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By Russell Bruce Constance or Konstanz is a German university town in South East Germany and part of Bavaria. The Constance Council dates back over 600 years. From medieval times it was concerned to promote peace and understanding across borders. The prize was created to mark the 600 anniversary and is now awarded every two […]The post Nicola Sturgeon chosen to present Constance Council...
Molly Pollock investigates the scale of the threats to England’s beaches and drinking water. Last week, the UK parliament voted against an amendment (by the House of Lords) to their environment bill that would have prevented, by placing a legal duty on water companies in England and Wales, pumping sewage into rivers. The amendment would […]The post OH, SHIT! appeared first on...
There is never a good time to run a fundraiser but to carry out the work Newsnet requires and continue to cover the issues of importance to Scotland means we have to ask for your support. To link to our fundraiser click on statehood below Scotland’s journey to statehood It is now over three years […]The post Newsnet needs your help appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
Molly Pollock looks at what is happening around COP26 and finds out our First Minister is a key player with Scotland centre stage in a mutitude of events Yes, small nations and regions can make a difference in the fight to combat climate change and will be working hard to do so. If you think […]The post Ambition for COP26 appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
The contracts the UK government issued to Valneva for the vaccine they were developing were announced to great fanfare as another union dividend for Scotland. Our headline graphic shows the UK government news release on the increase in the vaccine order they placed. Just 8 months ago UK ministers were queueing up to pump out […]The post Was contract cancelled because Valneva is a French...
By Molly Pollock On 17 October 2021 Dominic Raab, the UK Government’s Justice Secretary, told the Sunday Telegraph that the Government was considering making changes to the law on judicial review and to the Human Rights Act 1998. This would include creating powers to ‘correct’ judicial decisions that ministers consider to be ‘incorrect’. On Twitter […]The post...
By Russell Bruce Or it should be, because it is too wee, too poor, too stupid Scotland, subsidised by Westminster, that never gets the credit for all the ways we are bailing out the rest of the UK. On Sunday afternoon a quick check revealed we are supplying 17% of the electricity to the national […]The post It’s Scotland’s gas and a tale of two economic models appeared first on...
Molly Pollock takes a look at Independence Live’s interview with A C Grayling and picks out some highlights that particulary struck her on the noted philosophers journey to define the future of Britain differently from his view in 2014. Many thanks to John Drummond of Independence Live for this fascinating talk with A C Grayling. […]The post The Tories have “no plan, no roadmap,...
By Russell Bruce Johnson has spoken and confirmed we are not all in it together but all on our tod and can expect no help over the current surge in fuel prices. His speech went down well with delegates in the hall but elsewhere in the real world went down like a wet blanket in […]The post Boris Johnson: Economic illiterate appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
By The Media Monitor On Friday October 1st a story led the BBC Scotland news agenda. A melodramatic headline adorned the online version – ‘Nearly 200 care homes took mainly untested patients’. The headline was parroted by presenters on the Good Morning Scotland news programme. It led the morning edition of Reporting Scotland. It was […]The post When does BBC Scotland’s...
By Russell Bruce Not very well is the conclusion of the Newsnet team having looked at where and for what fossil fuels are still much in demand. In 2020 the global share of renewables in power generation increased from 10.3% to 11.7%. As far as the cost of fuels is concerned 2021 is a very […]The post How is the world doing using less fossil fuels? appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
By Russell Bruce AT 6.30 pm on Saturday evening (25th September) the UK grid required 30330 MW of power. England did not have enough and imported 1032 MW from the Netherlands. Zero came from France, a major fire at the IFA substation in Kent means no power from the IFA interconnector will be available until […]The post Power Scotland keeps England’s lights on appeared first on...
By Newsroom The Stanlow oil refinery, one of the largest in the UK is on the brink of collapse according to The Times. The Refinery, based in Cheshire, owes hundreds of millions of pounds to HMRC which it needs to start paying within days. Stanlow supplies an estimated sixth of the UK’s petrol and diesel […]The post Large refinery in Cheshire on brink of collapse appeared first on...
By Russell Bruce Forget Project Fear as directed at Scotland and pay attention to the real problem. The future to fear is one still thirled to Westminster with powers taken away from our parliament and plans to introduce partial direct rule by a Westminster government that thinks devolution was a mistake. Our parliament needs the […]The post Scotland can’t afford to stay in the Union...
By Russell Bruce “How will you pay for it is the wrong question” says Stephanie Kelton. “The question should be how will we resource it? Stephanie’s training as an economist meant she accepted there had to be a means of paying for what governments borrowed. As others began to question this thinking Stephanie wanted to […]The post The big myth of government deficits...
The rising cost of gas is hitting businesses hard and consumers are seeing the prices they pay for gas and electricity rise by unprecedented amounts. The notifications on increases we are receiving seem way ahead of the increases Ofgem approved. What is more surprising is prices are higher in the UK than in most of […]The post Gas hikes higher for UK appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
By The Media Monitor On Wednesday, Sept 15th Health Secretary Humza Yousaf gave an interview on the Good Morning Scotland radio show. The interview concluded with presenter Gary Robertson asking the Health Secretary whether folk should think twice before calling an ambulance. The question was unremarkable. Yousaf had just spoken at length about the pressures […]The post Did BBC Scotland...
Molly Pollock runs her eye over Tweed rins tae the Ocean: A walk along Scotland’s Border by Alasdair Allan and wonders what this might tell us about the future of a national border Alasdair believes is the oldest in the world. Alasdair Allan lives on the Isle of Lewis, is MSP for Na h-Eileanan an […]The post Walking a political boundary appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
By Russell Bruce The UK government have come up with a plan to increase the number of HGV drivers. Instead of 2 tests, 3 weeks apart, now only 1 test is proposed. The reversing exercise element for drivers of rigid and articulated trucks is to be removed. The following it taken directly from the UK […]The post UK government HGV driver solution? Hair-raising appeared first on Newsnet.scot.
By Russell Bruce The latest poll from Opinium has a lot of very welcome news for the SNP on the eve of their annual conference. There is much that is positive, at this stage, for the preliminary period prior to an independence referendum being placed on the stocks – as in the frame supporting a […]The post Nicola Sturgeon only politician with positive rating appeared first on...
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