Winter warmer

Written by Kate Shannon on 29 October 2014

There’s nothing we like better than moaning about the weather, allegedly. It’s always too cold, too wet, too hot or too windy and in our hearts, we really enjoy a good whinge about what the elements are throwing at us that particular day.

Horse whisperer

Written by Tom Freeman on 28 October 2014

The Commons Education Committee’s final evidence session on ‘Trojan Horse’ extremism in schools saw UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan talking tough about what values schools should teach their students.
“We must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values” in schools, said Morgan, as a way of counteracting extremism. Non-statutory guidance for teaching ‘British values’ for schools in England will be published, she said.

Mind the gap

Written by Katie Mackintosh on 28 October 2014

Life expectancy continues to vary widely across Scotland, a new report from the National Records of Scotland has shown.

Joining the dots

Written by on 27 October 2014

I’ve never been one for meetings. 
They can drag on well past the allotted time-slot and you can guarantee that if you’re waiting for somebody to call you on a pressing issue, they will choose the precise moment you step into the board room to get back to you.
But sometimes they just have to happen; sometimes if you don’t gather people into a room once in a while people lose sight of the bigger picture.

Lessons for Police Scotland on body-worn cameras

Written by Alan Robertson on 15 October 2014

Equipment could increase the amount of people charged, according to trial

Blah, blah, blah

Written by Kate Shannon on 15 October 2014

Few things are guaranteed to make me press the Off switch (mentally or physically) than jargon. Whether it’s ‘service users’ (people), ‘clients’ (people), ‘local outcomes’ (results) or ‘assets’ (could be anything), local authorities are some of the worst for incomprehensible phraseology. I do understand why some jargon exists, it helps people within an organisation to define exactly what they are referring to, especially when there are many nuances to the subject, and I know some terms are designed to be completely inoffensive and politically correct.

Talking point: Blacking out

Written by on 15 October 2014

There are many hackneyed phrases so over-used that any original dramatic impetus they had is lost.
One such phrase when looking at the energy debate is making sure we “keep the lights on”. 
We live in the 21st century, our scientific discoveries seem boundless, so how on earth could we ever be in a position where there wasn’t enough power to keep an electric light bulb working?

Strength in numbers

Written by Katie Mackintosh on 15 October 2014

Earlier this year Health Secretary Alex Neil issued a challenge: “We must do more to listen to and promote the voices of those we care for. We need to get the voices of patients, those receiving care and their families to be heard in a much clearer and stronger way.”

Closures and mergers

Written by Tom Freeman on 14 October 2014

There were tears from parents as Dunfermline’s Pitcorthie Primary became the latest school to be axed, after the Scottish Government approved a decision to close it. Constituency MSP Cara Hilton called the decision “cynical politics which ignores the effect their actions would have had on the pupils, parents and staff who will be devastated by this news.”

Making it happen

Written by Neil Evans on 12 October 2014

There was a fizz of excitement around the first day of the Scottish Greens conference.
While fortunes and elections results have been generally on the up in recent years, the sudden surge in membership has brought an entirely different outlook.

Last year’s event at Eden Court in Inverness had about 70 delegates and even party members joked about the fact they were sharing a venue with Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell.