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Julia Pannell

24/12/22 – 30/12/22 Week 52

  Child poverty figures show that Scotland ranks 8th in the UK for child poverty.  The government’s own figures show the North-East of England was worst of all the regions and nations, at 27%, and strangely the best 3 were the South East (12%), East of England (11%) and South West 11%.  The figures show… Read More »24/12/22 – 30/12/22 Week 52

December 17th, 2022 – December 23rd, 2022 Week 51

17/12/22-23/12/22                                                                                                       Week 51 Women The Scottish Women’s Health Champion Promised last year is no nearer to being appointed. One new mother, Charli Morrison of Moffat, Dumfries-shire, thinks this would help bring in a much-needed test for pre-eclampsia which is being rolled out in England but not in Scotland.  This test would have spared her twins… Read More »December 17th, 2022 – December 23rd, 2022 Week 51

December 3rd – December 9th, 2022 Week 49

03/12/22 – 09/12/22 Say ‘thank you’ nicely to Westminster; growing poverty or a wealth tax? Homeless Rent Arrears The Scottish Tenants Organisation is calling on the Scottish government to act over £33 million of debt incurred by the homeless for temporary accommodation, querying whether councils are acting lawfully in pursuing these amounts through debt collection… Read More »December 3rd – December 9th, 2022 Week 49

November 26th, 2022 – December 2nd, 2022 Week 48

26/11/22 – 02/12/22 Health: Cancer Outcomes: A clear divide has emerged between rich and poor in terms of cancer survival.  This may be partly lifestyle choices, according to the Deprivation and Cancer Inequalities in Scotland report from Cancer Research UK, whose chief executive Michelle Mitchell called the inequalities ‘unfair, avoidable and systemic’ at every stage… Read More »November 26th, 2022 – December 2nd, 2022 Week 48

Are Beavers Eco-Warriors or Eco-Vandals?

March of the Wind Turbines             People in communities all over Scotland feel increasingly at the mercy of big firms replacing trees with concrete and building ever-bigger and more intrusive wind turbines, writes Jonathan Brocklebank (‘Why we are all powerless to stop the wind farm invasion’, 19/11/22). They speak of the ring of steel enclosing… Read More »Are Beavers Eco-Warriors or Eco-Vandals?

November 19th, 2022 – November 25th, 2022 Week 47

19/11/22 – 25/11/22 Death of the Act of Union: Unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court decided that Scotland does not have permission to hold an independence vote without Westminster’s agreement.  Nothing shouts ‘prisoner’ more clearly than that.  Scots Law is meant to be guaranteed by the Act of Union 1707, and Scots Law’s foundation on the sovereignty… Read More »November 19th, 2022 – November 25th, 2022 Week 47

Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 2022

Elimination of Violence Against Women                          November 2022           The idea of a yearly commemoration of the victims of violence against women began after the murder on November 25th, 1960 of three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal on the orders of Dominican Republic ruler Rafael Trujillo, whose dictatorship… Read More »Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 2022

Will COP27 result in real change?

COP27 Egypt             Over the first weekend of November, four Extinction Rebellion protesters locked onto an oil barrel outside JP Morgan’s Glasgow office to highlight what they see as the failures of COP26.  Meanwhile in Egypt, fresh turf was laid and petunias planted along the empty 4-lane highways approaching Sharm El-Sheikh, irrigated by precious scarce… Read More »Will COP27 result in real change?

November 12th – November 18th, 2022 Week 46

12/11/22 – 18/11/22 Women Won’t Wheesht! A woman wearing a purple scarf was told to remove it or leave Committee Room 6 today (15th November).  She was there supporting women’s rights in the ongoing gender reform bill.  Apparently these colours are ‘political’.  The Code of Conduct for visitors bans banners, flags or political slogans including… Read More »November 12th – November 18th, 2022 Week 46

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