Brian Wilson: It’s time to stop blaming the game – and the fans – for society’s ills
Football can suffer from high visibility. Some people see far too much of it for their liking. Others cannot resist the profile it offers. Newspapers are always looking for ways to move it from the back pages to the front. Take the case of Douglas Ross, now Tory MP for Moray and an assistant referee (or linesman) at high levels of the sport. National outrage has supposedly been sparked by his engagement at the Nou Camp in Barcelona last week when he could have been abstaining in person at the House of Commons. His offence surely lies not in having a “second job” but in its visibility and, whisper it, enviability. Lots of MPs have second jobs. I, like many others, used to write newspaper columns. There are consultants and directors by the score. The current SNP leader at Westminster chairs a funeral planning company.
PC and wife tackle machete-wielding man
First Minister honours those who risk their lives to help others. An off duty constable and his wife who tackled a machete-wielding man were among those given awards for bravery by the Scottish Government. PC Mark McDade and Lorraine McDade were in a shopping centre car park when they saw the man carrying the machete.
New ID card can stop discrimination against brain injury survivors
A new initiative was launched today to help brain injury survivors combat wrong assumptions made about them on a daily basis. Falkirk West MSP and Scottish justice minister Michael Matheson helped launch the Scotland-wide launch of the Brian Injury Identity Card at a special event in Larbert this afternoon. Part of brain injury charity Headway’s Justice Project, the card will help police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system, either as an accused suspect, victim or witness.
Safety first: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson on progress in Scotland
Scotland is a safer country today than a decade ago, with fewer crimes, less violence, reduced drug use, improved fire safety and better support for those who are victims of crime or other serious incidents. But this progress has not been felt equally in all communities. Our ambition for a truly inclusive, just and fairer Scotland, where everyone feels safe, secure and respected, demands concerted, intelligent and focused action. To make progress, a modern Scotland must first acknowledge past mistakes. We will shortly introduce legislation for men convicted under now discredited old offences for same-sex sexual activity. This will deliver a practical remedy by providing a pardon and offer the opportunity to ensure convictions do not appear on disclosure checks.
Police Scotland’s bravest Ayrshire officers have been rewarded for hard-work
Some of Ayrshire’s bravest and hardest-working police officers were honoured at a top awards bash. They received their awards from Ayrshire’s commander, Chief Superintendent Paul Main, in front of fellow officers, friends and family. Award winners included PC Alan Auld and PC Steven Callaghan who were recognised for their bravery after they rescued a distressed woman from Ayr Harbour, who was intent on taking her own life.
Police Scotland face decade-long wait for BME officer representation, MSPs told
Chief Superintendent John McKenzie said Police Scotland had “made a start” on its mission to boost BME recruits, but admitted it was a 10-year journey. At present, only 1% of officers are BME, while the percentage of people in Scotland from minority ethnic groups stands at 4%. However 10% of the latest batch of new officers are BME with the same percentage expected in the next two groups, Chief Supt McKenzie told the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. He said the force had put in place a number of initiatives aimed at boosting representation, in order that it better reflects Scotland’s population.