News archive from 8 February 2015

Politics has been ‘diminished by lack of radicals’

Politics has been ‘diminished by lack of radicals’

ONE of the UK's most influential playwrights Sir David Hare has said politics has been 
"diminished" by the loss of "radical" politicians such as John Smith and Robin Cook, who he described as "giants" who...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Human rights plea to Prince of Wales

Human rights plea to Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales has been urged to raise concerns about human rights abuses during his six-day tour of the Middle East, which began yesterday. Amnesty International UK has appealed to Charles to use his influence and “pass on a few well chosen...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Eddie Redmayne set to win Bafta battle

Eddie Redmayne set to win Bafta battle

EDDIE REDMAYNE'S triumphant awards season tour looks set to continue in Lodnon tonight when he is tipped to add a Bafta to his haul of acting honours. Redmayne, who has been lauded by the critics for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Match report: Manchester Thunder 51 Team Bath 32

Match report: Manchester Thunder 51 Team Bath 32

Manchester Thunder surged to a convincing win over Team Bath at the Thunderdome, taking victory 51-32. It was a physical battle from the first to last whistle, with body contacts, flying elbows and crossed words between the sides. Thunder, buoyed by...

 
Planned Pentland film studio would create 900 jobs

Planned Pentland film studio would create 900 jobs

UP to 900 new jobs could be created if a new film and television studio development is given the go-ahead on the outskirts of Edinburgh, its developers have revealed. The team behind the £150 million scheme earmarked for 86 acres of unused land in...

 
Broadcaster calls on BBC to rescue Scots language

Broadcaster calls on BBC to rescue Scots language

THE Scots language should be heard on radio and television as part of mainstream programming and not confined to comedy shows, an award-winning broadcaster has said. BBC Scotland’s Frieda Morrison, who also presents a monthly podcast on Scots Language...

 
Radical English reform set for Scottish schools

Radical English reform set for Scottish schools

NICOLA Sturgeon is looking at importing radical education reform from London that would see the brightest young teachers parachuted into Scotland's under-performing schools, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The First Minister is examining a highly...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Politics
 
Anger over talks to share NHS data with taxman

Anger over talks to share NHS data with taxman

THE Scottish Government is pressing ahead with controversial talks about handing over people's NHS data so that HM Revenue &

Scotsman, 00:11 in Politics
 
Railway police fight Scottish control proposals

Railway police fight Scottish control proposals

POLICE officers who patrol Britain's railways are fighting a rearguard action against plans to switch them to Scottish control under new post-referendum powers. The Scottish Government will take over British Transport Police (BTP) north of the Border...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Politics
 
The NHS needs change, yes. But reform must be intelligent

The NHS needs change, yes. But reform must be intelligent

You refer to Alan Milburn’s warning that unless Labour offers public sector reforms it will suffer a 1992-style defeat (“The NHS needs a blend of realism and vision”, leader). For the past quarter century, England has led the world in market-oriented...

Guardian, 00:12 in Health
 
Cull wipes out Scotland’s ruddy duck population

Cull wipes out Scotland’s ruddy duck population

A DECADE-long cull has succeeded in wiping out Scotland's entire population of ruddy ducks. The birds, originally from north America, threatened the existence of European white-headed ducks in Spain where they regularly flew to from Scotland to...

 
Review: Arenacross, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Review: Arenacross, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

The sixth leg of the Arenacross came roaring into town tonight as the Hydro became a pit of exuberance and excitement. LED lit and laser guided, even a total novice can't fail to be impressed by such a petrol-fest extravaganza that certainly is not...

 
Autocare profits reach £1 million a year

Autocare profits reach £1 million a year

THE Midas touch which made Sir Tom Farmer one of Scotland's richest men has seen his latest venture turn its first annual million-pound profit. Farmer Autocare, which was launched with four branches 12 years ago and now operates 18 tyre and exhaust...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Business
 
Scots firms told to target China with exports

Scots firms told to target China with exports

SCOTTISH firms have been urged to raise their sights 
if they want to tap into the Chinese market after fresh figures showed UK exports to the world's second-largest economy topped £3.6 billion in the final three months of 2014. However,...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Business
 
Comment: Global debt pushing Eurozone to ruin

Comment: Global debt pushing Eurozone to ruin

We have been drawing comfort from a delusion, or two to be exact. One is that time is slowly healing the dramatic plunge into emergency debt in 2008-9. The subsequent rhetoric of western governments and central banks has been of "austerity",...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Business
 


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