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What is Going On?
MacAlba
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I’ve put off writing this blog post for a couple of days but something occurred yesterday that has made me pen this, well actually three things occurred yesterday, and another thing has occurred today that has made me decide I need to articulate. The three things that occurred yesterday, and the thing today that spurred… Read More What is Going On?
Time for £12: Covid-19 Crisis Leaves Millions Without Income on Day of Minimum Wage Rise
The SSP
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Urgent action is needed if the most vulnerable workers are not to have the virus of destitution added to that of Covid-19. And when this emergency is finally over a minimum wage of £12/hour [set at 2/3rds of male median earning] will be more necessary than ever to help those most in need. [...]Read More...The post Time for £12: Covid-19 Crisis Leaves Millions Without Income on Day of Minimum...
Beyond Nuclear Conference - POSTPONED
Scottish CND
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUTUMN 2020 - APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED Helensburgh CND have organised a conference to discuss the worrying developments at the Hunterston Nuclear Power Station and the alternatives available on 4th April 2020 in Glasgow. All our members and supporters are invited to attend.
Outer Space is the Next Frontier for War - Dave Webb (CND UK)
Scottish CND
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CND UK chair Dave Webb has written for the Morning Star about the alarming developments in space weapons technology. The article is copied below but you can also read on the Morning Star website here.It may have been lost among all the fuss about impeachment, but on December 20 President Donald Trump signed the US National Defence Authorisation Act for 2020, rubber-stamping a record defence...
The US/UK Warhead Deal
Scottish CND
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As first seen on http://www.nuclearban.scot/, the website for Scottish ICAN partners.It is important to note that the missiles on the UK nuclear weapon submarines are not British but are leased from the US. Indeed the UK does not have the facility to remove the missiles from its four Vanguard-class boats - that needs to be done at King's Bay in Georgia. The delivery and targeting software is US...
Scottish Government's Approach to Civil Nuclear Power
Scottish CND
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The following content is from a letter sent to Paul Wheelhouse MSP as the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands and cc'd to Office of Nuclear Regulation, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, North Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and East Lothian Council from Scottish CND, UN House Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Response to First 'Low-Yield' Trident Warhead
Scottish CND
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Last week, The Guardian and other media published that the United States has deployed its first low-yield Trident nuclear warhead on a submarine that is currently patrolling the Atlantic Ocean. Donald Trump commissioned the W76-2 warhead two years ago which has an explosive yield of five kilotons, a third of the power of the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Scottish CND Executive member...
Coronavirus: 'Big questions' for UK Government on testing numbers
The National
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MICHAEL Gove yesterday acknowledged that the UK Government needs to go “further, faster” on its coronavirus testing, prompting questions on why ministers have failed to meet their testing targets from critics.
Far fewer Scots children at risk?
Talking Up Scotland
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From Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2018-19 published yesterday. There are differences in the nature of the data collected, which limit to some extent comparisons between parts of the UK, but these do not seem to call into question the scale of reporting [see second reference below].
I hope the Daily Mail remembers this headline
Tax Research UK
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The Daily Mail has this headline today: The related article says: But has the Government done everything possible to crack Covid-19? The Mail reluctantly concludes Read the full article...
Is Westminster Coronavirus Policy a Cull of the sick and old?
Grumpy Scottish Man
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I saw this letter that someone had posted on Twitter that their parent had received and to be honest it is nothing short of disgusting. I totally understand and appreciate the strain that the NHS will be under in the coming weeks but that letter is disgusting. The Dr talks about how difficult it was […]
Coronavirus: Scottish Government scraps plan for juryless trials
The National
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MSPS are expected to pass emergency legislation aimed at tackling coronavirus in a one-day sitting today.
Proposed FOI emergency law goes too far say Greens
Scottish Greens
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Proposed changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of emergency laws to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic go too far, the Scottish Greens have warned.The party has confirmed it will seek to amend the legislation so that bodies cannot extend review periods, even after their deadlines to respond to requests has already been extended. If left unamended, this...
Scottish Greens attempt to strengthen evictions ban
Scottish Greens
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The Scottish Greens will attempt to strengthen a ban on evictions, as well as seek checks and balances on Scotland’s emergency laws to ensure citizens’ rights are protected during the COVID-19 lockdown.As parliament rushes through emergency legislation, Greens will lodge amendments to the proposed halt on evictions to further protect tenants. They will also seek clarification on how the...
Dogma is now a threat to our food supplies
Tax Research UK
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Ben Wray edits Source, which is the daily newsletter from the Commonweal think tank in Scotland. It does not matter, I suggest, whether you are Read the full article...
PM urged to tear up rules stopping migrants claiming Universal Credit
Holyrood Magazine
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The Liberal Democrats have joined dozens of Labour MPs in demanding an immediate pause to the ?No Recourse to Public Funds? immigration status
Parliament Live from Holyrood – 01/04/2020
Broadcasting Scotland
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Parliament Live from Holyrood – 01/04/2020   Parliament Live from Holyrood with all stages of the COVID-19 Emergency Legislation.   9:30am Stage 1 Debate – COVID-19 Emergency Legislation 11:30am Ministerial – Social Security – COVID-19 12:00pm Ministerial Statement – First Minister 2:00pm Stage 2 – COVID-19 Emergency Legislation followed by Stage 3...
Chickens coming home to roost
Source
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Food. Everyone needs it. It’s one of those universal essentials that goes on regardless of a pandemic. But most of us are so used to getting it on our plate that we don’t worry about it how it got there, and whether the mechanisms which led it to get there are resilient. There is growing […]The post Chickens coming home to roost appeared first on Source.
In the post coronavirus world the bond markets are no longer a threat to government
Tax Research UK
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The FT has an article this morning with the headlines: How central banks beat back the ‘bond vigilantes’ Unlimited bond buying has made it near Read the full article...