0 Have your say Muslims living in Scotland tend to feel more part of society than those staying elsewhere in the UK, a senior police officer has claimed. Detective Cheif Superintendent Gerry McLean, who leads Police Scotland’s counterterrorism unit, said that as a result of better integration the country was not a target of Islamist terrorism.“There’s definitely something about how Scottish communities feel, there is a degree of inclusiveness,” he said in an interview with The Times.“(Muslims perhaps feel more part of Scottish society and day-to-day life. They will have a wide range of political opinions, they will have views on global events, some of them will be very vocal, but at the same time they don’t want to advance that in terms of hurting people or society.”Around 77,000 Muslims live in Scotland, making up 1.4 per cent of the population. In comparison, the Muslim population in England stands at 2.6 million.The … [Read more...] about Scotland is more open to Muslims, claims senior police officer
0 Have your say Numbers of people sleeping rough across Scotland have risen for the second year in a row, new figures have shown. The proportion of people sleeping on the streets before registering as homeless has increased by 10 per cent between 2015/16 and 2017/18, according to analysis by Scottish Labour.The party has called on the Scottish Government to take more action to help rough sleepers.Official figures show 2,682 people reported as having slept rough on at least one occasion in the three months before registering as homeless.This is a slight increase of 22 people, or 1 per cent, on the previous year’s figure, which was itself a 9 per cent rise from 2015/16.Previously, the number had steadily fallen, down from 5,845 in 2008/9 to 2,434 in 2015/16.• READ MORE - Rough sleeper accepts he may die on streets of Capital• READ MORE - ‘Shocking’ level of homelessness in Scotland, campaigners warnScottish Labour believes the true … [Read more...] about Number of rough sleepers in Scotland rises for second year in a row
0 Have your say The UK Government’s “shambolic Brexit” poses a threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said. MP Dr Philippa Whitford said a “power grab” over public procurement could lead to more privatisation in the NHS.The SNP’s Westminster health spokesperson claimed that Holyrood would lose control over how key public services are delivered under such a system.In May, the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee warned that the autonomy of the Scottish health service must be protected after Brexit.Dr Whitford said: “The news we’ve seen this week of £2 billion worth of NHS England contracts being handed over to a single private firm sets a dangerous precedent and last month’s report by MPs which described the outsourcing of primary care services in England to Capita as a ‘complete mess and a shambles’ shows exactly what the Tories would do to our NHS in … [Read more...] about ‘Shambolic Brexit’ poses threat to NHS in Scotland, says SNP
Scotland's only openly-trans councillor is quitting frontline politics after a "vicious and sustained string of abuse". Dundee councillor Gregor Murray said the decision was made for the good of the city's SNP-led administration and their mental wellbeing. In a letter to leader of the local authority John Alexander - which was posted on social media - they explained why they were standing down from position as convenor of the Children and Families Service Committee and as spokesperson for Equal Opportunities. The councillor, who is gender non-binary and prefers the "they" pronoun, said: "As well as issues surrounding my personal life, I have also been subjected to a vicious and sustained string... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about Scotland’s only openly-trans councillor quits frontline politics after ‘abuse’
0 Have your say Does Scotland, as a society, really care about education? A decade ago, the question would have verged on the sacreligious. Education was our USP. The best in the world, we used to boast. Faith in the democratic intellect shaped our self-image. Always a little over-egged but with at least a basis of historic truth.Look at us now. Further down the international league tables than the Scottish football team for whom it is not an option to stop publishing results which is the Scottish Government’s preferred tactic on literacy and numeracy.Of course, as individuals and families we care about education. We want the best for our children. We want them to have a schooling that ensures a decent start in life and maybe we even complain (but not enough) if they are not getting it.But how do we act as a society? The test should lie in the reaction – or lack of – to this week’s outrageous news that Scotland is spending £400 … [Read more...] about Brian Wilson: Does Scotland actually care about education?