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This Scoop curates items relating to politics and the economy from a mainly UK perspective.  
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Welcome to my Politics and Economy Scoop.

 

It is a fairly generic mix of articles, gathered through twitter, the blogs I follow and suggestions from the Scoop.it curation tool, that catch my attention as interesting to me and possibly other people.

 

You can use the filter option just above this introduction to search for a particular topic within the numerous articles collated here.

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I can’t support a tax strike – but you can campaign for a Tax Dodging Bill

I can’t support a tax strike – but you can campaign for a Tax Dodging Bill | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I am aware that Emma Thompson and Greg Wise are threatening to go on tax strike until HSBC are prosecuted for assisting tax evasion.
I admire their conviction and courage and wish them well but cannot suggest that others follow their action.
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It is civil society that is leading the way on tax thinking

It is civil society that is leading the way on tax thinking | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I liked this comment in the Economist yesterday in an article discussing the problems with automatic information exchange from tax havens under the OECD’s proposed Common Reporting Standard (CRS): The OECD hopes that upright financial firms will...
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Lloyds pays boss £11.5m and resumes dividend after six years

Lloyds pays boss £11.5m and resumes dividend after six years | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
António Horta-Osório’s pay deal revealed as Lloyds Banking Group announces plans to pay its first shareholder dividend since its bailout in 2008 The boss of Lloyds Banking Group has been handed a £11.5m pay deal as the bank resumed dividend...
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Disaster

Disaster | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
William Keegan, while discussing my NIER article on the UK government’s macro record, writes: After the collapse of output of some 6-7% engendered by the financial crisis, output per capita grew by “just under 2%” from 2010 to 2013, whereas in...
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Full text: Miliband’s speech pledging tuition fees cut

Full text: Miliband’s speech pledging tuition fees cut | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech at Leeds College of Music, said:
Today is about the young people of Britain.
And all who care about them right across the generations.
I have listened to you.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brackley braced for ‘catastrophe’?

SPECIAL REPORT: Brackley braced for ‘catastrophe’? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The effect of HS2 on Brackley is ‘potentially catastrophic’, according to the pair who faced MPs in Westminster this week.
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Surgeon sacked for 'postponing NHS operation to treat a private patient' - Telegraph.co.uk

Surgeon sacked for 'postponing NHS operation to treat a private patient' - Telegraph.co.uk | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Professor Nadey Hakim is accused by Imperial College NHS Trust of gross misconduct after allegedly delaying an NHS patient's kidney and pancreas transplant
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Yanis Varoufakis interview: ‘Anything’s better than austerity'

Yanis Varoufakis interview: ‘Anything’s better than austerity' | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Greek finance minister insists deal with troika has not compromised his leftist principles
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How David Cameron could win the general election but not the keys to No 10

How David Cameron could win the general election but not the keys to No 10 | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Guardian projection of polls suggests Conservatives will be largest party but will struggle to beat a Labour-led alliance to form next government If the UK general election were held today, the Conservatives would get the most seats but David...
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David Cameron's New Definition of Fracking ‘Political Not Scientific’

David Cameron's New Definition of Fracking ‘Political Not Scientific’ | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Last week,  DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books. Kyla Mandel investigates where this definition actually came from.
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Clamp down on second jobs and nationalise railways, say LabourList readers

Clamp down on second jobs and nationalise railways, say LabourList readers | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
At the start of this week, allegations of a ‘cash-for-access’ scandal were levelled at Jack Straw MP and Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP.
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The scandal of councils turning away the homeless is finally being exposed

The scandal of councils turning away the homeless is finally being exposed | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
A London council’s admission that it has been dodging its responsibility to homeless people is a chance to come clean on the size of our housing crisis Let’s start with the facts: gatekeeping – the practice of councils turning homeless people away...
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What is the Fair Tax Mark for?

What is the Fair Tax Mark for? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I have been noticing some commentary of late asking the question ‘what is the Fair Tax Mark for?’ I think it appropriate to answer that question given I was the creator of the idea and am a director of the Fair Tax Mark.
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Cooperatives UK enter partnership with the Fair Tax Mark

Cooperatives UK enter partnership with the Fair Tax Mark | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Cooperatives UK have issued the following press release that I am pleased to share: The UK co-operative sector, worth £37 billion to the British economy, has agreed a partnership with the Fair Tax Mark, an initiative that enables businesses to...
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Fraud threat to millions of TalkTalk customers

Fraud threat to millions of TalkTalk customers | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Major breach of data leaves one customer £2,800 out of pocket as TalkTalk and his bank, Santander, refuse to compensate him TalkTalk, the phone and broadband giant with 4 million customers, has admitted it suffered a major data breach in which...
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Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness.
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Greek reform plan gets green light from German parliament

Greek reform plan gets green light from German parliament | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Extension gives Greece breathing space to hammer out a new reform programme with the troika, but 29 MPs from Angela Merkel’s party voted against the plan The German parliament has backed the extension of the Greek bailout by four months with an...
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What’s going on with Prospect magazine’s list of top 50 world thinkers?

What’s going on with Prospect magazine’s list of top 50 world thinkers? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Russell Brand and Cody Wilson are in, the pope and Mary Beard are out – the criteria for making it on to the annual list of cerebral superstars is hard to fathomRussell Brand has come from nowhere to join the world’s top public intellectuals, while...
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ScottishGovernment - News - Human impact of austerity must stop

DFM: UK deficit symptom of economic difficulty not just one of the causes
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The new left in Europe needs to be radical – and European | Antonio Negri and Raúl Sánchez Cedillo

The new left in Europe needs to be radical – and European | Antonio Negri and Raúl Sánchez Cedillo | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Greece is bravely laying a path towards a democratic Europe, one that is not dominated by the interests of capitalism or Nato“A spectre is haunting Europe” read a recent headline in the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, announcing the round of...
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Why The Euro Crisis Is A Crisis Of Sovereignty

Why The Euro Crisis Is A Crisis Of Sovereignty | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Is the Euro crisis about money? Joschka Fischer explains the internal and external threats and shows why we face a crisis of sovereignty.
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Election 2015: The Guardian poll projection

Election 2015: The Guardian poll projection | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Our model takes in all published constituency-level polls, UK-wide polls and polling conducted in the nations, and projects the result in each of the 650 Westminster constituencies using an adjusted average
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PolicyWatch – February 2015 | Ethical Corporation

PolicyWatch – February 2015 | Ethical Corporation | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
RT @Ethical_Corp: UK gov't accept new rules that require disclosure of #chemicals used during #fracking http://t.co/aJA0IQpa4l
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What does the future hold for the Cancer Drugs Fund?

What does the future hold for the Cancer Drugs Fund? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Since 2010, the fund has had £200m a year to spend on drugs and has treated 60,000 patients, but many feel it has outstayed its welcomeWhen the government created the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in 2010 to pay for cancer drugs rejected by the National...
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Labour has given young people a chance to shape their own futures

Labour has given young people a chance to shape their own futures | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
It is a harsh reality that too often politics responds to those who shout the loudest.
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