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Julia Pannell

June 17th – June 23rd, 2023

17/06/23 – 23/06/23 SNP Blocked Move for Ferry Compensation You wouldn’t think Scottish Labour would be the saviours of the islanders, would you, but they tried.  Michael Marra proposed a ‘resilience fund’ for islanders adversely affected by ferry disruption, which would have seen the £12 million CalMac fines so far paid instead into a compensation… Read More »June 17th – June 23rd, 2023

10th June, 2023 – 16th June, 2023

10/06/23 – 16/06/23 Should the NHS advertise?  Have LEZs caused unintended problems?  And is there a Rural Idyll? Edinburgh Holiday Lets Ruling Unlawful The Court of Session has ruled parts of Edinburgh’s plans to curb short-term lets ‘unlawful’, in particular its presumption against granting short-term lets in tenement blocks, but also its lack of provision… Read More »10th June, 2023 – 16th June, 2023

3rd June – 9th June, 2023

03/06/23 – 09/06/23 More Levelling up?  Is Police Scotland misogynistic?  And villages take on SSEN: A83 solution? The latest solution for the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll is a £470 million ‘road shelter’ to mitigate the dangers of landslips and lengthy diversions.  The mile-long tunnel-like shelter will have a catch pit and… Read More »3rd June – 9th June, 2023

May 27th – June 2nd, 2023

27/05/23 – 02/06/23 Labour Links to Just Stop Oil The Labour Party are under pressure to return a £1.5 million donation from a key funder of pressure group Just Stop Oil (JSO), whose members have disrupted recent sporting events.  Coincidentally Labour recently announced they would totally ban future North Sea oil and gas drilling should… Read More »May 27th – June 2nd, 2023

May 20th – May 26th, 2023

Tenants Win against the Council, Alex Cole-Hamilton gets a history lesson and police go part time…. 20/05/23 – 26/05/23  Part-Time Police A three-month pilot project on the island of Bute means that police officers are now on call rather than on shift from 12am to 8am weekdays and 2am to 8am at weekends.  Calls are… Read More »May 20th – May 26th, 2023

May 13th – May 19th, 2023

13/05/23 – 19/05/23 Is Scotland allowed to be a country? Ask our politicians… Petition against Alex Cole-Hamilton The leader of the Scottish LibDems is the subject of a petition to resign after stating at an Oxford Union debate that Scotland is an ancient nation that ‘can never and should never exist again’ in today’s globalised… Read More »May 13th – May 19th, 2023

HPMAs, Ghost Gear and Must the Sheep All Go?

Do the Sheep Have To Go Too?             Following recent calls for livestock numbers to be drastically cut, Ben Goldsmith, former adviser for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) wants all the sheep removed, claiming they have a brutal effect on the hydrology of landscapes, compact the soil and expunge vegetation leading… Read More »HPMAs, Ghost Gear and Must the Sheep All Go?

May 6th – May 12th, 2023

06/05/23 – 12/05/23 Hospital Assaults Police Scotland do not think patient safety outweighs the cost of supplying information on rapes and sexual assaults in Scotland’s hospitals.   The Women’s Rights Network obtained figures under a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) that more than 6500 such attacks happened in four years in England and Wales, 2088 rapes… Read More »May 6th – May 12th, 2023

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