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The announcement ahead of George Osborne’s budget this week that the UK government will scrap national pay rates for civil servants across the UK has been met with outrage.  According to the Coalition’s plans, civil servants in “poorer” parts of the UK will be paid less than those in the more propserous South East of England.


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Scots have become used to outrageous claims from Unionist politicians about the terrible things that would happen if Scotland voted to become independent.  This week Conservative peer Peter Fraser, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, has made possibly the most astonishing outburst of all.  According to Mr Fraser, the Westminster government could bomb Glasgow and Edinburgh airports to defend itself from possible attacks if Scotland became an independent nation.


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Veterans who claim to have endured illnesses after being exposed to radiation from the UK’s Christmas Island test explosions in the 50s have lost the latest round of their fight for damages.
 
The UK Supreme Court today ruled that over one thousand ex-servicemen who claim that radiation from nuclear tests carried out in the Pacific from 1952 to 1958 led to illnesses including cancer, leukaemia and infertility, could not seek damages from the MoD.


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An SNP MSP is calling for Highland councillors and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to take their time and consider all workable solutions before moving nuclear waste from Dounreay Power Station.


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The ancient city of Perth is a city once again after being awarded the status to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.  Perth was the only town in Scotland to enter the UK wide competition for city status, which was launched in December 2010. 

Perth’s campaign was supported by the councils of Scotland’s other cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, and Stirling, and by the leaders of all Scotland’s main political parties.


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Viewers have complained to BBC Scotland after a headline appeared on an article following an interview with SNP Deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon in which she was asked how an independent Scotland would have coped with the banking crisis.

The headline ‘Sturgeon says an independent Scotland would have relied on UK for RBS bailout’ appeared on an online article despite Ms Sturgeon stating clearly that an independent Scotland could have coped with any banking collapse.


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Former Labour MP Eric Joyce has said he has no intention of standing down as the MP for Falkirk despite being convicted on four counts of assault at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London.
 
The MP, who was elected as the Labour candidate to the seat in 2010, entered guilty pleas to three charges of common assault and one of assault by beating.