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Julia Pannell

October 8th – October 14th, 2022 Week 41

Scotland’s National Cerebral Palsy Football Team recently travelled to Sardinia for the World Championships.   After beating Italy 6-0, South Korea 7-0 and Chile 7-2, they beat Japan 5-1 in the semi-final, narrowly losing the final to Colombia 3-2. Not bad considering that six years ago they lost all their funding and were disbanded.  Manager Greig… Read More »October 8th – October 14th, 2022 Week 41

October 1st, 2022 – October 7th, 2022 Week 40

01/10/22- 07/10/22 McVities has closed Iconic biscuit producer McVities has ceased Scottish production, with Turkish owners Pladis shutting it to stop ‘over-capacity’ and ‘protect long-term sustainability’.  Scottish production is going to English plants, Hobnobs and Digestives going to Manchester and others going to Wigston, Leicestershire, and some to Carlisle, which is reportedly being expanded.  McVities had… Read More »October 1st, 2022 – October 7th, 2022 Week 40

Are women better drivers?

Stalking, the Sexual Revolution and are Women better drivers? Stalking law not fit for purpose Female stalking victims are demanding action from the Scottish government for longer jail terms and better monitoring of offenders.  One woman whose life was turned upside down is dismayed that he is being released soon is demanding he be permanently… Read More »Are women better drivers?

September 24th – September 30th, 2022 Week 39

Trickle Down Economics             Much is being made of the diverging tax regime between Scotland and England, particularly after the Tory Chancellor’s emergency budget which will put more money in the hands of the richest south of the border.  At present in Scotland the initial 19% tax rate applies to earnings between the tax-free personal… Read More »September 24th – September 30th, 2022 Week 39

17th September – 23rd September 2022 Week 38

17/09/22 –23/09/22 Should King Charles pay inheritance tax? Nearly two thirds of the population think he should pay tax on his private inheritance, which is exempt as it is a ‘sovereign-to-sovereign’ bequest. The Queen’s personal wealth was estimated to be £370 million, and a normal inheritance tax bill of 40% over the £325,000 threshold would… Read More »17th September – 23rd September 2022 Week 38

Wins and Losses in the Gender War

Wins and Losses for Women September 2022 forWomen Scotland Judicial Review Having examined the guidance being issued by the Scottish government on the gender composition of public boards, for Women Scotland (FWS) feels compelled to take the government back to court, as it appears the legal ruling forbidding transgender persons from being on public boards… Read More »Wins and Losses in the Gender War

September 10th – September 16th, 2022 Week 37

10/09/22 – 16/09/22 Disability, royalty, republics, and are we being gamed?…… Disability Discrimination People with disabilities were harder hit during the pandemic and now by the cost-of-living crisis, according to Helen McArdle in the Herald (‘Disabled should be a priority for the new health secretary’, 10/09/22).  But the SNP/Green Programme for Government last week had… Read More »September 10th – September 16th, 2022 Week 37

September 3rd – September 9th, 2022 Week 36

03/09/22 – 09/09/22 Another Police Scotland ‘Boys’ Club? Former police constable Gemma MacRae has accused Police Scotland of failing to tackle a systemic culture of sexism, bullying and misogyny in the force.  Prosecutors took three years to dismiss 20 allegations against the ‘Moray Boys’ Club’, with only one allegation of sexual assault against her by… Read More »September 3rd – September 9th, 2022 Week 36

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