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News Reviews from 2014

An Independent Scotland

by Mark IddonScottish Independence

On 18th September 2014, Scottish residents will get to vote on whether to have an independent Scotland or retain the union with England that was established 300 years ago. The referendum was put forward by the Scottish National Party (SNP) as part of its election manifesto when it won a majority of seats in the 2011. The sentiments of the campaign appeal to many in Scotland who feel that the government in Westminster does not give sufficient regard for Scotland and takes for granted the resources of Scotland.

Anti-Fracking and the regression of progress. PDF Print E-mail
News Reviews from 2014

Fracking Protests and Bez

Anti-Fracking and the regression of progress

by Mark Iddon

In December 2013 IGas Energy Plc started some exploratory drilling to test for the viability of extracting shale gas from a site in Barton Moss, Salford which is around 2 miles from my home. Anti-fracking protestors established a camp alongside the road to the site to gain publicity and support for their campaign and also to try and disrupt and slow down the investigation. The protestors did not intend to cause criminal damage and appeared to go out of their way to prove themselves to be law abiding when served with a court order to be removed from the site by the landowner Peel Holdings.

They managed to stay there for most of the period of 8-12 weeks while the investigation took place and were able to gain considerable media coverage and gain celebrity support at least form the former Happy Mondayís dancer Bez. The exploratory drilling has stopped the protestors have gone, posting pictures on their website to show how the land has been restored to pre protest conditions. How polite protestors are today in their efforts to try and gain favour with the public.

Caledonian Carbon: An Environmental Measurement System? PDF Print E-mail
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Caledonian Carbon

Caledonian Carbon:

An Environmental Measurement System?

by Joanne Green

Scotlandís Universities of St. Andrews, Strathclyde, and Stirling shall be able to continue fulfilling their environmental strategies with thanks to recent government funding awards. This article discusses ways in which universities can provide sustainable environmental messages, using different learning styles and which may assist international bodies such as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their analysis.

Ukraine: as European as Farage PDF Print E-mail
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Nigel Farage not following the European line on Ukraine

Ukraine: as European as Farage

by Simon Belt

After a fairly rehearsed Leaders' debate on Europe, Nigel Farage lobbed a hand grenade into the discussion on Ukraine when he said "We have given a false series of hopes to a group of people in the western Ukraine. So geed up were they that they actually toppled their own elected leader. That provoked Mr Putin. I think the EU frankly does have blood on its hands in the Ukraine." Why did this comment cause such outrage?

Let's Kick Censorship Out of Football PDF Print E-mail
News Reviews from 2014

Nickolas Anelka and his Quenelle gesture

Let's Kick Censorship Out of Football

and why it matters by Mark Iddon

Racial insults and offensive behaviour (of players and fans) seem to have made news headlines on a regular basis recently. There are two stories which stand out - the quenelle gesture by Nickolas Anelka and the arrest and charging of Tottenham fans for chanting Yid at a football match.

The quenelle gesture by Anelka, the West Bromwich Albion striker, was a goal celebration that he said was anti establishment but was interpreted by the Football Association to be an anti-Semitic inverted Nazi salute.

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