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Threat of revolt forces rethink of ‘catastrophic’ universal credit

Threat of revolt forces rethink of ‘catastrophic’ universal credit

The roll-out of the government’s flagship welfare programme is to be overhauled amid dire warnings about its impact on the vulnerable, the Observer understands. Amber Rudd, work and pensions secretary, is to scrap plans for an imminent parliamentary...

Guardian, 5 January 2019
 

Alastair Stewart: Machiavelli – moralist of people power

The word “Machiavellian” is one of the most thrilling adjectives in the English language. From Othello to House Of Cards to Game Of Thrones, hundreds of shows have entertained their audiences with their intrigues and power plays. With some irony, the...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Russia and China ‘using Scotland as backdoor to influence British policy’

A foreign affairs expert has claimed China and Russia are using Scotland as a backdoor to influence British policy. John Hemmings, a director of the Asia Studies Centre at foreign policy think-tank Henry Jackson Society, said authoritarian regimes...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

More than 9,000 food standards tests failed in Scotland since 2013 figures reveal

Concern has been raised about food mislabelling after it emerged more than 9,000 food standards tests have been failed in Scotland since 2013. The Scottish Liberal Democrats asked local authorities how many tests have been carried out over the last...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Brexit: Theresa May faces battle to save deal as Commons showdown looms

Theresa May will continue efforts to win over Tory critics of her Brexit deal as MPs return to Westminster, but both wings of the party warned that the plan is unlikely to receive support. As the Commons returns from its Christmas break, the Prime...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 
John Redwood says UK is losing sight of Brexit benefits

John Redwood says UK is losing sight of Brexit benefits

Theresa May will continue efforts to win over Tory critics of her Brexit deal as MPs return to Westminster, but both wings of the party have said the plan is unlikely to receive support. Sir John Redwood, the newly ennobled Tory Brexiter, once again...

Guardian, 5 January 2019
 

Ian Blackford: No-deal planning a ‘wake up call’ for MPs

Accelerating work to prepare for a no-deal Brexit should act as a “wake-up call” for MPs, the SNP’s Westminster leader has said, warning that a chaotic and damaging exit from the European Union was looming without swift action. Parliament returns on...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Lawyer says race was ‘elephant in the room’ throughout Sheku Bayoh case

The family of a man who died in custody have said he would not have been treated the same way had he been white. Sheku Bayoh, 31, died in May 2015 after being restrained by police officers responding to a call about a man with a knife in Kirkcaldy,...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

2019 world news preview: Elections and asteroids could dominate headlines

With a year of ­global political turmoil behind us, it is not easy to look ahead and hope for anything much more upbeat in world news during the coming 12 months. Citizens of many countries across the globe are set to take to the polls to elect – or...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Brian Wilson: Why Scottish Parliament must rule out independence

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s 20th anniversary, Brian Wilson says it will never achieve its full potential until independence is ruled out. The Scottish Parliament has intimated that 2019 is to be a year of celebration – to mark 20 years of its...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

House-price growth slows to six-year low amid weak confidence

House price growth slowed sharply as 2018 drew to a close, with the UK recording its weakest annual growth in nearly six years. Annual house price growth slowed from 1.9 per cent in November to 0.5 per cent in December, Nationwide Building Society has...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

SNP warned wealthy could leave Scotland as top wages decline in real terms

High earners in Scotland have suffered a “real terms” fall in wages in recent years while lower-paid workers have seen their pay go up, new research has shown. Those in occupations including directors, IT professionals, engineers and managers have all...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Annie Lennox’s opens up on ‘excruciating’ back pain fight

Scottish singer Annie Lennox has revealed she still suffers from “excruciating” back pain more than a decade after having surgery on her spine. The former Eurythmics star pulled out of appearances and saw the release of her greatest hits album...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

ScotRail: Why nationalisation isn’t the solution – John McLellan

Amid anger over ScotRail’s punctuality problems and fare increases, John McLellan says the loss-making Prestwick Airport shows why state ownership of our transport infrastructure isn’t necessarily value for money. Nobody likes a price increase, so...

Scotsman, 5 January 2019
 

Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to use detained UK citizen as a ‘pawn’

Jeremy Hunt has warned ­Russia not to use UK citizens as pawns in “diplomatic chess games” after a former US Marine was arrested on spying charges. The Foreign Secretary said that Paul Whelan, 48, who lives in Michigan but has joint UK-UK citizenship,...

Scotsman, 4 January 2019
 


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