Val Waldron: The Shamima Begum case is just the latest example of adults refusing to take responsibility
Common Weal campaigner Val Waldron says the response she has seen to the Shamima Begum case and to the Climate Strikes leaves her feeling adults are not taking seriously their duty of care to future generations
British authorities use children as undercover informants, House of Lords report reveals
The Home Office has attempted to prolong the period of time a child can serve as an informant from one to four months
BRITISH POLICE and intelligence services have the power to use children as a ‘cover human intelligence source’ (CHIS), a House of Lords committee has revealed after reviewing the UK Government’s latest draft legislation, which seeks to extend the period under which youths can be used as undercover informants.
Defamation event to challenge the power “to silence those who disagree”
Campaign to reform defamation hold Scottish Parliament event for law reform
MOVES TO REFORM defamation law will be the focus of a special event at the Scottish Parliament later this month.
Campaign group Pen Scotland, which supports the interests of artists and free expression, will hold a campaign event hosted by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman on 27 June.
Judge backs £50,000 deposit from land firm in court case against Andy Wightman MSP
Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC v Andy Wightman case appears in court in defamation case
SCOTTISH JUDGE LORD UIST has called on the firm bringing a defamation action against Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman to deposit £50,000 before the case can proceed.
The security payment decision means that financial compensation would be available for Wightman to meet his legal costs, if the case proceeds and the court then finds in his favour.
Extent of Prevent counter-terror surveillance of Scottish society to remain secret after FoI ruling
Scottish Government refuses to come clean on Prevent funding for public bodies
THE SCOTTISH INFORMATION COMMISSIONER (IC) has decided to uphold attempts by the Scottish Government to keep secret the extent of public surveillance through the UK’s Prevent anti-terrorism strategy.
The Scottish Government has provided funding to public bodies to implement Prevent guidance, which is being rolled out across Scottish civic society, which campaigners fear endangers civil liberties and will be ineffective in protecting the public from terrorism.
Andy Wightman MSP bankruptcy threat set for court showdown
750k legal threat against Green MSP set to progress to Court of Session
A CAMPAIGNER AND POLITICIAN who has repeatedly warned about the problems with legal power in Scotland is now facing his own court room battle after he received a Summons for a £750,000 defamation claim from a company he has written about online.
Andy Wightman, a Green member of the Scottish Parliament and well known campaigner for land justice, confirmed he had received the summons from “legal agents acting on behalf of Wildcat Haven Enterprises” to appear at the Court of Session.
"Barmy": Alarm raised over £750k legal threat that could force MSP out of office
Controversial firm threatens Green MSP with defamation costs with risk of bankruptcy
A LEGAL SCANDAL HAS ERUPTED between Scotland’s leading advocate of land justice and a conservation company, which is threatening him with legal action and eye watering costs.
Police: “Conceivable” that security services act in Scotland without their knowledge
Admission follows revelations over secret Scottish spy system linked to GCHQ
SECRET SURVEILLANCE can take place in Scotland without the knowledge of the domestic police, an assistant chief constable has admitted during evidence to MSPs.
Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, questioned by Green MSP and ex-officer John Finnie, said it was “conceivable” that there are ongoing operations in Scotland that the police would be unaware of.
Exclusive: Childline staff receiving controversial Prevent anti-terrorism training
Campaigners express fears over confidentiality of phone service for vulnerable children
CHILDLINE STAFF are being trained under the terms of the UK Government’s prevent strategy, which teaches public servants and members of the public how to identify potential terrorists and report them to the police.