Analysis: Blame Westminster for drug deaths record - and blame 20 years of Holyrood conforming to British norms
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says shocking new Scottish drug death statistics cannot be blamed just on one party, or one parliament – it’s a collective political failure more than 20 years in the making
THE new figures on drug-related deaths in Scotland are simultaneously shocking and predictable.
1,187 deaths last year, 27 per cent higher than the previous year. Drug deaths have doubled since 2008, and for the first first time more people died from drugs than alcohol this year. Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in the EU.
UK Government hosts global press freedom conference on same day as it defends spying on journalists in court
“It is ironic that on the very day the Bureau is making this case against the British government’s surveillance regime in the highest court in Europe, the same government is hosting a global summit on press freedom.”
Analysis: If tree-planting can save the planet and Scotland can help, how do we get the land to make it happen?
A new report has calculated the enormous potential for tree-planting to absorb carbon emissions globally, and Scotland is one country with significant under-utilised capacity – but is our current concentrated land ownership a barrier to reforestation?
A REPORT in the Science journal has for the first time calculated and mapped out the number of trees which can be planted across the world without encroaching on farm land and urban areas.
Analysis: Carola Rackete court victory a win for humanity over barbarism
Carola Rackete risked her own freedom to save others, and showed Brussels and Rome that it’s their policies towards those fleeing war and persecution – not search & rescue efforts – which are at odds with international law
ON TUESDAY [3 July], an Italian judge faced down the Italian Interior Minister and probably the most powerful man in Italy, Matteo Salvini, and ruled that the German captain of a search and rescue ship, Carola Rackete, had not broken the law in entering the port of Lampedusa on 29 June.