Westminster policies have undermined the Scottish economy for
generations argues Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
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Scottish economy undermined by Westminster for generations, says Sturgeon
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has warned that Westminster policies dating back generations have served to undermine the Scottish economy at the cost of tens of thousands of jobs. The SNP deputy leader was hitting back at her anti-independence opponents who argue that under independence the Scottish economy would suffer.
Independence: scandal banks may face uncertain future in Scotland, claims Sir John Grieve
Banking giants with bases in Scotland and who have been tainted by fraud scandals including Libor where mortgage holders, borrowers, credit card holds and others had their money stolen to the tune of many billions may be required to leave Scotland claimed Sir John Grieve - a Bank of England (BoE) deputy. The BoE, itself implicated in the £300tn market scam, would be the lender of last resort to banks in Scotland should Alex Salmond's plans to keep the pound remain unchallenged. Sir John argued that an independent Scotland would not be able to prop up banks in the event of a crisis. He did not explain why the taxpayer should be expected to bail out failed private institutions - a policy which has caused an economic crisis - in the first place.
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Independence: Westminster’s immigration policies ‘damaging’ for Scotland
The UK government’s immigration policies are “damaging” Scotland’s economy, Scotland’s external affairs minister Humza Yousaf has claimed. Westminster's proposed immigration bill would force short-term migrants to pay for NHS care, compel landlords to check the immigration status of tenants and ensure that illegal immigrants could not get driving licences. Mr Yousaf argued that the UK government’s approach would deter skilled workers from wanting to come to Scotland – saying independence was the only way to get an immigration policy suited to the nation’s needs.
‘Historic shift’ for the Church of Scotland
The Church of Scotland has voted to allow the appointment of ministers in same-sex relationships in a ‘historic shift’, despite the threat of an evangelical split. Tom French, policy coordinator for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaign group, Equality Network, said: "This is a positive step forward for a more equal society, and speaks to the progressive values of 21st-century Scotland”. However, such a decision signalled a failure of leadership, according the Reverend David Randall, who said such sitting on the fence would anger many traditionalists who believe Scripture does not sanction homosexuality.
UK crisis: Apple accused of ‘highly questionable’ tax practices
Apple, similar to Google, Starbucks and Amazon, has been accused of using a "highly questionable" web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions in taxes, a US Senate committee has alleged. Such measures allow Apple to pay only very small amounts of tax on much of its overseas profits, thanks to Irish companies that exist "nowhere" for tax purposes. Google faced similar accusations last week from the Public Accounts Committee when it was revealed that despite physically concluding sales in the UK, for tax purposes the sales were deemed to have taken place in Dublin. Critics are now calling for the UK government to introduce a tax credit to all UK households, equal to the taxes lost, when such US companies treat the tax paying UK consumers like 'ghosts'.
Syria: Russia sends more warships to Mediterranean
Russia has beefed up its Mediterranean task force which is parked near Cyprus in close proximity to Syria. Recently, Russia's Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said that a permanent task force in the region was needed to protect Russia's regional interests.
US drone strikes reported to have killed 6 people in three days
The US appears to have carried out its second drone strike in Yemen in the past three days. Two people were killed today when a drone hit their vehicle south of the capital Sana’a – with at least four people killed and several others wounded in a drone attack on Saturday. Local officials say the victims were suspected al-Qaeda militants, but their identities have yet to be confirmed.
Sex related allegations against Assange a ‘fit up’
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has cited unclassified messages exchanged inside a UK intelligence agency backing his refusal to be extradited to Sweden. One of the messages calls sex-related allegations against Assange “a fit-up”. The Australian, who has been given asylum by the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost 12 months, cited instant messages he received from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK's signal intelligence body. Assange did not explain who the people exchanging the messages were, but said he managed to obtain them because they were not classified.
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