Scotland approved granting free sanitary products to all women, becoming the first nation in the world to take such a step against “menstrual poverty”.
The measure makes tampons and sanitary pads available in designated public places like community centers, youth clubs and pharmacies, at an estimated annual cost to taxpayers of 24 million pounds ($ 32 million).
The Free Health Products Bill was passed unanimously, and Scotland’s Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, rated it as “An important policy for women and girls.”
Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls. Well done to @ MonicaLennon7@ClydesdAileen and all who worked to make it happen https://t.co/4lckZ4ZYIY
“I am proud to vote in favor of this groundbreaking legislation, which makes Scotland the first country in the world to offer free period products to all who need it,” she posted. Sturgeon and Twitter.
During the debate, the promoter of the bill, the Scottish Labor MP Monica Lennon, said that “no one should have to worry about where their next tampon, sanitary pad or reusable will come from.
“Scotland won’t be the last country to relegate menstrual poverty to history, but we have the opportunity to be the first, “he said.
In 2018, Scotland became the first country to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.
Around 10 per cent of girls in the UK have not been able to buy health products, according to a survey by the children’s charity Plan International in 2017, and activists warned that many skip classes as a result.
Sanitary products in the United Kingdom they have 5 percent levies, something officials have blamed on European Union rules that set tax rates on certain products.
Now that the UK has approved the Brexi, the British Finance Minister, Rishi Sunak, said it will abolish the “tampon tax” in January 2021.
In the City of Glasgow, the third largest city in the United Kingdom, only the Scottish flag flies. Most of its inhabitants voted for independence in 2014. It was not achieved then but the latest polls suggest that many Scots are now betting on being independent.
“All of a sudden we find ourselves being dragged out of Europe against our will,” says Iain Johnson, a citizen who voted to stay in the UK.
Brexit has changed the way of thinking of many Scottish citizens.
“All my life I thought that staying in the UK had been positive for me but I think it is not now. As a nation, we are very different. Many people from my family circle and from my circle of friends, who voted in favor of permanence has also changed his mind. So I really think this is unstoppable, “adds Iain Johnson.
A key aspect of the 2014 campaign was whether an independent Scotland could join the EU. Now the UK is not contemplating it. The coronavirus has helped change the mood. Many think that the Scottish authorities have handled it better than the rest of the British. In new opinion polls, the majority advocate leaving the UK.
“This is the first time in Scottish polling history that support for independence has consistently exceeded 50%,” says John Curtice, Professor of Political Science at the University of Strathclyde.
“But it is necessary to see if it will persist”, questions the correspondent of Euronews, Tadhg Enright, to the professor Curtice.
“There is the issue of Brexit on the one hand and the issue of the coronavirus on the other. If the Scottish authorities at some point in the coming months are no longer as highly regarded for their handling of the pandemic as they are now, then perhaps the support for independence goes down, “concludes John Curtice.
Nationalists consider the 2014 vote to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. But Brexit, they say, has changed that. If a good settlement is reached, the case may lose steam.
“We must not forget the cultural impact of Scottish voters who see a movement dominated by English nationalism, making decisions for them, and the new style of populist conservatism that is in power in London,” notes the Euronews UK correspondent. Kingdom, Tadhg Enright.
“Two years later, Brexit was a material change in circumstances and I agree with the nationalists on that. Now we have to focus on an argument. Those of us who believe in the UK have to see how it can change for the better. We need some new ideas, “says Iain Anderson, a citizen who campaigned to stay in the UK.
Only the government of Boris Johnson can allow another referendum and, for now, is resisting. But next year, Scotland will elect its new political authorities. If the polls are correct, and the Nationalists win, it will be difficult for London to keep saying ‘no’ to the referendum.
The sign on Glasgow City Hall is clear: only the Scottish flag flies there, the British not. The third largest city in Great Britain voted by a majority in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 to leave the United Kingdom; Brexit could exacerbate the mood.
