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Scottish News: News in Scotland - Monday (57)
Westminster ‘treating Scots like idiots’ - former Labour FM
Labour should abandon the Better Together campaign, former First Minister Henry McLeish has said as he accused the Unionist campaign group of using “fear and scare tactics” to defeat the SNP. Mr McLeish said the anti-independence campaign was “treating Scots like idiots” working alongside Westminster employing fear tactics in attempts to dissuade voters from voting 'yes'. Mr McLeish instead called upon the Labour leadership in Scotland to leave the group and “forge a new campaign” with supporters of greater devolution. However Stewart Maxwell MSP, a member of the Referendum Bill Committee, said: “Henry McLeish is an experienced hand and respected figure in Scotland, and his intervention is a vote of no confidence in the No campaign's Project Fear."
Murray beats Djokovic to win Wimbledon
Scottish tennis ace, Andy Murray, won his first Wimbledon title ending Scotland's 117-year wait for a men's champion with the last Scottish winner, Harold Mahoney, winning the title in 1896. Murray, 26, defeated world tennis number 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets. The Serb seemed subdued in the unusually hot temperatures while Murray appeared on peak form in winning his second major tennis tournament.
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Salmond criticised for 'photobombing' Cameron with Saltire
First Minister Alex Salmond has been criticised for waving a Saltire flag, which had been concealed in his wife Moira's handbag, behind Prime Minister David Cameron's head immediately after Scottish sportsman, Andy Murray, won the Wimbledon tennis title yesterday (Sunday). Mr Salmond's publicity stunt was described as "photobombing" Mr Cameron and the SNP leader was accused, by pro-Union supporters, of breaking club rules. Mr Salmond suggested a dignified reception may be held for Andy Murray at Stirling Castle.
Scottish government urged to improve public sector spending
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has come out urging the Scottish government to improve plans governing public sector spending. The move comes as the FSB publishes a report that reveals Scottish councils, on average, spend less of their budget with local firms than the rest of the UK – 27 percent in Scotland compared with the UK average of 31 percent, according to the study. Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convener, said: “while not underestimating the challenges that Scotland’s local authorities face, we hope that this report encourages them to realise that spending locally will boost their local economy”.
Falkirk scandal: Labour’s attempts to save trade unions relationship result of lobbying ‘hijack’
Labour leader Ed Miliband is considering changes to union party links following alleged malpractice by the Unite union in its relationship with the Labour party. Such proposed changes include open selection primaries, direct access to trade union levy payers by the party, and caps on spending by candidates seeking Labour nominations. Miliband will be canvassing his party's opinion before a speech this week setting out how the relationship can be salvaged following alleged abuse of party rules by Unite supporters in Falkirk. Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader defended Labour's link with the unions, saying it kept the party in touch with working class people: "Those of us who are in the Labour party all want to see the voice of ordinary working people heard in the corridors of power”. The proposed changes come amid accusations that David Cameron is trying to 'hijack' the lobbying scandal with a fresh attack on trade unions.
Nationalist who reclaimed the Stone of Destiny dies
One of the group of students who reclaimed the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey in 1950 has died, aged 84. Kay Matheson, who was a Gaelic academic, became a national hero after helping to seize the Stone on Christmas Day in 1950, removing it from Westminster Abbey. Matheson who was an ardent believer in Scottish independence passed away on Saturday at her residence on the shores of Loch Ewe.
UK crisis: 90% will suffer severe hardship under Westminster benefit changes
Nine out of 10 people are not ready to deal with Westminster's benefit changes and are likely to lose out when it is introduced nationally in October, according to an independent survey of recipients. Citizens Advice have collected data from almost 1,800 people in Birmingham, North Dorset and Wales who would have to access universal credit, a new single benefit payment scheme. The charity said its survey showed that many people would struggle to budget, did not have the right bank account or could not manage their benefits online – with the result that many could end up facing severe hardship. Gillian Guy, Citizens Advice chief executive, said: "Our report shows that an overwhelming majority of people do not feel ready to deal with universal credit. Our findings must act as a wakeup call for government”.
NSA ‘in bed’ with Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview made in May, but published on Sunday, that Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, is “in bed” with the NSA. He said they co-operate in such a way as to “insulate their political leaders from the backlash” should the details of their operations made public. Documents released by Snowden to Der Spiegel reveal the NSA monitored up to 60 million daily telephone calls and around 10 million Internet data sets in Germany, with Germany being the most snooped upon European state by the Americans. Although the disclosure has caused public uproar in a country where government surveillance is a sensitive issue – it has prompted opposition leaders to ask how much was actually already known by German authorities.
Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood calls on Egyptians to ‘rise up’
The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egyptians to rise up against those who "want to steal" the revolution, a statement by its political wing has said today after 42 people were killed and more than 300 injured at a Cairo rally in support of the nation’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. “The Freedom and Justice party has called on the Egyptian people to rise up against those who want to steal their revolution with tanks and armoured vehicles, even over the dead bodies of the people", a statement on the party's Facebook page said. In the post, the Brotherhood blamed General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military commander, for the “horrible crime” - saying he wanted to push Egypt into the same state as Syria. Earlier, the Egyptian armed forces said "armed terrorists" had tried to storm the headquarters of the Republican Guard, where the Brotherhood had been protesting, leaving one security officer dead and six critically wounded.
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