News in Scotland - Tuesday

UK crisis:with a notoriously unequal society people in the UK are one
of the sickest populations in the Western world

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Tuesday 

Scottish independence: Luxembourg expresses concerns over the ‘solidarity’ of the EU
The government of Luxembourg has expressed concerns over the solidarity of EU states which is being reported in Scotland as a criticism of Scottish independence. The country’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn said today that it is a “time for solidarity between member states of the European Union” in the midst of the current economic crisis. However, the minister said that independence should be decided by the people of Scotland. The Scottish government have confirmed that an independent Scotland would still seek to join the EU whilst opposing Westminster’s plans to to have an ‘in / out’ referendum on EU membership.

Scottish independence: Former SNP leader suggests second referendum may be required
A former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has said that Scots may have the chance of a second referendum post-independence to decide on key issues such as Scotland's currency and EU and NATO membership. Launching a new think tank - Options for Scotland - Mr Wilson aims to create discussion around an 'Independence Bill' which will follow the referendum. Mr Wilson believes that another referendum may be required before that Bill can become legislation.

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Scottish firms optimistic despite poor sales and growth
Scottish businesses have a sense of optimism despite dwindling sales and slow growth, according to a recent survey by the ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM). However, the survey demonstrated less business optimism than those firms interviewed around a year ago.

£100m for Scotland’s military operations
Scotland will be given an additional £100m by the UK government for military operations as part of Westminster’s 2011 Strategic Defence and Security Review. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce a 20 percent increase of 650 troops, to around 3860. The UK government review originally planned to double troop numbers north of the border, which would have totalled around 7000 in a multi-role brigade for Scotland.

Scotland’s police numbers up while England’s threaten strike action
Scotland’s police numbers continue to exceed the target set in 2007, with new figures showing that there were 17,436 police officers on December 31, 2012 – an increase of 7.4 per cent or 1,202 officers since March 31, 2007, according to the SNP.  The Nationalists said that Scotland’s police service “could not be more different” to that in England and Wales, following a strike ballot held by the Police Federation of England on policing cuts, pay and conditions.

UK crisis: British life expectancy far below other developed countries
People in the UK enjoy fewer years of good health before they die than the citizens of most comparable European countries and also Australia and Canada, a major report shows. The UK is in exactly the same place in the league table as 1990, according to the IHME report, published in the Lancet medical journal. “It must be worth looking to see how countries such as Italy and Greece can do better than us in spite of their economic and political problems” said Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer of Public Health England. “It is not difficult to get fresh fruit and olive oil in the UK”. With food prices rising and wages stagnating in austerity Britain however – for many, a healthy diet and lifestyle is out of reach.
Britain’s top judge issues warning over illegal terrorist deportation
Britain will have to withdraw from the UN as well as the European Court of Human Rights if it wants to deport terrorist suspects to states that carry out torture, the country's most senior judge has warned. Lord Neuberger, president of the supreme court, launched a sustained attack on "slanted" coverage and "one-sided" portrayals that misrepresent the way the human rights court operates. "There are decisions which are sometimes simply misrepresented. An obvious example is attacking the human rights convention because we can't send back nasty terrorists because they might be tortured”. Neuberger's reference is to the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. Such comments come amid the recent exposure of British troops torturing and murdering Iraqis in 2004.

UK crisis: Kabul shames Britain in sentencing bankers
Two former bank chiefs in Afghanistan's largest savings and loan bank have been handed five-year sentences for fraud and embezzlement. The bank's founder chairman and chief executive Sher Khan Farnoud and Khalilullah Ferozi were told they have to pay back over $700mn gained from fraud and corruption described as a "Ponzi scheme" by investigators. In the UK, bank executives involved in interest-rate fixing, 'mis-selling' of financial products, money laundering and other fraudulent activities have not faced criminal charges and most continue in senior positions across the financial sector.
Wikileaks still has classified US documents it will release
WikiLeaks still has unreleased US government classified documents, but will not publish them as long as the website’s main informer, US Army Private Bradley Manning, undergoes court martial and faces a life sentence. Julian Assange told Australia’s Fairfax Media on Tuesday that his team will not publish the sensitive data in order to protect the source connected to the US military - despite the fact that Bradley Manning has admitted disclosure of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Assange has not specified what exact classified information WikiLeaks has - but intend to publish the evidence once the Bradley Manning trial is over.
Chavez faces new infection
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fighting a new infection, and his breathing problems have worsened, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said late on Monday. “There is a worsening of the respiratory function, related to the state of his depressed immune system”, Villegas said. "The president continues to hold fast to Christ and to life, aware of the difficulties he's facing”. Chavez, 58, first announced he had cancer in 2011. He spent more than two months in treatment in Cuba recently, returning to Venezuela two weeks ago.


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