News in Scotland - Friday

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Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has lambasted the concept of a
price freeze as "completely unworkable"

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Friday

SNP reject energy price freeze prospect 

The Scottish government’s energy minister Fergus Ewing has confirmed that an independent Scotland would not adopt an energy price freeze, as proposed by Labour as a 2015 election promise.  Mr Ewing said that a freeze would cause blackout, price rises and job losses - comparing the prospect to California - and today in Scottish parliament called Ed Milliband’s promise “completely unworkable”.  He said:  “An arbitrary price freeze has been tried before in California in 2000, which led to blackouts and an increase in the wholesale price of 800 per cent.”  However, Scottish Labour accused the SNP of merely taking the side of energy companies rather than the Scottish people.

No camp request indy leaders debates

Better Together’s head of communications, Rob Shorthouse, last week wrote to the BBC, STV and Sky to request formal talks on organising leader’s debates on independence next year, according to the Guardian.   The request follows a fleet of written exchanges between the Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  Mr Salmond challenged Mr Cameron to a televised independence debate, but the latter refused and called on Alastair Darling, the Better Together CEO, to face the FM.

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Grangemouth assets downgraded from £400m to zero

Chemicals firm Ineos has downgraded the value of its Grangemouth chemical assets from £400m to zero.  Meanwhile, Unite is set to ban work-to-rule and overtime from the beginning of next week.  Ineos has invested over £1bn in Grangemouth following a takeover in 2006, but has since lost more than £150m and vowed to close by 2017 without new investment.

Sauna investigation sees shake-up for sex workers

Former customers of Edinburgh’s saunas are organising meet-ups for sex outside the premises due to being too scared to visit following police crackdowns.  Sauna bosses have also threatened to compile a list of well-known public figures who have used the service.  Female workers have in the past expressed concern about being forced to return to the street prostitution should saunas shut down.  Many women have reportedly gone “off the radar” while others are charging £800 to meet clients outwith the premises.

International

Assad:  Turkey will pay for backing rebels

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has told Turkey it will pay dearly for supporting the rebel forces who are currently engaged in a civil war against Syrian government forces.  In an interview with Turkish Halk TV due to be broadcast later today, he said:  "It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card because it is like a scorpion which won't hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity,", according to a transcript. "In the near future, these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey and Turkey will pay a heavy price for it."  He added. The bordering countries are linked together by 560-mile stretch.  Turkey has sheltered about a quarter of the two million Syrian refugees, but has denied accusations of arming rebels, according to Reuters. 

Italian senators decide Berlusconi’s future

Italian senators met today to discuss the proposed expulsion of Silvio Berlusconi from parliament after the former Prime Minister and billionaire was convicted for tax fraud.  Mr Berlusconi has dominated Italian politics for two decades but the decision could end his political career. In a statement issues through his lawyers, he said: "There is no possibility of any defence and there is no reason to appear before a body which has already announced what decision it is going to take through the press," he said in a statement issued through his lawyers.

Violent clashes in Egypt

Egyptian security forces and supporters of removed president Morsi have begun clashing in Cairo and Alexandria after thousands marched to protest in the capital.  Gunfire exchanges have occurred in central Cairo, according to the BBC.  Al Jazeera’s correspondent - who cannot be named for security reasons – reported: “There are reports that tear gas is being fired on one of the bridges in central Cairo to prevent them from getting to Tahrir Square. In Alexandria, too, police is firing tear gas to dissuade local residents from fighting with anti-coup protesters," 

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