{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"news","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/david-cameron-reveals-prince-william-told-him-to-imagine-fifa-voter-naked-1-5007393","id":"1.5007393","articleHeadline": "David Cameron reveals Prince William told him to imagine FIFA voter naked","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568899715576 ,"articleLead": "

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says he was told by Prince William to imagine an American FIFA voter naked to ease nerves at a presentation for England's World Cup bid.

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Mr Cameron recalled the incident which took place during a FIFA bid process that was mired in wrongdoing.

Cameron and the prince led an English delegation to Zurich in 2010 which tried to bring the 2018 World Cup to England. But England was knocked out in the first round, winning only two votes from the since-discredited and tainted FIFA executive committee as Russia emerged victorious to host the global soccer showpiece.

Many of the voters were later embroiled in investigations or banned, with Cameron writing in his new autobiography that \"the corrupt undertones were all there.\"

Chuck Blazer, who later fuelled much of a devastating FBI investigation of corruption linked to soccer, was among the voters who received presentations in December 2010 from the World Cup bidding nations.

\"My role was to kick it off with a short, off-the-cuff speech,\" Cameron wrote in the book that was published Thursday. \"I confessed to Prince William I was nervous. He told me not to be - and just to imagine Chuck Blazer naked.\"

Cameron had met earlier in Zurich with Blazer - one of the 22 voters.

\"Blazer was so enormous that as he got up to leave, his chair went with him,\" Cameron wrote in \"For the Record.\"

After becoming an FBI informant, Blazer confessed to taking bribes in the votes for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups. He died in 2017.

During the World Cup bidding, FIFA was led by Sepp Blatter who is now serving a six-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee after being forced from office in 2015. Blatter visited Cameron in Downing Street in 2010 ahead of the World Cup vote.

\"He even got to hold (daughter) Florence - a privilege reserved for presidents and monarchs, I joked at the time,\" Cameron wrote. \"Looking back ... it makes me wince.\"

Cameron said the corruption at FIFA reflected an issue \"that proved to be more prevalent than I had expected.\"

\"Those same forces that had denied Britain the World Cup,\" Cameron wrote, \"bribery, lack of transparency, collusion, fraud were depriving people around the world of safer, healthier, wealthier lives.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5007392.1568899832!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5007392.1568899832!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Former PM David Cameron recalled the story about Prince William in his new memoirs.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Former PM David Cameron recalled the story about Prince William in his new memoirs.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5007392.1568899832!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/brexit-how-boris-johnson-is-trying-to-fool-public-over-no-deal-ian-murray-mp-1-5006694","id":"1.5006694","articleHeadline": "Brexit: How Boris Johnson is trying to fool public over no-deal – Ian Murray MP","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568869252000 ,"articleLead": "

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is just pretending he wants a Brexit deal with the European Union, so that he can blame the EU for the consequences of the no-deal Brexit that is his real goal, says Ian Murray MP.

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It’s a very old and disingenuous political tactic. Ask for something you can’t get, in the knowledge you can’t get it, then complain and blame the other side when it’s not given.

That’s the tactic currently being deployed by Boris Johnson in his barely half-hearted negotiating stance with the EU.

The surprising thing is that he thinks we don’t see this.

He has gone around European capitals speaking with European leaders and they have all delivered the same conclusion – he is not taking these negotiations seriously and has nothing to offer.

The reason he has nothing to offer is because he doesn’t have anything. The issue of the now infamous “backstop” for Northern Ireland is irresolvable with the red lines that his Government has set themselves.

Boris Johnson wants to be out of the EU Single Market and Customs Union. That simply means that Northern Ireland will not be in the EU but share a land border with the Republic of Ireland who will be. As soon as the trading rules and immigration system in Northern Ireland diverge from the Republic, then you will have to check goods and people at the border. It’s trading rules 101.

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The “backstop”, that is written into the divorce agreement with the EU, is the agreed EU insurance policy to keep the UK, including Northern Ireland, in some aspects of the EU Customs Union and Single Market to prevent a hard border so as not to compromise the Good Friday Peace Agreement. This would come into effect if a future free-trade agreement to prevent a border is not agreed between the UK and the EU by the end of 2020.

The insurance policy is in place because the EU knows, and we all know, that what Boris Johnson is demanding can’t be met. You can’t be in a different regulatory and trading regime and not have borders.

But the PM keeps saying that he will not accept this and has “alternative arrangements”. The problem is he has not told anyone what these “alternative arrangements” are. Why? Because they don’t exist. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called him out on this by giving him 30 days to present these alternatives for negotiation.

Those 30 days are almost up, and nothing has been forthcoming despite the PM promising to bring forward proposals “long before” the deadline. He has said that new proposals “have not yet been made”.

Boris Johnson should not be pretending to negotiate with the EU if there are no new proposals on the table.

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The only conclusion that we can reach is that he wants to deliver a catastrophic no-deal Brexit whilst blaming the EU.

He also claims that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 despite Parliament passing a law that prevents this from happening. He has until the EU Council on October 19 to get a deal or no-deal vote through parliament or he must, by law, seek an extension to January 31, 2020. He is saying he may break the law.

Given he is already being taken to the Supreme Court where 11 of the most senior judges in the UK will determine if he lied to the Queen about suspending parliament, and the fact that he has been caught out being economical with the truth on a large number of occasions, I’m not sure we can trust a word this Prime Minister says.

And if he breaks the law what message will that send out to the public?

This mess needs to be resolved. I will be addressing the European Movement in Scotland march in Edinburgh on Saturday and making the point that the only way to pull the country back from the brink and end this saga will be to put any deal parliament approves back to the people for a final say with the option to remain in the EU. That has been my long-held view and it has never altered. I’m delighted it is also now Labour Party policy.

That way we cut through the childish games Boris Johnson is playing before it is too late.

Ian Murray is the Labour MP for Edinburgh South

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The family of a missing man have been informed after a body was found on the north-east coast.

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Coastguard teams assisted police after the discovery near Boddam in Aberdeenshire this afternoon.

The family of missing 24-year-old Ruaridh Sandison have been informed, however formal identification has yet to take place.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police can confirm at midday today the body of a man was found on the north-east cost at Boddam.

“Formal identification has yet to take place but the family of 24-year-old Ruairidh Sandison have been informed.”

Mr Sandison disappeared after a night out in his hometown Peterhead - two miles north of Boddam - in the early hours of August 10.

Despite extensive searches by offices as well as a drone and dive units, there were not further sightings of the 24-year-old.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Angus Howarth"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006911.1568831429!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006911.1568831429!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ruaridh Sandison went missing from Peterhead last month.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ruaridh Sandison went missing from Peterhead last month.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006911.1568831429!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/us-defence-dept-spends-140-000-at-donald-trump-s-turnberry-resort-1-5006905","id":"1.5006905","articleHeadline": "US Defence Dept spends £140,000 at Donald Trump's Turnberry resort","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568829826762 ,"articleLead": "

The US Defence Department has spent more than £140,000 at Donald Trump's loss making flagship Scottish resort since August 2017, according to a powerful US Congressional committee investigating the ties between the US president's business, the US military, and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

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The House Oversight Committee, which is investigating potential conflicts of interest surrounding Mr Trump's Turnberry hotel and golf resort, said spending records show the Pentagon has used US taxpayers' money to pay for more than three dozen separate stays, involving hundreds of nights of room bookings.

While the committee claims the US Defence Department is continuing to withhold information about its patronage of Mr Trump's South Ayrshire firm, describing its response to date as \"woefully inadequate,\" the new disclosures detail an unprecedented level of transactions between the Trump administration and the president's resort.

Information disclosed so far shows that the department's spending at Turnberry amounts to $124,578 (£99,719) over the period August 2017 to July this year. That, says the House Oversight Committee, is the equivalent of more than 650 rooms, or \"more than one room every night for more than one and a half years\" as Democrats Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin put it.

However, even that figure does not include an additional $59,729 (£47,810) run up in unspecified charges on government travel cards, which brings the total military spending at Turnberry to more than $184,000 (£140,000).

As previously revealed by The Scotsman, the US State Department has spent tens of thousands of pounds at Mr Trump's struggling resort - transactions that are the subject of separate inquiries in the US Congress - but even that level of custom is dwarfed by what the Pentagon is spending.

In a letter sent today to the Pentagon, Mr Cummings and Mr Raskin, respectively the chair of the House Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the US House of Representatives, demanded documents being withheld by the US Defence Department following previous requests for information.

In a statement, the two men said: \"Unfortunately, the department’s response has been woefully inadequate. To date, the department has produced only 21 pages of material - half of which appear to be publicly available on government websites.

\"The department failed to produce any underlying invoices or travel records relating to spending at Trump Turnberry or Prestwick Airport. It is unclear why the department has taken so long to produce such rudimentary and deficient information.”

They added: “Although the department’s response is belated and deficient, it still reveals that far more taxpayer funds have been spent at the president’s resort than previously known. Although initial press accounts reported only a single instance of a military crew staying at Trump Turnberry this spring, the data provided by the department now indicates that US. taxpayer funds have been used to pay for more than three dozen separate stays involving hundreds of nights of rooms - all after the president was sworn into office.”

According to the disclosures, the US Defence Department stayed that the average cost of a room for military personnel staying at Turnberry was $189 (£151).

In addition, fuel expenditures at Prestwick Airport from 20 January 2017 through 21 June this year amounted to $16,617,664.7 (£13,301,775).

The Scotsman revealed details of the fuel spending - organised through a contract between Prestwick and the US Defence Logistics Agency - in June. It also revealed last week that a new deal between the state-owned airport and the DLA had been postponed, with one source stating that it had been \"kicked into the long grass\" in light of the Congressional inquiry.

