Westminster unpopular warns House of Commons Speaker Bercow
Scottish News: News in Scotland - Friday
7 apply for every job in Helensburgh supermarket
It has emerged that there have been almost 1,400 applications for just 200 jobs in a new Waitrose store in Helensburgh. The supermarket store which is set to open in the autumn has reported a high volume of high quality applications for both full and part-time positions. There is evidence that supermarket jobs displace independent grocers and other small retailers in the local community. The problem arises say critics because consumer spending in independent stores go back into the community whereas with chain stores customer spending is banked outside the community causing a dramatic fall in 'money velocity' in a community leading to increased poverty levels, collapse in local identity and population loss.
Rangers to decide on fate of Green
Former Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green will face a vote over his future at the Ibrox club at an emergency board meeting with the current chief executive characterising Green's behaviour since returning to the club as immoral and unethical. After the departure of fans' favourite Chairman Walter Smith and a confrontation with manager Ally McCoist the crisis meeting was called to decide on Green's future and stabilise the club.
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Flodden defeat put down to poorly trained troops
The disaster that was the Battle of Flodden and which say one-third of Scotland's aristocracy wiped out was down to troops poorly trained in new weapons, according to military archaeologist Dr Tony Pollard of the University of Glasgow. King James IV had procured 18ft pikes for his army - weapons requiring a high degree of training and technical proficiency which were more commonly used in flat-territory confrontations in mainland Europe. Poorly trained in the use of the new weapons, the Scottish army advanced downhill and were routed by King Henry VIII because the pikes were unsuited to the landscape argues Dr Pollard. The dominant theory until now has been that James IV had advanced into England every year as a show of strength but one year the English army lay in waiting and caught the Scots off guard. The defeat has been widely viewed as having had a traumatic impact on the collective Scots psyche.
UK crisis: Buy-to-let drives housing boom
The buy-to-let mortgage market has returned to activity levels last seen before the 2008 financial crisis leading to concerns that there is another house price bubble being inflation by cheap deals. Over the last quarter lending to landlords has increased to £5bn leading to a rush of investments that are fuelling house prices rather than an increase in first-time buyers. The surge, down to cheap money and government subsidies, has driven an increase in activity in construction and other sectors leading to a perception that the UK has reversed its economic contraction. Critics warn that there have been a large volume of claimed that the UK economy is in 'recovery' only for it to transpire that 'growth' was illusory and based on increased public and private sector debt.
UK crisis: Disenchantment with Westminster, sparks call for direct democracy by Speaker
Public disenchantment with Westminster is so acute that House of Commons' Speaker John Bercow supports a fundamental overhaul of the parliament in order to connect with the electorate. The Conservative Party once boasted three million members however membership now stands at 100,000 - a figure paralleled by the other main parties. Mr Bercow has raised the alarm over Westminster's unpopularity to "arrogant" control by ministers over centuries and has called on radical changes to avoid becoming irrelevant in the age of mass communication.
Warships sent to Spain on 'routine' exercise, claims Downing Street
Against mounting tensions over access to Gibraltar with Spain the UK has sent a frigate HMS Westminster and two auxiliary ships to the island while three more British warships will visit Spanish ports. The deployment includes a rapid reaction force of Royal Marines and naval air squadrons, it is reported. However the MOD has claimed that the deployment is not related to the political stand-off between the two nations relating to Madrid's placing a £43 (€50) fee on all vehicles entering or leaving the island as they cross the Spanish border. The impasse was sparked after islanders built an artificial reef which damaged Spanish fishing interests. Spanish authorities have introduced elaborate passport controls and customs checks. Critics view the British measures as aggressive and militaristic.
Former NSA chief attacks campaigners while Snowdon email provider shuts down
The former chief of both the NSA and the CIA has lashed out at the hacking community and transparency organisations speculating that they would become cyberterror organisations should the US capture NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon. He called Snowdon supporters: “nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twenty-somethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years.” Meanwhile, the email service provider Lavabit, reportedly used by Snowdon, had decided to close operations citing government interference arguing that it would not be complicit in 'crimes against the American people'.
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