Team Salmond is trying to shore up support for the SNP's policy of retaining
sterling after independence despite increasing warnings the pound is
approaching a crisis
Scottish News: News in Scotland - Thursday
Poll shows Scots favour pound
A poll commissioned by the SNP has shown that a majority of Scots prefer to keep the pound post-independence. Conducted by YouGov the survey shows that Scots prefer to stick to sterling by a margin of 66 percent to 19 percent with 15 percent undecided. With the Euro in crisis and no campaign of information about what an independent currency would mean, the results are unsurprising. It is not clear what the results would be if the pound became profoundly unstable as is being warned by some experts.
Independence: Queen's speech addresses referendum
The UK government expressed its desire for Scotland to remain in the Union through the Queen's Speech yesterday. The move raised fears that the government was “politicising the monarchy” and “dragging the Queen” into the politics.
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Drop in support for 'yes' vote
A poll commissioned by The Times newspaper has found that support for a 'yes' vote in next year's independence referendum has fallen to 31 percent down 3 points since February. By contrast, support for a 'no' vote has risen to 59 percent, an increase of 4 percent. Green leader, Patrick Harvie said: "There are sixteen months of the campaign to go, and Scottish Greens look forward to engaging undecided voters. We believe by building a positive vision we can help persuade many Scots to move towards a Yes vote."
Prince of Wales attacks ‘corporate lobbyists’ and sceptics of climate change
The Prince of Wales has criticised "corporate lobbyists" and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a "dying patient", in an outspoken attack on the world's failure to tackle global warming. At a two day conference for forest scientists hosted at St James's Palace, the prince stated: "A scientific hypothesis is tested to absolute destruction, but medicine can't wait. If a doctor sees a child with a fever, he can't wait for endless tests. He has to act on what is there”. The scientists at the Prince's forum endorsed a call for much greater investment on "big science” and "enhanced research" into the resilience of forests. About a billion people all over the world depend on forests for their livelihoods, and although the rate of deforestation has slowed in countries such as Brazil, it is accelerating at a rapid rate in south-east Asia and Africa.
Pentagon study finds 26,000 assaults within the US military last year
A shocking new report by the Pentagon has found that 70 sexual assaults may be taking place within the US military every day. The report estimates there were 26,000 sex crimes committed in 2012, a jump of 37 percent since 2010 – with most of the incidents never reported. The findings are released just two days after the head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention unit, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested for sexual assault. Anu Bhagwati, executive director and co-founder of Service Women’s Action Network said: “The numbers are outrageous, and I think we’ve reached a tipping point, the American public is furious”.
Another Bangladesh factory fire after the Rana Plaza death toll exceeds 900
Eight people have been killed by a fire in a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said today. This comes as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago reached over 900. The fire comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh's expanding garment industry, following the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24th. This latest fire, in an 11 storey building in the Mirpur industrial district, broke out at a factory belonging to the Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter. Tung Hai Group has more than 1,000 employees, with customers including major Western retailers such as Britain's Primark, and Inditex Group of Spain.
Son of Former Pakistani Prime Minister kidnapped
The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reportedly been kidnapped during a campaign rally in his hometown of Multan, sources have told Al Jazeera. Ali Haider Gilani was taken during a gunfire at the rally, which apparently killed his personal secretary and injured others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the banned Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan warned that it will target secular parties like the Pakistan People’s Party and the Awami National Party ahead of the general election on May 11. The threat has forced parties to virtually abandon outdoor campaigning.
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