News in Scotland - Friday

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Scotland's Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop, vows to defend Arts
spending after independence

Scottish news: News in Scotland - Friday

SCOTLAND

SNP affirms referendum question
The Scottish government has decided on the wording of the question which will be put to the people of Scotland in the independence referendum. People will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the question “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" The question will now be scrutinised by the Electoral Commission watchdog.

Scottish government rejects Brussels plea
The SNP has rejected to support proposed European Union spending increases. Ministers confirmed their opposition to a multi billion-pound budget rise as Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor is prepared to visit Scotland to press the case for greater EU spending.



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Culture secretary vows to protect arts spending in independent Scotland
Fiona Hyslop, culture secretary, has vowed to protect spending on the arts in an independent Scotland. During a major museums and galleries summit in Edinburgh she pledged that new economic powers in the event of a “yes” vote would ensure that budgets for cultural institutions would be protected from the “vagaries” of the UK Government.

Salmond accused of presiding over NHS cuts
Johann Lamont accused Alex Salmond of presiding over hundreds of millions of pounds cuts to the NHS. The Labour leader said the NHS was facing a £1 billion repair
bill, with real-terms cuts of £200m. Ms Lamont accused the first minister of “breathtaking 
complacency” over the NHS during a bad-tempered clash at Holyrood yesterday (Thursday).

New police force
Senior police officers fear that the new single force of the operational independence Scotland is under threat from its own watchdog. Stephen House, the chief constable is yet to decide who will manage key services such as HR, IT and finance. Mr House is said to be "spitting nails" at a bid by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the body set up to scrutinise the force, to take over the behind-the-scenes functions before the force goes live on April 1, 2013.

Glasgow lawyers supported industrial action
Defence  lawyers in Glasgow backed up their colleagues from the capital and voted in favour of a industrial action over a controversial legal aid change. The Glasgow Bar Association (GBA) voted unanimously for a strike at a meeting in the city’s sheriff court. Hundreds of solicitors are now poised to take part in a strike that is likely to throw the court system into chaos.

Scottish football facing unprecedented crisis
Scottish football is facing tough times with one in five under pressure to survive the season, according to analysts. With Hearts becoming the latest big-name club joining the crisis the situation is getting worse The Rangers debacle, poor attendances and a loss of money from television coverage are said to have had an impact on many of Scotland's top-flight clubs.


UK and WORLD

UK may legislate for press censorship
A group of influential Conservative politicians have warned that the UK press can no longer be self-regulated. The move is being widely interpreted as a sign that the Conservative government many not oppose legal regulation of the industry once Lord Justice Leveson publishes his inquiry findings later this month.

London's reputation as centre of finance in tatters after new HSBC probe
London's reputation as a global centre of finance has taken another body blow after it emerged that HM Revenue and Customs are investigation the UK's largest bank over opening offshore accounts in Jersey for serious criminals. Information supplied by a whistleblower lists accounts including a drug dealer, an convicted weapons' dealer, bankers facing fraud charges and a computer hacker. The bank has already received major fines in the US in relation to money-laundering which involved association with drug cartels and terrorists.

Chancellor feels pressure of fuel-duty rise
Chancellor George Osborne is under pressure to shelve a 3p per litre fuel-duty rise due to take effect in January. Labour are hoping to build an alliance with Tory backbenchers to have the move postponed arguing that the increase will hit families when government finances could instead be raised by stamping out tax avoidance.

Cameron warns Schofield over 'witch hunt'
Downing Street described ITV presenter Philip Schofield's handing David Cameron a list of suspected paedophiles on live TV as “trial by Twitter” and a “silly stunt”. Mr Schofield handed the web-sourced list of alleged paedophiles which included names of Conservative Party figures to the PM who responded by warning of a gay "witch hunt". The presenter apologised for some of the names being broadcast saying he "misjudged the camera angle" when he passed across the list to Mr Cameron.

Iranian fighter jets shot at US drone in Gulf
Two Iranian fighter jets opened fire on a US drone which it is reported violated Iranian airspace. The US responded that the pilotless craft was over international waters. The CIA has been heavily criticised in recent years for flying drones over Pakistan airspace. The development comes as President Obama threatens to increase sanctions on the Iranian population already suffering from sanctions-driven hyperinflation.

Syrian opposition donors pressurise for unity
Facing pressure from international donors Syria's opposition factions look set to agree to forming a Syrian national Initiative at a conference in Doha. The factions aim to unite under one banner in order to gain credibility and financial support for weapons to perpetuate the military confrontation which is leading to a worsening humanitarian crisis.

China tightens security after Tibet unrest
China has tightened security in regions within Tibet after an outbreak of self-immolation protests. Six Tibetans set themselves on fire on Wednesday and Thursday according to one rights group.

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