Jim Duffy: A political farce was responsible for Police Scotland
Tracy Chapman penned and performed some great songs that focused those people who have less in our society. From Fast Car to Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution, she addressed causes that affected people’s lives in a simple and empathetic way. I guess the politicians of her time had the opportunity to fix many of these issues, but did not or perhaps could not. Listening to her songs now makes me think about the anxiety, uncertainty and stress that our politicians are causing us, while they purport to sort society out.
Think-tank sounds alarm in 27 areas of security whose protocols Brexit will make void
THERE are almost 30 “key questions” on security after Brexit, a think-tank claims. According to a report released today by The UK in a Changing Europe, established procedures on information sharing, prisoner transfer and security co-operation are nearing “another potential Brexit cliff-edge”. The report also warns that establishing new protocols will be “fiendishly difficult” and that little detail has been released so far. Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, warned the loss of Europol membership may impair crime fighting in Scotland, including efforts to tackle organised crime gangs that operate across borders.
Ex-minister Susan Deacon is new chief of Scottish Police Authority
The appointment of a former cabinet minister as chairwoman of the troubled Scottish Police Authority has been welcomed by officers, who hope that she can bring stability at a time of “enormous sensitivity”. Susan Deacon said she would strive to build “trust and relationships” in her new role with the watchdog. Andrew Flanagan, Ms Deacon’s predecessor, stepped down in June after criticism of his conduct and complaints about a perceived lack of transparency and proper governance. Two months later, John Foley quit as chief executive after a report by HMIC in Scotland found that there was “fundamental weakness” at the board.
Emergency services VAT exemption being considered by the Treasury
Scotland’s police and fire services could become exempt from paying VAT after the prime minister announced the Treasury was considering the matter. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford raised the issue at PMQs, saying Scottish emergency services had been deprived of £140 million since 2013 and were the only police and fire services in the UK to be charged VAT. Prime Minister Theresa May said Treasury officials were about to report back, which suggested an announcement could be made as early as next week’s budget. Mrs May added she had also been lobbied “constructively” by Scottish Tories and the SNP had known VAT would be charged when the forces were nationalised.
Racist Irvine man who threatened to rape police officers and their children is jailed
A man who threatened police officers and their families was this week jailed for six months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court. Christopher McCourt, of Dunton Knoll, Irvine, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. A man who threatened police officers and their families was this week jailed for six months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court. Christopher McCourt, of Dunton Knoll, Irvine, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The court heard how the 34-year-old, had been thrown out of a pub in the town on October 15, when officers approached him, he became aggressive and threatening.
Leader comment: Justice must not be ‘worse than rape’
That victims of rape and sexual assault are refusing to take part in the prosecution of attackers because the experience is so traumatising should shame the Scottish legal system. That victims of rape and sexual assault are refusing to take part in the prosecution of attackers because the experience is so traumatising should shame the Scottish legal system. In the chilling words of one victim, the experience was “worse than being raped”. The findings of a new report by the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland make bleak reading, but in truth similar conclusions could have been reached at any point over the past decades.