The House Oversight Committee also raised concerns with the US Defence Department’s refusal to disclose its communications with outside entities about Trump Turnberry or Prestwick Airport, instead referring the committee’s requests for these documents to the White House, despite the president’s claim on Twitter that he had \"nothing to do\" with these matters.

" ,"byline": {"email": "martyn.mclaughlin@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Martyn McLaughlin"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006904.1568830026!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006904.1568830026!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Donald Trump's Turnberry resort is at the centre of a Congressional inquiry. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Donald Trump's Turnberry resort is at the centre of a Congressional inquiry. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006904.1568830026!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/why-dontfeedthetrolls-campaign-doesn-t-let-social-media-giants-off-hook-laura-waddell-1-5006860","id":"1.5006860","articleHeadline": "Why #DontFeedTheTrolls campaign doesn’t let social media giants off hook – Laura Waddell","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568869200000 ,"articleLead": "

It should not be left to the victims of racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice to tackle online abuse through campaigns like #DontFeedTheTrolls, writes Laura Waddell.

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There is a lot to unpack in the recent #DontFeedTheTrolls campaign, which is, with many caveats, largely common sense. Launched by new charity Center for Countering Digital Hate, stars lined up to show their support, some of whom will hopefully start following the suggestion more closely themselves.

As a phrase, ‘don’t feel the trolls’ has been in use since the early days of internet forums, where the word ‘troll’ came to mean someone sometimes malevolent, but always time-wasting, users who got their kicks from bothering others. They weren’t always nasty. Sometimes they were the jesters of a group, deploying practical jokes and making mischief. This kind were an early example of what’s now known as ‘s***posting’, the creation and sharing of content that is, by design, pointless and insincere, underpinned by a nihilistic view about the state of current affairs, and the sense that why not fritter away time being surreal and annoying to public figures online, if society is in meltdown anyway. Dictionary.com defines the term as “to post off-topic, false, or offensive contributions to an online forum with the intent to derail the discussion or provoke other participants”.

But at their worst, trolls were abusive, often racist, homophobic, sexist and threatening, and they proliferated in online spaces dominated by young men banding together and hostile to others, where it was possible to use anonymity with sinister intent, encouraged by the toxic bravado that set the tone of belonging in so many humour and gaming forums.

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When online abuse began to be discussed in the mainstream as a result of social media usage becoming widespread, there was a conflation of ‘trolling’ with ‘abuse’ that wasn’t especially helpful to understanding either, because while trolling could encapsulate abuse, the word minimised and was inaccurate about what was happening. Traditional media has often been slow off the mark to understand and analyse online behaviour.

It’s easy to brush off abuse as just some online thing when it’s called trolling, and that propagates the idea that online threats have minimal inpact when the reality is not only can they be as law-breaking as threats and intimidation in the offline world, but studies have shown they have a diminishing effect on demographics already under-represented in public discourse.

Amnesty International has been looking into the impact of online abuse, specifically aimed at women, and in 2017 released a study conducted in eight countries showing that almost a quarter of women online had experienced online abuse or harassment, and that 41 per cent of those felt their physical safety was threatened as a result of online abuse. The impact has slowly begun to be understood as a freedom of speech issue, with abuse leading to self-censorship and stress, preventing women from expressing themselves freely and joining in public life.

Shockingly, Diane Abbot alone received 45 per cent of abusive tweets sent to MPs in the weeks prior to the 2017 election. Similarly, when the Guardian took the interesting and commendable step of analysing comments, they found that women and black writers received a disproportionate amount of abuse. There is a school of thought that the internet, and particularly social media, is the cause of abuse. Certainly, there are many exacerbating factors. But social media also makes existing thoughts and tendencies visible, and what’s on view here is racism and sexism that already exists in individuals, expressed in violent and threatening ways.

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In her recent book of essays, Trick Mirror, a brilliant and excavating look at contemporary culture, there is a section where author Jia Tolentino examines trolling and the “mutual dependency” that can encourage it. Arguing online can be addictive and cathartic. Who doesn’t want to swear on Twitter sometimes? But while blocking can feel like doing nothing, it’s still taking an action, and a more decisive one than engaging with and providing attention to those who seek it.

For a very small minority of users who are highly visible, engaging with ‘trolls’ also becomes part of their personal brand. Let’s be clear – this is not about taking a stand in a useful or important way, but performatively squabbling with anonymous or clearly malevolent accounts, sometimes to depict themselves as at the forefront of a social movement. It’s also frustrating to see an easy supply of responses to career controversialists like Katie Hopkins and Piers Morgan, who dangle bait and always get a bite. Common sense seems in short supply in these instances.

But where is corporate responsibility in all this? Blocking and muting is good advice, but it’s also treating the symptom of a larger disease. We’re encouraged by social sites to put more and more of ourselves online under the guise of making connections and networking. Social media has been an important tool for people under-represented in mainstream public expression, and has helped communities and movements bolster one another and flourish. But just as capitalism encourages us to create personal brands and turn ourselves into walking advertisements in increasingly insidious ways, the ultimate goal of social media sites is to profit from their users. The negligence over cracking down on content which is abusive and prejudiced cannot be overlooked. When Amnesty International began to examine the impact of online abuse on freedom of expression, they discovered much of it was against the terms and conditions of social sites which let it flourish unchecked. Facebook has infamously banned images of breast-feeding, including any nipple shots on its sister site Instagram, but far-right propaganda and hate speech run rampant.

Blocking and muting, in order not to feed the trolls, is for the most part a sensible coping strategy for individuals. But placing the onus on social media users to solve the problem sites have failed to, which disproportionately impacts women and racial and sexual minorities, lets social behemoths who make staggering profits from our data off the hook. Perhaps it’s time for legal requirement for social media sites to enforce their own community standards and deal with hate speech adequately, at risk of financial penalty.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006859.1568826130!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006859.1568826130!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Rachel Riley, a presenter of TV show Countdown, is among a number of high-profile figures who have pledged not to publicise the social media abuse they receive (Picture: Neil Hanna)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Rachel Riley, a presenter of TV show Countdown, is among a number of high-profile figures who have pledged not to publicise the social media abuse they receive (Picture: Neil Hanna)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006859.1568826130!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/supreme-court-case-is-about-much-more-than-suspension-of-parliament-bill-jamieson-1-5006843","id":"1.5006843","articleHeadline": "Supreme Court case is about much more than suspension of parliament – Bill Jamieson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568869200000 ,"articleLead": "

Supreme Court is not just considering whether Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was legal, but also deeper questions about who rules the UK, says Bill Jamieson.

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So here we are: a Supreme Court ruling that could bring down a Prime Minister, realign the relationships not only between voters and parliament and parliament and the executive, but also between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom.

Who rules? What is the law? What makes law legitimate? Should resort to the law be limitless, or have boundaries? How is membership of the Supreme Court itself to be determined?

We have been propelled to these questions by the profoundly divisive issue of Brexit. But longer and deeper changes are also at work. For there are latent questions here that have now come to the fore as to the scope and reach of law – a relentless, incoming tide over recent years, much of it necessary and welcomed, but raising wider concerns that compel attention.

We look to law for the administration of justice and the settlement of grievances. And the vast majority seek to obey the law. But when courts conflict, which law should we obey?

Resort to the Supreme Court has arisen after three senior judges in Scotland reached a different conclusion from three senior judges in England and Wales. Scotland’s highest court ruled the suspension of parliament was unlawful and designed to “stymie” MPs. However, the High Court in England previously ruled the opposite: that the suspension was “purely political” and therefore “not a matter” for the judiciary. Let’s assume here that the judges in both courts have ruled without bias, concentrating on the legal arguments. But these being so, this development shows that “the law” can still mean different things to different courts. For it is so frequently interpretative, and interpretations can shift with changes in thought and prevailing attitudes.

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The judges in Edinburgh went further to question motive. But this can be a highly contestable area of conjecture and speculation. What are the rules of evidence guiding questions as to motive? Can motive always be proven?

What makes the law legitimate? It is one thing to determine what the law is. But it requires acceptance and observance of the broader community for it to be enforceable. Law that is not observed, or which is found to be defective or unworkable, can undermine the broader “rule of law”.

Who appoints the judges? And to whom are they answerable? In the US, Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the Senate, then the President appoints the justices. Therefore, the executive branch appoints justices. This procedure can be highly controversial with constant and continuing questions as to bias, suitability, religion, ethnic and racial background, etc.

Would such a system be acceptable in the UK? Here the judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, to whom a name is recommended by a special selection commission. The PM is required to recommend only this name to the Queen and not permitted to nominate anyone else.

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The selection commission is made up of the President and Deputy President of the Court, and a member each from the Judicial Appointments Commission. This can be open to the charge of self-selection and to the institutionalisation of a closed set of attitudes.

Might the Supreme Court ruling be challenged by an appeal to the European Court of Justice? A national court may suspend proceedings and ask the ECJ questions relating to European Union law to which the national court believes it needs the answers. After the ECJ deliberates, the national court resumes its proceedings and gives its judgment in the light of them. The ECJ normally takes about 16 months (!) to give a ruling, although it might fast-track a case raising fundamental questions about Brexit. But in barely a month?

The issue here is about the ‘royal prerogative’, which allows the executive to conduct international relations, including decisions relating to international treaties. But prior case law makes clear that the prerogative cannot extend to taking away rights conferred by Parliament. The High Court ruled that this is what would have happened if the executive had invoked Article 50 without parliament’s approval since rights are conferred by the European Communities Act. It would be surprising if the Supreme Court would consider suspending proceedings and ask the ECJ for guidance. But it is in a tight and highly charged political spot.

