Opposition parties criticise ‘piecemeal’ Transport Bill for lack of radicalism in parliament debate
While the Scottish Government’s Transport Bill passed at Stage 1, MSPs were dismayed by what many perceived as a lack of ambition
- The Scottish Government’s Transport Bill has passed at Stage 1
- Transport secretary Michael Matheson expresses his openness to the possibility of introducing and expanding publicly-owned bus services
- Green MSP John Finnie describes criticism of the workplace parking levy as “rank hypocrisy”
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.
Analysis: Scotland's bus regulations have barely changed since Thatcher - is it not time for public ownership?
CommonSpace examines the data on the performance of Scotland’s deregulated bus regime, and finds a vicious circle of declining services, fewer passengers and higher fares. New Minister Michael Matheson has a chance to shake off Thatcher’s deregulation policy, but will he?
WEIRDLY, Scotland feels like the south of Spain. Enjoy it while it lasts. The permanent blue skies and humidity is an almost unblemished pleasure.
Exclusive: Clara Ponsati lawyer says case ‘feels almost like David and Goliath’
Aamer Anwar defends Scottish Government position and announces crowdfunder for former Catalan minister’s legal costs
AAMER ANWAR, the lawyer for former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, has defended the Scottish Government’s lack of direct intervention in his client’s case and has announced that crowdfunding on her behalf will begin shortly.
Low rape conviction rates prove corroboration should be scrapped, says Rape Crisis Scotland
New figures show that only two in five rape cases in Scotland lead to a conviction
RESPONDING TO FIGURES published today which reveal that just 39 per cent of rape cases prosecuted in 2016-17 resulted in a conviction, Rape Crisis Scotland has said it’s time to look again at removing the requirement for corroboration in rape cases.
Of 1878 rapes and attempted rapes reported to the police in 2016-17, 251 were prosecuted and 98 led to a conviction, the lowest conviction rate since 2008-09.
Scottish Police Federation: Extra financing required to quell political “disorder”
Police union appeals for greater funding in face of austerity shortfalls
THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has called on the Scottish Government to supply greater funding so it can police future political movements .
Speaking to CommonSpace at the SPF fringe event at the three day SNP 2016 conference at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Calum Steele said that failure to create new funding to counter political movements of both the right and left could lead to “disorder”.
Home Secretary now facing calls from Scottish Tories to extend spycops inquiry
‘Spycops’ scandal remains an issue in the new Scottish Parliament
CALLS TO EXTEND the undercover policing inquiry to Scotland have now been backed by the Home Secretary’s own party, as the Scottish Conservatives added to the cross-party demands.
The Tories at Holyrood now join Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MSPs in calling for an extension of the inquiry’s remit – or, failing this, a separate Scottish investigation.