THE TRUTH WILL OUT. PUPILS NOT DOING SO WELL AS SNP WOULD HAVE PUBLIC BELIEVE

Scottish Conservative education spokesman Jamie Greene said: “This is a snide and cynical move by an SNP government which is increasingly in crisis across all of Scotland’s public services. There are clearly major and systematic problems within our education system that the SNP simply refuses to acknowledge or take action on. … More THE TRUTH WILL OUT. PUPILS NOT DOING SO WELL AS SNP WOULD HAVE PUBLIC BELIEVE

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HISTORY

This essential new history of the Irish state is a study of Ireland’s international profile on the world stage, rather than its party politics. Against a global backdrop, it offers a fresh and analytical study of the origins of the Irish state, the Irish revolution and the growth of Irish diplomacy, from just six consulates in the 1920s to over sixty embassies by the 2010s. … More INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HISTORY

IS KEEPING DEREK MACKAY IN POST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

We always need to be careful about the motivations of making law as a result of one case, but the Derek Mackay pictured above,  controversy throws light on an important weakness in our parliamentary procedures. He has resigned as a Government minister, pocketed £12,000 ministerial severance payment paid by taxpayers, and is failing in the job he was elected to do – to represent his constituents. If he is not charged by the authorities, there is no current mechanism to get rid of him as a MSP until the next Scottish Parliament election, with him being paid £63,579 per annum in the meantime. … More IS KEEPING DEREK MACKAY IN POST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

BORIS VOWS TO SWITCH OFF TV LICENCE FEES

In a plan that would change the face of British broadcasting, senior aides to the prime minister insisted that they are “not bluffing” about changing the BBC’s funding model and “pruning” its reach into people’s homes. The blueprint being drawn up in government will scrap the licence fee and replace it with a subscription model, and force the BBC to sell off the vast majority of its 61 radio stations but safeguard Radio 3 and Radio 4 … More BORIS VOWS TO SWITCH OFF TV LICENCE FEES

WESTERN ISLES PUPILS WALK OFF WITH AWARDS

Murdo MacSween, communications manager for MG ALBA, said: “FilmG is hugely influential, with films covering important topics but also injecting some fun into the process of how to create Gaelic content. The awards this year were fantastic in celebrating what the future of Gaelic media has to offer and I’m looking forward to seeing more and more from everyone who took part.” … More WESTERN ISLES PUPILS WALK OFF WITH AWARDS

CAR CRASHES INTO CEMETERY WALL OFF THE A828

Sergeant David Miller, of the Road Policing Unit in Dingwall, said: “We are carrying out inquiries to establish the full circumstances which led to this collision. The car was being driven north before the crash and I would urge anyone who either witnessed the incident or who saw the vehicle on the road beforehand to come forward. … More CAR CRASHES INTO CEMETERY WALL OFF THE A828

ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS ARE EVIL, SAYS RETAILER

Zero-hours contracts – ban them now, say trade unions Trade union reps Margaret Wood (UNITE) and Valerie Jennings (UNISON) campaigning for workers’ rights. By Tim Sharp on 17 Feb 2020 Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in jobs so insecure they’re unable to plan childcare or budget for groceries.  Official figures out later this week will … More ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS ARE EVIL, SAYS RETAILER

BUMPER CHEQUE FOR MAGGIE’S FROM TINA AND LIZ

Today Liz Glover and  the Rev Tina Kemp of Helensburgh Parish Church visited the Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow to hand over a cheque for £3520. Liz Braved the Shave in solidarity with Tina to raise the amazing amount. A huge thanks to Liz and to everyone who supported her. And thanks also to Maggie’s for all they do to help cancer sufferers and their families. Liz and Tina are pictured here with Jennifer Blair, fundraising manager at Maggie’s Glasgow. … More BUMPER CHEQUE FOR MAGGIE’S FROM TINA AND LIZ

UNIONISTS AND LOYALISTS MUST NOT BE COERCED

The former taoiseach said that while a Border poll is inevitable, the outcome of that vote would be based on “the case that’s made” following qualitative and analytic work. He said if a poll was taken today it would not pass due to financial issues and also because “people are not prepared anymore to see coercion of unionists or loyalists into a united Ireland until there’s a comfort zone established where people see that everyone could work together”. … More UNIONISTS AND LOYALISTS MUST NOT BE COERCED