What of the ever-increasing writ of law? Jonathan Sumption, who gave the Reith Lectures this year, raised troubling questions on the expanding empire of law. For it now extends into almost every corner of human life: 50 volumes of statutes, 30 volumes of supplements (12,000 made by EU law). In 2010 alone, 700 new criminal offences were created. Family courts now extend into every aspect of the well-being of children.

Complex laws enforced by tribunals regulate the conduct of foreign policy. Army deployment is now a sphere of judicial interpretation. And then there is the ever-expanding panoply of human rights codes and scope for judicial regulation.

All told, Sumption, calculated, in 1911 there was one solicitor in England for every 3,000 people. Today there is one for every 400 – a sevenfold increase. Can every human problem and moral dilemma require a legal solution? Should the law continue to extend and prescribe in areas where citizens previously had choice and discretion? What are the limits, if any?

The long-term problem with this is a weakening of the myriad of voluntary social associations that previously governed many aspects of socialisation and behaviour: a corrosive wearing down, not just of social control but individual responsibility – personal judgement and behavioural change.

There is barely a problem now that is not immediately engulfed by calls for greater intervention, or larger agencies, or tighter inspection or more government – and especially more government.

Whichever way the Supreme Court rules, the storm is unlikely to abate. Parliament and executive will continue on a collision course unless and until an election is agreed – and even then, the outcome, and any further referendum, may not be acceptable to the losers – as the Liberal Democrats have made clear.

And whatever the judgement, the case for Scotland’s independence is likely to be strengthened: validation if the Supreme Court rules in favour of Edinburgh; further grievance if it does not. This is far more than a battle over prorogation but a profound challenge of legitimacy – executive, parliamentary, legal and popular. So, who rules?

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It was billed by Donald Trump as an “incredible” way to tour his golf resorts in the UK and Ireland, with well-heeled guests being whizzed back and forth across the Irish Sea and all around Scotland while revelling in the kind of opulence to which the US president has long been accustomed.

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But Mr Trump’s bold vision of bolstering business at three of his loss making courses by exporting one of his luxury helicopters across the Atlantic to woo wealthy golfers has failed to take off.

The Scotsman can reveal that a little known subsidiary of the Trump Organisation tasked with overseeing a high-end helicopter charter service has quietly shipped back a multimillion pound Sikorsky helicopter to the US amid falling demand and “anger” at the Trump brand.

According to multiple clients who booked the Sikorsky S-76B, the charges were “eye watering” even in the high-end world of luxury helicopter charters, with fees reaching as much as £15,000 for a “couple of hours.”

Despite that, the Trump family firm, DT Connect Europe Limited, which is overseen by Mr Trump’s adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr, shows profit and loss reserves of nearly minus £1m.

The director of a charter company which operated the helicopter on the Trump Organisation’s behalf told The Scotsman that custom suffered after Mr Trump became president.

Richard Stubbs, a pilot and co-owner of Cardinal Helicopter Services, which had a contract with Mr Trump’s firm to fly the Sikorsky, said a decision was subsequently taken to offer wealthy clients - including US and Russian nationals - the option of flying without the ‘TRUMP’ insignia that had been prominently emblazoned on the aircraft’s tail boom.

“In America, Trump is a brand,” he explained. “Obviously over here, it’s the focus of people’s anger, sometimes, so we operated with or without the name.”

The decision to export the S-76B back to the US - where the rest of Mr Trump’s ageing air fleet is based - followed a short-lived stint during which the aircraft was primarily rented for use by an array of private clients who were not necessarily golfers. They included upmarket tourism firms who cater to rich clients from the US, Russia, and further afield.

The director of such company said he never flew with the ‘TRUMP’ name visible, reasoning that it would have turned off potential customers.

The Sikorsky, one of the world’s most sought after helicopters, is favoured by air forces around the world as well as celebrities who covet its executive travel credentials. Mr Trump owns three..

One was shipped to Scotland via Liverpool’s Seaforth Docks in June 2014, just two months after Mr Trump’s purchase of Turnberry, the historic hotel and golf course.

At the time, he promised the “incredible helicopter” would “connect the three dots” between his new flagship Scottish business in South Ayrshire, his inaugural resort in Scotland, Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, and Trump Doonbeg in Co Clare, which he purchased that February.

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Together, Mr Trump referred to the three businesses as the ‘Trump Triangle’, a term employed to this day by the Trump Organisation in its marketing material, and said the twin-engine Sikorsky craft would bring in a “tremendous amount of business.”

But records compiled by the Civil Aviation Authority, the UK’s independent aviation regulator, show that the helicopter has been deregistered from its database.

Under the note sections of the entry, it states: “Transferred to another country or authority. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” Mr Stubbs confirmed the helicopter had been exported to the US.

The helicopter’s transfer is also referenced in Mr Trump’s latest filings to the US Office of Government Ethics (OGE), which provides a breakdown of his assets.

The financial disclosure forms also show that DT Connect Europe Limited generated income of as little as $50,000 (£40,000) last year.

Companies House records show its most recent profit and loss reserves stood at a negative of £967,000. The figures in the 2016 and 2015 filings state negative values of £706,000 and £448,000 respectively.

A sequence of Mr Trump’s filings to the OGE also confirm the falling value and income of DT Connect Europe Limited.

In his 2017 disclosure, the company is listed as having a value of between $1m and $5m (£800,000 to £4m), with “rent” income in the region of $100,000 to $1m (£80,000 to £800,000). The filing notes that it was fully owned by Golf Recreation Scotland Limited, the UK-registered parent company of Trump Turnberry.

The details remained unchanged in Mr Trump’s OGE disclosure in 2018. However, in his most recent filing, made on 15 May this year, DT Connect Europe’s value dropped dramatically, listed at a mere $1,000 to $15,000 (£800 to £12,000), with a rental income of between $50,000 and $100,000 (£40,000 to £80,000).

Whereas previous filing described the company’s underlying assets as “aircraft,” the latest iteration confirms the helicopter has since been transferred, and that the firm’s value reflects its “bank account holding only.”

Mr Trump purchased the Sikorsky helicopter in question in March 2012, after which it was “out with the old, and in with the gold,” as one source at one of Mr Trump’s businesses put it to The Scotsman.

Prior to being shipped from the US to Scotland, the helicopter was painted in Trump style by a Philadelphia-based firm, Sureflight, and fitted with expensive upholstery and gadgets, with identical specifications to his other S-76B helicopters in the US.

The source said that before Mr Trump struck an “official partnership” with Glasgow Prestwick Airport in November 2014, he wanted to build a dedicated heliport at Trump Turnberry in order to transfer guests to and from Prestwick, Aberdeen Airport, and Shannon Airport, near his Doonbeg resort.

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However, the demand was never there to make such a proposal feasible, the source added. In October 2017, The Scotsman revealed how the helicopter charter service was envisioned by Trump Turnberry as a way of countering its geographical constraints and attracting US tourists to a relatively rural corner of southwest Scotland. However, the uptake then was described as “muted,” with one staff member noting that “it is not significant enough to really drive revenue.”

That prompted staff at Trump Turnberry to place greater emphasis on attracting domestic customers in Scotland and the rest of the UK, with the resort becoming a merchant on popular voucher sites such as Itison.

The day to day running of the aircraft was the responsibility of Blackpool-based Cardinal Helicopter Services, which has a track record in operating Sikorsky craft for other VIP clients.

Mr Stubbs countered suggestions that falling demand was solely to blame, but said that “the timing of [Mr Trump] becoming the president probably did more to that than anything else.”

Asked what the typical customer base was for the service, he replied: “All sorts. American tourists, Russian tourists, you name it. Whoever wanted to charter it.”

Mr Stubbs also explained why the helicopter’s appearance had been changed after The Scotsman referenced a series of images posted to social media and aviation websites which showed the large ‘TRUMP’ insignia had been removed, echoing a trend seen in the US, where the Trump name has been taken off several buildings.

“Sometimes it’s sensitive,” Mr Stubbs said of the ‘TRUMP’ branding. “Some people do want it, some people don’t want it. In America, Trump is a brand. Obviously over here, it’s the focus of people’s anger, sometimes, so we operated with or without the name on the back.

“We always offered the client the option of whether they wanted the Trump name or not. It was pretty straightforward to cover it up or put it back on.”

Regardless of which option customers plumped for, the aircraft’s UK registration number, ‘G-TRMP’ remained visible in smaller letters, just below its rotor mast.

Mr Stubbs said that the passengers who made use of the helicopter did not include members of the US armed forces, amid ongoing scrutiny of US Air Force patronage of Prestwick Airport and Trump Turnberry.

The House Oversight Committee revealed this evening that the Pentagon has spent more than £140,000 at the resort between August 2017 and July this year, the equivalent of more than 650 rooms, or “more than one room every night for more than one and a half years” as Democrats Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin put it.

Uploads to social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter show the clientele who chartered the S-76B attended an array of exclusive functions, including horse racing meetings at Royal Ascot and York, during its time in Britain.

It was also pictured at Prestwick Airport, Aberdeen Airport, and Shannon Airport, as well as hubs in Perth and Belfast.

Mr Trump personally used the helicopter during visits to Trump Turnberry in July 2015, June 2016 and again during his weekend-long visit to the resort last July, but around the same time, the aircraft was rented by other parties for uses that were altogether more esoteric than straightforward airport transfers.

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They included Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions Limited, an Auchterarder-based firm which arranges bespoke travel experiences for some of the world’s wealthiest individuals, with the costs for its trips coming in at as much as £25,000 per person.

