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Green leader Partick Harvie's party has backed currency independence
for Scotland 

 

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Greens back currency independence for Scotland

One of the two parliamentary parties behind the pro-independence 'yes' campaign in next September's referendum has voted to back Scotland having an independent Scottish currency rather than retaining the pound which is official SNP policy. The Greens argue that to control the economy an independent Scottish government must be able to control the currency. “That idea underpins Green support for local currency, and an independent Scotland should seek to have as much control over its economy as possible and therefore would have its own currency.” The policy was adopted at the party's annual conference in Inverness. The campaign against independence Better Together responded saying that of the three main parties in the 'yes' camp only one is in favour of keeping sterling. Among Yes Scotland senior board members Dennis Canavan, Pat Kane, Colin Fox, Blair Jenkins and Patrick Harvie have all argued that currency independence should be considered. Other prominent nationalists such as Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars have also announced their concerns of the SNP's sterling policy. As currency union proves perilous across the eurozone with nations such as Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and others experiencing severe social, economic and political problems, the SNP's 'sterling-zone' policy seems set to  emerge as the most contentious of the referendum campaign.

Independence: Security risk as 'no' vote will leave Scotland outside Europol

Scotland could be more vulnerable to international crime should Scots vote 'no' in next year's independence referendum as the UK government seeks to leave Europol. News that the head of Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) Keith Bristow has warned of the security dangers involved if Britain leaves Europol will raise fears over the safety of Scottish citizens should they vote 'no' in next year's crucial independence vote. Mr Bristow has urged the UK Home Secretary Theresa May not to go ahead with Britain's withdrawal from the Europe-wide police unit that tackles international gangs fearing his organisation will be left in a power vacuum. Police leaders, including Mr Bristow, argue that intelligence and information sharing within Europol is crucial to fighting organised crime. Europol Director Rob Wainwright warned last week of international concern over Britain withdrawing from its commitment to share information whilst the criminal threat became more global. However the UK government is refusing to commit to future co-operation with Europol and is also considering reviewing Britain's participation in the European arrest warrant. The measures taken by the UK government will leave Scots without these protections should they opt to remain controlled by the Westminster regime in next year's referendum vote.

 

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Moore sacked as Scottish Secretary

Michael Moore has been sacked by his party boss, Nick Clegg, from the post of Scottish Secretary replacing him with LibDem Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael. It is believed that Mr Clegg thought Mr Carmichael's campaigning style was better suited to the Scottish independence referendum campaign now in its final year. Mr Carmichael previously called for the post of Scottish Secretary to be abolished describing it as "indefensible". The SNP said: "Embarrassingly for the UK Government, the new Secretary of State for Scotland believes in the abolition of his post and entire department. He called the continued existence of the Scotland Office post-devolution 'indefensible' - we agree"

Labour's Falkirk vote-rigging debacle could lead to UK economic crippling

An emergency gathering of unions has been called to try and avert an all-out strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery - an event which could see power cuts across Britain within two days according to a treasury estimate. The strike threat is related to the Falkirk vote-rigging row between Unite union and Labour. Unite convenor Stevie Dean was suspended and afterwards reinstated by the energy company over allegations of his involvement in the vote-rigging scandal over who should be the Labour candidate in the Falkirk where he is the party's constituency chairman. Union officials believe the company is attempting to provoke a strike in order to push through job and pay cuts as well as pension and collective bargaining reforms. Plant workers have voted in favour of action including an all-out strike. The union has called on the Scottish government to intervene to try and prevent the impasse from deepening.

UK crisis: Cabinet not told about GCHQ spying activities, claims Chris Huhne

Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has said the UK cabinet was in 'utter ignorance' of Prism and Tempora saying that he was shocked to discover the extent of the data-gathering programmes run by US and UK intelligence agencies. In the Guardian newspaper the former UK minister revealed that although he was on the National Security Council he was never told anything about these programmes or the extent of their activities which compromise the privacy of ordinary citizens.

New National Crime Agency looking for volunteers

Britain's new FBI-style National Crime Agency (NCA) is looking to bankers, accountants and IT specialists to plug a gap in its skills requirements. Britain's elite cops will be augmented by private sector professionals in their mission to tackle organised crime.

Typo increases Spanish debt by €10bn

Only days after the Spanish economic ministry revealed its national debt forecast, it issued a correction claiming that the person who typed the number mixed up the last two digits. Spain has the fourth largest economy in the eurozone and through debt and austerity measures is experiencing mass unemployment which has reached around 60 percent for the nation's youth. The ministry explained the typographical error in a statement which said: "It is an erratum,". The mistake equates to around €10bn. Spanish public debt climbed from 68.5 percent of total economic output in 2011 to 85.9 percent by the end of 2012 and 92.2 percent earlier this year. Spain is a member of the euro currency union.

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published this page in News 2013-10-07 15:56:55 +0100