News in Scotland - Tuesday

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage believes an independent Scotland would 'starve'

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A tale of two governments: Westminster plans to cap GP visits

The UK government’s plan to cap the number of times patients can visit their local doctor has been condemned by the SNP. A Tory consultation document on health provision is considering an annual limit on GP appointments in England; asking whether evening and weekend appointments with GPs and consultants are a "luxury the country cannot afford". But in a letter from Scottish Government Health Secretary Alex Neil to SNP MSP Bob Doris it was confirmed that The Scottish Government will not restrict patient access to GPs and that it considers “..any moves to restrict the number of visits a patient can make to their GP of potentially serious detriment to their health”. Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “This was obviously written by someone who has never been unwell”. Mr Doris said: “This backward plan by the Tories is yet another blow to the already damaged NHS south of the border”. “It is clear that the way to protect and build on universal services in Scotland is with a Yes vote in September 2014”.

Independence will bring a "bankrupt, starving Scotland", warns Ukip Farage

Writing in The Herald today (Tuesday) the leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, has claimed that an independent Scotland would mean a "bankrupt, starving Scotland". Mr Farage said that the "chanting louts who recently attacked me in Edinburgh showed a side to the Scottish Nationalist debate that reflected no glory." An increasing number of commentators argue that Mr Farage's economic policies are less harmful and his social policies are no worse than those of the main Westminster parties and that he is now an establishment-sanctioned 'demon'.

Yes Scotland poll dismissed as "rookie campaigning error"

The campaign for Scottish independence, Yes Scotland, has reportedly been called on to publish the results of polling research which they claim shows support for independence is rising among women, young parents and the nation's youth vote. The party has come under fire for making public its internal poll findings without presenting the evidence which is the norm in the opinion poll market.

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PRISM: “the truth is coming and it cannot be stopped” says whistleblower

The threat of imprisonment or murder will not stop the truth from coming out, Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who blew the lid on the massive NSA surveillance program, told The Guardian in a live Q&A. From a secret location in Hong Kong, Snowden hinted at more disclosures to come and that their publication could not be prevented by his arrest or – more severely – his death. "All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped”. Despite the risks, his message to other potential whistleblowers was unequivocal: "This country is worth dying for." Snowden, who has previously stated that he painstakingly evaluated every document he had disclosed to ensure that it was legitimately in the public interest – a reason cited for his extradition for treason - reiterated that he has not in fact posed any national security threat.

Putin warned by Cameron to join the club or be marginalised over Syria

The west's frustration at the successive defeats for anti-government insurgents in Syria has boiled over with David Cameron lashing out at President Putin's view that international law should be observed in relation to Syria. Russia and China have repeatedly blocked attempts in the United Nations (UN) by US allies to interfere in the sovereign affairs of Syria by engaging in military operations against the government. The disparate western-backed insurgents who include al-Qaeda have been resourced by regional allies of the US such as Qatar and the death count in the nation has now reached almost 100, 000 people with a million and a half dispersed refugees. The region is growing in geopolitical importance as global energy supplies become scarcer and more expensive.        

Guinea president calls for western “corruption” to be investigated

President Alpha Condé of Guinea, who is attending the G8 summit as a guest of David Cameron, is arguing that British authorities have a role to play in raising the pressure on Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz to return the rights to extract half of the iron ore at Simandou, situated in the mountainous region of Guinea’s south-east. Transactions in the UK went through BSG Resources, Steinmetz's mining company based in the offshore haven of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency; as well as US banking systems. Condé, who came to power in 2010 after half a century in opposition, now wants the Simandou licence back in Guinea. “We are trying to address a problem that has its source in Western countries,” Mr Condé said. “We need to deal with places where the problem arises. Most of the countries involved in the corruption in Guinea and more widely in Africa are of Western origin so the West has to be part of the solution”.                                              

Mass protests continue throughout Brazil

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities. According to reports by Brazilian media, the initially peaceful demonstrations last week became heated, leading to clashes with Brazil’s riot police that left at least 100 injured. Though the protests initially began following the announcement of bus fare increases, they have evolved to include a wide range of groups that have grown dissatisfied with government corruption and income inequality, as well as outrage over the police’s harsh response to protesters last week. Brazil’s economy has posted its worst two-year performance in over a decade, with inflation rising to 6.5 percent in May. At least 20,000 Brazilians were expected to demonstrate in Sao Paulo on Monday, with organisers placing the figure closer to 30,000.

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