The Johnson cabinet: Who are they, and what do they mean for Scotland?
Who are the major figures of Boris Johnson’s new cabinet – and what effect could they have on the future of Scottish politics?
BORIS JOHNSON’S victory in the Conservative Party leadership contest and rise to the position of prime minister was swiftly followed by a brutal cabinet reshuffle which saw the upper ranks of the UK Government take a harsh turn to the Right.
£9.2 trillion drained from India during British rule, economist finds
“The modern capitalist world would not exist without colonialism and the drain,” says Indian economist Utsa Patnaik
BRITAIN impoverished India over the course of its colonial rule by a staggering £9.2 trillion, laying the groundwork for modern international capitalism and holding back present-day India’s ability to escape poverty, a leading Indian economist has claimed.
As famine threatens Yemen following Saudi offensive on Hodeidah, campaigners demand UK ends its complicity
Ahead of new Amnesty report on humanitarian crisis in Yemen, former cabinet secretary says that the UK Government is “on the side of the perpetrator”
AS the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen continues its assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah, the UK Government faces fresh pressure to end its complicity in the conflict and cease UK arms to Saudi Arabia.
Rebuttal: Why silly figures for what an independent Scotland would need to protect its currency misunderstand modern money
CommonSpace dissects the argument that an independent Scotland would need a foreign currency reserve big enough to back up “everything” in its national economy
THE Daily Telegraph has published claims from Glasgow University professor Ronald Macdonald claiming if an independent Scotland were to establish its own Scottish currency it would need foreign currency reserves of anywhere between £30-300 billion.
‘Scare story’: Experts slam £300bn figure for an independent Scottish currency’s foreign reserves
Peter Ryan and Richard Murphy round on up to £300 billion claim
TAX and finance experts have told CommonSpace that a claim that up to £300bn would be needed for an independent Scotland’s foreign currency reserves is a “scare story”.
SpinWatch publish confidential media 'D-notices' on the Skripal case
Spin Watch co-founder: D-Notices are an attack on the very idea of a “free media”
THE public interest investigations group SpinWatch has published two private and confidential ‘D-notices’ sent to the press, both relating to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.
‘D-notices’, officially known as DMSA-Notices, are notes from the UK Government to the British media advising them not to publish on a specific issue. They have no legal power to compel the press to do so, but they are strongly expected to be adhered to.
Jeremy Corbyn joins calls for suffragettes to be pardoned
Politicians have joined growing calls for women arrested whilst campaigning for equal voting rights to be pardoned
POLITICIANS such as Ruth Davidson and Jeremy Corbyn have joined calls for the convictions of women who campaigned for equal voting rights to be pardoned, 100 years after women over 30 and working-class men secured the right to vote.
Scottish minister condemns plans to cut UK foreign aid to mitigate Brexit
The Secretary of State for International Development pledged to use the UK’s foreign aid as part of a “bold new Brexit-ready proposition”
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S International Development Minister, Dr Alasdair Allan, has expressed concern over the possibility that the UK’s foreign development budget will be repurposed to boost British trade and investment post-Brexit.
Kezia Dugdale resigns as Scottish Labour leader
Kezia Dugdale made the surprise announcement that she is stepping down last night, after two years as Scottish Labour leader
KEZIA DUGDALE has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour effective immediately, days before the beginning of a new session of the Scottish Parliament, describing the decision as “best for me and best for Scottish Labour”.
Dugdale’s deputy, Alex Rowley, will serve as interim leader until a leadership election can be held.