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The campaign blog for Socialists in Scotland campaigning in the Livingston by-election - uniting for world socialism.

Monday, September 19, 2005

This World of Ours

Scotland has been named the most violent country in the developed world by a United Nations report. The study found that, excluding murder, Scots were almost three times as likely to be assaulted as Americans...
The survey concluded that 2,000 Scots were attacked every week. That figure is 10 times the number recorded in official police figures.The figure for Scotland dwarves that of other developed nations such as Japan, where people are 30 times less likely to be attacked. BBC News

TONY Blair "relished" sending troops into action in Iraq, according to claims by a former Downing Street aide. Lance Price, a former No 10 spin doctor, has published diaries of his time with the Prime Minister that paint a highly unflattering picture of life at Downing Street.Mr Price stated that Mr Blair "relished his first blooding as PM" when he sent British troops into action in Iraq. The entry was written when the Prime Minister ordered military action for the first time, sending RAF pilots on bombing missions along with the United States over Iraq at Christmas 1998. [ Behave like a violent thug on the large scale and they will declare you a "great man " ]
The Scotsman

A GRAN starved to death because her council home had no letterbox so her pension could not be delivered. Penniless Ivy Allen, 79, had barely drunk or eaten in the last three months of her life.
TRAGIC Ivy Allen's pension was sent back each week after the council gave her a new front door but failed to put a letterbox into it. Penniless Ivy, 79, starved to death. There was not a scrap of food in the house when her emaciated body was found.
The Mirror

The number of million-pound house sales in Scotland has more than doubled in the past year, according to figures. 40 homes with seven-figure price tags were sold in the first half of the year, compared to 18 in the same period of 2004.... [ i am sure they all came with letter-boxes fitted ]
BBC News


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