News in Scotland - Monday

The Tories "misled" Scots over a Scottish Oil Development Fund in the
1970s, claims the SNP

News in Scotland - Monday (54)


Scotland outperforming UK shows study

A joint analysis by the Scottish government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) shows that employment in Scotland has increased for men, women and young people. The Scottish workforce grew by 47,000 between February and April 2013. With wages falling and changes to how employment related statistics are counted it is difficult to have an accurate economic picture. Government programmes financed by borrowing allow temporary infrastructure projects and monetary stimulus both of which confer short-term jobs which disappear once the 'stimulus' ends and the borrowing is paid back by workers and profitable businesses hindering longer term employment.                                  

SNP research reveals more on how Westminster had ‘misled’ Scotland

Research by the SNP claims that the Tories misled people in Scotland with promises to create an oil development fund which they failed to deliver. Page 64 of 'The end of British politics?: Scots and English political behaviour in the seventies' by William Lockley Miller said that in the October 1974 election, the Tory manifesto promised a Scottish Oil Development Fund. It said that this was 'in addition to expenditure to which Scotland as an integral member of the UK is entitled'. Commenting, SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Maureen Watt said: "Yet again this shows the lengths the Westminster parties went to, to mislead the people of Scotland...It's just the same as their promise of better devolution if Scotland voted No in 1979... That never transpired either...It just shows we cannot trust a word the anti-independence campaign says and any promises they make now will only ring hollow with the people of Scotland”.

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Skin cancer vaccine ahead, claims Scottish scientist

Scottish doctor, Professor Ian Frazer, has said that a vaccine which will prevent skin cancer will become reality in the near future. Prof Frazer, originally from Glasgow but now living in Australia, created the vaccine which helps prevent cervical cancer. He will visit Edinburgh this month to give a lecture to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on his work.


Putin heavily criticises UK involvement in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against the UK's decision to arm Syrian rebels. "The blood is on the hands of both parties” of the conflict, not only Bashar Assad’s government but also the rebels, Putin stressed at a press conference at 10 Downing Street. He continued: "I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, and eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras”. He insisted that Russia would continue to arm what he said was the recognised “legitimate government” in Syria and called on other countries to respect the same rules. Mr Cameron denied that Britain wanted to arm extremists within the Syrian opposition and defended the lifting of the EU arms embargo on supplying weapons to the rebels. However, ahead of today's G8 summit, Mr Cameron appears increasingly isolated domestically over his enthusiasm for greater British involvement in a war that has now claimed over 90,000 lives.                                            

Gordon Brown’s government sanctioned spying on 2009 G20 summit delegates

An intensive spying operation was undertaken by Britain’s secret intelligence agencies on foreign politicians attending the G20 summit meetings in London in 2009, it has been claimed. Leaked documents show that delegates had their computers monitored and phones intercepted by GCHQ on the orders of the UK government, according to reports by The Guardian newspaper. It is reported that the documents suggest the operation was sanctioned at a senior level in the government of then prime minister Gordon Brown, and that the intelligence obtained was then passed to ministers. Details of the surveillance are said to be contained in documents obtained by Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower – allegedly stating that a team of 45 analysts were provided with live round-the-clock summaries of who was phoning whom during the proceedings. The disclosure is potentially highly embarrassing for Prime Minister David Cameron as he prepares to welcome leaders to the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. There was no immediate response from the government to the report.                    

UK universities failing on social equality

The UK's top-flight universities should be prepared to make lower exam offers to state school pupils, after research published today shows that elite institutions have become more socially exclusive over the past decade. The report by the government's social mobility commission warns that the proportion of state educated pupils attending Russell Group universities has declined since 2002. It suggests that the nation's most academically selective universities are becoming less socially representative, and have "a long way to go" to ensure that all potential students have a chance of gaining a place. Alan Milburn, chair of the commission, said too many universities were not setting ambitious targets to widen access in their agreements with the Office for Fair Access (Offa). "Their performance is unacceptable and must change," Milburn said.                                             

Crucial talks in Greece over whether government can survive

A looming political crisis in Greece over the shutdown of state broadcaster ERT is to come to a head today, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meeting his coalition allies to see if the government can survive. Samaras, a conservative, has called a meeting for 1630 GMT with the leaders of the smaller socialist and moderate leftist parties in his coalition, who strongly oppose ERT's closure and have demanded its immediate restoration. The prime minister's allies have urged him to back down, warning that the coalition could collapse if he persists with the ERT closure that has sparked an uproar in the country and criticism from media groups abroad. Meanwhile, ERT employees have occupied the broadcaster's offices in Athens, Thessaloniki and other major cities since the closure was announced last Tuesday. The ERT union has appealed to the Council of State, Greece's highest administrative court, to block the government order. A ruling is expected on Tuesday.


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