“Suddenly we have to leave the EU against our will,” says Iain Johnson. He was against Scottish independence in 2014, but now he is for it: “All my life I really thought that the union with Great Britain was good for me, but not anymore. We really are a different country these days. In my family and in my circle of friends many who voted to remain in the Union have also changed their minds. I believe that there is no stopping it. “
Back to the EU through independence?
In the 2014 referendum, many decided that Scotland would remain in Great Britain in order to remain in the EU, now Scotland and Great Britain had to leave the EU. The corona pandemic has also contributed to anti-British sentiment. Many Scots feel that their government manages these better than the one in London. The independence camp is getting bigger.
“For the first time, there is consistently more than 50 percent support for independence in the polls,” said John Curtice, political scientist at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The anti-Brexit sentiment would certainly remain, but if at some point in the next six to twelve months the Scottish government is no longer seen as being as successful in fighting the pandemic as it is now, then support for independence is likely to decline.
Scottish nationalists are now pushing for a new independence referendum after Brexit. How dissatisfaction with London develops also depends on what a future Brexit deal looks like. One point that is fueling the UK exit sentiment is that Scottish voters are facing a movement led by English nationalists who make the decisions for them and a new populist-conservative style in London.
“I agree with the Scottish nationalists that the Brexit referendum two years later drastically changed the circumstances,” said Iain Anderson, opponent of independence. “We need to focus now on how we can make Britain better for those who believe in it. We need new ideas.”
Will the government in London change its mind on another referendum?
Another referendum on independence would have to be approved by the government in London, which has ruled that out so far. But there are reports that there are plans to allow this to happen should the Scottish National Party win the Scottish general election in May, which according to recent polls is likely.
LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the handover of powers to Scotland “a disaster” and ruled out handing over any other power to Edinburgh as Scottish nationalists are pushing for it to be held. a second referendum that, according to opinion polls, could dismember the UK.
The last 14 opinion polls have shown that a majority of Scots now support independence after the Brexit crisis and a series of missteps by the Johnson government in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a videoconference with MPs from his Conservative party in the north of England, Johnson said that the return of powers, carried out by Tony Blair, had been the “biggest mistake” of the former prime minister, according to the media. Johnson’s office did not deny this comment.
Scots rejected independence 55% to 45% in a 2014 referendum, but Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic have strained Britain’s internal ties.
While the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay, while England and Wales voted to leave.
Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is pushing for another independence referendum, spoke out on Johnson’s comments.
“These comments from the prime ministers are worth marking for the next time the (Tories) Tories say they are not a threat to the powers of the Scottish Parliament, or, even more incredible, that they support the devolution of more powers,” he said in a Twitter post.
The only way to protect and strengthen the Scottish Parliament is with independence, he added.
Information from Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru, Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and James Davey in London; translated by Jose Elías Rodríguez
He wanted to adjust the launch too much Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Fulham player aimed to his right, at the post, but David Marshall got his stretch right. The goalkeeper of the English Derby County classified, with the masterful save, to Scotland to the Eurocup, and they will be in the great competition in summer, 25 years after the last they stepped on, in England in 1996, and 23 years after the last big event they attended, the 1998 World Cup in France.
Marshall looked at Mateu Lahoz and, as if asking for explanations, it took him five seconds to react. The feat was sublime, a country with a soccer tradition but separated from the elite in the last quarter of a century. Marshall looked at the Spanish referee seeking full approval. He was confident that one of his feet had not taken off the goal line. When he found the refereeing OK, he broke out in fierce jubilation.
It was an agonizing classification, a reward for insistence and the belief that it could be done. Scotland has had two repechages on penalties, against Israel in October and the other day at the Rajko Mitic in Belgrade, formerly Little Maracana. Serbia had every chanceIt is true that without an audience, but he played home. Scotland believed in the 240 minutes that this express trip to the Euro took. And they have succeeded.
