News archive from 13 December 2012, page 1

Church leaders demand more safeguards on gay marriage

Church leaders demand more safeguards on gay marriage

THE SCOTTISH Government yesterday published draft legislation that could see gay marriage introduced in Scotland in 2014. But Church leaders fear the new laws do not include enough “protections” for religious bodies and individuals and are calling for...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
BBC executives back down and agree to public grilling

BBC executives back down and agree to public grilling

BBC Scotland executives have performed a U-turn and agreed to appear before the Scottish Parliament, where they will be quizzed about cuts being made to the corporation north of the Border. The Scotsman can reveal that leading BBC figures will face...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Tobacco giant finally defeated over ban

Tobacco giant finally defeated over ban

CIGARETTE displays will be banned in large retailers from April, after the Scottish Government won a landmark ruling against Imperial Tobacco in the Supreme Court. • Ban comes into force in larger shops from April • Imperial Tobacco admits defeat in...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Jim Sillars: You can’t be serious, SNP...

Jim Sillars: You can’t be serious, SNP...

IT IS a remarkable feature of the SNP leadership that, including the recent partly-botched Nato reversal, it never sees it necessary to reconsider or even review its various policy positions ever, or in timely fashion. For example, there is the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Bill Jamieson: Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

Bill Jamieson: Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

FOR JOB hunters and policy analysts alike, labour market figures rather than Gross Domestic Product data, provide a more reliable guide to what is really going on in the economy. So the latest news of a 19,000 fall in unemployment in Scotland to...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Daniel Kenealy: All to play for in spite of Borroso’s letter

Daniel Kenealy: All to play for in spite of Borroso’s letter

ON MONDAY the president of the European Commission delivered an early Christmas present to the unionist side in the independence debate. It took the form of a letter to the economic affairs committee of the House of Lords. In it José Manuel Barroso...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Leaders: Is there the will to bridge the great health divide? | Look on the bright side on jobs

Leaders: Is there the will to bridge the great health divide? | Look on the bright side on jobs

THE danger with statistics about health inequalities is that we become fatalistic about them. The fact that poor people have a far lower life expectancy than rich people living a five-minute drive away is so familiar it could, if we were not careful,...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Interview: Singer Laura Mvula on making the BBC Sound of 2013 list

Interview: Singer Laura Mvula on making the BBC Sound of 2013 list

IS IT too early to predict who'll make it big on the pop scene in 2013? Not if you've come across the soulful, stunning ballads of Laura Mvula, writes David Smyth To a glittering list that includes Adele, Jessie J, Florence + the Machine and Emeli...

 
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand accuses nationalists of making him English on Wikipedia

Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand accuses nationalists of making him English on Wikipedia

FRANZ Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has complained that "nationalists" keep changing his entry on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to say that he is English. After living in Scotland for more than 30 years – and fronting one of the...

 
Arts blog: Colin Trevorrow’s new movie is a treat for sci-fi geeks everywhere

Arts blog: Colin Trevorrow’s new movie is a treat for sci-fi geeks everywhere

EVER since Disney made the surprise announcement that its acquisition of Lucasfilm would result in three new Star Wars movies, it seems as if every director currently working has had to officially deny their involvement to prevent rumours from gaining...

 
Arts blog: ‘We gave Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit their first exposure’

Arts blog: ‘We gave Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit their first exposure’

As Is This Music? Celebrates its tenth anniversary, editor Stuart McHugh recalls a decade of championing Scottish indie bands When I started Is This Music? in winter 2002 I had no idea how long it would last. It was to fill a gap in the market, as I...

 

Comedy review: The Stand Christmas Special - The Stand, Edinburgh

PERHAPS it was the below-zero temperatures outside, or the Christmas fare that had been consumed pre-show, or maybe it was simply down to it being Tuesday. Whatever the reason, compere Joe Heenan had some trouble rousing the troops for this particular...

 
Film review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Film review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

DISPROVING Gandalf's twinkly-eyed assertion early on in The Hobbit that "All good stories deserve embellishment," this first instalment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's relatively slender single volume children's...

 
Interview: Suraj Sharma star of Ang Lee’s new film ‘Life of Pi’

Interview: Suraj Sharma star of Ang Lee’s new film ‘Life of Pi’

SURAJ Sharma only went to the audition to keep his brother company. Now he's poised to take the world by storm in Life of Pi, writes Claire Black I have changed quite a bit,” Suraj Sharma says with what turns out to be typical understatement. “I don’t...

 
Amy Berg on Peter Jackson and her new documentary ‘West of Memphis’

Amy Berg on Peter Jackson and her new documentary ‘West of Memphis’

WHEN Amy Berg was asked by Hobbit director Peter Jackson to make a documentary on the Memphis Three, no-one could have predicted it would coincide with the release of the convicted trio. Most filmmakers would jump at the chance to work with Peter...

 


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