Profiteering by the energy companies is no longer a moral issue it is quite literally an issue of life and death for the most vulnerable in society, currently facing the winter with the dread of people who've just been handed a death sentence.
This is the impact of one of the most despicable examples of the barbaric face of unfettered capitalism witnessed in many a year with the recent hike in energy prices. Men whose collective salaries as CEOs of the top energy companies are a moral outrage in themselves have revealed a callous disregard for the consequences of their actions.
While their Xmas, and that of their shareholders and families, will be a particularly joyous one this year, for millions it will be an exercise in survival. Not only that, these are individuals who can look forward to a very comfortable future, no doubt enhanced along the way with a knighthood here or an MBE or OBE there.
From a legal perspective, Kevin Kane examines the current debate on the removal of the requirement for corroboration in Scots criminal law.
A lot of attention in the media of late has centred on the contentious topic of corroboration in criminal trials - the trench warfare alive and well for all to see. On one side we have those who maintain that corroboration is the "cornerstone" of the judicial system in Scotland and those on the other who assert that corroboration is an "archaic" rule that ought to be abandoned. The dialogue from the main stream media has conjured up what one might consider a false dichotomy, between those with apparent vested interests within or connected to the legal profession and those of progressive wisdom who put the rights of victims first. This is a gross over-simplification. This piece will extrapolate on why that is the case and attempt to arm those on the left with a more nuanced take on corroboration – at which point, it is hoped that whatever opinions are upheld, these opinions will be built upon solid foundations - not media hyperbole.
All references and footnotes are numbered and appear at the end of the main body of the text.
Brief History of Corroboration in Scots Law
The corroborative ethos is enshrined in Scots criminal law (1) - indeed, its origins in legal philosophy can be traced all the way back to biblical scriptures:
"Who so killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses; but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die" (2)
Moreover, the earliest Institutional Writers affirmed Scots law of corroboration as sacrosanct (3). However, the bible and early institutional writings were not Scots lawyers only source of guidance; they would have been indoctrinated in matters of procedure by "Canon Law" (4) and their training influenced in a manner befitting of continental Europe at that time (5).
Does Rosyth Dockyard Have a Future?... asks Jock Penman
An article in the Dundee Courier dated 27th Sept 2013 annoyed me somewhat as it proclaimed, "Yes vote 'risk' to Rosyth dockyard." Not very original, up to date, nor correct it quoted Dunfermline and West Fife MP Thomas Docherty as saying, "It is clear that, without Royal Navy contracts, West Fife industry faces a very bleak future." However, doubting Thomas had written on his blog, "It is clear that thousands of jobs at Rosyth are being put at risk by the SNP's independence agenda," on Nov. 14th 2011. So what is clear is that this is merely a continuation of the scaremongering of the No Campaign.
It is a petty point-scoring exercise designed to narrow the argument down to party bickering. Just because many of us support the fight for independence does not mean we are SNP members or even supporters. And the issue of independence is the most important for 300 years.
Will Duckworth, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales makes a clarion call for urgency in the wake of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
The fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes sobering, if not frightening, reading.
I don't intend to say much about the report itself as numerous summaries have been prepared and published ad nauseam but I will restate two crucial findings of this definitive report:
1) Warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
2) Human influence on the climate system is clear.
In other words, climate change is happening and we are to blame.
The sole argument the ostrich brigade of climate change deniers have clung to is the statement that there is only a 98% certainty that climate change is due to human activity. Only 98 per cent.
To put that into context, if we knew there was only a 2% chance of surviving if we crossed a motorway, we would probably build a bridge.
In the year the Scottish Government writes gay marriage into law with overwhelming support in the opinion polls, trade union activist, academic and LGBT campaigner Lynn Sheridan looks back to the battle over the Repeal of s28 (2a) in Scotland, reviews how far the struggle for LGBT equality has come, and what still needs to be done
While reading for the purpose of writing this article I felt as if I was on a trip down memory lane. For some of you reading this I imagine that it will raise many emotions and feelings of isolation, anger, fear but ultimately a feeling of solidarity.
The political history of the Lesbian &Gay (L & G) and subsequently Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has been one of oppression, discrimination, campaigning and fight backs.
MASSIVE INDEPENDENCE DEMO ON CALTON HILL, EDINBURGH
Forget police or media 'estimates'.
Or, as we might more truthfully call them, lies.
As no' very easily bull-shitted veterans of many demos in Scotland , Editorial board members of The Point were there. Some of us bothered to count the demo from start to finish.
Last year there were over 10, 000 in attendance – a decent sized demo. This year there were over 30, 000.
That’s to say that this year’s turnout was three times the size of the previous year. Those numbers are comparable with the huge anti-poll tax demo of 1990, and only bettered in our life times (in terms of turnout for a Scottish Rally) by the amazing mass anti-war demo of 2003 in Glasgow.
Polis estimates are a joke - end of.
Check out these pics.
Forward to a YES vote in 2014.
Alex Salmond faced the wrath of the media and his political opponents for waving a saltire behind David Cameron at the conclusion of the Wimbledon final. The Point’s Graeme McIver argues that there are much worse examples of politicians wrapping themselves in the national flag that the media chooses to ignore. He believes that there is consensus and crass hypocrisy amongst some of the political class over the UK’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.
A Scot being front page news across the world following the conclusion of the Wimbledon Championship - who could have predicted that? And who was that Scot I hear you ask? No, not the hero of the hour Andy Murray, but wee Moira Salmond, as the contents of her hand-bag and what her husband did with them suddenly became the centre of a major diplomatic incident.
Is Scotland too conservative, (with a small c) to go it alone? The Point's Gary Fraser hopes he’s wrong but fears that the forces ranged against the campaign for Independence will win the day.
In all honesty I do not think that Scotland will become an independent nation in 2014. Due to a number of factors the odds appear to be heavily stacked against the YES Campaign. YES is up against not only a well organised and well-funded opposition but also a hostile media. Moreover, the polls suggest that the majority of Scots, including a majority of young people, do not support independence. Of course, polls can be wrong, and there is always room for error, but when every poll points in the same direction the signs are not good.