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Scottish Government blocks plans to burn coal under the sea

Scottish Government blocks plans to burn coal under the sea

The Scottish Government has blocked plans to set fire to coal under the sea because it “poses numerous and serious environmental risks”. The energy minister Paul Wheelhouse announced this afternoon that underground coal gasification (UCG)  “will have no place in Scotland’s energy mix at this time”. He has also asked the UK Government not to issue any new licences for the technology, and to…

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DWP spent £92, 249.86 trying to prevent disclosure of workfare providers

DWP spent £92, 249.86 trying to prevent disclosure of workfare providers

The Department of Work and Pensions spent nearly £100,000 on legal fees in an attempt to derail attempts to find out which organisations were benefiting from controversial workfare schemes.  In January 2012, Boycott Workfare campaigners submitted a Freedom of Information request seeking the identities of all the UK organisations that were participating in controversial workfare schemes.  They…

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Police Scotland under fire for freedom of information failings

Police Scotland under fire for freedom of information failings

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has reprimanded Police Scotland for failing to implement freedom of information (FoI) law. In her latest annual report, published today, she points out that the number of appeals against the police for not providing information has increased by 80 per cent from 45 in 2014-15 to 81 in 2015-16. Police Scotland received 2,839 FoI requests last…

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Mapped: how a nuclear convoy crash could contaminate Glasgow

Mapped: how a nuclear convoy crash could contaminate Glasgow

A serious road accident involving the nuclear bomb convoy in Glasgow could contaminate a large swathe of the city and put hundreds of thousands of people at risk, according to a new analysis. Using US defence software, disarmament campaigners have mapped the impact of a major crash at the junction of the M8 and M74 near the city centre. Radioactive plutonium and uranium could leak from nuclear…

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INEOS PR plan to greet fracking boat

INEOS PR plan to greet fracking boat

The petrochemical giant INEOS is planning a public relations push for fracking tomorrow, as a boatload of gas arrives at Grangemouth from the US. The company, which has its headquarters in Switzerland, is taking journalists out to dinner in Edinburgh this evening, putting them up in a hotel overnight, and then giving them breakfast on a boat on the Firth of Forth. The plan is to meet an INEOS gas…

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Scottish Government orders inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland

Scottish Government orders inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has today ordered its own inquiry into undercover policing following a decision by the Home Office not to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland. The Pitchford Inquiry was established last year to examine undercover policing in England and Wakes after it emerged that Met Police officers abused their powers during covert operations. Some officers entered into long term…

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University urged to lift fracking ban on professor

University urged to lift fracking ban on professor

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The University of Glasgow is under renewed fire for withdrawing online access from emeritus geology professor, David Smythe, because he was critical of fracking. The Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF), a group of local residents opposed to plans to extract underground gas, has written to the university asking for Smythe’s access to be restored. The letter, published today by The Ferret,…

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MP urged not to bow to Saudis and ‘whitewash’ Yemen war crimes

MP urged not to bow to Saudis and ‘whitewash’ Yemen war crimes

A Westminster committee has been urged not to bow to Saudia Arabia and “whitewash” alleged war crimes in Yemen in a report out this week. The Committees on Arms Exports Controls (CAEC) has been investigating the use of UK-made bombs in Yemen’s war. MP’s began an inquiry after allegations of war crimes against a Saudi Arabian coalition dropping bombs made in Fife. The Saudis support the ousted…

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Published: secret expert criticism of school tests

Published: secret expert criticism of school tests

The Scottish Government has been forced to release emails showing that it rejected expert advice on the reintroduction of standardised testing in schools. Ministers tried to keep the emails secret but were ordered to make them public by the freedom of information watchdog, Rosemary Agnew. They are being published today by The Ferret in partnership with CommonSpace. A year ago the First Minister,…

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Exclusive - Yemen’s Houthis accused of torture in new video

Exclusive – Yemen’s Houthis accused of torture in new video

A new video by a human rights organisation in Yemen alleges that Houthi rebels have tortured opponents. Mwatana has documented alleged violations of human rights by both sides in a 17 month long war that’s resulted in the deaths of an estimated 10,000 people. The conflict is between forces loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and Houthi rebels…

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