Scottish Conservative Leader, Ruth Davidson, has had her leadership
questioned by a former rival
Scottish News: News in Scotland - Thursday
Former rival questions abilities of Ruth Davidson’s leadership
Senior Conservative Murdo Fraser has questioned whether the direction of Ruth Davidson’s leadership will “be enough” to secure a revival of the party in Scotland. Writing in the Scotsman, Mr Fraser asks whether the Scottish Conservative Party “in its current manifestation” is “the best vehicle” for its supporters. He went on to say that the Scottish Conservatives had “been slow to learn the truth” about the reasons for the party’s electoral failure in Scotland over the past two decades. Mr Fraser’s latest remarks will likely raise unease in the Conservative ranks about Ms Davidson’s performance at Holyrood during her 18 months as leader.
"Hammer blow" to highlands as Inverness flight services axed
Flybe has announced the sale of Gatwick landing slot resulting in the loss of Inverness services. Flybe's MD revealed that because of "punitive" Air Passenger Duty (APD) imposed by Westminster on UK domestic airlines none of their Gatwick services have returned to profit over the last year. Fergus Ewing, SNP MSP for Inverness and Nairn, said: “The loss of these services would be a hammer blow for the Highlands. The Inverness Flybe service is the one used by Danny Alexander to get to Westminster – and now it is being withdrawn, in part because APD is too high. “That is because of the taxation policies of Danny Alexander’s own government – and he is guilty of the most appalling hypocrisy on this issue, just as he was on the question of his own North Sea tax plans which hammered the oil and gas industry." There have been calls within the sector to have APD devolved to Holyrood.
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World’s largest wave farm given the go ahead off the coast of Lewis
The SNP has welcomed plans for the world's largest commercial wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis. The 40MW project proposed by Aquamarine Power, will have the capacity to power nearly 30,000 homes. Marine energy has the potential to deliver around 15 percent of EU electricity demand and create an estimated 314,000 jobs across the continent by 2050. Commenting, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan said: “The long-term boost to our economy that these technological developments could bring simply cannot be underestimated”. “There are billions of pounds and thousands of jobs up for grabs and this development shows how Scotland can be at the forefront of grasping these”.
Osborne warned by IMF over cuts
UK Chancellor George Osborne has been warned by the IMF to spend on infrastructure projects in order to avoid continued economic contraction. The IMF was in London on a fact-finding mission to consider the impact of Westminster economic policy on the UK economy. The IMF's First Deputy Managing Director, David Lipton, indicated that the UK government should slow the pace of deficit-reduction. However, there is no sign that there is any deficit-reduction despite increased stimulus in the form of increased government borrowing nor any reason given as to why the government should borrow more when the economic problem is rooted in debt saturation and that there is currently less economic activity requiring less infrastructure.
Assange and others file lawsuit against Manning’s US military trial judge
Julian Assange and a coalition of activists and journalists have filed a lawsuit against the military judge overseeing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial in a bid to open up access to the secretive proceedings. During the trial, access to both transcripts and prosecution and defence motions have been controversially secretive. Manning, who faces a life sentence over the leaking of more than 700,000 military documents published by Wikileaks, is currently being tried by a military tribunal. The trial is expected to begin on June 3, 2013.
Greece facing increasing social deprivation under EU austerity measures
With Greece heading into its fifth year of economic depression, and unemployment nearing 60 percent for young people, the numbers of women entering into prostitution has increased 150 percent in the last two years according to the National Centre for Social Research. With little government money, and an austerity program in place until the country repays hundreds of billions of euros in bailout money - programs for health care, treatment and social assistance have been curbed sharply. Commenting, Mr. Tzortzinis, who grew up in the area said: “These women need help”. “But they cannot help themselves, and nobody is helping them”.
Japan: panic as stock market nosedives after fresh round of money printing
The Japanese stock exchange fell by 1500 points from yesterday's close causing the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to inject 2 trillion yen (£13bn) into the financial system to stem volatility after a circuit breaker in JGB futures trading. The nation is ahead of the West in terms of quantitative easing (money printing) indicating what may lie ahead for western nations pursuing the same policy.
FBI shoots ‘friend’ of alleged Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev
An FBI agent has shot Tamerlan Tsarnaev linked triple murder suspect Ibragim Todashev in Florida - allegedly after the suspect attacked him with a knife. But Todashev’s father Abdulbaki told Russia Today that he strongly doubted his son could have attacked the agent. Abdulbaki said that Ibragim knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev because they went to the same gym when he stayed in Boston, but added that Ibragim: “couldn’t of taken part” in the Boston Marathon bombings as he was undergoing a surgical operation on his tendons in Florida, days before the bombings and “had to learn how to walk again”. Todashev allegedly took out a knife and attacked the FBI agent who was questioning him, but was shot to death.
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