The firm’s website features a photograph of Mr Trump’s Sikorsky helicopter. Beneath the ‘G-TRMP’ registration, a logo for the Sandgrouse company is visible in the image. The company is owned by Jonny Stage, who previously ran a tourism business in Africa. His Linkedin page notes that Sandgrouse’s clients hail predominantly from the US, Russia, India, and France

His firm last chartered the helicopter last autumn, and Mr Stage told The Scotsman that the majority of his clients were not interested in playing Mr Trump’s golf courses, and would not have been aware they were flying in his aircraft, given he covered up the Trump branding.

He said: “I always took the TRUMP name off, we always blanked it out. We didn’t want to be flying around with that on the side of the helicopter.

“To be honest with you, if some of my clients had known it was his helicopter, they probably would have chosen another chopper.

“Most of my clients wouldn’t have known it was anything to do with Mr Trump - it was typical people with that kind of budget who wanted to fly around Scotland.”

Mr Stage added: “In terms of the chopper, it was magnificent and second to none, really - it’s the civilian equivalent of a Black Hawk.

“The feedback from clients was that it was fantastic, and the service we received from Cardinal was awesome. I haven’t got anything negative to say about that, it was a very professional outfit who were very well run.”

It is not clear how much the helicopter, manufactured in 1990, is worth. DT Connect Europe’s most recent accounts specify its tangible fixed assets are worth more than £1.2m. Its latest accounts, covering the 12 months to 31 December 2018, are due at the end of this month.

Neither is it clear where the helicopter is now based. The Trump Organisation’s website still states that the S-76B in question is based in Scotland, while the two others Sikorsky crafts are based in New York and Florida respectively.

It adds: “The helicopters serve as an exclusive amenity for our executives, members and VIP guests. Each helicopter is outfitted with high end comfortable interiors, refreshment centres and live map displays.

“The helicopter can easily be spotted in the sky as its buzzing off with its signature black, white and red design, complemented by the TRUMP aviation logo on the exterior of all three aircrafts.”

An aircraft registration inquiry database maintained by the CAA’s US counterpart, the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA), shows that a Sikorsky S-76B with the exact same serial number - 760362 - as the one based in Scotland has had a reserved US registration number since August 2017, indicating that plans to return it to the US have been in place for more than two years.

The fee for the reserved registration was paid by a firm called DT Connect II LLC, the address of which is given as Oxford, Connecticut. A firm of the same name, based in Palm Beach, Florida, owns another of Mr Trump’s Sikorsky helicopters, based at his Mar-a-Lago resort. It has reported the same value to the OGE for three years’ running, suggesting that the helicopter from Scotland has not been transferred to its ownership. A member of staff at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort said the S-76B that had been used at Trump Turnberry had not been seen in Florida.

In a sign of the dense and complex corporate structure set up to accommodate Mr Trump’s various business interests, DT Connect II LLC is in turn part owned by an entity known as DT Connect Member Corp, which itself is fully owned by a New York-based revocable trust with just two trustees - Mr Trump and Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organisation’s veteran chief financial officer.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation told The Scotsman: “Given that the travel of the first family has changed substantially in the past three years, the Trump Organisation moved the helicopter back to the US, knowing that it will receive more use.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006866.1568826308!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006866.1568826308!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Donald Trump departs his Turnberry resort aboard his Sikorsky S-76B helicopter. Picture: Scott Heppell/AP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Donald Trump departs his Turnberry resort aboard his Sikorsky S-76B helicopter. Picture: Scott Heppell/AP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006866.1568826308!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5002380.1568826310!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5002380.1568826310!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A US Congressional committee investigation is scrutinising US Defence Department payments to President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A US Congressional committee investigation is scrutinising US Defence Department payments to President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5002380.1568826310!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/general-election-boris-johnson-may-win-because-of-labour-and-lib-dem-ineptitude-kenny-macaskill-1-5006375","id":"1.5006375","articleHeadline": "General election: Boris Johnson may win because of Labour and Lib Dem ineptitude – Kenny MacAskill","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568822400000 ,"articleLead": "

As a general election looms, Kenny MacAskill gets the sense that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives could emerge as the biggest party simply because the UK opposition party leaders are inept and out of their depth.

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It’s said governments lose elections rather than oppositions win them. As Boris Johnson lurches around Europe, outshone by the Irish Taoiseach and savaged by the Luxembourg premier, he’s certainly doing his bit.

Sadly, the overwhelming need to remove this Government is threatened by the opposition’s ineptitude. That the Tories should even be ahead in the polls never mind clearly in the lead is truly an indictment.

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Yet Corbyn came to Scotland last week and not only did no one care but no one noticed. With an election imminent, that he’s treated with such disdain and disinterest speaks volumes.

Labour’s position on both Brexit and Indyref2 being as clear as mud and even then dependent on who you speak too. Little surprise that they’re tanking north of the border.

As Corbyn is untrustworthy, Jo Swinson’s out her depth. Taking positions that are illiberal and undemocratic and hardly espousing moderation, all narrated in a bombastic and hectoring manner. As Labour has obfuscated to keep together, the Lib Dems are veering to the right to justify their past shameful actions when in coalition and satisfy new Tory converts. She may be echoed by Willie Rennie but it’s not the party of Jo Grimmond or even David Steel that many respected.

Which leaves the SNP. This will be a Brexit election and they’re wise to focus on that – to address the issue the electorate is voting on. Everyone knows they stand for independence but that will be for a later vote.

In the interim though, hopefully south of the border people come to their senses.

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A man has died at Waterloo Station while working on a moving walkway.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006695.1568820187!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A man has died at Waterloo Station while working on a moving walkway."} ,"articleBody": "

Transport for London (TfL) said the 44-year-old engineer died at the station on Wednesday morning.

British Transport Police officers are investigating the death on the travelator, which is being treated as unexplained.

The police confirmed that the man, from Cambridgeshire, was a contractor and was injured while working at the Underground station.

Emergency services were called shortly after 2.20am, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly before 5.30am, TfL advised passengers they would be unable to change lines because of a fault with one of the station's two travelators.

A one-way system was implemented at the station for the morning rush hour and passengers have been advised to avoid the interchange between underground lines.

Detective Inspector Darren Gough said: \"This is a truly tragic incident, and our deepest condolences are with the man's family.

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\"They are currently being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers as they come to terms with this devastating news.

\"We are now working closely with the Office for Road and Rail (ORR) to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and establish exactly what happened to lead to the man's very sad death.\"

A TfL official said: \"We are working with colleagues in the British Transport Police following an incident at Waterloo station in the early hours of this morning. An investigation is under way.\"

The Mayor of London said on Twitter: \"Very sad to hear of the tragic death of a contractor at Waterloo Station this morning. I know I speak for everyone at City Hall and TfL in sending our deepest condolences to their family & friends.\"

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Mr Khan said an urgent inquiry into what happened is \"vital\" to ensure it cannot happen again.

London Underground managing director Vernon Everitt said: \"Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of our colleague who lost his life in the early hours of this morning working for one of our contractors at Waterloo Underground station.

\"An immediate and urgent investigation is under way into the circumstances of this tragedy.\"

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A strike planned by British Airways pilots on September 27 in a dispute over pay has been called off, Balpa said.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006611.1568815500!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Industrial action has been called off. Picture: Tolga Akmen / AFP"} ,"articleBody": "

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton, said: \"Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.

\"BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.\"

The pilots' union said that \"should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, Balpa retains the right to announce further strike dates\".

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Diane King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006611.1568815500!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006611.1568815500!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Industrial action has been called off. Picture: Tolga Akmen / AFP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Industrial action has been called off. Picture: Tolga Akmen / AFP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006611.1568815500!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-thinnest-ever-seen-alive-dog-lived-on-batteries-and-glass-1-5006572","id":"1.5006572","articleHeadline": "The 'thinnest ever seen alive' dog lived on batteries and glass","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568814635741 ,"articleLead": "A mistreated dog described as the 'thinnest ever seen alive' after living on a diet of batteries and glass - is now a picture of health and ready to find his forever home.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006571.1568814433!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Walter was in a bad way. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

The dog, named Eric by veterinary staff, was so emaciated his ribs were poking through his fur, and he could not stand or lift his head.

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Eric's claws were so overgrown they curled over and the RSPCA said the bull breed cross was 'at death's door'.

But now Eric, who has been renamed Walter, has made a 'remarkable recovery, weighing a healthy 20kg.

Walter was found languishing in the garden of an empty house in Accrington, Lancashire, by a member of the public on Saturday, March 2.

Inspector Nina Small, from RSPCA Lancashire East, took him to the vet, where he collapsed.

But now, five months later, after round-the-clock care, Walter is the picture of health following a stint in foster care.

Ms Small said: "He's the thinnest dog I've ever seen alive. All of the bones in his body were visible, he was covered in urine and his nails were overgrown.

"His faeces had pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece in it, and bits of batteries.

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"I believe poor Walter had been confined somewhere out of sight, eating whatever he's been able to get in his mouth - perhaps a garage or a shed.

"We're still investigating this case but are thrilled that he's now back to a healthy weight and full strength so that we can find him a wonderful new home."

Nina added: "Walter is a sweet-natured, friendly boy who loves life, people and food.

"He has a wonderful, energetic personality and lots of character. He loves taking long naps cuddled up next to you."

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A 90-year-old woman who was pronounced dead after waiting almost two hours for an ambulance was \"failed\" by a system under huge pressure to be as efficient as possible, a coroner has ruled.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006538.1568813009!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "the 90-year-old died after waiting two hours for an ambulance. Picture: JPIMEDIA"} ,"articleBody": "

The apparent late arrival of ambulances was linked to the deaths of three pensioners in East Sussex in 2017.

Daisy Filby, 90, waited for about an hour and 45 minutes for an ambulance as she lay face down, unable to move, at her home in Seaford after a fall, an inquest in Hastings heard.

