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This Week In Scotland – Week 04

IndyRef2 Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, Nicola Sturgeon said the government would decide “within weeks” when it would introduce legislation for indyref2. Previously the legislation was actually to be tabled within weeks. Now she will do “everything … within my power” to hold indyref2 in 2023. Not exactly watertight, then. The unionist media… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 04

This Week In Scotland – Week 03

Team UK Following an Intergovernmental Relations Review (IGR), and with the apparent agreement of the devolved governments, a new council is being established covering the four constituent parts of the UK to encourage “mutual respect, maintaining the trust and positive working”. With three tiers, Tier 1 is a council chaired by the PM; Tier 2… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 03

This Week In Scotland – Week 51

Dalzell Steel It has been revealed by Ivan McKee, Scottish Business Minister, that the deal to save the last remaining steel plant in Scotland may have breached state aid rules. The Dalzell and Clydebridge steelworks was bought for £1 from Tata Steel by the Scottish government in 2016 and immediately sold on to Liberty Steel.… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 51

The Week In Scotland – Week 50

The Scottish Budget The Scottish Budget served up no real surprises. Kate Forbes claims most Scottish taxpayers will pay less than those elsewhere in the UK, although the National Insurance rise imposed by the UK government will disproportionately hit lower earners. Public sector pay rises to £10.50 per hour, the Scottish Child Payment doubles to… Read More »The Week In Scotland – Week 50

This Week In Scotland – Week 49

Storm Arwen and the North-East Energy firms have spent £730m on resilience in the last five years, but speaking in committee at the House of Commons Paul McGimpsey of the Energy Networks Association blamed the wind going in the wrong direction, from north-east to south-west, thus devastating commercial plantations which did not have the same… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 49

This Week In Scotland – Week 48

Scotland’s Finances Speaking on Good Morning Scotland recently, Kate Forbes refuted the GERS figures yet again. She pointed out that much of the data is estimates, that Scotland has 40% of the UK’s renewable potential, and 25% of Europe’s wave and tidal resources. She pointed out she must balance her budget. But why not go… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 48

This Week In Scotland – Week 47

Europe The EU is in a mess over migrants, national legislation and borders. It condemned Hungary in 2018 for criminalising those helping asylum seekers. Lithuania and others want the EU to help them physically strengthen their borders against migrants. So far the EU has refused. Ukraine (not in the EU) claims the Belarus/Poland migrant crisis… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 47

This Week In Scotland – Week 46

COP26 A disappointing climate conference culminated in a commitment to phase down coal use, rather than phase it out, and to work to remove inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Scottish government committed £2 million to a new Climate JusticeFund to mitigate the effects of climate change on the global south, although an earlier commitment of… Read More »This Week In Scotland – Week 46