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Changes to the Civil Service Code of conduct in the UK prohibiting 400,000 civil servants from communicating to journalists under any circumstances, will not inhibit public workers’ rights to whistleblow when they see evidence of misconduct or corruption, Richard Simcox of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said. “[UK Ministers] have said this will not change the whistleblowing legislation.
Despite clear evidence that police were given political direction not to pursue investigations against senior members of the British establishment involved in alleged child sex abuse, one leading child abuse support charity has told Aurora News it has confidence in a new police investigation looking afresh at the allegations. “It is already very clear the police were given direct instructions by political masters not to prosecute the known abusers in positions of power in previous decades,” Dr Jon Bird, Operations Manager with the National Association for People Abused in Childhood said.
Imposing a blanket ban on online terrorist material is “very difficult to do” and uncensored extremist material is as likely to inhibit as encourage acts of terror, Dr Gilbert Ramsay an expert in Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University has told Aurora News. “The issue of Internet content restrictions has come up repeatedly for the last decade and more, and always with much the same conclusion: that content restrictions are unlikely to be a good idea,” Ramsay, a lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence said.
The police response to protesters in Frankfurt in March are mirroring the “excessive police force” used by Metropolitan Police during the Occupy Democracy protests in the UK’s capital, Matthew Varnham, Legal Advisor for Occupy London has said. “The Police response in Frankfurt mirrors a clampdown by the London Mayor of Occupy Democracy,” Varnham said. “These time-limited monthly protests at Parliament Square, in the run-up to the general election, have been met with excessive police force and the erection of hares fencing as a tactic, now itself subject to Judicial Review,” Varnham added.
Schools in Scotland should put the interests of their pupils first and not allow a “sanitised view” of the armed forces to be promoted, Emma Sangster of “ForcesWatch” – a campaign that highlights unethical recruitment practices by the British Armed Forces – has said. “The schools have a duty to look after the interests of pupils.
Professor Alex Kemp, one of the world’s foremost experts on oil exploration, has told Aurora News the UK Government should act now to bring forward incentives to ensure ongoing investment and exploration in the North Sea. “The UK Government instigated a tax rate review in the budget. In the Autumn Statement they announced some more consultation and only a tiny drop in the supplementary charge rate so now is the time for them to bring forward incentives for getting new fields developed, like the investment uplift which has been promised but which is going to be subject to further consultation,” Kemp, a Professor in Petroleum Economics at Aberdeen University said.
The Scottish Parliament is set to introduce the most “robust proposal yet” that will allow assisted suicide, Patrick Harvie MSP has said. “The Scottish Parliament has seen years of debate on Assisted Suicide, and the Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament has taken account of the many arguments on both sides,” Harvie said. “It aims to present the most robust proposal yet, and has support from MSPs of all parties.
Robin May a Professor in Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham has told Aurora News that despite an infected Ebola nurse passing testing procedures on her return to the UK, the country’s screening protocols remain “robust” and the risk to others “extremely low”. “There is already robust screening in place for anyone, medical worker or not, entering the UK from at-risk areas,” Professor May said.
Plans by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to reach a coalition deal with Labour in the event of a hung parliament following the 2015 UK General Election will give a “huge boost” to English nationalists, Robin Tilbrook the Chairman of the English Democrats has said. “The plans of the Scottish National Party to hold the British Labour Party to ransom after the General Election will help our campaign and give English Nationalism a huge boost,” Tilbrook, whose right wing political party seeks independence from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, said.
An EU Foreign Ministers meeting earlier this month was aimed at getting the Europeans “off the sanctions hook”, Jim Sillars a former MP and Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party has said. “I noticed that EU Foreign Ministers were meeting and the spin was that they were trying to get Putin off the hook,” Sillars said.