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Brexit: No-deal ‘disaster‘ warning as carmaker axes 5,000 jobs

Brexit: No-deal ‘disaster‘ warning as carmaker axes 5,000 jobs

The Business Secretary has warned a no-deal Brexit would be a “disaster” as the UK Government made a last-ditch plea to Labour MPs to save the Prime Minister’s deal with Brussels. Greg Clark said two damaging Commons defeats over two days showed there was no majority for leaving the EU without an agreement. It came as Jaguar Land Rover announced […]

Scottish mother wants ‘stronger’ cannabis oil for her son

Scottish mother wants ‘stronger’ cannabis oil for her son

The mother of a six-year-old boy believed to be the first child in Scotland prescribed cannabidiol for his epilepsy is now calling for her son to be given a stronger version of the drug. Karen Gray wants the Scottish Government to allow Murray access to oil from the whole cannabis plant which contains the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the […]

Brexit is a means to an end, not a magic wand – Bill Jamieson

Brexit is a means to an end, not a magic wand – Bill Jamieson

We are so gripped by fear that we are failing to plan properly for post-Brexit Britain, writes Bill Jamieson. Who is brave enough to look beyond the next 80 days? Who even dares to predict beyond the Commons vote next week? A defeat for the Government earlier this week not only makes a ‘no deal’ Brexit well-nigh impossible, it also […]

UK retailers report worst Christmas since 2008

UK retailers report worst Christmas since 2008

Retailers have suffered their worst Christmas in a decade as consumers tighten their belts amid uncertainty over Brexit, new figures have revealed. Overall sales were flat in December, against an increase of 1.4 per cent in the same period last year – the lowest growth since April 2017 and the worst Christmas sales period since 2008. The poor sales figures […]

Best way to save young men from life of crime may surprise you – Ross Deuchar

Best way to save young men from life of crime may surprise you – Ross Deuchar

Marginalised young men have moved from gangs engaged in recreational, territorial street violence into dealing drugs and organised crime, and tackling the root causes of this problem requires more than just law enforcement, writes academic Ross Deuchar, whose research involves speaking to gang members in Scotland and other parts of the world. The latest police-recorded crime statistics suggest the number […]

Kenny MacAskill: Alex Salmond case shows agenda of Sturgeon’s inner circle

Kenny MacAskill: Alex Salmond case shows agenda of Sturgeon’s inner circle

A coterie surrounding the SNP leadership seem to be so intent on protecting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that anyone who might taint her administration is driven out, writes Kenny MacAskill, citing the treatment of Alex Salmond, Mark McDonald and Michelle Thompson. As Salmondgate continues, I was minded of the old adage that when you’re in a hole stop digging. It […]

Murphy the dog teaches Scotland a lesson in ethics – leader comment

Murphy the dog teaches Scotland a lesson in ethics – leader comment

If you see litter lying on the street, do you simply walk on by, even if there’s a bin just a few yards away? If you wish to be a responsible citizen, is it enough that you don’t drop litter yourself? Marion Montgomery’s dog Murphy made this dilemma a bit tougher for her by actively hunting for pieces of rubbish […]