Scotland’s food industry warns of dangers in hurried trade deals

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s food industry warns of dangers in hurried trade deals In an important intervention Scotland’s food industry and suppliers wrote today to Liz Truss warning of the dangers to jobs, exports and Scotland’s high food quality and welfare standards if a trade deal was hurriedly agreed with Australia. Any hurried deal would then stand as a template for other deals with the US, Canada and New Zealand. We publish the text of the letter below. The present UK government is not noted for thinking things through so it is important… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Democracy, food, the environment: Lessons we can learn from Iceland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Democracy, food, the environment: Lessons we can learn from Iceland Molly Pollock comments on our Nordic connections and the extraordinary experience of Iceland, one of Europe’s poorest nations when it voted for independence from Denmark in 1944 and is now one of Europe’s richest nations because the Icelanders believed in their country and themselves. Scotland is the richest part of the UK after London and the South East so what are so many afraid of? Plus the film everybody must watch. I developed a passion for Scandi and Nordic noir… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Covid and the BBC’s Care Home lie

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Covid and the BBC’s Care Home lie By The Media Monitor How many times have you heard reporters claim that Scotland has the highest Covid care home death rate in the UK? We’ll wager it’s more than once. Indeed it’s been reported so often that many folk assume it must be true. But it isn’t true. It started early in the pandemic when BBC Scotland seized on data released by the Scottish Govt that showed a quarter of all Covid deaths were happening in care homes. On… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Covid and […]

Kirsty Hughes responds to UK attack on Scotland’s international relations

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Kirsty Hughes responds to UK attack on Scotland’s international relations Dr Kirsty Hughes of the Scottish Centre on European Relations posted a significant Twitter thread explaining Scotland’s relationship with other countries in the wake of the UK government’s attack on Scotland’s international connections, especially our office in Brussels. Dr Hughes kindly agreed to Newsnet publishing the Twitter thread of her response to the UK government so that it is available in permanent form and to those outside the confines of social media. Twitter abbreviations are retained in the text below.… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Two men meet at a palace in Edinburgh

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Two men meet at a palace in Edinburgh By Russell Bruce Is there something strange about that? When the man who is second in line to the throne and on a week long charm offensive in Scotland, openly acknowledged as part of the Monarchy’s move to deter support for independence, meets Gordon Brown for a private meeting at Holyrood Palace then something is certainly afoot. With Gordon ‘British’ Brown having launched his campaign to protect the Union, this does suggest the beginnng of a co-ordinated plan that is… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Two […]

Dominic Cummings – BBC Scotland jumps the colonial shark

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Dominic Cummings – BBC Scotland jumps the colonial shark By The Media Monitor It’s impossible to identify the most shocking and incendiary revelation from Dominic Cummings’ testimony in front of a Westminster committee yesterday. There were so many ‘wait … what?’ moments that observers were ultimately numbed by them all. Cummings told the committee that Johnson believed the pandemic a scare story, that he talked about being injected with Covid on live TV to prove it was harmless, that he did make the ‘bodies piled high’ comment. The former… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

The first 100 days

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The first 100 days Molly Pollock looks at key points from Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in the Scottish Parliament today. Cross party working to be a key feature along with working towards close collaboration with the Greens on areas of agreement. In her speech today in the Scottish Parliament on her government’s priorities during their first 100 days in office, the First Minister reiterated that her immediate priority was leading Scotland safely through and out of the Covid 19 pandemic. Lessons, she said, will be… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The first 100 days

Wellbeing and social justice are affordable in an independent Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Wellbeing and social justice are affordable in an independent Scotland Molly Pollock looks at the Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s route map to a fair independent Scotland and how it can be paid for “Independence ensures that decisions about Scotland are taken by the people who live here. The transfer of powers to our Scottish Parliament will empower the people of Scotland, and present us with the opportunity to transform our country for the better. However, to build that better society, one with compassion and wellbeing at its heart, we… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Trade deals: Farming, fishing and rural voices

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Trade deals: Farming, fishing and rural voices By Russell Bruce Lots of speculation on the implications of an Australian/UK trade deal. The issue for Johnson’s Brexit government is to finally land a trade deal that is not just a mini roll over of EU trade deals with other countries around the world. That puts a lot pressure on Liz Truss and UK negotiators to get a deal nailed down, whether it is in the interests of farmers or rural areas or not. What’s not to like about… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Trade deals: […]

ScotGov: Full ministerial team announced

Source:: NewsNet Scotland ScotGov: Full ministerial team announced By Russell Bruce Just over 24 hours after being re-elected First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has completed appointments to her new ministerial team. No messing, it is straight down to work to deliver an administration to deal with the business of a devolved government with unambiguous intent to deliver an independence referendum as soon as the Covid crisis is over. Consisting of 10 Cabinet Secretaries, including the First Minister, the Scottish Cabinet will be supported by 15 Junior Ministers.  First Minister,… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland ScotGov: Full ministerial team […]

I have hope

Source:: NewsNet Scotland I have hope By Molly Pollock On the 18th May Nicola Sturgeon was re-elected First Minister with the SNP gaining its fourth consecutive term in office. The parliament had many new faces, amongst which was Green MSP Lorna Slater who lost no time in giving her maiden speech. So refreshing to hear such a positive outlook compared to the usual griping and carping from opposition members. In her speech the Scottish Greens Co-Leader mentioned the recovery from Covid, dealing with the climate and… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland I have hope

New Covid strains, vaccines and variants

Source:: NewsNet Scotland New Covid strains, vaccines and variants By Russell Bruce This is from an important series of tweets from Dr Gregor Smith, Scotland’s Chief medical Officer on the new Covid19 strains that have been identified. We have added in square brackets appropriate explanations to help readers along with added notes, all referenced. Dr Smith issued this thread at 11.30a.m. Sunday 16th May 2021. @DrGregorSmith Reading lots of speculation about B1617.2, [Indian strain 2] some informed, lots that isn’t. At present in parts of Scotland we have rise… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland New Covid strains, […]

Contrasts

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Contrasts Molly Pollock looks at the contrasts between the actions of Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Home Office Immigration Enforcement department with the response of a community that Lakhvir Singh and Sumit Sehdevi had been a respected part of for 10 years, along with the inclusive multi-language proceedings at the Scottish Parliament as MSPs were sworn in and the new Presiding Officer, Green MSP Alison Johnstone who asked for an atmosphere of inclusivity, mutual tolerance and respect. Scotland has values. This was… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Contrasts

Glasgow communities foil power of Brit state

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Glasgow communities foil power of Brit state By Russell Bruce It was a message that left no doubt. Priti Patel and Johnson’s xenophobic government found the British reach into a Scottish community would meet with unambiguous peaceful resistance. This was not the Scottish Government promoting Scotland’s values as an inclusive society but reflection of the standards the people believe are the mark of the kind of country Scotland is and what must be increasingly established as we move towards independence and the removal of interference from the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Glasgow communities […]

Border Issues

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Border Issues By Molly Pollock Newsnet’s Research Editor looks at what the Common Travel Area (CTA) is and how it developed, connecting UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. She uncovers information on older passports and that the Irish Free State remained more connected to the ‘union’ than is generally understood today, prior to Ireland became a republic in 1949. Mention independence and one of the first issues brought up is the border – that 96 mile boundary between Marshall… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Border Issues