Named Persons in the Borders getting less than 3 hours training for the job

Jul 25, 2016 by

by John Lamont MSP: With less than two weeks to go until the named person scheme is rolled out in the Borders, it can be revealed that those involved are getting less than 3 hours training for the job. While elsewhere in Scotland courses are lasting 5 days in the Scottish Borders new named persons are given just 3 hours of training, including a 15 minute coffee break. The shocking revelation follows the admission from Scottish Borders Council earlier on in the year that “no additional budget...

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Counter-extremism bill branded confusing by peers and MPs

Jul 22, 2016 by

by Peter Walker, Guardian: Cross-party committee says there is no need for a new law, adding that proposals are alarmingly vague and will lead to people being wrongly suspected. The government’s planned laws for countering extremism and terrorism are confusing, based on questionable assumptions, and risk bringing law abiding people under unnecessary scrutiny, according to a damning report by a cross-party group of MPs and peers. The much delayed counter-extremism bill, now rebranded as the...

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David Cameron warns MPs would defeat attempts to repeal gay marriage after Andrea Leadsom criticism

Jul 9, 2016 by

by Ben Riley-Smith, Telegraph: David Cameron has warned that any attempt to repeal his gay marriage law will be voted down by MPs after Tory leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom criticised the legislation. The Prime Minister said he was “extremely proud” of the move and claimed an “enormous” majority of MPs support it, praising how Britain led the way on the issue. Earlier this week Mrs Leadsom, who abstained in the original vote, said she “did not like” the...

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Attempt to end abortion discrimination against disabled babies

Jun 2, 2016 by

from SPUC: A bill has been introduced in the House of Lords which seeks to end the abortion up to birth of disabled babies. Lord Shinkwin, the Conservative peer, who is himself disabled, introduced a bill on the subject on Wednesday after being drawn 12th in the private members’ ballot. Under the 1967 Abortion Act, abortion is currently permitted at any stage of pregnancy if two doctors give the opinion that “there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer...

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Transgender Activism Has Produced a Legal Absurdity

May 15, 2016 by

by Ed Whelan, National Review: In a 2–1 panel ruling in mid April, a federal appellate court decided (or at least seemed to think that it decided) that G.G., a girl who identifies herself as male, has a legal right to use the boys’ restrooms at her high school in rural Gloucester County, Va. In so doing, the panel’s majority, consisting of two appointees of President Obama, kowtowed to the Obama administration’s radical claim that federal law requires any college or school that receives...

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Judge Dread

May 11, 2016 by

By Carl R Trueman, First Things: The case of a Wyoming judge has not made the big news as yet but looks set to be a very important and significant case. Here is the mainstream narrative from the Associated Press: The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending the court remove Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale. The commission started investigating Neely after she told a reporter in 2014 she would not perform same-sex marriages because of...

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