News in Scotland - Tuesday

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The cost of moving Trident to England would be the same as replacing
the nuclear system say sources

Scottish news: News in Scotland - Tuesday

UK government failing to plan post-independence military

The UK lacks a proper contingency plan for what will happen to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons’ system in the event that Scots vote for independence in 2014. According to Herald sources the cost of relocating Trident to England would be in the same range as the entire cost of the plan to replace Trident.

First Minister faces more accusations over BskyB

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, who initially ruled on the BskyB takeover, has said that News Corp's submission mentioned nothing about an expansion of operations in Scotland. Alex Salmond has insisted his support for the BskyB bid was nothing to do with gaining the editorial backing of the Scottish Sun and instead was related to the benefits which would accrue to the Scottish economy. Although there is no evidence to substantiate Mr Salmond's claim, there is neither any evidence which substantiates the accusations being levelled against Scotland's First Minister.

Scottish government prepares for independence with external affairs post

The Scottish government has created a director of external affairs post as part of their preparations to ready Scotland for political independence ahead of the referendum in 2014. The post will raise Scotland's international profile and will see the successful candidate take charge of a team of about 120 staff, including some based in the United States, Canada, China and Belgium.

Single Scottish police force chief post advertised

Applications have opened to find a chief constable for Scotland’s new single police force. The successful candidate will oversee 17,000 officers and 6,500 support workers and will be rewarded with a starting salary of £208,100.

New Archbishop of Glasgow to be announced today

The new Archbishop of Glasgow is expected to be announced today at 11am along with a simultaneous announcement from the Vatican. It is speculated that the 61 year-old Bishop of Paisley, Philip Tartaglia, will replace Mario Conti in what is expected to be a change in the establishment of Scotland's Catholic Church.

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Only 31 percent of council spending in Scotland goes to local firms, according to new study

In a new study of 148 councils across the UK, published today, the Federation of Small Business study reveals Scottish councils compare poorly to Welsh (39 percent) and Northern Irish council's (54 percent). The FSB’s Andy Willox said: “The Scottish Government’s upcoming Sustainable Procurement Bill is a real opportunity for us to decide what we want Scottish public procurement to do.”

Scottish government welcomes dairy ‘code’ that will help farmers

The SNP government has welcomed an outline “code of practice” which may bring a better deal for Scottish dairy farmers. The understanding reached between dairy producers and processors should see farmers receive a “decent return – and certainly one that is above the cost of production.” said Scotland’s Farming Secretary Richard Lochhead.

French buy whisky firm for £58mn

Rémy Cointreau, the French drinks conglomerate, has bought Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery Company for £58mn which includes a deal to assume £10mn of debt on the firm’s balance sheet.

Charles Green accuses Brian Kennedy of distracting Rangers from priorities

Charles Green, Newco Rangers chief executive, has accused Brian Kennedy of distracting the club from negotiations aimed at achieving SFA membership. Mr Kennedy has expressed continued interest in the club.

 

UK and World

News of the world journalists to learn if they will be prosecuted

At around 11am today the Crown Prosecution Service legal adviser Alison Levitt QC is expected to announce whether allegations relating to phone hacking will be prosecuted. Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper head and David Cameron's ex-media chief could face a court trial in an affair which has exposed close relationships at the heart of the UK establishment.

Libor: British officials resisted fixes

Despite attempts to trumpet efforts to overhaul problems during the financial crisis, documents released on Friday show that British officials resisted certain recommended fixes. The Bank of England and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York advocated changes to rate-setting process but only under condition of anonymity. Regulators deferred to the British Bankers’ Association - a private body tasked with overseeing rate-setting.

Former head of Anglo Irish Bank arrested again

Sean FitzPatrick has been arrested for the second time in relation to a long-running probe into the bank which was largely blamed for Ireland's financial crisis, although so far he has not been charged. After his arrest earlier today at Dublin Airport FitzPatrick is to face charges related to "financial irregularities" according to a source close to the financial probe.

Cash-in-hand work "morally wrong", says Treasury Minister

According to Treasury Minister David Gauke, the practice of paying tradesmen cash-in-hand so that they can avoid tax is "morally wrong". It is estimated that the government will lose about £2bn in unpaid income taxes and VAT. Mr Gauke has stated that the government aims to crack down on cash-in-hand payments although Labour MP Austin Mitchell of the Public Accounts Select Committee has branded the comments as "petty" and "impossible to police".

Syria threatens use of WMDs against external invaders

Syria has warned against outside aggressors invading the country that they will be replled with WMDs. Syrian foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi has stated that: "These weapons are stored and secured by Syrian military forces and under its direct supervision and will never be used unless Syria faces external aggression." Currently Syrian troops are attempting to retake areas of Aleppo and Damascus while prisoners in Aleppo and Homs are rioting, leading to fears that the riots "might lead to summary executions" according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hong Kong battered by Typhoon last night

Typhoon Vincente, travelling with wind speeds over 140 km/h hit Hong Kong last night. The Typhoon left over 100 people injured, more than 250 people displaced and affected at least 136 flights.

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