The precious will sound again The flower of Scotland, the national anthem, considered one of the ten best in the world in a recent vote among fans of various teams. Scotland will once again meet in a group with England, their great historical rival, with whom they also met in 1996. That afternoon at Wembley Paul Gascoigne he invented a scandal play to defeat his rival 2-0. In that tournament Scotland was eliminated with 4 points and after drawing against the Netherlands and winning Switzerland, but losing the average general with the Dutch.
The feat that he has achieved Steve Clarke is uppercase. No player on your team could be included in a European Top 11. Maybe, if we spin fine, the left side Andrew Robertson. The Liverpool player dominates his wing in the Premier and is one of the best in his position, but it is insufficient if you do not have work and tenacity. That part has been put by his teammates and has been put by Clarke, an unknown coach until 2019, the year in which he took over the national team. The former Chelsea player had been mostly an assistant in his career until West Bromwich Albion gave him the opportunity, at 49, to be head coach.
Clarke played some key of the team and began to defend with three centrals, more long lanes, something that is more comfortable for having Robertson on the side, a player who steps on the baseline. 2019 had been very bad for the Scots and the play-off was the only option to get into the Euro. The coach has achieved it with suffering but it has been worth it.
Fleeting memories will pass in the minds of Scottish fans. The minds of the youngest will remember the last years of crossing in the desert, far from always fighting for a place in a big tournament. Someone more mature will remember Berti Vogts, the former German coach who dared to test the challenge of the British team. In 2004 they fell to the Netherlands in the play-off for the Euro, the closest they have been in recent years to a big event.
Now Scotland will compete again, without many options, in the European Championship (Croatia, England, Czech Republic in their group) but football will smell of tradition again. To that football of the 70s and 80s. Historical figures will be remembered. The Eurocup will meet us again with a traditional team, with Gordon Strachan, with McCallister, with Kenny Dalglish, with Walter Smith. And with Jock Stein mythical Scottish coach and ideologue of a sublime Celtic in the late 1960s, European champion in 1967. Jock’s heart stopped on September 10, 1985 in Wales, on the way to the World Cup in Mexico. The summer of 2021 will be special on the streets. That old football is back. The football that they carry in their veins.
Andy Robertson has completed the circle. Robertson, a 26-year-old Scottish left-back, has gone from asking for a job on Twitter and about to hang up his boots, to becoming Premier, Champions League champion and qualifying his country, Scotland, for the first time in 25 years to a European Championship.
Robertson wrote this tweet when he was only 18 years old, back in 2012.
“Life without money is rubbish at this age.”
From there, when he seriously considered starting a college career and putting aside his great dream of becoming a professional footballer, a twist of fate changed everything. A phone call from your team managerScottish Queen’s Park FC turned his life upside down. After playing in the lower categories, the first team coach wanted to give him the alternative and told him that he was counting on him. He didn’t lie to her. He played 40 games and started to shine.
His good performances earned him the transfer to Dundee United, where he became a key player and campaigned for another campaign.
Two years after contemplating leaving football, in July 2014, Robertson made the leap to the Premier League by signing for the Hull City for about 3 million euros. At just 20 years old he was already considered one of the most promising left-backs. Three years later, in July 2017, he signed for Liverpool, team with which he would win the Premier and the Champions League.
Robertson, captain of the Scottish national team, had a thorn in him. Taking his country to a great international tournament after years and years of crossing in the desert. A thorn that Robertson removed this Thursday when Scotland epic qualified for the next European Championship after beating Serbia on penalties.
Eight years later, Robertson completed the circle and achieved his dream as a child. A dream that was close to being truncated, but that thanks to hard work, managed to come true and, incidentally, give enormous joy to 5 million Scots.
Scottish salmon producers have asked the UK Government to negotiate a six-month “grace period” with the European Union to avoid catastrophic damage to the country’s food and drink industries when the Brexit transition time ends on December 31 of this year, reveals a publication of the medium associated with Salmonexpert, Fish Farming Expert.