She died as the result of an \"accident contributed to by neglect\", senior coroner Alan Craze said on Wednesday.

Her disabled daughter Linda Filby was unable to lift her and kept ringing 999.

The first 999 call was made on June 19 2017 at 8.42, the last call was made at 10.11 and the ambulance arrived at 10.24.

Mrs Filby was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.

\"There clearly was a failure to provide basic medical attention,\" the coroner said, adding: \"It's a very tragic case indeed.\"

Mr Craze said the problem in this case was not the actions of any one individual, adding: \"The problem ultimately is systemic and the heart of it is the call-taking and decision-making system.\"

He said it is \"easy\" for him to see what probably happened - that in a period of austerity, pressure has been \"huge\" to use available resources as efficiently as possible.

Mr Craze referred to the programming of a computer to make decisions, and said that in the case of Mrs Filby \"only a properly-trained human being\" could have listened to the call and made decisions.

He said there was \"no meeting of minds\" between the caller and the call-taker.

\"The tragedy is that there was no proper dialogue on any of those first four calls,\" the coroner said.

He said the system used by South East Coast Ambulance Service appears to be a nationally rolled-out system and added: \"That system has failed Mrs Filby and her daughter.\"

Mr Craze said the cause of Mrs Filby's death was postural hypoxia and hypertensive heart disease.

Meanwhile, the coroner described the death of Anthony Harding, 84, as a \"very sad case\".

Mr Craze concluded that Mr Harding died of natural causes following a 999 call after he collapsed.

The call was triaged as a \"minor medical issue\" and medics did not arrive for more than an hour \"because of a shortage of resources\", the coroner said.

He said the issue here was the fact, which he said was not denied, of the late response and arrival by the ambulance.

The inquest heard that Mr Harding's wife called 999 at 6.32pm after he collapsed on August 21 2017, and an ambulance technician arrived at 7.45pm.

He found Mr Harding lying on his back in a bathroom but noted his airway was clear and he was able to talk.

However, he then had a seizure and was sick.

Paramedics arrived to assist at 8.31pm after the technician requested \"red crew back-up\".

The inquest heard Mr Harding was pronounced dead at 10.34pm, and cause of death was given as ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The inquest into the death of a third pensioner, 87-year-old great-grandfather Maurice Goodwin, continues.

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006538.1568813009!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006538.1568813009!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "the 90-year-old died after waiting two hours for an ambulance. Picture: JPIMEDIA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "the 90-year-old died after waiting two hours for an ambulance. Picture: JPIMEDIA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006538.1568813009!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/backstreet-boy-nick-carter-gets-restraining-order-against-brother-aaron-1-5006508","id":"1.5006508","articleHeadline": "Backstreet Boy Nick Carter gets restraining order against brother Aaron","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568810952108 ,"articleLead": "

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has taken out a restraining order against younger brother Aaron.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006507.1568811250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The popstar said the restraining was needed after his little brother"threatened to kill" Nick's pregnant wife."} ,"articleBody": "

The popstar said the restraining was needed after his little brother \"threatened to kill\" Nick's pregnant wife, according to the BBC.

The singer, 39, said the legal move came \"in light of Aaron's increasingly alarming behaviour\".

Aaron, 31, must now stay 30 metres away from Nick, his family and their Las Vegas home.

In response, Aaron Carter said he was \"astounded\" by the accusations.

\"I do not wish harm to anyone, especially my family,\" he said.

Nick Carter said: \"After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron.

\"In light of Aaron's increasingly alarming behaviour and his recent confessions that he harbours thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family.

\"We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006507.1568811250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006507.1568811250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The popstar said the restraining was needed after his little brother"threatened to kill" Nick's pregnant wife.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The popstar said the restraining was needed after his little brother"threatened to kill" Nick's pregnant wife.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006507.1568811250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/gareth-thomas-i-was-pressured-into-revealing-hiv-diagnosis-1-5006449","id":"1.5006449","articleHeadline": "Gareth Thomas: I was pressured into revealing HIV diagnosis","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568809924256 ,"articleLead": "

Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has said that he \"absolutely would not\" have revealed his HIV diagnosis if a newspaper had not threatened to publish it.

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The former Welsh captain also said that \"tabloids will create their own law\", adding that he did not have the cash to fight them in court.

Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the virus and has revealed that he was driven to suicidal thoughts as a result of his diagnosis.

His comments come the day after England cricketer Ben Stokes branded a front page story in The Sun newspaper about his family \"utterly disgusting\" and \"the lowest form of journalism\".

When asked if he would have spoken about his HIV without press involvement, former British and Irish Lions captain Thomas told BBC Radio Wales: \"I would love to sit here and say yes, but I'd be a hypocrite if I did.

\"Absolutely not. It's got nothing to do with anyone else.\"

He added: \"The tabloids will create their own law.

\"You'll send them a letter and all they'll do is ignore it.

\"I haven't got the money to be able to fight a giant tabloid in court.

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\"When they do it they'll somehow find justification for doing it.\"

Thomas, 45, revealed he had the virus on Saturday and vowed to \"break the stigma\" after blackmailers put him \"through hell\" threatening to expose his secret.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast on Wednesday, an emotional Thomas also criticised a journalist for telling his parents about his HIV diagnosis before he had told them.

He added: \"They love me, they love me whatever.

\"But you know I can never have that moment back to sit down with them and be able to explain to them why their son is going to be OK and is going to be able to live through this and live a normal, healthy life.

\"That person came and took that moment away from me.\"

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Speaking to presenter Nicky Campbell, Thomas, 45, said: \"Can you imagine someone coming to your door and saying something so personal and so intrusive to you about the thing and the person that you would love and protect through anything?

\"I can't, so I can't really tell you.

\"But what I can tell you is that I've got the best parents on the planet because to this day they stand by me and they believe in me and they believe in what I'm doing now.\"

Thomas was speaking ahead of a documentary Gareth Thomas: HIV And Me on BBC One on Wednesday evening.

The former Cardiff Blues player won 103 caps and scored 41 tries for Wales between 1995 and 2007, and he is 13th on the all-time international test try-scoring list.

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006448.1568810151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006448.1568810151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The former Welsh captain also said that "tabloids will create their own law", adding that he did not have the cash to fight them in court.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The former Welsh captain also said that "tabloids will create their own law", adding that he did not have the cash to fight them in court.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006448.1568810151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/three-dead-after-venice-speedboat-crash-1-5006332","id":"1.5006332","articleHeadline": "Three dead after Venice speedboat crash","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568805023000 ,"articleLead": "

Three people have been killed as a speedboat crashed into an offshore dike in Venice, firefighters said.

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A fourth person aboard was also injured in the crash on Tuesday night.

Italian speedboat race officials said the boat was trying to set a record for the route from Monte Carlo to Venice.

They said the boat had begun the challenge on Monday morning and was allowed one fuel step.

At least one of those killed was Italian, as was the injured man.

Italian state radio said the speedboat was capable of speeds up to 80mph.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006331.1568805020!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006331.1568805020!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Venice, Italy. Picture: Thinkstock","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Venice, Italy. Picture: Thinkstock","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006331.1568805020!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/paedophile-nursery-worker-vanessa-george-has-been-released-from-prison-1-5006328","id":"1.5006328","articleHeadline": "Paedophile nursery worker Vanessa George has been released from prison","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568804753000 ,"articleLead": "

Paedophile nursery worker Vanessa George has been released from prison.

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The 49-year-old was jailed indefinitely in 2009 and told to serve a minimum of seven years behind bars for abusing toddlers at Little Ted’s Nursery in Plymouth.

Earlier this month, the Parole Board concluded that she no longer poses a significant risk to the public, although she is under “strict licence conditions” and has been banned from Devon and Cornwall.

On Wednesday, a source confirmed that George had been released from prison.

When news broke of her imminent release, chief probation officer Sonia Crozier wrote an open letter to the people of Plymouth to say: “I share the disgust at the crimes committed by Vanessa George and I understand why the prospect of her release is so worrying to so many people, particularly in Plymouth where memories of her abuse are still vivid and frightening.

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“The fact she so callously exploited a position of trust to commit these crimes makes them all the more horrifying.

“She will also never be allowed to work with children again and will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of her life.

“She is subject to a number of conditions, including not to have unsupervised contact with any children whatsoever.

“If she breaches any of these conditions or if her probation officer thinks there is an increasing chance she might re-offend - she can be immediately recalled to prison.”

During George’s 2009 sentencing, Mr Justice Royce told her she had “plumbed new depths of depravity” by abusing those in her care.

The “shockwaves” of her maltreatment of babies and toddlers would be felt in every one of the country’s nursery schools, he added.

Although the self-styled “paedo whore mum” has named some victims, George was accused of deliberately hiding information that would properly pinpoint those in the pictures she took.

Child protection officers visited 180 children thought to have had contact with George, who admitted taking up to eight pictures a day while on duty.

The Parole Board has said that it will consider sympathetically any further requests for exclusion zones, to prevent any victim from coming into contact inadvertently with George.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006327.1568804749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006327.1568804749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The 49-year-old was jailed indefinitely in 2009. Picture: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The 49-year-old was jailed indefinitely in 2009. Picture: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006327.1568804749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/boris-johnson-will-comply-with-court-if-advice-to-queen-ruled-unlawful-1-5006188","id":"1.5006188","articleHeadline": "Boris Johnson will comply with court if advice to Queen ruled ‘unlawful’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568782800000 ,"articleLead": "

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling if it concludes his advice to the Queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, the court has heard.

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Giving a legal undertaking on behalf of Mr Johnson, the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen QC, said the Prime Minister would “take the necessary steps”.

However, he refused to rule out the possibility Mr Johnson might advise the Queen to prorogue Parliament for a second time.

