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The Scottish Government has laid regulations which will build further on its Climate Change Act and its target of reducing carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020. The laying of the regulations demonstrates ongoing work in meeting the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Climate Change, said:-"The advice from the Committee on Climate Change, the...
14,000 homes in the Gracemount Corstorphine and Murrayfield areas of the city are to be targeted as part of the Scottish Government drive to make Scottish homes more energy efficient. The government has announced its plans to offer more Scottish homes free or discounted insulation this year. A further 90,000 homes will be offered loft and cavity wall insulation in 10...
Labour has welcomed the fact that Scottish viewers will be able to watch the prime ministerial debates after the SNP court action was comprehenively rejected by the Court of Session in Edinburgh. A separate Ofcom ruling has today said that SNP complaints against ITV have also been rejected. Labour’s Holyrood Leader Iain Gray said: “This was a desperate attention-seeking stunt by a...
Labour has welcomed the fact that Scottish viewers will be able to watch the prime ministerial debates after the SNP court action was comprehenively rejected by the Court of Session in Edinburgh. David McLetchie MSP, British General Election campaign manager, says: "The SNP knew the UK leaders' debates would get significant press coverage but Alex Salmond waited till now to go...
WHAT THE SNP SAID AFTER THE DECISION WAS PRONOUNCED SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon said outside court: "We are disappointed that the debate on Thursday night will go ahead without any substantial participation from the SNP. "I believe that is wrong, it is unfair. We were simply asking for a fair hearing in that debate. "I believe very strongly in the point...

SNP v BBC

Lady Smith has ruled just before lunchtime on Wednesday 28 April 2010 that the SNP 's action to request their inclusion in the TV debate on Thursday evening has been rejected. She said that if she granted the interim interdict requested then she would be affecting the exercise of the right to freedom of expression afforded by the Human Rights...
There was considerable time allowed this morning (28th April 2010) in court for the technical difficulties which would follow if the BBC were forced to air the debate everywhere apart from Scotland. We now know for example that there are various transmitters around the UK which transmit a signal to Scotland but which have 'spillage' into parts of England and...
Part of the letter from the Chief Executive of the SNP dated 4 February 2010 to the BBC stated:- "My primary position is that any attempt to broadcast such a debate in Scotland without the participation in the debate of the SNP will not satisfy the requirements of 'due accuracy and impartiality' under the terms of the 2006 Charter and...

Geoblocking

Another of the terms that had to be discussed by the BBC's counsel, Gerry Moynihan, with Lady Smith today was the term 'geoblocking'. It was explained in the context of the way that the broadcaster might be able to stop transmission of the debate to parts of the country, namely Scotland. This was one of the ways that the SNP had...

Mobile Phones….

THE EVER-PRESENT MOBILE PHONE The clerk of court was quite clear:-"Please make sure all mobile phones are switched off." (if any of these phones had rung then it is possible that the owner could have been charged with the offence of contempt of court.....) So why did the BBC representatives (and one has to assume that they were fairly senior personnel)...