Scottish Salmon Producers Association Designated Executive Director Tavish Scott is among 11 high-level figures from the food and beverage industry who signed a strong letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning him of “the dangerous situation that our sector faces. “
The letter notes that the sector employs 120,000 people and is critical to Scotland’s economy. It adds that the covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on many companies in the industry and along the supply chain, and that new restrictions in the UK and Europe caused by a second wave of infections are likely to cause problems. even worse, since this is often the most important business period for many companies.
“Tariffs, altering the border for high-value perishable goods, and certification costs are far greater threats to the food and beverage sector than to other sectors of the economy. And our food producers are highly dependent on EU labor, such as the Northeast, where more than 70% of the workforce in seafood processing are EU citizens, ”the letter states.
The letter strongly cautions against a “No Deal” outcome, which the authors say would be “catastrophic.” The authors also say they have not yet received a substantive response to a letter sent more than a month ago to George Eustice, secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
“Needless to say, this is hugely disappointing and leaves us questioning the commitment to acknowledge, let alone address, our concerns,” they write. The authors argue that Brexit readiness planned for 2020 has been lost in a battle against COVID-19 and explain that a six-month grace period would allow companies to trade under the new rules, but without fear of significant disruption to the border, enforcement measures and loss of more revenue.
The authors also want:
A commitment to present a financial compensation package for producers, processors, manufacturers and distributors of foods such as salmon facing losses as a direct result of a border or market disruption.
The completion of operational arrangements to allow the smooth passage of seafood shipments through the Canal (Operation Brock) and into other ports, and the UK Government’s commitment that its newly acquired ferry service capacity It could be used to export seafood shipments if necessary.
Adding functions from the food and beverage sector to Scotland’s Shortage Occupations List and supporting seasonal and remote workers to facilitate continuation of overseas workforce when required.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – AC Milan’s 24-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-0 defeat at home to Lille in the Europa League, on a matchday when Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the 3-1 victory of the London team over Ludogorets.
AC Milan’s magnificent streak in all competitions was halted with a hat-trick by Turkish winger Yusuf Yazici, who opened the scoring for Lille with a penalty and scored another two goals in the second half to give the French team a victory that left him. at the top of Group H.
Yazici’s second hat-trick in three Europa League group stage games left Lille with seven points, one ahead of Milan. Sparta Prague is third after beating Celtic 4-1 in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, Kane headed in after a Lucas Moura corner kick to lead the Spurs’ win over the Bulgarians, who put them in front of Group J on goal difference with six points from three games.
England’s Leicester City, meanwhile, maintained control of Group G with their third win in three games, beating Braga 4-0, second in the table, while AEK Athens beat Ukraine’s FC Zorya 4-1 to stay third.
Arsenal also achieved their third consecutive victory, beating Molde 4-1 aided by two own goals from the Norwegians. The London team lead Group B with nine points, three ahead of Molde and six ahead of Rapid Vienna, who beat bottom Dundalk 4-3.
In Greece, PAOK recovered from a goal against with four goals in the second half to defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1 and finish second in the table with five points, two behind Granada, who beat bottom 2-0 Omonia Nicosia with a goal from Venezuelan Yangel Herrera.
AS Roma, meanwhile, achieved their most impressive performance in Group A, beating CFR Cluj of Romania 5-0. The Italian team leads the zone ahead of the Swiss Young Boys who defeated CSKA Sofia 3-0.
Finally, a goal in stoppage time by Uruguayan Darwin Núñez gave Benfica a 3-3 draw against Rangers in Group D. The Scottish team leads the table on goal difference followed by the Portuguese.
Reporting by Philip O’Connor. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme
No prime minister wants to have to depend on the backing of the opposition in order to carry out his plans. But this is the talk these days in the Westminster cliques, when talking about the Boris Johnson’s leadership problems. Less than a year ago, the eccentric politician achieved the best results in more than 30 years for the Conservative Party. He entered Downing Street in triumph. But the end of his reign is already beginning to be talked about.