Lord Keen made the comments yesterday during an exchange with Lord Kerr, one of 11 justices hearing appeals arising out of two separate challenges in England and Scotland over the legality of the prorogation, which resulted in different outcomes.

When asked by Lord Kerr what would happen if the court rules the prorogation was unlawful, and whether Parliament would be recalled, he replied: “It will be then for the Prime Minister to address the consequences of that declaration.”

Lord Keen added: “I have given a very clear undertaking that the Prime Minister will respond by all necessary means to any declaration that the… prorogation was effected by any unlawful advice that he may have given.”

When Lord Kerr asked if it could be taken that the prorogation decision could not be made a second time, Lord Keen replied: “I’m not in a position to comment on that. That will have to be addressed by the decision maker.”

Lord Keen added: “If the court finds it was unlawful, the Prime Minister will take the necessary steps to comply with any declaration made by the court.”

The lawyer, who is the chief legal adviser to the UK government on Scottish law, is challenging the ruling of the Inner House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The court ruled last week that Mr Johnson’s advice to the Queen was unlawful because it was “motivated by the improper purpose of stymying Parliament”.

Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, said in the ruling: “The circumstances demonstrate that the true reason for the prorogation is to reduce the time available for parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit at a time when such scrutiny would appear to be a matter of considerable importance, given the issues at stake.”

That ruling, which was made following an appeal by a group including more than 70 parliamentarians led by SNP MP Joanna Cherry, overturned a previous decision that the suspension was lawful.

Lord Keen said the courts “must not cross the boundaries and intrude upon the business of Parliament”.

He also said the result of the prorogation was that Parliament would only lose “seven sitting days” because it would have been in recess for party conference season throughout most of the five weeks.

Lord Keen added: “It is quite plain that the Inner House, in addressing this issue and deciding that it could impugn the decision of the Prime Minister, was proceeding upon a fundamental misconception about how Parliament works.”

The Advocate General’s case is being heard alongside an appeal by campaigner Gina Miller, who is challenging a ruling of the High Court in London, which found the length of the prorogation was “purely political” and not a matter for the courts.

Earlier yesterday, Mrs Miller’s barrister said the case raised “fundamental questions of constitutional law”.

Lawyers for the PM will outline his case that his advice on the suspension was lawful today.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006187.1568752985!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006187.1568752985!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller (C) leaves from the Supreme Court in central London, follwowing the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller (C) leaves from the Supreme Court in central London, follwowing the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006187.1568752985!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/bloody-scotland-s-lesson-for-public-figures-who-tell-lies-alexander-mccall-smith-1-5005971","id":"1.5005971","articleHeadline": "Bloody Scotland’s lesson for public figures who tell lies – Alexander McCall Smith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568782800000 ,"articleLead": "

Bloody Scotland is with us again. That is not a deliberate echo of Hamish Blair’s infamous wartime poem, Bloody Orkney, but a reference to the festival of crime fiction that takes place in Stirling at this time every year. Bloody Scotland was set up in 2012 by two well-known Scottish crime writers, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson. Over the seven years since its inception, it seems to have gone from strength to strength, as more and more people have succumbed to the pleasures of tartan noir, Scotland’s answer to the immensely popular crime fiction genre, Scandinavian noir.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5005970.1568731236!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Matt Damon played the murderous Mr Ripley in the film version of Patricia Highsmith's novels (Picture: Jim Cooper/AP)"} ,"articleBody": "

A mystery guest is always a good idea, and this year’s mystery guest, due to appear on Saturday, has just been outed as none other than the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. She will be in conversation with Ian Rankin, the doyen of Scottish crime writers to whose crown there have been any number of aspirants, none of them quite making it. The position of Ian Rankin, it seems, is currently not vacant – which is a decidedly good thing for the many fans of John Rebus, his very slightly hard-bitten Edinburgh detective. This does not prevent publishers from claiming that their latest discovery is the new Ian Rankin, a claim that nobody takes seriously any more.

In spite of Rankin’s clear pre-eminence, the ranks of Scottish crime writers are conspicuously healthy. Many of them are very good indeed, particularly Alex Gray, whose novels about the Glaswegian sleuth, DCI Lorimer, are currently attracting a growing readership. Lorimer is not your typical fictional detective in that he is attractively straightforward. Most crime writers give their detectives a handicap or two, usually an excessive enthusiasm for alcohol, marital problems, or obscure and demanding interests. Conventionality, it seems, is not the best background from which to investigate and solve crimes. Nor, it appears, is it one that interests the reader – a fact that has led crime writers to invent ever more bizarre backgrounds for their sleuths. There are plenty of cat-loving detectives – in some cases, it is the cat that solves the crime; there are detectives who are acupuncturists, philatelists, glass-blowers. Anything will do, as long as it is sufficiently out of the ordinary. There are even some fictional detectives who are, well, detectives, a cunning turn if ever there was one.

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Scottish crime fiction has a major advantage over other branches of the genre, and that is the landscape. Crime fiction needs a background, and we have plenty of that. We have Hebridean islands on which some of our detectives pursue their perpetrators in winds and horizontal rain. We have the River Clyde, which is very useful for bodies to be found in. We have Aberdeen, where the cold ensures that the bodies are found in good condition for the pathologist, who of course is often a detective of sorts – and a philatelist, perhaps. We have any number of tough bars in which victims can spend their last hours before they fall foul of the need of detective fiction for a body by chapter two.

We also have a sound Calvinist heritage that is of immense usefulness in crime fiction. Crime that takes place against a moral background in which anything goes is of very little interest. A crime that takes place in circumstances of respectability, is far more interesting, as this adds salience to the criminal act. And here, of course, Edinburgh’s advantage as a setting for crime fiction is highlighted. Edinburgh is a famously respectable city, its prim façade a wonderful background for seamy deeds. Deacon Brodie was the embodiment of that; Burke and Hare another instance of the light and shade of a city with more than one face.

Writers of crime fiction like to portray themselves as social realists, depicting the true nastiness of life. This claim, in fact, is dubious. Crime fiction is almost always concerned with murder – there has to be a body to make the whole conceit work.

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One can see, of course, how this is necessary for another feature of the genre – the mandatory autopsy. Every self-respecting crime novel must have a post-mortem scene these days or the reader feels cheated. These scenes should be as grim as possible, sparing no detail when it comes to describing the sound of the saws cutting into the skull and so on. All very vivid stuff, and yet and yet ... Murder is, in fact, a very unusual crime, occurring relatively infrequently and vastly outnumbered by other crimes. If crime writers were realists, as they claim to be, then surely they should write more about more common offences.

And what are these more common offences? The answer is parking offences. If crime fiction were more realistic, we would have far less written about homicide and far more attention paid to parking offences. Yet where is the contemporary parking offence novel? Crime writers have conspicuously failed to rise to the challenge.

That, though, is a minor criticism. Crime fiction continues to entertain us vastly. It has everything we want in a good tale, in particular, a quest. The hero engaged in a quest is a theme that has lain at the heart of literature since Homer. It is what we like in a story. And then we want resolution. At the end of the day we yearn for the scales of justice to be balanced. We want to see malefactors punished. We want to see those who have been wronged vindicated. We want to see people get their just deserts. Only the very rare crime writer resists that convention of resolution: Patricia Highsmith did it with her Ripley novels. Ripley, the classic psychopath, gets away with it for five books. Then his progenitor died before he could be punished. That, in a way, is a bit of social realism: those who do wrong often get away with it.

Look at those figures in public life who tell shameless and egregious lies. They seem to be getting away with it. But they should watch out. Nemesis is watching as intently in reality as in fiction. Just watch out.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5005970.1568731236!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5005970.1568731236!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Matt Damon played the murderous Mr Ripley in the film version of Patricia Highsmith's novels (Picture: Jim Cooper/AP)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Matt Damon played the murderous Mr Ripley in the film version of Patricia Highsmith's novels (Picture: Jim Cooper/AP)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5005970.1568731236!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/inquiry-into-failings-at-new-sick-kids-and-glasgow-super-hospital-1-5006114","id":"1.5006114","articleHeadline": "Inquiry into failings at new Sick Kids and Glasgow super-hospital","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568751635511 ,"articleLead": "The Scottish Government has announced a public inquiry to examine issues affecting safety and well-being at the new children’s hospital in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006113.1568737295!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People."} ,"articleBody": "

The investigation will determine how problems relating to ventilation and other key building systems occurred and what steps can be taken to prevent the same situation happening in future projects.

The announcement comes after mounting pressure on the Scottish health secretary to address serious failings at the new hospitals, which have led to patients deaths and wards being closed due to infection risks.

A child and another patient died at the QEUH in Glasgow after picking up an infection related to pigeon excrement and there have been several patients affected since then.

Edinburgh’s £150 million Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) was originally due to open in 2017 but has been hit by repeated delays due to safety concerns.

The opening date was again put back from this July when last-minute inspections found serious problems with the ventilation system in the critical care unit. The facility, which has the same building contractor as the Glasgow super-hospital, will now not be ready until next autumn at the earliest.

Pressure has been building on the Scottish Government to investigate the issues, with families of patients and politicians calling for an inquiry despite a number of reports.

“The safety and well-being of all patients and their families is my top priority and should be the primary consideration in all NHS construction projects,” health secretary Jeane Freeman said.

“I want to make sure this is the case for all future projects, which is why, following calls from affected parents, I am announcing a public inquiry to examine the new RHCYP and the QEUH sites.

“The recent KPMG and NSS reports into the new Edinburgh children’s hospital will provide a significant amount of the underpinning evidence for the inquiry alongside the ongoing independent review into the delivery and maintenance of the QEUH.

“The current situation is not one anyone would choose – but it is one I am determined to resolve.”

