Brexit to blame for food shortage crisis … not ”pingdemic”

Source:: Business for Scotland Brexit to blame for food shortage crisis … not ”pingdemic” Brexit remains the main factor to blame for food shortages in shops and supermarkets as attempts to make the so-called ”pingdemic” a scapegoat are increasingly undermined. Warnings about empty shelves in shops and supermarkets began when Boris Johnson imposed his woeful Brexit trade deal which kicked in on January 1. Mounting red tape and other […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Brexit to blame for food shortage crisis … not ”pingdemic”

How Westminster short changed Scotland’s city deals

Source:: Business for Scotland How Westminster short changed Scotland’s city deals The Westminster government is falling substantially short when it comes to  major investment deals throughout Scotland. City Region Deals were hailed by the UK government as a means to drive regional economic growth and to create jobs. It boasted it had committed more than £1.5bn to deals ‘’covering every part of Scotland’’. The UK government […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland How Westminster short changed Scotland’s city deals

Why we need independence at the heart of Covid recovery

Source:: Business for Scotland Why we need independence at the heart of Covid recovery With every passing day it becomes more apparent that allowing Westminster to remain in charge of the Covid recovery will be a disaster for Scotland. Vital opportunities to build back better are being squandered by a UK government determined to roll back devolution and reject any move to tackle the inequalities at the heart of […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Why we need independence at the heart of Covid recovery

Five ways Westminster’s Covid business lifeline failed Scotland

Source:: Business for Scotland Five ways Westminster’s Covid business lifeline failed Scotland A Westminster scheme aimed at helping innovative start-up companies survive the pandemic failed abysmally to spread the safety net much beyond London and the south-east. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s launched the Future Fund last year but it gave less than 1% of its £1bn ‘’lifeline of Treasury cash’’ to Scottish firms. The fund has now closed […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Five ways Westminster’s Covid business lifeline failed Scotland

Boris Johnson’s Government is losing control of the health crises – again

Source:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson’s Government is losing control of the health crises – again Across the EU’s 27 nations the average number of new coronavirus cases is 2,394. New UK cases this week (7 day rolling average) amount to 47,723.   Sure there are some smaller nations in the EU, so let’s look at those of similar population size to the UK at 66.5 million:  Germany 1,366 cases from […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson’s Government is losing control of the health crises – again

UK Gov gets Brexit sums wrong again as EU’s divorce bill spirals

Source:: Business for Scotland UK Gov gets Brexit sums wrong again as EU’s divorce bill spirals The final bill facing the UK for Brexit could be almost £41bn. That estimate comes from Brussels and is up to £5billion higher than the UK government’ estimate. The new figure –  €47.5bn – is in Brussels’ 2020 budget account and compares with a UK estimate of between £35 billion and £39 billion. Tony Murphy, […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland UK Gov gets Brexit sums wrong again as EU’s divorce bill spirals

Westminster’s end to furlough will force one in seven Scots into income crisis

Source:: Business for Scotland Westminster’s end to furlough will force one in seven Scots into income crisis Westminster’s refusal to extend the furlough scheme beyond September will force one in seven Scots into an income crisis according to Citizens Advice Scotland. A YouGov survey commissioned by the organisation found that 10% of adults are already finding it ‘’difficult’’ to get by on their current income and a further 4% find it ‘’very […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Westminster’s end to furlough will force one in seven Scots into income crisis

Boris Johnson’s ambition to dismantle devolution is an affront to democracy

Source:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson’s ambition to dismantle devolution is an affront to democracy We should now be under no illusion about the consequences of remaining within a relationship with the UK which is growing ever more toxic. Now more than ever we must realise the case for Scotland’s independence is not simply pitting the prospect of a country in charge of its own future against the status quo. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson’s ambition to dismantle devolution is an affront to democracy

Exclusive: UK government knew Brexit would deepen lorry driver crisis and risk food shortages

Source:: Business for Scotland Exclusive: UK government knew Brexit would deepen lorry driver crisis and risk food shortages The British government had been warned of the critical shortage of lorry drivers before ploughing ahead with a Brexit deal that would turn the problem into a crisis. Senior figures in the Scottish transport industry have told Business for Scotland the government had been told of the lorry driver crisis well before Brexit made it […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Exclusive: UK government knew Brexit would deepen lorry driver crisis and risk food shortages

New UK law will grab power from Holyrood to control business subsidies

Source:: Business for Scotland New UK law will grab power from Holyrood to control business subsidies The UK government will today introduce legislation giving it overall control over business subsidies. The move will reboot a row over its determination to seize powers which should properly go to the Scottish parliament after Brexit. The Subsidy Control Bill submitted to the Westminster parliament today will create a new system for state subsidies which […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland New UK law will grab power from Holyrood to control business subsidies

From scandal to referendum boost: five reasons why case for indy is stronger than ever

Source:: Business for Scotland From scandal to referendum boost: five reasons why case for indy is stronger than ever After a weekend of crisis and turmoil at Westminster here are five developments which have made the case for independence stronger and more vital than ever. 1: The moral vacuum at Westminster A sex scandal which led to flagrant breaches of  social distancing rules forced UK health secretary Matt Hancock to resign over the weekend […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland From scandal to referendum boost: five reasons why case for indy is stronger than ever

Anger and bemusement: Twitter backlash to daft One Britain One Nation singalong

Source:: Business for Scotland Anger and bemusement: Twitter backlash to daft One Britain One Nation singalong UK government support for a controversial campaign to encourage schoolchildren to sing a ”patriotic” song about One Britain One Nation has sparked a baffled backlash. Westminster education secretary Gavin Williamson has encouraged children ”across the UK”  to take part. But the idea has spectacularly backfired, with social media timelines filling up with criticism and jokes. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Anger and bemusement: Twitter backlash to daft One Britain One Nation singalong

Murdo Fraser call to flout Manchester travel ban puts anti-indy obsession above health

Source:: Business for Scotland Murdo Fraser call to flout Manchester travel ban puts anti-indy obsession above health The role of opposition is an essential one in a democracy but when Tory MSP Murdo Fraser called yesterday on  Mancunians to flout Nicola Sturgeon’s travel ban he disgraced that role. As an opposition MSP it is absolutely his job to challenge government decisions and to hold the ruling party to account. It is NOT […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Murdo Fraser call to flout Manchester travel ban puts anti-indy obsession above health

Five terrible Tory tactics to undermine independence

Source:: Business for Scotland Five terrible Tory tactics to undermine independence The Westminster government has been bouncing from one bonkers blunder to another in recent days. Here are our top five of its crazy ideas. 1: Suggesting giving Scots living outside Scotland a vote in the second independence referendum Senior Tories are reported to be urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the indyref2 franchise because […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Five terrible Tory tactics to undermine independence

GB News launch week was truly awful – boring, amateurish, Scotiaphobic  

Source:: Business for Scotland GB News launch week was truly awful – boring, amateurish, Scotiaphobic   As a young man I was fascinated by film. I remember discussing one film, Empire; by Andy Warhol, at the film club. Empire was shot in the 60s, it’s a silent black and white film showing hours of unchanging footage of the Empire State building in slow motion. It has no characters, no narrative nor […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland GB News launch week was truly awful – boring, amateurish, Scotiaphobic