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Julia Pannell

January 7th – January 13th, 2023

07/01/23 – 13/01/23 The Stone of Destiny             The ISP is calling for Scotland to refuse to let the Stone of Destiny go to London for Charles’ coronation.  Stolen by Edward 1 of England in 1296, it was placed underneath the coronation chair in Westminster, signifying English domination over Scotland.  On Christmas Day 1950 four… Read More »January 7th – January 13th, 2023

It’s as if we all fell asleep

It’s as if we fell asleep one night and the world looked normal.  When we woke up, though, it was different. Something had infected everyone as we slept.  The full horror would only unfold slowly.  When we got up, the government wouldn’t let us call males identifying as women ‘males’.  They said we were bigots.… Read More »It’s as if we all fell asleep

December 31st, 2022 – January 6th, 2023

ToW 31/12/22 – 06/01/23 Greening Off-grid Rural Homes             Residents in areas like the North-East and Highlands and Islands living in off-grid properties are not exempt from upgrading their heating systems within 3 years.  But Patrick Harvie’s favoured sustainable option of a heat pump will not be suitable for nearly a quarter of Scotland’s 170,000… Read More »December 31st, 2022 – January 6th, 2023

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?

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