News in Scotland - Tuesday

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Lady Thatcher with her friend, the fascist dictator General Pinochet, who
had many of his own people tortured and killed

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Tuesday

Thatcher’s death triggers celebration in Scotland

From protesters in Glasgow's George Square, to left-wing activists and the miners who blame their families’ destruction on her policies - many in Scotland have said they would not mourn her passing – with some even dancing on hearing the news. More than 200 people gathered in Glasgow city centre to mark the announcement - chanting "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead", with the belief for many that "she took away business and took away jobs; she screwed Britain”. Thatcher had a difficult relationship with Scotland - never understanding why Scots didn't embrace her Tory party and free market ideologies. She famously rejected the idea of Scotland ever having independent powers, but had the power to orchestrate the downfall of its integral industries and livelihoods. Many consider that Mrs Thatcher’s policies have led to the growth in Scotland’s independence movement.

Scottish independence: "disastrous trade figures" underline British economic decline

The latest UK trade figures present a major challenge to the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence which is based on the case of sticking with a supposedly stronger British economy. Britain's trade deficit with the rest of the world fell to -£9.416bn. When the services surplus is added the total trade gap in February was £3.64bn, up from around £2.5bn in January. Commenting on the latest figures, Philip Aldrick, the Daily Telegraph's economics’ editor described them as "disastrous trade figures. Deficit widens more than feared in Feb and exports to non-EU countries collapsed. Where's the rebalancing?". With output 2.2 percent less than this time in 2012, Britain's economy appears to be declining faster than most analysts feared.

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Black Watch play rejected by the Edinburgh Festival

Despite being played to almost a quarter of a million people across four continents - winning more than 20 awards - it has emerged Black Watch was rejected by the Edinburgh International Festival. The National Theatre of Scotland, which had a huge hit with one of its first productions, had wanted to see Gregory Burke’s play – based on real-life interviews with soldiers who had served in Iraq – staged at the flagship event. But the theatre company, which is currently staging the show before huge crowds at the SECC in Glasgow, has revealed it was branded “too parochial” by then festival director Sir Brian McMaster. Black Watch was premiered in Edinburgh University Drill Hall in August 2006 and took the Fringe by storm – praised for its “breathtaking theatrical brilliance” and “ground-shaking energy”.                             

Sheriff says “do away” with sectarian schools

A sheriff has faced criticism from the Catholic Church after saying the best way to deal with sectarianism in Scotland is to "do away with" denominational schools. Sheriff Richard Davidson made the comments as he cleared a Celtic fan of singing sectarian songs during a match with Dundee. Addressing the court yesterday, Sheriff Davidson denounced attempts to tackle sectarianism in football through laws banning certain songs. The verdict is another blow to the new legislation passed last year by the Scottish government. Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, has claimed the laws – which outlaw sectarian songs and abuse at Scottish football matches – have been a success. However, leading lawyers have raised concerns that football fans in Scotland are having their human rights undermined by the new police powers.

Margaret Thatcher dies

Former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died yesterday. She was staying in a five-star suite at the Ritz Hotel in London where she had been since December. Baroness Thatcher, who died aged 87, will be remembered as a controversial political figure who undertook economic reforms which some saw as a miracle and others considered wealth transfer. Perhaps the more controversial nature of her Downing Street tenure was her Northern Ireland and foreign policies which often supported dictators. She gave her friendship and support to the former fascist dictator General Pinochet of Chile who tortured and killed political dissidents and their relatives including women and children. Pinochet who was installed with the help of the Chicago Boys (educated by Milton Friedman at the School of Economics there) is said to have laid the template for the debt-driven speculative economics which is now threatening the economic stability of the world and causing regional military conflicts over global energy resources. Mrs Thatcher also gave logistical support to the Khmer Rouge, having the SAS train their troops - Cambodia's then dictatorship killed millions of their own people. In Northern Ireland, Lady Thatcher's 'resolve' led to the hunger strikers dispute were her policy led to them being allowed to starve to death leading to an increase in insurgency against Britain. While many of those who benefited from her tenure remember her fondly others, such as those whose family died fighting apartheid - a regime she supported - have a very different point of view.                                          

Financial powerhouse Blackwater warns against QE

One of Wall Street’s biggest money managers has called on the Federal Reserve to rein in its programme of quantitative easing, saying its bond buying tactics are a “large and dull hammer” that have distorted markets and risk stoking inflation. Rick Rieder, who oversees $763bn in fixed income investments for BlackRock – government adviser, giant federal contractor and private money manager – has emerged as yet another critic of the methods being used by governments – such as the UK - to stimulate the economy. Such methods exercised by Westminster mean a continuous devaluing of the currency is leading to further UK economic decline.                                            

Putin asks that all arms imports to Syria are stopped

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said that it is necessary that arms imports to all sides of the Syrian conflict are stopped - adding that Russia is ready to discuss this. Responding to the allegations of Russia supplying weapons to Syria, Putin said: “We supply the legitimate regime, this is not prohibited by international law”. On Friday, the president cited a New York Times report according to which rebels have recently received 3.5 tons of weapon and ammunition – with the west known contributors - adding that “this has to stop”. The civil conflict has been unfolding in Syria for over two years as rebels attempt to displace the country’s ruling President Bashar Assad. According to UN estimates, over 70,000 civilians have died in the violence.

Syria: withdrawal from Golan Heights risks Israeli intervention

The Syrian government has ordered its troops withdraw from the Golan Heights where there is a UN peacekeeping force. Israel is reported to fear that Jihadists will occupy the territory and use it to launch attacks on Israel. The Syrians have moved their troop away from the Heights and redeployed them nearer to Damascus where they are engaged in a struggle against Western-backed insurgents.

North Korea: North warns foreigner to leave South - threatens war

North Korea's leadership has warned that visitors to the South that their safety is unsure as it prepares for fresh nuclear missile test. North Korea has warned foreigners living in South Korea to make evacuation plans to avoid being caught up in conflict. The North's KCNA news agency report did not provide details but the North has followed through with many warnings in recent months leading to fears of an escalation of tensions.

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commented 2013-04-09 16:14:07 +0100 · Flag
Sectarianism. A human right to abuse or provocatively vilify others? An outfit called the American Nazi Party once used the US constitution as supportive of their “right” to march through a Jewish neighbourhood. I do hope we are not going down that road. One person’s “right” can too often be another’s cause for fear. The new Scotland must have no truck with discrimination or encourage legally sanctioned systemic intolerance. There should be no indulgence of the divisive “Catholics need not apply” or “Prodidog” mentality that blighted generations in the past centuries. Unionism, masterly at divide and rule, would just love a recrudescence of tribalism. Beware these “leading lawyers” and their honeyed tongues.
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