A report published earlier this month said upwards of £16 m of repairs were needed to fix the ventilation and other issues that had been identified to make the RHCYP safe, with work expected to take at least 12 months.

This comes on top of the cost of continuing to run the existing hospital site.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said: “This announcement is long overdue and it’s only come about because the SNP hierarchy has become fed up of negative headlines.

“The ongoing problems at both hospitals are consequences of SNP negligence of the NHS, which has gone on for more than a decade.

“It is now vital that the public inquiry reports as soon as possible and considers the decisions taken around these projects by all four SNP health secretaries.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said the inquiry is “a welcome but long overdue U-turn” from the health secretary, accusing the government of “excuses and evasion”.

He said: “The series of incidents at the Queen Elizabeth University hospital have been of the gravest magnitude, while the Sick Kids hospital has racked up bill after bill and delay and delay.

“Quite simply, we cannot have young patients being treated in facilities that are not up to scratch.”

He said the inquiry must now move forward in a way that does not further hold up the opening of the children’s hospital.

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon said: “A public inquiry is the only way to get to the bottom of this outrageous series of errors, which has seriously disrupted patient care and cost taxpayers millions of pounds.

“It should not have taken weeks of pressure from Scottish Labour, patients and families for this to have been agreed to by the health secretary.

“Children in Scotland are being let down because the hospitals they were promised are not fit for purpose.”

Scottish Greens health spokeswoman Alison Johnstone also welcomed the inquiry, urging the health secretary not to limit its scope.

She added: “The Scottish Government must ensure that the health and well-being of patients and staff is paramount going forward, and provide adequate support to all those who have been affected at both sites.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Ilona Amos"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006113.1568737295!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006113.1568737295!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006113.1568737295!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/brexit-why-i-ve-changed-my-mind-about-article-50-alex-cole-hamilton-1-5005894","id":"1.5005894","articleHeadline": "Brexit: Why I’ve changed my mind about Article 50 – Alex Cole-Hamilton","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568736000000 ,"articleLead": "

We’re in the Brexit endgame so we need a policy that is clear and unequivocal – and that’s what my party’s got now, writes Alex Cole-Hamilton.

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I don’t like contradicting myself, but on Sunday I had to pull a full 180 on a position I’d defended to the hilt just two years ago.

I was at the Lib Dem spring conference in Bournemouth and I spoke in favour of a policy shift that will see my party cancel Brexit on our first day in power if we secure a parliamentary majority in the coming general election.

Just two years previously, in the same conference hall, I helped to defeat a policy motion that would have placed us on a “revoke Article 50” footing there and then.

Why the about-face? Well, times have changed and so have I.

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Our country is now in the grip of a constitutional knot, pulled ever tighter with every passing day and at the expense of all other public policy considerations. We have seen the total destruction of those arguments deployed by the Leave campaign and evidence emerge of their deception and criminality in that referendum. And we have an occupant of No 10, clinging miserably to power, defying law, convention and decency in pursuit of a policy he knows will harm the people he is meant to serve.

It feels like we may finally be in the Brexit endgame, and that demands a policy response that is clear and unequivocal.

In that conference debate two years ago, I supported the retention of our people’s vote policy and rejected a shift to revoke by stating that something begun by the will of the people can only be undone by the will of the people. I still believe that and our support for a people’s vote continues, (if we don’t get a majority, we’ll continue to back a people’s vote in the new parliament). But the coming election may be the last opportunity to test that will.

Boris Johnson has stated on several occasions that he intends to interpret the result of a general election as the manifest intent of the British people and what they think about Brexit. Put simply, If he can do that, then so can we.

If he goes into that election seeking a mandate for no-deal, then we shall present the people of these islands with a counter offer – No-Brexit.

Already our new policy has caused quite a stir. Never before has my party fought an election with such message purity, but it’s raising some eyebrows too.

One challenge we’ve been receiving from the Scottish press goes something like: “If you can cancel Brexit off the back of winning an election in the UK, why shouldn’t the SNP declare independence after winning one in Scotland?”

That’s easy:

Firstly, we’ve resisted a move to a revoke stance for three years but it’s now clear that the coming general election may be the last test of public will before we leave the European Union. As such, that election will become a proxy for a people’s vote. It may represent our very last chance to stop Brexit. No such time imperative exists around Scotland’s constitutional future.

Secondly, revoking article 50 delivers the status quo. People will have absolute certainty about what staying in the EU will be like, because they are living in it now. Independence has as many uncertainties, and as many permutations as Brexit does. You simply couldn’t harness an SNP win at a Scottish election as a mandate for any one kind of independence.

One thing is clear, the people of these islands are desperate for all of this to go away. So am I. These have been historic, fascinating times, but I’m keen to get back to those (albeit more prosaic) public policy issues that are crying out for parliamentary attention.

Brexit has acted as a sea anchor on so much of our lives for so long. It suffocates everything. That’s why I’m very proud my party has made it clear that we’ll make it stop on our first day in power.

Alex Cole-Hamilton is the Lib Dem MSP for Edinburgh Western

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Values derived directly from Christianity, such as the benefits of moderation, provide an antidote to the bitterness and division of Brexit, writes Murdo Fraser.

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In his magnificent new book, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, the historian Tom Holland argues that the greatest influence on modern thinking is Christianity. Concepts that we now treat as universal, and take for granted, such as the essential dignity of life, innate human rights, and the need to care for others less fortunate than ourselves, are widely held only because they derive from Christian teaching.

Despite the sophistication of their societies, and their interest in philosophy, the ancient Greeks and Romans had no belief in notions such as equality under the law. These were, after all, civilisations built on conquest and slavery. It was only with the coming of Christianity that attitudes started to change.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”, this was a revolutionary statement of Earth-shattering proportions. Never before had the world heard a message that everyone was to be treated equally; never before had any religion been open to all, regardless of race, sex, or place in society.

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Values that we hold in common today, whether Christian or not, such as the need to care for the less fortunate, to “love our neighbour as ourselves”, derive directly from Christ’s teachings and Paul’s letters. Along with this goes a warning against excess, a need for sobriety and self-control.

Paul wrote to the citizens of Philippi: “Let your moderation be known unto all men.” This particular thought is not necessarily a Christian one. The saying “Observe due measure; moderation is best in all things” is attributed to the Greek poet Hesiod from around 700BC. But whether its roots are Greek or Christian, it is a sentiment as relevant today as it was centuries ago.

We are in an era when it looks as if the common ground in politics is being deserted. Everywhere we see a drive to extremes, with a rise in identity politics. Increasingly voters are in camps, either Leavers or Remainers, unionists or nationalists, left or right, with little space for subtlety in between. It is the easiest thing in the world for a politician to plant a flag and say “Here I stand, no surrender!”; to dismiss, even ignore, the arguments of others; and to refuse to countenance any compromise. This unwillingness to bend, to show grace, and to see the other argument, blights our politics and divides our society.

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History recognises as truly great figures not those who dug themselves into trenches, but those who were prepared to reach out across the divides. Whether it is figures like Nelson Mandela, David Trimble or even Martin McGuinness, leaders who were prepared to climb down from the barricades and extend the hand of friendship to those who were once bitter enemies are types of the role models that we need today.

This is not a plea for the abandonment of principle or strongly held positions which are supported by evidence. Rather it is a recognition that the greatest advances we make as society are achieved when we are at least prepared to consider the other point of view.

In 1919, Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for War and Air, warned of the consequences of the punitive terms in the Treaty of Versailles, which imposed enormous reparations on the defeated Germans. Advocating a policy of reconciliation, he argued that a harsh approach would simply increase the fear and hatred between France and Germany, and would lead to another war.

We know today that Churchill was correct. The rise of Hitler could be directly attributed to the treatment of the German nation by the victorious Allies. The history of the 20th century might well have been very different, and much tragedy avoided, had the winners adopted a spirit of forgiveness.

A century later, our challenges are very different from those of that time, and yet in our febrile debates around Brexit we see something of the spirit of 1919: a digging of trenches, a placing of blame, and a refusal to find common ground.

We have had the Prime Minister withdrawing the Conservative whip from 21 MPs who refused to back his line, and we have had a Liberal Democrat Leader, Jo Swinson, saying that the former Prime Minister David Cameron can never be forgiven for calling a Brexit referendum, despite that having been a Liberal Democrat policy for years. That spirit, on all sides, will not help us find a way forward.

It does now look like the Government is very serious, even at this late hour, about finding a new deal with the EU to deliver an orderly Brexit. I sincerely hope that it will be successful. But whatever the terms of any deal, for some it won’t be enough. Those looking to see some political advantage, more interested in promoting conflict than finding common ground, will denounce any deal as imperfect. Words such as ‘traitor’, ‘Quisling’, and ‘collaborator’ will be thrown around.

I hope that politicians on all sides will see the need for compromise. The country is heartily sick of the Brexit debate, not least because of the manner in which it has consumed the energy of the entire political class, leaving so little space for other more vital issues to be addressed.

We need a new spirit of moderation, of generosity, and of putting the national interest and unity before narrow political considerations, because the alternative is yet more bitterness and division. Whether Christian or not, our citizens deserve it of their leaders.

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The family of murdered backpacker Hannah Witheridge have spoken of the 'indescribable pain' at the sudden death of her sister.

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Laura Daniels, 30, had been 'gravely' ill and her family confirmed their 'beautiful girl ' died in hospital on Monday.

Her parents Tony and Susan Witheridge announced their daughter's death in a statement: \"Laura had been gravely ill and was being treated in hospital. Our hearts are broken, our lives are shattered once more.

