan. It sold for £6bn less | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Investment bank gave valuation before flotation, as unions accuse government of 'conspiracy against taxpayer'
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Remember this the next time you lose 6p, 60p or even £6 at work. People can get away with 'losing' £6bn of public money.

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Clegg lashes out at 'thin-skinned' Alan Sugar

Clegg lashes out at 'thin-skinned' Alan Sugar | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Nick Clegg hit back at Alan Sugar today, after the Apprentice star issued a series of abusive tweets at the deputy prime minister.
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Clegg v Sugar. Oooh, listen to you...Someone hold their jackets, please. Pathetic, really - the sort of thing you see in the Quad most days.

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FPTP - He Who Pays the Piper…

FPTP - He Who Pays the Piper… | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The decision by the trade union, the GMB, to slash its donation to the Labour party from £1.2m to £150,000 not only poses questions about Labour’s links to the unions but also about the viability of political parties and the issue of state funding...
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Grangemouth highlights the competitive problems of the Rest of the UK

The recovery in the British economy is now firmly established. Output in the services sector, the largest part of the economy, is above the previous peak level prior to the crash in 2008.
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Very relevant for Unit 2- the UK Economy.

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Shrinking power: One Direction and supermarket boss humiliate Cameron in influence stakes

Shrinking power: One Direction and supermarket boss humiliate Cameron in influence stakes | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
A supermarket chief and five-piece global pop phenomenon have handed David Cameron's status twin setbacks this morning.
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ASre you surprised by these 'revelations'?

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Robert Webb rebukes Russell Brand for urging people not to vote

Robert Webb rebukes Russell Brand for urging people not to vote | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Peep Show actor says fellow comedian's essay led him to rejoin Labour party and accuses Brand of political 'timidity'
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Celebrities...political infighting...talk of revolution...

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PMQs verdict: After two months, Cameron still has no answer to Miliband's price freeze

PMQs verdict: After two months, Cameron still has no answer to Miliband's price freeze | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Cameron managed to avoid another Commons drubbing, but he is still particularly vulnerable to Miliband's weaponised energy policy.
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The Hi-Energy Punch and Judy Show.  Week 4 and counting.

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Turkey’s Bosphorus tunnel to open sub-sea Asia link

The European and Asian sides of Istanbul are to be connected for the first time with a railway tunnel constructed under the Bosphorus, opening today. A Turkish-Japanese consortium has realized the project, called the Marmaray.
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Press in legal bid to stop charter

Press in legal bid to stop charter | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
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We cover the  Leveson inquiry in the next unit. 

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The parliament gym: is a ripped MP worth the fitness subsidy?

The parliament gym: is a ripped MP worth the fitness subsidy? | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Should taxpayers really be spending up to £250,000 helping our politicians feel the burn?
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How do you like your MPs? Well toned?

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Time to stop this pretence - economics is not science - Telegraph

Time to stop this pretence - economics is not science - Telegraph | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
The Nobel prize for economics remains separate from the main prizes, and so it should, as the namesake was a scientist and economics is categorically not
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Is Economics a Science?

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Globalisation is good

Globalisation is good | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Calls ask us to
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Another useful article for Unit 3

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Tory MPs to make formal complaint to Speaker Bercow

Tory MPs to make formal complaint to Speaker Bercow | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Senior Conservative MPs plan to make a formal complaint to John Bercow amid suggestions the Speaker personally "hates" David Cameron.
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Was Cameron right to refer to Miliband as a 'con man'? Was Bercow right to ask him to wothdraw the comment as 'unparliamentary'?

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Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus

Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus | Bathgate Academy Politics and Economics | Scoop.it
Undergraduates at Manchester University propose overhaul of orthodox teachings to embrace alternative theories
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If you got fed up with the all the models of arcane theory in Unit 1, you are not alone...

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