Day: 15 July 2021

Boris Johnson’s long-awaited explanation of ‘levelling up’ branded gibberish

BORIS Johnson’s first major speech on his signature social policy has been branded “gibberish” after he asked the public to email him with suggestions to help make it work. The Prime Minister admitted he was offering a “skeleton” of plans to deliver his ‘levelling up’ agenda, but said more devolution for England would be a …

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Obituary: John Harling Martindale, high-flying policeman whose father was on wrong side of the law

Died: June 3, 2021. JOHN Martindale’s first day on the job as a rookie police officer in Stirling was unlike that of any other wide-eyed, eager young constable. The desk sergeant, on introducing himself, mentioned that he had arrested the young man’s father just the week before. Now, here was Martindale, imbued with the utmost …

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Unions lodge collective grievance over closed Glasgow venues and 500 job cut plans

UNIONS have lodged a formal dispute with Glasgow City Council over closed venues and plans to cut 500 jobs. Those respresenting the workforce in Glasgow Life, the charity that runs venues including museums, have lodged what they call a formal collective grievance over potential job cuts and the ongoing closure of many sports, community, cultural and …

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Ben Nevis: Google Maps suggests ‘potentially fatal’ route up mountain

Scottish mountaineering charities have criticised Google for suggesting routes up Ben Nevis and other Munros they say are “potentially fatal” and direct people over a cliff. The John Muir Trust, which looks after the upper reaches of the UK’s highest mountain, said attempts to contact the company over the issue have been met with silence. …

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Anum Qaisar-Javed: ‘Boris Johnson has fuelled racism”

An SNP MP has accused Boris Johnson of ‘fuelling racism’ and said UK Ministers had “encouraged” a false narrative on the issue. At Business questions in the Commons, Anum Qaisar-Javed, MP for Airdrie and Shotts, read out online racist abuse she had received she had experienced as she called for “real action”. Ms Qaisar-Javed said: “On social media I’ve …

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‘Unneighbourly’: Neighbours fight Scotland captain Andy Robertson’s plans for a swimming pool

SCOTLAND captain Andy Robertson is engulfed in a dispute with a neighbour over plans to build a swimming pool at his English home. The Glasgow-born Liverpool FC defender wants a 41ft pool in an extension to his £3.3m home in a select part of Wilmslow, Cheshire. But one of his neighbours has lodged an objection …

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Kilmarnock handed 3-0 defeat to East Kilbride in Premier Sports Cup clash after fielding suspended player

Kilmarnock have been handed a 3-0 Premier Sports Cup defeat against East Kilbride after fielding an ineligible player. The Rugby Park outfit brought on Daniel Armstrong in their match against Stevie Aitken’s side. The match at K-Park finished 2-0 Killie but it has been overturned and EK have been awarded the victory. Tommy Wright’s club …

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Gaelic Scotland: Language in ‘frail’ position as consultation launched

Scotland’s traditional Gaelic language is in a “frail” position, the Government has warned as ministers appealed for views on a plan to promote it. Fewer than one in 50 Scots can speak, write and understand Gaelic, census data shows, with Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville saying that for the language to have a “sustainable future” there …

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Scottish Greens urged SNP to fix two-child benefit cap, not just complain

THE Scottish Greens have urged the SNP to use Holyrood’s devolved powers to offset the impact of the two-child benefit limit instead of simply complaining about it. The call came as the latest annual figures showed a continued rise in the number of families affected by the controversial Tory policy, including its “rape clause”. With …

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