It is too early to say that he has lost the reins. If in politics, a week is an eternity, with the pandemic the scenario changes every minute. But, today, it is a fact that the ‘tories’ ranks are very divided. And the new lockdown that takes effect this Thursday in England and will last until next December 2 has further increased the cracks.
England, Belgium, France … Europe returns to confinement among record numbers
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom joins the leaders of France, Belgium, Austria and Ireland, who have already decreed new confinements to different degrees
Johnson announced the closure last Saturday, just as the United Kingdom exceeded one million cases. But before its implementation, the measure was to be voted on in the House of Commons. Last September, in order to renew the extraordinary powers that were granted to him to deal with the second peak of the pandemic, the ‘premier’ already had to give in to the demands of his own so that Westminster had more decision-making power in managing the crisis.
From the beginning, the approval of this second lockdown was taken for granted, since the leader of the Labor opposition Keir Starmer advanced that he would support it. And so it has been. On Wednesday, the plan garnered 516 votes in favor, compared to 38 against (32 Tories, 1 independent, 4 DUP and the abstention of former Prime Minister Theresa May).
But the rebellion in the conservative ranks is really significant. It was not thought that it would exceed 20. A priori, a riot with 32 insubordinates in a formation with 364 seems laughable. But is not. The key is who makes up that riot. Apart from May (his was more like revenge), there are heavyweights who have previously changed the course of politics. Among them is Steve Baker (head of the more radical eurosceptics), Ian Duncan Smith (whoever was president of the party) or Graham Brady (head of the so-called 1922 Committee, which groups together the ´tories´ without portfolio). “I am going to vote with the greatest conviction with which I have voted in the last 23 years that I have been a deputy,” said the latter.
The debate was intense. Conservative Philip Davies, another of the rebels, noted: “No one voting in favor of this motion is offering to sacrifice their own work, of course not. He only hopes that millions of people in our country will sacrifice theirs to follow this policy ”. “I never thought I would see the day when a so-called Conservative minister would rise up and urge Parliament to further sacrifice our most basic freedoms, crash the economy and destroy jobs, all to pursue a failed strategy,” he added.
Recently, Johnson himself claimed that imposing another confinement would be like “Push the nuclear bomb button”. But after the latest outbreaks, he came to the conclusion that “there is no alternative.” On Wednesday, deaths were 492, the highest number since May 19. The total number of deaths is now 47,250.
One of the great ironies of Johnson’s current difficulties is that the rebels criticize him for following the advice of experts and trusting the predictions of public officials. After all, this was precisely the criticism that many of them made of May for Brexit and one of the keys by which the latter was replaced by Johnson. In short, the ‘premier’ now knows everything that is at stake.
In his own house
Among other things because the division is also in the Cabinet. Despite the fact that the Treasury Minister, Rishi Sunak (by the way, the name that sounds the most as a future leader) insists this week to publish different articles supporting the confinement, the disagreements he has with Johnson these days in terms of the management of the health and economic crisis in a country already in recession.
The last confrontation was over the ERTE aid program. Despite the fact that Sunak promised to help the entire United Kingdom in the pandemic, according to The Times, the ‘premier’ does not quite see now that the aid spread to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (with their own restrictions, since they have their own competences in health) once the confinement in England is over.
This has given more ammunition to Scottish secessionists by Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who leads all the polls ahead of next May’s elections to the Edinburgh Parliament, with the promise of a new independence referendum.
For his part, Sir Simon Stevens, Executive Director of the National Public Health System in England (NHS) has warned that the pressure in hospitals caused by the virus is already “three times worse than the additional burdens imposed during winter.”
In this sense, he explained that influenza and other winter conditions generally take 3,000 more people to hospitals each year, but that there are currently more than 10,000 patients with coronavirus in England. “Levels of concern are increasing,” he said.
Some centers are already canceling non-urgent interventions. Stevens stressed that with the new lockdown, it is expected that there will be no need for mass cancellations. In any case, he added that “no matter how well prepared hospitals, surgeries, GP consultations are … we are facing a difficult period.”