News in Scotland - Tuesday

SNP MP Stewart Hosie will be one of the panellists on a debate on
independence held by leading employers' organisation, the Federation
of Small Businesses (FSB)

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Tuesday

Employers debate Scottish independence

Scotland's most important employers' organisation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will host a debate on Scottish independence this evening. Both sides of the debate will be represented by business figures in front of an audience of 100 business people at the Stirling Management Centre. The FSB event entitled "Your Business, Your Vote" will also include the SNP's Stewart Hosie MP and the Conservative's Murdo Fraser who will argue against independence. The FSB represents the largest number of businesses employing the largest number of private sector staff than any other employers’ organisation in Scotland.

Miliband appeals for Scots to vote 'no' to independence

Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to make an appeal, at his party conference, for Scots voters to reject independence in next September's referendum. The Labour leader will urge party members to support the Better Together campaign over the next year. Many Scots are believed to have shifted their votes from Labour to SNP in Scotland after the London-based party took Britain into war against Iraq.

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Pro-Union bra tycoon in bugging row

During a tribunal relating to an unfair dismissal charge, it has been alleged that a former director of Michelle Mone's Ultimo woman's lingerie firm, MJM International, had his office bugged. Scott Kilday discovered the device in his office hidden among artificial flowers and promptly walked out of his job. He was later told that there were "business strategic reasons" for the bugging. Ms Mone is one of the leading business figures backing a 'no' vote in next year's independence referendum.

Homelessness in Ireland rockets as former Euro banker refuses to appear at inquiry

The number of homeless people in Dublin has risen by 88 percent in the last year, according to a report by the Simon Community. The shocking news comes as former president of the European Central Bank Jean Claude Trichet has indicated that he will refuse to appear before a banking inquiry in Ireland, it is reported. The banker, who 'bounced' Ireland into a €85bn public bailout of private banks said that the current governor of the Irish Central Bank should attend instead. The inquiry is already facing difficulties given that former senior Anglo Irish Bank chiefs are facing trial including former chairman Sean FitzPatrick. After the bank's private debts were transferred to the taxpayer, Ireland has suffered extreme austerity leading to a dramatic loss in employment and living standards. With further budget cuts due vulnerable people are increasingly in danger, warns the charity. Ireland is a member of the euro currency union.

NSA bugging worse than Orwell's nightmare, warns Guardian editor

The extent of the US's National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programmes go beyond George Orwell's 1984 nightmarish scenario, the editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, told a New York audience yesterday (Monday). Rusbridger warned of the dangers should the "infrastructure for total surveillance" fall into the wrong hands and argues that a debate needs to be had over balancing rights of privacy and the integrity of the internet.


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