News archive from 28 September 2014

Insight: Indyref truthers and the great conspiracy

Insight: Indyref truthers and the great conspiracy

SO THIS is what happened: on 18 September, at polling stations across the country, hundreds of Yes campaigners were given ballot papers with no identification number on the back and their votes were rendered invalid. Either they were rejected at the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Cluff heralds new North Sea offshore coal project

Cluff heralds new North Sea offshore coal project

A COMPANY hoping to revolutionise Britain's energy provision by tapping into coal supplies under the sea bed will apply for planning permission within months to build a demonstrator project on the Firth of Forth. Cluff Natural Resources, led by North...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Scott Reid: Tesco will take time to turn around

Scott Reid: Tesco will take time to turn around

IT WILL be the week that Tesco will want to forget. A week that saw Britain's biggest retailer admit to a £250 million over-egging of its profits, suspend four of its senior executives and launch an invest

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
FreeAgent embarking on drive to raise £5m funds

FreeAgent embarking on drive to raise £5m funds

ONLINE accounting software specialist FreeAgent is embarking on a multi-million pound fundraising drive amid growing interest in the cloud computing arena. The Edinburgh-based firm, which targets small businesses and freelancers, has raised about £5...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Kristy Dorsey: Employers may pay price

Kristy Dorsey: Employers may pay price

THE low-paid are front and centre of Labour's campaign for next year's general election and, as ever, businesses are warning of dire consequences should wages rise too quickly. The current minimum wage of £6.31 for adults is set to rise to £6.50 on...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Scott Reid: Whisky companies need plan of action

Scott Reid: Whisky companies need plan of action

FOR any devotee of our national drink, it's worrying news. Vodka is on course to overtake whisky as Britain's favourite spirit for drinking at home. Thanks to its ability to be mixed with everything from Coke to cranberry juice, vodka is likely to be...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Black & Lizars in sporting bid to promote eye care

Black & Lizars in sporting bid to promote eye care

OPTOMETRIST Black & Lizars is teaming up with Edinburgh Leisure in a new sporting

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

Women's vote in balance as they find all party leaders a turn-off

Debbie Gurney is ‘ambivalent’ about who she might vote for in 2015. Photograph: Stephen Shepherd for the Observer Would you vote for Boris Johnson if he ran the Labour party? Or Basil Brush if he was on the ballot paper? According to an in-depth study...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

How disaster struck Cameron out of clear blue autumn skies

Mark Reckless at the Ukip conference in Doncaster, where he announced his defection from the Tory party. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA It was all stacking up so well for the Conservatives as final preparations were made for their last party conference...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

Britain and the bombing of Isis: eight questions raised by the vote for war

American F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria last week. Photograph: Matthew Bruch/AP Q Why are we getting involved in another war in the Middle East?A David Cameron's justification for air strikes,...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 
Artur Mas sets Catalonia’s ‘day of destiny’

Artur Mas sets Catalonia’s ‘day of destiny’

THE PRESIDENT of Spain's wealthy north-eastern region of Catalonia yesterday formally called an independence referendum, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state in recent years. The Spanish...

 

Our political leaders need something special: it's called authenticity

Labour leader Ed Miliband was criticised as weak, inexperienced and embarassing by women polled by Ipsos MORI. Photograph: Christopher Thomond Why was it that so many Labour voters in London backed an über-Tory mayoral candidate in 2012? What led a...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

One week on, Nicola Sturgeon gets ready to lead Scotland's fight for power

Nicola Sturgeon says ‘the pledge’ by unionist parties was pivotal in the campaign.  Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Observer The British establishment is still lying down in a darkened room after its brush with constitutional mortality, and so Nicola...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 
Mafia sons exiled to smash crime families

Mafia sons exiled to smash crime families

FIRST Italy fought its mafia mobsters by confiscating their wealth. Now judges are taking away something more precious: their sons. Riccardo Cordi, a shy 18-year-old scion of one of ­Italy’s most notorious mob families, is the product of a new...

 

Michael Heseltine: 'People are deeply frustrated after six years of being beaten up by austerity'

Michael Heseltine in his office in Whitehall. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer Throughout his long political career, Michael Heseltine has been renowned for his bounce. Tarzan, Hezza. The nicknames speak to the reputation for energy and...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 


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