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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (11 January) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Fresh revelations of Israeli state involvement in UK political life, May and Kenny intervene in Northern Ireland crisis and our man in Brussels.

News: Further revelations expose extent of Israeli involvement in UK politics

Al-Jazeera investigation uncovers new evidence of attempts to push back BDS movement

An investigation into Israeli state involvement in UK politics has uncovered a concerted push by the country’s officials to undermine pro-Palestinian activism. The allegations centre around an Israeli London embassy official, Shai Masot, who was filmed stating his intention to “take down” UK foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan. Andy Murray, and SNP activists and founder of SNP friends of Palestine, has told Electronic Intifada that he believes Shia Masot was behind his deportation from Israel in 2015. Revelations have now surfaced of embassy efforts to dislodge pro-Palestine NUS leader

Politics: Theresa May and Enda Kenny pitch in to attempt resolution of Northern Ireland crisis

Northern Ireland facing election after scandal

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish President Enda Kenny have intervened into the Northern Ireland political crisis issuing from the renewal heat incentive (RHI) scheme. The crisis may produce an election in as little as seven weeks time, throwing May’s Brexit timetable into chaos, with the triggering of article 50 expected in March.

Sport: SPFL launches tougher guidance on supporter misconduct

Clubs pressured to actively pursue ‘anti-social’ fans

The SPFL has launched recommendations for clubs to take tougher action on ‘anti-social’ behaviour y fans at matches. Up until now, clubs have been expected to take preventative measures against anti-social behaviour, but under the new guidelines, they will be expected to provide evidence of actively pursuing offenders.

Culture: Young Fathers among acts included in Trainspotting 2 soundtrack

Prodigy remix of Lust for Life will also feature

A clerical error at Amazon has revealed the content of the eagerly anticipated soundtrack to Trainspotting 2. Acts include Edinburgh trio Young Fathers, The Prodigy, Run DMC and Queen.

Weather: Humidity breaks with storms and cold

Gale force winds in the early ours this morning

Scotland’s mild weather has been shattered by storms and a sudden drop in temperatures. Gale force winds, particularly in the West this morning have largely subsided, but there are rumours of possible snowfall in parts of the country.

And another thing: Our man in Brussels



CommonSpace reporter attempts joke

CommonSpace reporter Michael Gray is in Brussels catching up with diplomatic developments on the brexit front, but still finds time for this important update. Such japes…

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Peter Dow

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:27

Curiously, CommonSpace seems to be turning a blind eye to

"SNP to borrow 'to the max' using Scotland's new powers"

story carried in the Scotsman, Herald, Scottish Sun, Express, Telegraph etc.

This is a very important story of central importance to Scotland's future prosperity and I thank the mainstream media for reporting on it.

The good news is that the government is using its borrowing powers to the max.

The bad news is that "the max" is too little, too late for the government to borrow to invest sufficiently to deliver strong economic growth to take up the economic slack caused by the slump in the oil sector consequential to low global oil prices.

The paltry borrowing powers should be much higher than "a maximum annual limit of £450 million" - I suggest £10,000 million annually should be the new max.

I further suggest that instead of the "Scottish ministers will be able to borrow up to £3 billion" our policy should NOT IMPOSE ANY UPPER LIMIT ON TOTAL NATIONAL DEBT.

Upper limits on national debt are an arbitrary ideological goal of economically illiterate fiscal conservatives and such need to be consigned to the dustbin of failed economic theories.

It is a perfectly reasonable economically sound expectation that Scotland would add £billions to its national debt every year forever.

Yet First Minister Sturgeon has tied her government's own hands when, in February 2016, she signed the Fiscal Framework Agreement which imposed the paltry borrowing limits referred to in the story.

There needs to be a renegotiation of the Scottish government's fiscal framework.

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Peter Dow

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:30

Peter Dow is a Scottish scientist and a republican socialist whose legal human rights are cruelly violated by the police and courts in Aberdeen, where he lives.

Peter Dow's political defence blog publishes the truth about the wrongful and unjust royalist arrests, prosecutions, convictions and punishments he endures.

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