‘Thanks to Green MSP John Finnie and the Scottish Government, smacking children will soon be a criminal offence’: Val Burns
When was the last time someone physically assaulted you? And do you think you deserved it? My guess is that the sting of the slap or the thud of the punch upon your face will be painfully etched in your memory. Unless you’re a masochist, you’re unlikely to believe the assault was justified. You may even experience flashbacks or suffer post-traumatic stress.
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights says Police Scotland suffers from “institutional racism”
Police Scotland has been accused of “institutional racism” by a government-funded charity. The force has been attacked over the recruitment and retention levels of staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) also criticised the force on the same grounds for the way it responds to racist incidents. In one case, the CRER said that a person who received a threatening and racist email was asked if it could have been “just a prank” and whether it was “worth the hassle” to pursue the complaint.
Philip Hammond faces Tory rebellion over budget
Philip Hammond has been warned by cabinet colleagues that he faces an ambush on the budget from Tories who want him out. Senior government figures fear that the chancellor has become so toxic that he does not have sufficient authority to get difficult measures through the Commons. He has been told that some of the budget ideas that he has suggested, such as squeezing cash from pensioners, would cause a Tory backbench revolt.
Long slog to office ‘as bad as a pay cut’
More people should be allowed to work from home because a lengthy commute is as demoralising as a pay cut, according to research. Every extra minute spent travelling reduced job satisfaction, created extra strain, worsened mental health and increased people’s chances of quitting. The study, based on analysis of 26,000 workers in England, said that an extra 20 minutes commuting each day was just as miserable as being forced to accept a 19 per cent annual pay cut.
Police target drivers who pass too close to horses
Motorists who pass too close to horses will be targeted in a police campaign to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on roads. The Lose The Blinkers drive is aimed at all road users but particularly those on the fringes of large towns and cities where many horse riders stable and exercise their animals. The British Horse Society says that since 2010 there have been two rider deaths and ten horses killed on Scotland’s roads. A total of 50 riders and 43 horses have also been injured. Many of the incidents have been caused by vehicles either colliding or passing too close to the horse, causing them to throw the rider, panic or bolt.