Planning Controversies – Local versus National Planning matters are generally decided by the local planning authority, particularly in the case of small-scale developments. Appeals for such cases would go to a committee of 3 or more local elected officials. But Scottish ministers can intervene in local matters where an issue of ‘genuine national interest’ may… Read More »Planning Controversies – Local versus National
The Menopause trivialised Rosemary Goring shone a light on the menopause recently (‘HRT isn’t only answer – being a woman is not a medical issue’, Herald, 18th May 2022) pointing out that since time immemorial women have been regarded as intrinsically weaker, our occasional irrationality stemming from our role as childbearers with all the… Read More »Are Women Equally Valued?
14/05/2022 – 20/05/2022 Ofgem are alarmingly planning to allow the price cap on energy to be raised every three months, rather than every six as at present. This never seems to bring prices down rather than put them up. At the same time Shell is reported to be making £80 million profit every day. Harbour… Read More »Week 20 May 14th – May 20th, 2022
Carbon Bombs A major investigation by the Guardian newspaper has revealed shocking plans by major oil and gas firms to ignore all the promises of COP26 and plough on with raking in huge profits. In ‘Carbon bombs’ set to trigger a climate catastrophe’ (12 May 2022) the Guardian claims that the world’s biggest… Read More »‘Carbon Bombs’ could blow up our climate ambitions
Healthcare Crisis? A healthcare crisis is developing, according to Dr Graeme Eunson, a consultant pediatrician based at Borders General Hospital and the outgoing chairman of the BMA’s Scottish consultants’ committee. He claims a two-tier system is emerging, with double the number of medical professionals retiring in 2021 compared to 2020.… Read More »Healthcare Crisis?
No to indyref 2 Scottish Labour peer George Foulkes is planning a bill which would allow a Treasury veto on any Holyrood plans to spend money on reserved areas like the constitution, hoping that this will force Scottish government civil servants to stop work on indyref2. This is certainly ironic. In 1989, he was one… Read More »Week 18 April 30th – May 6th, 2022
23/04/2022 – 29/04/2022 The Fringe Soaring accommodation costs are pricing entertainers out of participation, with some prices doubling since 2019. Anthony Alderson of the Pleasance Theatre Trust is calling on the council and landlords to cap prices. The Scottish government introduced the Scottish Private Residential Tenancy agreement in 2019 in a bid to help students,… Read More »Week 17 April 23rd – April 29th, 2022
16/04/2022 – 22/04/2022 Economic Summit SNP policy chief Toni Giugliano has announced the second Scotland After Independence seminar, this time on the Economy. The online 25th May conference is open only to SNP members, aiming to equip SNP activists to counter UK misinformation. The first seminar featured Scotland’s future in the EU. A new prospectus on… Read More »Week 16 16th April – 22nd April 2022