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Julia Pannell

Will Food Insecurity create a new Russian Empire?

Will food insecurity create a new Russian Empire? Does Russia want world famine? According to David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), up to 323 million people are ‘marching towards starvation’ and 49 million are ‘knocking on famine’s door’, wrote David Pratt in the Sunday National (‘Food squeeze begins’, 5/6/2022). In the… Read More »Will Food Insecurity create a new Russian Empire?

July 23rd-July 29th, 2022 Week 30

23/07/2022 -29/07/2022 Mental Health Help The Scottish government has spent over £3 million funding the Welfare Advice and Health Partnerships programme since September 2021, to address mental health problems which are compounded by financial worries.  Nearly 150 GPs have signed up to the service to be directly referred to in-house welfare rights officers for advice… Read More »July 23rd-July 29th, 2022 Week 30

Women and Equalities Rights

Women and Equalities                             July 2022 ForWomen Scotland                         say they have no choice but to take the Scottish government back to court.  The reason is the Scottish government guidance on Gender Representation on Public Boards, which sought to make up the… Read More »Women and Equalities Rights

9th July-15th July, 2022 Week 28

09/07/22 – 15/07/22 IndyRef2 The SNP’s second paper on independence focusses on Democracy.  Despite the UK’s constant repeats, Scotland’s First Minister stressed that the Smith Commission said that Scotland could become independent at any time in the future if it wants.  It is deeply undemocratic to say Scotland can’t leave, but worse, can’t debate among… Read More »9th July-15th July, 2022 Week 28

Are drugs always wrong and should logic be ditched?

Broken Heart Syndrome           You really can die of a broken heart or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which occurs when one of the heart’s chambers, the left ventricle, suddenly expands and weakens, writes Martha Vaughan in the Herald (‘Scots scientists aiming to solve the riddle of Broken Heart Syndrome’, June 30th, 2022).  It is a response to emotionally… Read More »Are drugs always wrong and should logic be ditched?

Week 26 June 25th -July 1st, 2022

25/06/2022 – 01/07/2022 IndyRef2 SNP members are to get their say on the independence papers the party is       preparing prior to indyref2, at a national assembly this summer to discuss the scene-setter independence paper, plus any others which have been produced by then. Judging by the Growth Commission National Assemblies, the wishes of… Read More »Week 26 June 25th -July 1st, 2022

Justice Matters

Scottish Legal Aid             Most people have scant sympathy for lawyers pleading poverty, but Scotland’s criminal justice system is teetering, according to the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association (SSBA), who claim lawyers have no choice but to boycott cases due to insufficient fees from the Scottish government (‘Scotland’s entire criminal justice system is now in ‘imminent… Read More »Justice Matters

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