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The Sunday Mirror reports on the option for MPs to claim gas and electricity bills for their second homes on expenses, and 340 have taken-up the offer. These includes the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint who claimed £368.88. This is just over three times the estimated average household [...]
Leverage teams from Unite:
One Grangemouth boss, who as asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, called the police after 25 Unite members working for the union’s Leverage team protested on his driveway with flags, banners and an inflatable rat for about 90 minutes on October 18.
The director was called by his wife, who [...]
I have touched before upon the short-fall in local authority funding with the Scottish Government imposed freeze of council tax which has been in place since 2007. Well, not exactly imposed in the sense of legally enshrined, but certainly encouraged through the threat of with-holding other funds.
(See also my view of already comfortably well-off [...]
Posted: October 28th, 2013 under Scotland.
To be honest, the tactics adopted by Unite against the Ineos Group reminded me of the above. Fortunately, in addition to the jobs of the super-annulated grandees of this trade union, those of the 800 employees at the petrochemical site which a frozen protozoa on Mars would have been able to identify at [...]
A significant unvoiced difficulty with Alex Salmond’s appeals for Scottish voters to seize the moment and use the resources and infrastructure north of the Tweed to manage a new country is that much infrastructure is either linked firmly with or situated in the rest of the UK. There is little incentive to extend [...]
Posted: October 23rd, 2013 under Scotland.
It’s Edinburgh Festival time, and we know it because the buses take 45 minutes to go along Princes Street (1 mile), the locals moan “bloody Festival” but still go in masses to the shows and the population, now increased 10% by actors, acrobats and dancers, is noticeably better looking, better dressed and in better shape. [...]
Unrelated to Israel or Muslims or anything in between, stuff continues to happen in Scotland
Although hardly a new Highland Clearances (or lucrative tax-breaks – being absorbed by domestic users through increasing fuel bills – being given to a handful of hugely wealthy landowners to host windmills, meeting with the extreme disapproval of Conservative MEP Struan [...]
In my experience, the response to disagreement by the SNP is either vituperation or lies. In response to furious objection to his “impromptu” visit to the Primary 6 at closure threatened Bramble Braes Primary Six in Aberdeen Donside during the recent by-election needed to retain his super-majority at the Scottish Parliament, the oleaginous [...]
Facing serious blowback for a report questioning the “widespread assumption” that the Bible supports a Jewish state, the Church of Scotland has agreed to reword the document to make clear that it does not challenge Israel’s right to exist.
The Jewish Chronicle reports:
One of Scotland’s smallest councils has implemented a boycott of Israel after comparing the country to apartheid South Africa.
Clackmannanshire Council said it would resist all economic and political support for Israel in order to “end suffering in Palestine”.
The boycott was implemented by 11 councillors after lobbying by anti-Israel activists from the Scottish [...]