News archive from 20 June 2013

Independent Scotland will flourish, says economist

Independent Scotland will flourish, says economist

A FORMER economic adviser to Alex Salmond has argued that Scotland would thrive after independence, with Edinburgh acting as its "dominant" economic centre. Professor John Kay said Scotland was wealthy enough to survive without the same...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Scotland’s public sector bill hits £60 billion

Scotland’s public sector bill hits £60 billion

TAXPAYERS have bankrolled a massive increase in the size of Scotland's public sector in just over a decade, a Holyrood report has revealed. Public spending has doubled to more than £60 billion and accounts for half the size of Scotland’s economy....

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Scottish independence ‘baffles’ foreign nations

Scottish independence ‘baffles’ foreign nations

FOREIGN Secretary William Hague will claim today that foreign nations are "baffled" over why Scotland would want to leave the Union, as he uses a speech in Scotland to back the case for the UK. In the address in Edinburgh, Mr Hague will also...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Simon Howie: Independence can beef up key industries

Simon Howie: Independence can beef up key industries

Greater fiscal powers will help to bring out the very best in our producers, writes Simon Howie As the Royal Highland Show gets under way, it is a good time to reflect on what’s been happening in the farming community. It has been a record period of...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Michael Kelly: Reward healthy lifestyles

Michael Kelly: Reward healthy lifestyles

Radical methods are needed to overcome the vast advertising budgets of fast-food multinationals, writes Michael Kelly It is an image that contradicts all the aspirations of those who seek to promote the good life of sustainability and health. Naïve...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Tavish Scott: Will SNP recognise councils’ rights?

Tavish Scott: Will SNP recognise councils’ rights?

Tomorrow is Shetland flag day. Civic buildings and many households will fly the islands' own flag. On Saturday, Lerwick hosts a conference on ancient Norse parliaments, known as Things. The word is old Norse for assembly and the conference brings...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Leaders: Armed forces ruling courts years of litigation

Leaders: Armed forces ruling courts years of litigation

THE Supreme Court decision that opens to door to families of British soldiers killed in action in Iraq to bring negligence cases against the Ministry of Defence is a cause for concern on a number of fronts. Perhaps it is truism to say it, but a...

 
Edinburgh broadband boost as £10m scheme unveiled

Edinburgh broadband boost as £10m scheme unveiled

EDIBURGH CITY chiefs are working to boost broadband in the Capital despite a UK Government bungle over funding rules. Revised plans for more than £10 million of investment would see wi-fi coverage on trams, buses and council buildings like museums,...

 

Comment: Update will tighten rules on whistle-blowers

Edward Snowden has brought the subject of whistle-blowing into the spotlight on a scale that few others have done. The 29-year-old American is the source of the "biggest leak of US secrets in a generation" and has attracted worldwide...

 

What you ate when you were THREE determines your risk of heart disease later in life

A child's diet at the age of three could determine its risk of heart disease as an adult, researchers say. A study found that the effects of unhealthy eating begin at an early age, with the tell-tale signs of cholesterol noticeable in children aged...

Daily Mail, 00:05 in Health
 
Six MPC members entrenched against further QE

Six MPC members entrenched against further QE

Incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney will probably have to keep policy on hold at his first meeting after predecessor Sir Mervyn King's call for stimulus was again defeated by six votes to three. Carney is thought to be in the pro-stimulus...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Watchdog to examine SME banking

Watchdog to examine SME banking

REGULATORS followed-up the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standard's final report by yesterday launching a probe into lending to small businesses. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will examine competition in banking for small and medium-sized...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
BT rocked Ian as Livingston is called to office

BT rocked Ian as Livingston is called to office

Telecoms giant BT unveiled a change at the top yesterday as chief executive Ian Livingston revealed he is to become a government minister. Scots-born Livingston, who is credited with turning around the former state monopoly’s fortunes during his...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

£50 million cash boost for Scots business innovators

The Scottish Government unveiled a £50 million boost to businesses yesterday with a project aimed at entrepreneurs creating jobs. First Minister Alex Salmond said £20m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) would be used to establish the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

SeaEnergy sees finance boss depart under shake-up in the boardroom

SEAENERGY has announced the departure of its finance director in a move to trim numbers in the offshore service group's boardroom. Chris Moar steps down as finance chief and company secretary with immediate effect, and leaves the Aberdeen-based...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 


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