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Julia Pannell

Week 25 18th June-24th June, 2022

18/06/2022 – 24/06/2022 Health, Green issues, Social Care, Ferries and indyref2 … School meals arriving by drone may become a reality if a trial underway at Argyll and Bute Council is a success.  The council has teamed up with drone specialists Skyports to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver meals prepared at Park Primary School,… Read More »Week 25 18th June-24th June, 2022

Women this Week

Gender hilarity           A 66-year-old Scottish male found himself first bemused, then angry, when he attempted to give blood at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in Stirling on Wednesday last week.  He was asked to fill in a form which asked if he was pregnant or had been pregnant in the previous six months. … Read More »Women this Week

Week 24 11th June – 17th June 2022

11/06/22 – 17/06/22 IndyRef2 Nicola Sturgeon announced a second independence referendum, with or without a section 30 order, and will set out later a lawful alternative.  Launching the programme, she compared Scotland with other similar sized nations, who are wealthier, with less income inequality, lower poverty, higher life expectancy and social mobility, smaller gender pay… Read More »Week 24 11th June – 17th June 2022

Green News 14th June 2022

Green News                   14/06/22 Land Reform             Soaring land prices are now blocking out the Scottish Land Fund from providing anything like the funds now needed by community buyouts. The maximum SLF payout of £1 million will not go near the asking price of land which is currently… Read More »Green News 14th June 2022

Week 23 – 4th June – 10th June, 2022

04/06/2022 – 10/06/22 Medicine, Disabilities, Women, Green Issues and Indyref2 among other things …. Ferries Scotgov is spending £180,000 to hire an expert to get the two delayed ferries completed.  ‘Turnaround director’ Tim Hair, now departed from Ferguson, was paid over £1 million in two years without success.  Unclear how much the new postholder will get. … Read More »Week 23 – 4th June – 10th June, 2022

Week 22 – May 28th, 2022 – 3rd June, 2022

28/05/2022 – 03/06/2022 Life Expectancy has stalled and mortality rates have increased, particularly in deprived areas. The recently-published Scottish government review into the breast cancer screening.  A major overhaul is planned after two adverse ‘events’, the first an IT glitch which caused thousands of patients to be missed for mammograms.  Almost 200 women later developed… Read More »Week 22 – May 28th, 2022 – 3rd June, 2022

Planning Controversies – Local versus National

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

Are Women Equally Valued?

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?