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BBC's Douglas Fraser on TTIP: Idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health system 'laughable'

Writing for the BBC online, business and economy editor Douglas Fraser takes a look at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.

He writes: "The idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health service more efficiently seems laughable. The US health system is in the global super-league for inefficiency.

"But that threat is for real, if you listen to critics of trade talks between the US and the European Union."

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Our Generation's Lewis Baird: Scotland risks loss of talent if graduate programmes don't improve

Writing for Our Generation, 22-year-old Lewis Baird highlights the lack of opportunity in graduate programmes in Scotland, and warns there is a risk that young Scots will be forced to look elsewhere in the UK.

He writes: "There is something I keep noticing; all programmes I am applying for are based in the power and talent vacuum of Britain: London.

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Time to leave the Labour party after 35 years, says former STUC president Pat Kelly after Jim Murphy victory

"It looks like it's time to leave the Labour party," former STUC president and Scottish secretary of the PCS Union Pat Kelly has said following the election of Jim Murphy as the Scottish Labour leader.

Writing for the Scottish Left Project, Kelly spelled the end of his 35-year membership of Labour and described Murphy as "one of the most divisive figures in the Labour party". He added that the MP's Scottish Labour leader election was a "disappointment for the Labour Left and the trade unions".

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