The red herring: one year of Richard Leonard’s Scottish Labour leadership
Richard Leonard has not changed Scottish politics; he hasn’t even changed Scottish Labour
RICHARD LEONARD thinks Scottish independence would be a bad idea. This is not what we in the journalistic profession refer to as ‘breaking news’.
More specifically, Leonard believes that the “turmoil” of Brexit would be nothing compared to ending the 300 year “relationship” – a cute way of phrasing it – that is the Union.
'The human cost of this is impossible to describe': Kweku Adoboli speaks out after deportation
The former City trader’s lawyer has refuted the home secretary’s claim that he has no discretion over Adoboli’s deportation order
KWEKU ADOBOLI, the former UBS banker convicted in 2012 for fraud following his involvement in what has been described as “the largest trading loss in the British banking history,” has spoken publicly for the first time since his deportation to Ghana by British authorities, describing the “violence and draconian policy” of the UK’s criminal justice system and immigration policy.
Concerns raised for a second time over use of unpaid labour at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Trade union official says Underbelly’s recruitment of ‘Hogmanay ambassadors’ contravenes both Volunteer Scotland’s Code of Practice and the National Minimum Wage Act
THE USE of unpaid volunteer labour by Underbelly, the Edinburgh Fringe venue and event organiser behind Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party, contravenes both Volunteer Scotland’s Code of Practice and the National Minimum Wage Act, it has been claimed as recruitment for ‘Hogmanay ambassadors’ at this year’s celebration gets underway.
In the Basque Country post-ETA, Spanish intransigence remains the final barrier to peace
CommonSpace speaks to Ander Larunbe Anderson, international representative of the socialist pro-independence Basque party Sortu, about the challenges ahead for conflict resolution in the Basque Country
IN MAY 2018, the Basque nationalist paramilitary group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) officially disbanded, almost half a century after first engaging in political violence and just over a year after the group staged a disarmament ceremony in the south of France.
‘Nae Nazis’: Steven Bannon protest sees activist arrested
As the former Trump strategist speaks to the BBC, protest organisers claim police threatened them with arrest for holding anti-Nazi signs
PROTESTS against the presence of Steve Bannon, the far-right former strategist to US President Donald Trump, at a BBC hosted media conference in Edinburgh saw one activist arrested for “threatening and abusive behaviour”, with protest organisers claiming that police had threatened those holding anti-Nazi signs with further arrests.
TSSA warns of ‘Winter of Discontent’ as Holyrood votes against ScotRail nationalisation
Rail union condemns SNP for siding with the Tories in favour of not activating the break clause, while Labour are accused of “rank hypocrisy”
A SCOTTISH LABOUR PROPOSAL aiming to compel the Scottish Government to exercise a break clause in ScotRail’s contract, end Abellio’s franchise and move towards nationalisation was defeated today (14 November), eliciting condemnation from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union.
‘End the occupation’: SNP MP and surgeon denied entry to Gaza by Israel speaks out
Veteran humanitarian Dr Philippa Whitford calls for end to the Gaza blockade to allow medical relief to reach Palestinians in need
DR PHILIPPA WHITFORD, the Central Ayrshire SNP MP and breast cancer specialist, has called for the end to the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli military and emphasised the necessity of the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), after being formally denied entry to Gaza by the Israeli Government.
'It’s time the voice of the voiceless are heard': Family of Katie Allan demand justice in meeting with justice secretary
Following the death of two young people in custody, their families call for measures to tackle suicides from the Scottish Government
SCOTLAND has failed the test of a civilised society following the death of two young people in custody by suicide, according to lawyer and human rights advocate Aamer Anwar.
Living Rent claim victory over Edinburgh letting firm in ‘unfair’ deposit fee dispute
As DRM Residential drops its demand for a ‘Post-Tenancy Works Fee’ from a Living Rent member, the tenants’ union vows to see the clause eliminated from all leases
THE LIVING RENT CAMPAIGN have today (12 November) claimed victory in a dispute with letting firm DRM Residential, announcing that the Edinburgh letting agency had dropped a controversial deposit fee charged to one of its members.
Extinction Rebellion campaign reaches Scotland as activists occupy UK Govt department
Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion are currently staging an occupation at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
AS the newly formed direct action environmental campaign Extinction Rebellion stages its inaugural meeting in Scotland, dozens of its activists have occupied the interior and entrance of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to protest the “havoc” being wrought by fracking.