News in Scotland - Wednesday

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Scottish Cabinet Minister Alex Neil has expressed his vision of an
independent Scotland without poverty

Scottish news: News in Scotland - Wednesday

Vision of independent Scotland without poverty proclaimed

By voting 'yes' in the 2014 independence referendum Scots could "effectively eliminate poverty from our society", according to SNP minister Alex Neil. The vision of a prosperous independent Scotland was dismissed by Labour's Patricia Ferguson who said the claim was treating Scots like "fools".

Skye flights being considered by SNP government

The Scottish government has said that flights to and from the Isle of Skye may be resumed pending the completion of a feasibility study. Infrastructure minister Alex Neil said subsidies may be made available to revive the Ashaig Airfield but would be predicated on evidence of demand.

Scotland not giving fairer access to less-affluent students

According to new findings, Scotland will take 40 years for its universities to achieve fair success for students from less-deprived backgrounds. A report from NUS Scotland showed that the number of Scots from the most poverty-stricken areas attending university increased by just one percent from 2005.

Rows commence over Archbishop linking gay lifestyle to death

The new Archbishop of Glasgow has stated that the premature death of MP David Cairns was directly linked to his homosexuality. “If what I have heard is true about the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men, if it is true, then society is being very quiet about it,” Philip Tartaglia said. The late Mr Cairns' partner Dermot Kehoe expressed his outrage, saying: “I can’t believe that someone who claims to be a man of God and is seeking to give moral leadership should speak from such a position of ignorance.”

 

UK and International

News International staff face phone hacking charges

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of News of the World, have been charged in connection with the hacking hundreds of people’s communications including Milly Dowler's phone. Brooks, who was not present in court, left a statement saying: "I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.” Coulson said he would continue to fight the allegations in a brief interview outside his London home.

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Libor scandal has “decimated” public trust in banks admits Barclays

A spokesperson for Barclays has admitted that the public’s trust in the banks has “been decimated and needs to be rebuilt”. Barclays has set out a number steps they will implement  in order to  attempt to re-build its reputation, including a system of rewards based on “visible leadership” and the appointment of headhunters to find replacements for Chief Executive Bob Diamond and Chairman Marcus Agius.

Assad sends regime troops in to Aleppo

Thousands of troops loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad have been sent to Aleppo in an effort to reclaim the commercial hub from rebel fighters. During the course of their efforts they have been accused  of indiscriminately firing helicopter mounted rockets and shelling civilian targets.

Colonel admits that UK may become involved in Syrian conflict

Despite Syrian threats to use biological and chemical weaponry on anyone deemed to be “interfering” in the civil war, Col Richard Kemp  - a former army commander - has admitted today that Western forces may have to intervene in an effort to stabilize the area as the instability both within and outside of Syria represents a threat to the international community at large according to the Colonel who formerly led UK forces in Afghanistan.

Flu Vaccinations to be offered to children and teenagers

Starting in 2014 at the earliest, everyone aged between two and 17 will be offered an influenza vaccination which is to be administered through a nasal spray. Chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies stated that: "Even with moderate uptake of 30% it is estimated that this should result in 11,000 fewer hospitalisations and 2,000 fewer deaths each year.”

 

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