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Eric Gilligan: UK workers’ rights on the line

The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

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Nick Freer ponders the race to put Scotland on the global tech map. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Nick Freer: Running to keep ahead in the tech marathon

Those readers who have perused my previous scribblings may have noticed a common thread – a fairly regular reference to Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Tech
BBC Alba presenter Fiona Mackenzie. The channel  has ten times more weekly viewers than there are Gaelic speakers, but needs to increase its original content if it is to grow.

Brian Wilson: Crunch time now for BBC Alba, a Scottish success story

The Gaelic TV channel reaches far beyond those who speak the language, and can get even better if it is given proper support says Brian Wilson

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The Scott Monument with The Balmoral Hotel 
Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Kirsty Gunn: do we really want to rise up?

Since when did Scotland become so obsessed with Scottishness? It’s a question my mother-in-law put to me at the weekend as we listened to her favourite CD. The CD, a Christmas present from her sister-in-law, is lovely – a rich and comforting collection of old Highland and Border folk songs and airs, a ballad or two, most of the tunes traditional and with words by Burns or taken from the great cache of anonymous poetry from around that time and before.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his Budget on 8 March. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Scott Reid: Spring Budget to be the calm before the storm

The first few months of Philip Hammond’s reign as Chancellor have been nothing if not eventful.

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Unwanted:  Tony Blair should keep his opinions to himself PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Brian Monteith: Blair should keep his counsel to himself

Just as Charles de Gaulle’s large nose and ears were of no consequence to him being the last great Frenchman, so Tony Blair’s perma tan does not impinge on his ability to fashion a reasoned argument. The former prime minister’s lectures, after dinner speeches and consultancies with corporate lobbyists, banks and well-meaning institutes do not mean his comments on Brexit are driven by self-interest to remain in sight of the public eye, maintain brand-Blair and earn millions of dollars as a consequence.

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27-09-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. Firth of Forth. The shale gas carrier INEOS Insight makes its way to dock at Grangemouth. 
The first shipment of US shale gas arrives in the UK. A tanker carrying 27,500m3 of ethane from US shale fields is due to dock at Grangemouth, the refinery and petrochemicals plant owned by Ineos.
The company said the gas would replace dwindling North Sea supplies and secure the future of the plant's workforce.
Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos founder and chairman, said: "This is a hugely important day for Ineos and the UK. Shale gas can help stop the decline of British manufacturing."


Shale gas and fracking protestors.

Research says fracking isn’t apocalyptic

The Scottish Government announced that there was to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland until further research and a public consultation was carried out in January 2015.

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Making someone stay in an unhappy marriage smacks of old mores

Following hot on the heels of a decision by the English courts to award a woman who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making poor financial decisions, larger monthly payments from her long-suffering ex-husband years after their divorce, came another headline: “Woman appeals against divorce refusal.”

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Power of Attorney document waiting to be filled in and signed.

Where there’s a will, have a Power of Attorney too

The modern incarnation of the power of attorney (PoA) as provided by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 has two separate functions. One is the traditional function of authorising a named person or persons to conduct business on behalf of the person granting the PoA. Such business might include operating bank accounts, signing documents and cheques and even selling residential property.

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Vinyl  is an experience, from handling, to artwork, to listening

Jack Cannon: Savouring music, books and films without a computer has its benefits

In an increasingly digital age, some people – including myself – are going back to the ‘traditional’ forms of accessing entertainment.

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Victor Clements: Now is the time to affect Brexit negotiations

We have known for nearly nine months now that we will be leaving the European Union and that things are going to be different in the future.

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Children could and did get out and about without adult supervision

Peter Hoffmann: Kids are losing the skills for amusing themselves

How can things be better, yet worse?

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A new report has said that traffic congestion cost the UK economy �31billion last year.

Leader comment: Roads must be transport priority

There are few more frustrating components of modern life than the traffic jam, sitting there going nowhere is the very definition of a waste of time.

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Tanks and armoured vehicles of the Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) group fighters commenced. Picture AFP/Getty Images

Leader comment: Pushing IS out of territory will not end bloodshed

So the Iraqi army has begun the push into west Mosul, the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the country. Yesterday Iraqi special forces began an operation involving thousands of soldiers and backed by air strikes from United States aircraft.

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The National Galleries has launched a public appeal to help boy the Monarch of the Glen from Diageo.

Brian Ferguson: Gallery chief’s good job on Monarch of the Glen

Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, can come across as a quietly-spoken figurehead, but the man in charge of the nation’s art treasures clearly relishes a challenge.

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John Maguire: A lot of work to do for post-Brexit deal to stick

Politicians across the country seem to have been doing a lot of bridge-crossing lately. The problem is – we haven’t even reached the bridges in question.

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Corbyn will address the conference next Sunday in Perth. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Party grandees must pull Labour back from the brink

With two by-elections and a Scottish spring conference to negotiate over the course of the next seven days, it could be another uncomfortable week for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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The MMR injection not only protects the individual child from infection, but contributes to herd immunity in the population. Picture: 
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Dani Garavelli: A deadly shot in the arm for anti-vaxxers

My second son was born in March, 2000, which meant he was due to be vaccinated at the height of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) crisis. Back then, Dr Andrew Wakefield – the man responsible for sparking it – was not “disgraced”, but a respected fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and his research linking the triple vaccine to bowel disorders and autism, published in the Lancet, had not yet been discredited.

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Mothers should be fast-tracked on their return to work. Picture: Getty

Hilary Roberts: Look at output, not hours, to close pay gap

A new study by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre claims that efforts to close the wages gap between men and women are so slow it may not be eradicated for another 50 years. The study also revealed that women in full-time jobs are still being paid an average of 6.2 per cent less than men doing the equivalent job, while for all employees the gender pay gap is 15.6 per cent.

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RBS chief Ross McEwan will be quizzed on reports that the bank is looking to axe thousands of jobs. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Martin Flanagan: RBS remains under a cloud as Lloyds eyes sunlit uplands

More daylight will fall this week on the two UK taxpayer-owned banks operating in different recovery weather systems. Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group met their nemesis in the banking crisis, RBS from the acquisitive bridge too far of Dutch banking giant ABN Amro, and Lloyds through its UK government-steered purchase of the homegrown disaster that was HBOS.

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