News archive from 5 December 2016

More Scottish council cuts will have ‘severe consequences’

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) has said that any more cuts to local government funding will result in “severe consequences” for jobs across the country. Speaking in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 

New Scots property tax has been ‘operationally successful’

The introduction of a new property tax has been “operationally successful” but it is “too early to draw any definitive conclusions” on the change, MSPs on a key Holyrood committee said. Members of the Scottish Parliament’s finance committee have been...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 

Scottish Government ‘should set a date to scrap petrol cars’

Scotland needs a “revolution” in zero-carbon transport on its roads if it is to meet demanding emissions targets, including a deadline for banning all petrol and diesel engines, environmentalists and businesses have said. Half of all buses and one...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns

John Key announces he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via...

BBC, 00:06 in World News
 

Agency staff ‘need greater protection’

TUC demands tougher laws as numbers to soar to one million THE TUC called yesterday for tougher legislation to stop the exploitation of agency workers, after a study found that the number of people doing agency work is expected to hit one million by...

 

EU ‘cannot and will not offer Scots a fair future’ – Sillars

“THE EU cannot and will not offer Scotland a fair or equal future,” Jim Sillars told the founding conference of Radical Options for Scotland and Europe (Rose) this weekend in Glasgow. The former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party cited the...

 

Corbyn urges European left to unite against right

Labour leader calls on continental comrades to take on far-right menace by Steve Sweeney JEREMY CORBYN has urged progressives from across Europe to unite against the “populist right,” calling for socialism to be at the heart of European politics. At a...

 

‘Fidel, Fidel: ever onward to victory’

Cuba reaffirms its socialism as revolutionary leader is laid to rest REVOLUTIONARY leader Fidel Castro was laid to rest in Santiago de Cuba yesterday, ending nine days of national mourning. His ashes were interred at the city’s Santa Ifigenia...

 

Venezuela: Maduro slams bloc’s ‘political aggression’

Mercosur suspension unjustified, says Caracas VENEZUELA denounced its suspension from regional trade bloc Mercosur, calling it “ideological and political aggression” on Saturday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro publicly requested a meeting with...

 

Syria: Army heads deep into east Aleppo but rebels fight on

SYRIAN government troops advanced deep into east Aleppo yesterday, routing Western-backed insurgents and driving them out of several key districts. After liberating a swathe of territory west of the international airport on Saturday, paving the way...

 

Countering the goons of fascism

DISCUSSIONS in Glasgow this weekend on the way forward for the left in Scotland in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union are heartening. We cannot afford to lose time restaging the arguments over the EU if we are to stand any chance of...

 

Fighting the flames in Palestine together

JIM MALONE writes on the FBU’s uphill battle to deliver desperately needed equipment to the dangerously underequipped firefighters in the occupied West Bank THE Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has a proud record of supporting the people of Palestine. Our...

 

It’s decision time for Labour’s warring tribes

Paranoia lies behind the Labour Party’s paradoxical polling, but digital democracy and a strong ‘Lexit strategy’ will offer new ways to build the broad left, writes CHARLEY ALLAN LABOUR faces a popularity paradox. Despite tripling in size since the...

 

Reshaping our economy is our only way forward

Brexit will mean economic upheaval but we must use this chance to make fundamental changes to benefit all, says JOHN GREEN AS Theresa May’s self-imposed deadline of the end of March for triggering Brexit is only 115 days away, even the run-up process...

 

Rugby Union: England trounce visiting Aussies

England 37-21 Australia by David Nicholson at Twickenham A TRIUMPHANT England closed out the autumn internationals with a record-equaling 14th win to end 2016 undefeated, after coming from behind to beat the Wallabies at the weekend. Coach Eddie...

 


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