Employee-ownership far more common in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Employee-ownership far more common in Scotland From Insider today: ‘A Scottish firm which makes protective coatings used on cruise ships, oil tankers and lighthouses has become the latest to be employee owned. The 24 staff at Chemco International in Coatbridge now own it after founder Manny Khorasani decided to step back from the business. The change of ownership process was set rolling after Khorasani attended an employee ownership event run by Scottish Enterprise as he had started thinking about taking a back seat in the business.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/chemco-international-employee-ownership-coatbridge-13744381… Read the full article:: John Robertson Employee-ownership far more […]

BBC Scotland: ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese’ so we can do what we like to scare and titillate you

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland: ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese’ so we can do what we like to scare and titillate you My complaint on 28th November can be reduced to one main point: ‘Talking about and only using statistics about ‘general obesity’ affecting c 20% of the Scottish population while visually illustrating continually and only with those who suffer from ‘morbid obesity’ (c 5%) makes a connection between the two which implies that there is a greater problem with obesity than there is and thus misleads the audience. In essence, their answer is that they […]

Taxes should be set not to achieve equality but to maximise revenue

Source:: The National Taxes should be set not to achieve equality but to maximise revenue LAST week I wrote about the gap now opening up between Scottish and UK tax policy, with an evident intention on the part of Nicola Sturgeon’s Government to widen it in future and bring home to us the different economic priorities being followed in Edinburgh and London. Read the full article:: The National Taxes should be set not to achieve equality but to maximise revenue

Can we still say that ‘Scottish politics has changed forever’?

Source:: The National Can we still say that ‘Scottish politics has changed forever’? THREE and a half years ago, when I started writing this column, it felt as if a people’s army was gathering for a Europe-wide assault on the fortress of austerity. Read the full article:: The National Can we still say that ‘Scottish politics has changed forever’?

Lords clash over handling of ‘sex for peerage’ case

Source:: The National Lords clash over handling of ‘sex for peerage’ case PEERS clashed yesterday over the handling of sex pest claims against a senior member of the House of Lords. Lawyer Lord Pannick said the upper chamber needed to take “a hard look” at its complaints procedures in the wake of the case against Lord Lester of Herne Hill – his long-time friend – who was found to have groped a woman and promised her a peerage in exchange for sex. Read the full article:: The National Lords clash over handling of ‘sex for peerage’ case

The Catalan Crisis 'should speak to all democrats'

Source:: The National The Catalan Crisis ‘should speak to all democrats’ JOAQUIM Forn was Catalonia’s interior minister until he was arrested for his role in the October 2017 independence referendum. He has been in jail since. Read the full article:: The National The Catalan Crisis ‘should speak to all democrats’

MPs to quiz ministers on Scotland’s oil and gas sector

Source:: The National MPs to quiz ministers on Scotland’s oil and gas sector SCOTLAND’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and Claire Perry, the UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change will be quizzed by Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee later as it takes the final evidence session of its inquiry on Scottish oil and gas. Read the full article:: The National MPs to quiz ministers on Scotland’s oil and gas sector

The definition of tyranny

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The definition of tyranny Despite the fact that it is clear to everyone that there is no support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Parliament, the Prime Minister blindly and stubbornly refuses to countenance any alternatives. We have a Prime Minister who heads a government which has, at every turn, attempted to block the MPs the people have resturned to this supposedly sovereign Parliament from having their say. She has stated that her government will use so-called Henry VIII powers and will make law… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The definition of […]

Hard Choices For Us Gnats

Source:: Bella Caledonia Hard Choices For Us Gnats The Great Crash Of ’29 by JK Galbraith has the grim line “the end had arrived but was not yet visible”. We are past that now with Brexit, something ominous looms in the mist. It is (probably) already too late to avoid a chaotic No Deal. Where does the quickening of the crisis and the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Hard Choices For Us Gnats

Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre

Source:: Business for Scotland Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre Calls have been made for a dedicated national women’s business centre, to deliver the specific support women need to start and grow their own businesses. Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has said that “concerted, meaningful” action to establish a national women’s business centre is essential. WES chief executive Carolyn Currie said much has been achieved since […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre

Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses

Source:: Business for Scotland Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses Concerns are mounting over the construction industry following job losses and significant drop in output. In the third quarter of 2018 5,000 jobs were lost and output fell by £1.5 billion, year-on-year. During the year to September, a £300 million rise in output from the housing sector failed to offset big falls in output from […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses

From Katowice to 1.5

Source:: Bella Caledonia From Katowice to 1.5 Richard Dixon looks back on the UN climate conference and the enormous challenges ahead. See how easily we could have solved the climate crisis if we had started in 2000! Only 4% reduction per year. Now we need 18% per year. You can thank climate deniers, lobby groups and cowardly politicians for this delay. From […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From Katowice to 1.5

BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries This appeared on Friday 14th. We’re grateful to reader Scott for alerting us to it. Here’s the main part: ‘Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories to vote down a key amendment to the Fisheries Bill which would have required UK government ministers getting consent from Holyrood over fishing opportunities, rather than being able to bypass them. As it stands, the Fisheries Bill would only require UK government ministers to inform and consult Scottish ministers but […]

Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin

Source:: Northern Scot Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin HEROIN with an estimated street value of £1200 has been seized after a drugs raid at Bezack Street in New Elgin. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin

The Scottish Parliament Does Have the Right to Withdraw from the Act of Union

Source:: Craig Murray The Scottish Parliament Does Have the Right to Withdraw from the Act of Union The London Supreme Court last week not only confirmed that the Westminster Parliament could overrule at will any Scottish Government legislation, irrespective of the Scotland Act and the Sewell Convention, but it also ruled that Westminster had already successfully done so, by retrospectively passing provisions in the EU (Withdrawal) Act that overruled the Bill on the same subject, within the competence of the Scottish Parliament, that had already been passed by Holyrood. Not content with that, the London Supreme Court… Read […]