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The Pagoda Perspective

10th July 2017

BREXIT/INDYREF2

  • Theresa May is to call on rival parties to “contribute and not just criticise” as she signals a post-election change in her style of government. The conciliatory tone comes on the one year anniversary of May taking power and amid talk of a Tory plot to oust her.
  • Frontrunner Lib Dem leadership candidate Vince Cable has said he believes Brexit may never happen.
  • The new Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson MP, believes First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should cancel her plans for indyref2 for this parliament.
  • The British Chambers of Commerce has published results of a post-election survey which show there is almost no support to conclude Brexit talks without a trade deal.

 ECONOMY

  • Former First Minister Alex Salmond has criticised the mainstream media and ‘unionist’ politicians for acting as ‘merchants of doom’ in their economic predictions.
  • The Bank of Scotland’s purchasing manager’s index (PMI), published today, shows a slight continuing increase in Scottish private-sector output, whilst activity in manufacturing and services fell.
  • Edinburgh Airport has revealed plans to sacrifice its secondary runway and instead build a business and housing complex which could stretch to more than 100 acres.

 JUSTICE

  • Nicola Sturgeon has promised to ‘get on with the day job’ during the summer recess, starting with a ‘transformation’ of the justice system.

 WELFARE

  • Experts from the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) have encouraged exploring the possible introduction of personal ID numbers to all children in Scotland to help monitor health, education and social work interactions.

 EDUCATION

  • A survey by the Educational Institute of Scotland has revealed 51% of teachers said they or colleagues had taken steps to help less-affluent pupils.

 TRANSPORT

  • Economy Secretary Keith Brown has said Scottish airports will be guaranteed additional slots at Heathrow as part of expansion plans.

 SOCIAL MEDIA

  • SNP MEP Alyn Smith has proposed his party introduces a ban on members having anonymous ‘cybernat’ accounts.

PARTY CONFERENCES

  • The Scottish Greens have confirmed their autumn conference will take place 21-22 October at Edinburgh Napier University.

 COMING UP

  • The Brexit repeal bill is to be published this Thursday. The SNP has called for further details on how the UK Government will involve the devolved administrations as the Bill passes through Westminster.
  • A Scottish parliamentary delegation will head to Munich this week. The Presiding Officer will be joined by committee conveners on the trip to strengthen economic, cultural and environmental links between Scotland and Bavaria.
  • A legal challenge against the Conservative-DUP deal is to be launched.

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