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Will tourist tax have same effect on tourists as plastic bag tax had on bags? – Alastair Stewart

I swore I’d never shop again when the 5p bag charge was introduced in 2014, but, ahoy, my waistline tells a different story. My objection was where I thought the money was actually going – the state’s coffers. But then I found out that while it...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Group from twin town to perform as part of the 2019 Lichfield Mysteries

A theatre group from Limburg is this week furthering its links with the city by appearing in the first Lichfield Mysteries Festival. The group from the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule Vocational College in Limburg, is presenting Exodus from Egypt at the...

Lichfield Live, 8 February 2019
 

Ross Thomson denies accusations of ‘sexual touching’ and refers himself to Tory panel

Scottish Conservative MP Ross Thomson has referred himself to a party disciplinary panel after denying media reports that he was asked to leave a House of Commons bar due to ‘sexual touching’ of other drinkers. Reports emerged on Wednesday evening...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Finland’s basic income experiment shows it could work in Scotland – Jamie Cooke

Providing unemployed people with an unconditional basic income in Finland did not lead to a fall in the number finding work among other positive signs that should encourage those hoping to introduce the system in Scotland, writes Jamie Cooke. The...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Edinburgh councillors vow to tackle Festival Fringe rogue operators

COUNCILLORS have vowed to step up efforts to tackle rogue operators of Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues in the wake of efforts by campaigners to expose exploitation of workers at the event. They have pledged to apply more pressure on operators to pay...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 
Key figure in Tory Brexit talks owns firm giving advice on EU exit

Key figure in Tory Brexit talks owns firm giving advice on EU exit

A leading member of a rightwing thinktank who took part in high-level Brexit compromise talks between Tory MPs and the government this week has a political consultancy which does not disclose its clients. Shanker Singham owns a private firm,...

Guardian, 8 February 2019
 

Edinburgh tram extension to cost extra £42 million

Controversial plans to take trams to Newhaven will carry a £207m price tag - with the final business case costs soaring by an extra 25 per cent. City councillors will get their first chance to examine the confidential final business case today (8) at...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Why Nicola Sturgeon was wrong to push independence in America – Pamela Nash

Nicola Sturgeon should travel overseas to promote Scotland – but not the cause of independence, writes Pamela Nash. Scotland ‘The Brand’ is a global success story. Our world-renowned food and drink, and our manufacturing excellence, are hugely...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Readers Poll: Do you support a workplace parking levy in Scotland?

Workers in Scotland hit by a proposed new workplace parking levy could face the equivalent of a 10p income tax hike, MSPs have heard. Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw claimed that people have been left “alarmed” by the proposal,...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 

Political forecaster Sir John Curtice claims Brexit has made Scots independence cause harder

The UK’s top political forecaster has claimed the SNP’s anti-Brexit stance has dented the party’s prospects of an independent Scotland. Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, said the issues of Brexit and Scottish...

The Courier, 8 February 2019
 
McDonnell asks Berger to confront Labour breakaway rumours

McDonnell asks Berger to confront Labour breakaway rumours

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has entered the row over the outspoken Labour leadership critic Luciana Berger by saying that all she has to do is denounce breakaway stories and the deselection threat against her will go away. McDonnell said it...

Guardian, 8 February 2019
 

SSE to study options for retail arm after more customers depart

SSE said it would examine options for its retail arm following the collapse of a merger with rival Npower as the Perth-based utility giant trimmed its earnings outlook and talked up its green credentials today. In a trading update, the group also...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 
Half of councils expected to miss housebuilding targets

Half of councils expected to miss housebuilding targets

Targets for new homes are likely to be missed by half of England’s local authorities, according to a damning assessment of the government’s housing strategy, while increasingly profitable building companies are getting away with paying less for...

Guardian, 8 February 2019
 
Ministers' £6.5m for legal aid a drop in the ocean, say lawyers

Ministers' £6.5m for legal aid a drop in the ocean, say lawyers

Government promises to improve early advice for social welfare claimants and spend an extra £6.5m are a “drop in the ocean” compared with the deep cuts imposed on legal aid spending, lawyers and justice organisations have said. Welcoming the Ministry...

Guardian, 8 February 2019
 

Brexit: Tusk backs Corbyn’s ‘promising’ proposal as Brussels trip only yields more talks

Theresa May was told a proposal from Jeremy Corbyn for a permanent customs union between the UK and the EU was a “promising” solution to the Brexit deadlock as she left meetings with senior figures in Brussels with a promise of more talks, but no...

Scotsman, 8 February 2019
 


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