\"The pain of this loss is indescribable and out family very much need time and privacy during this unbearable time.\"

Laura Daniels died five years and one day after her 23-year-old sister was brutally murdered on the Thai island of Koh Tao. Miss Witheridge was killed along with fellow backpacker David Miller, 24, from Jersey.

Last month it was confirmed that Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo who were convicted of their deaths would be executed after their appeals are thrown out by a court in Thailand.

The two men insisted they are innocent and claim an earlier admission was the result of being tortured. The pair's lawyers had claimed evidence and DNA in the case was mishandled.

The brutal circumstances of Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller's deaths shocked the world. Evidence from a Thai court and an inquiry in the UK revealed Miss Witheridge died from severe head injuries consistent with multiple blows from the blade of a hoe.

A Home Office pathologist, Dr Nat Cary, said there was evidence Miss Witheridge had been dragged and sexually assaulted.

The attack took place around 100 metres from the respective bungalows of Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller. Their naked bodies were found on a rocky area of beach by a group of workers the morning after the attack.

The Witheridge family's grief was made worse by trolls and even death threats.

In 2016, Laura herself revealed she was the target of death threats. She was also send photographs of the murder scene.

The family praised the work of police family liaison officers who helped them in the aftermath of Hannah's death. In 2016, Laura attended the Norfolk Safer Community Awards when a new award was presented in honour of Hannah to recognise the world of liaison workers.

A total of £17,000 was raised by an online donation page set up by Laura to help the family travel to Thailand and pay for an interpreter.

Writing on the page, she said: \"The past year has thrown our lives into disarray, tarnished our trust in anything and everything and made us question humanity.

\"On my darkest days, I think about the people who have thrown themselves out of planes, run significant distances and those who have sacrificed precious pounds from tight budgets to support us.

\"It is in these selfless acts of kindness that I see reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Diane King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006097.1568736066!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006097.1568736066!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Laura Daniels (R) with her sister Hannah Witheridge (L) who was murdered in Thailand.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura Daniels (R) with her sister Hannah Witheridge (L) who was murdered in Thailand.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006097.1568736066!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006098.1568736068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006098.1568736068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hannah Witheridge (L) and David Miller (R) were murdered in Thailand in 2014. AFP Photo / Foreign and Commonwealth Office","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hannah Witheridge (L) and David Miller (R) were murdered in Thailand in 2014. AFP Photo / Foreign and Commonwealth Office","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006098.1568736068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5006099.1568736070!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5006099.1568736070!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Burmese men Wai Phyo, centre left, and Zaw Lin, centre right, escorted by police officers at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2019. AP Photo/Sakchair Lalit","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Burmese men Wai Phyo, centre left, and Zaw Lin, centre right, escorted by police officers at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2019. AP Photo/Sakchair Lalit","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5006099.1568736070!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/woman-says-she-was-body-shamed-by-boys-as-she-walked-through-park-1-5006017","id":"1.5006017","articleHeadline": "Woman says she was 'body shamed' by boys as she walked through park","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568732654979 ,"articleLead": "

A woman has spoken out about being 'body shamed' by a gang of yobs as she walked home - with the youths chanting \"PORKY\" at her.

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Bex Zandersluil, 21, took to Facebook to share the \"scary\" experience, which happened as she walked home from a nearby shop.

She was walking through a park when the group of boys - who she believed to be aged between 15 and 18 - targeted her.

Bex was in Middleleaze Park in Swindon, Wilts., when she was body shamed by the bullyboy yobs.

\"They were calling out at me, calling me 'porky' quite loudly. I don't think I even needed to turn down my earphones,\" said Bex, of West Swindon.

She has urged parents to talk to their children about body shaming and harassment.

Bex wrote on Facebook: \"If these are your kids or you know them, please have a chat about harassment and fat shaming.

\"I'm well aware I'm a bigger girl but I didn't deserve that. My concern is for people who aren't as strong. For those it could've been the thing that broke them.

\"Also, it's scary having a group of tall boys chant horrible things at you. You don't know if they plan on following you or hurting you.\"

And Bex added that she has been body-shamed most of her life.

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She said: \"I went through quite a lot at home. As a form of emotional protection I ate a lot and put on quite a lot of weight.

\"I felt insecure about that, I would get targeted about the way I looked and I couldn't walk to school without being afraid of someone saying something to me.

\"If I had been in the same head space as I used to be this would have caused me to have a breakdown.\"

Bex lost someone close to her because of how they were treated for the way they looked.

\"My friend took her own life because she became so desperate. Part of the reason was because of body shaming and bullying,\" she said.

\"I don't want to hear that another person has killed themselves because of being picked on.

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\"It's the small things that make a difference like calling them names and pushing someone, it can hurt them and it's your decision to do these things.\"

But despite all she has been through, Bex said: \"If you have anything that is strange or unusual, I think that it should be celebrated.

\"You shouldn't let the treatment of you change the way you are, it's about taking care of yourself.

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A surfer was saved from a possible shark attack thanks to a warning from a drone flying above the ocean.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5005913.1568728804!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A surfer was saved from a possible shark attack thanks to a warning from a drone flying above the ocean."} ,"articleBody": "

Amateur drone operator Christopher Joye was patrolling at Werri Beach in New South Wales on Sunday when he spotted a shark in the water heading towards a nearby surfer.

Using a speaker on his drone, which is a search-and-rescue model, he was able to send out a warning message to the surfer, who quickly turned their board towards land - seemingly spooking the shark.

While the shark swam back out to sea, the surfer quickly headed for the shore.

\"I think it is probably the first time any drone pilot anywhere in the world has stopped a shark attack by warning the swimmers or surfers via a live communications channel,\" Mr Joye said.

Mr Joye, who is a hedge fund manager by day, spends much of his spare time patrolling the seas for sharks using his drone.

\"I do it because I have seen so many sharks from the drone that someone has to try and keep our surfers and swimmers safe,\" he said.

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\"That's why I bought the search and rescue drone with the ability to send alerts and communicate with people whose lives are at risk.\"

Sunday was the first time he had used his Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, which cost around AUS$6,000 (£3,300), to warn of a possible imminent attack.

\"I was patrolling on Sunday and saw this large shark circling a surfer,\" he said. \"I raced in an blasted out the alert message, blaring, 'Shark! Shark! Shark! Evacuate the water immediately!'

\"You can see the surfer's face as he suddenly looks up at the drone when he hears the message.

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\"He then sharply jerks the board toward the beach, which spooks the shark that was heading straight for him, probably thinking the surfer was unaware.\"

Mr Joye believes the shark was three to four metres in length and probably \"a bronze whaler or a young great white, both of which have many recorded human fatalities\".

He wants drone technology to be more widely used in preventing such attacks.

\"The drone is much safer and more effective for sharks than a shark net,\" he said.

There were 128 shark attacks in New South Wales between 1990 and 2017, according to statistics compiled by finder.com - nearly twice as many as any other state in Australia.

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5005913.1568728804!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5005913.1568728804!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A surfer was saved from a possible shark attack thanks to a warning from a drone flying above the ocean.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A surfer was saved from a possible shark attack thanks to a warning from a drone flying above the ocean.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5005913.1568728804!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/cricket-star-ben-stokes-condemns-utterly-disgusting-report-on-a-family-tragedy-1-5005850","id":"1.5005850","articleHeadline": "Cricket star Ben Stokes condemns \"utterly disgusting\" report on a family tragedy","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1568724659965 ,"articleLead": "

England cricket star Ben Stokes has condemned as \"utterly disgusting\" a front page newspaper story reporting on a family tragedy from more than three decades ago.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5005849.1568725025!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "He said the story printed by the Sun contained "serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused"."} ,"articleBody": "

The player said the publication of \"extremely painful, sensitive and personal details\" about his family would have \"grave and lifelong consequences\" for his loved ones.

In a statement on Twitter, Stokes lambasted The Sun newspaper, which carried the story on its front page on Tuesday, accusing it of being focused on \"chasing sales\" regardless of the emotional impact on his family.

The Sun, which said it has the \"utmost sympathy for Ben Stokes and his mother\", responded that it had contacted Stokes before printing the article and \"at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story\".

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In his Twitter post, which has amassed thousands of retweets, likes and numerous supportive comments, Stokes wrote: \"Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.

\"It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.

\"For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events.\"

He said a reporter had turned up to his parents' home in New Zealand \"out of the blue\" to ask them about the tragedy.

The newspaper reported in their story that the couple and the cricket star had declined to comment.

In his statement, Stokes said his own public profile was not an excuse to \"invade\" the rights and privacy of his family members.

He said: \"To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of - in particular - my parents, is utterly disgusting.\"

Stokes added: \"They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.

\"This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.\"

He said the story printed by the Sun contained \"serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused\".

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In the wake of the story he asked for his family's privacy and right to home life to be respected.

Retweeting the statement, Test captain Joe Root urged people to \"Please take the time to read this and respect it.\"

Stokes, a hot favourite to be BBC Sports Personality of the Year, is considered a hero of English cricket after a hugely successful summer.

He pulled off a one-handed \"Superman\" catch in England's World Cup opener against South Africa and delivered a never-say-die innings which dragged the hosts back from the brink in a thrilling final against New Zealand.

Then he hit an unbeaten 135 to turn what looked like certain defeat into a memorable one-wicket third Ashes Test win over Australia at Headingley.

A spokeswoman for The Sun said: \"The Sun has the utmost sympathy for Ben Stokes and his mother but it is only right to point out the story was told with the co-operation of a family member who supplied details, provided photographs and posed for pictures.

\"The tragedy is also a matter of public record and was the subject of extensive front page publicity in New Zealand at the time.

\"The Sun has huge admiration for Ben Stokes and we were delighted to celebrate his sporting heroics this summer. He was contacted prior to publication and at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story.\"

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