Dr Paul Cairney has dismissed claims that Scotland cannot hold an
independence referendum as an attempt to "muddy the waters"
Scottish news: News in Scotland - Wednesday
Scottish independence: Expert dismisses claims Scotland can not hold binding independence referendum
Professor Paul Cairney, an expert on devolution at the University of Aberdeen, has said that there should be no issue over the legality of the independence referendum. Prof Cairney dismissed legal posturing by Unionist politicians as an attempt to "muddy the waters".
Scottish independence: Wright warns MPs against attempts to influence referendum terms
Canon Kenyon Wright, credited as being the inspiration behind Scottish devolution, has fired a warning shot over the heads of Westminster MPs who he believes are attempting to dictate the terms of Scotland's independence referendum. The former head of the Scottish Constitutional Conventions, which laid the groundwork for the Scottish parliament, said that the Scottish people are sovereign and therefore have the explicit right to choose a form of government of their own choosing. He said that any attempt to influence the referendum could provoke Scots into voting for independence.
Scottish independence: Rebel Nationalists organise against Nato policy shift
Parliamentarians, party branches, SNP Youth, and senior party figures are lining up to challenge the SNP leadership's Nato policy U-turn. According to The Scotsman newspaper a document has been circulated around SNP rebels by MSP Jamie Hepburn which sets out a strategy for opposing the party leadership on the controversial issue.
Cameron appeals to SNP and others to back constitutional change
As the Coalition government is tested to breaking point, David Cameron has appealed to the SNP and other parties in order to pass legislation aimed at reducing the number of MPs in Westminster including a reduction of Scottish MPs from 59 to 52. The SNP's Stewart Hosie has said that the SNP may support the legislation but pointed out that the row showed that Westminster cannot be trusted when it comes to the constitution. It is likely Labour in Scotland would suffer most from a reduction in the number of MPs.
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Scots teenagers lose university opportunity to overseas’ applicants
Young Scots are facing losing opportunities to get into universities at the last minute while hundreds of places remain available and being advertised for prospective students from outside the EU. Yesterday, teenagers across Scotland received their exam results for university entrance. Education secretary Mike Russell said that the discrepancies were as a result of the Scottish government’s policy to exempt Scots and EU students from tuition fees.
Hoy: Sixth gold medal is “most unbelievable experience of my life”
Scottish Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has marked one of the most memorable moments in British sport when he won his sixth gold medal last night in the Olympics. In a yet another exciting evening for team GB, Hoy said: “It’s just been the most unbelievable experience of my life,” and to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 would be a “dream ending.”
Scotland’s bid to become a legal hub could create “hundreds of jobs”
The Law Society and Scottish Development International (SDI) are attempting to make Scotland a centre for the £512mn global legal support industry with a potential creation of “hundreds of jobs” in the country. The Law Society and SDI believe the strength of the legal profession and the related education system in Scotland means the country is well placed to compete for work in this market.
Secrets of Scottish Capital's past unearthed
An archaeological dig in Edinburgh's Cowgate has led to the discovery of a number of c16th buildings and artefacts. Experts say that the finds in are some of the most significant ever in the Capital.
More North Sea oil and gas activities lead to a surge in traffic at Aberdeen harbour
Traffic at Aberdeen’s harbour has seen a “significant” increase as oil and gas activities in the North Seas bustles. According to figures released by Aberdeen Harbour Board, the total number of vessels using the port rose by five percent on the same period last year to nearly 4,000 while shipping tonnage increased by almost nine percent – from 12.2mn tonnes to 13.3mn tonnes.
UK and World
Bank of England cuts growth forecast, again
At a Bank of England press conference this morning (Wednesday), Sir Mervyn King has said that the Monetary Policy Committee has cut its growth forcast. The Bank now regularly revises down its growth forecasts. Mr King partly blamed Europe saying: "We are navigating rough waters, and storm clouds continue to roll in from the euro area." The development is bad news for Chancellor Osborne who appears to have predicated his deficit reduction programme on wildly optimistic, some argue deceptive, growth forecasts.
Manufacturing output down by 2.9 percent in June
Figures for UK manufacturing output have plummeted by 2.9 percent month-on-month in June and figures dropped by 0.9% in the second quarter, official figures have revealed. The data reinforces the view that the UK is suffering a major long term contraction after decades of credit expansion. The latest figures cast doubt over Chancellor George Osborne's vision of a "Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers" in his March 2011 Budget.
British bank hits back at "rogue institution" accusation
Standard Chartered bank has hit back against US regulators who have described it as a “rogue institution” after allegedly not observing sanctions on Iran. The bank has downplayed their transgressions as “small clerical errors”. This most recent scandal is another in a long list which is chronically undermining London’s role as a respected global centre of finance.
Syrian rebels abduct 48 Iranians
The Foreign Minister of Iran has claimed that some of the 48 Iranians abducted in Syria by rebel insurgents are retired Revolutionary Guards and soldiers. The development is a further sign that the Syrian conflict is part of a wider geo-political struggle as last week it was revelead President Obama had signed a secret order to support the rebels.
Assad appears on TV as health rumours circulate
A meeting in Damascus between President Assad and Saeed Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, has been broadcast on Syrian television. Having kept a low profile in recent weeks Syria's President was the subject of rumours over his health.
Manila flood kills at least 16 people in torrential rain
In what officials described as a “waterworld,” at least 16 people have reported to be killed in the Philippines’ capital Manila after torrential rains inundated the country over a week ago. More than 80,000 people fled their homes to emergency shelters whereas others are still trapped on their roofs. More than half the amount of rain normally seen in August has fallen in the capital within 24 hours. The rains are forecast to continue until later this week.
Japan trade deficit rockets in first half
Japan’s trade deficit in the first half of 2012 was five times larger than the same period last year, according to official figures revealed by the finance ministry today. The damning news comes after the Fukushima nuclear crisis has contributed to rising fuel bills which in turn have led to lower exports. As the country struggles to recover financially, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Monday for the first time that he would give active consideration to the “zero-nuclear” energy option.
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