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Tonight on Reporting Scotland: Standing shoulder to shoulder in

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Whatever our disagreements, in this chamber or any other, we stand

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united in our core values of democracy, human rights and the rule

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of law. These values are strong, and they will endure.

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Also on the programme: As Police Scotland remember

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their fallen colleague in London, we look at how security measures

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Too drunk to fly - a pilot is jailed for turning up

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to work two times over the legal limit.

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Fears for the future of a national running programme

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And Scotland booed off in the end by the supporters.

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And the national side must do better in their World Cup qualifying match

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Scotland's political leaders have all declared their determination

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to maintain democratic freedom in the face of terror.

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They were speaking at Holyrood as more details emerged of

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Shuffling just a little self-consciously, MSP is prepare for

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a minute's silent and solidarity. The event consciously time to

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coincide with a similar tribute at Westminster.

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This shocking event should serve to remind us of the importance of

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holding firm to our humanity of defending our democracy. The First

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Minister arrived for questions knowing that all had changed,

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changed utterly. Above all, we stand in solidarity with London, a

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vibrant, diverse, wonderful city that will never be cowed by mindless

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acts of violence. Terrorists seek to undermine our values and destroy our

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way of life. They will not succeed. Whatever our disagreements, in this

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chamber or any other, we stand united in our core values of

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democracy, human rights and the rule of law. These values are strong, and

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they will endure. APPLAUSE

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Rivals applauded each other, determined to project unity, to defy

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terror. The First Minister stressed there was no intelligence suggesting

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a specific threat to Scotland, and she urged vigilance as she outlined

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the police response. That response does involve a substantial uplift in

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armed officers on duty, and also a configuration of resources to ensure

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that there has been a high-profile non-armed police presence across the

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country. Ruth Davidson praised the police and security services while

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condemning the culprit. Yesterday a coward killed three innocent people

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and injured many more in an attempt to attack the symbol of our

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country's democracy. His attack on our values failed as he died, while

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paramedics demonstrated what our civilised society is as they tried

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to save him. And also it warned that there should be no backlash against

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Muslims. This cannot and must not turn into a war on anyone community.

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Bringing people together must be part of the solution to combating

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terror. The lasting injury that some people wish to inflict upon us all

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is to destroy the empathy and solidarity which our society depends

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upon, so we must all be united in expressing and buildings that

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empathy and solidarity, in particular challenging those who

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would seek to blame, stigmatise and alienate people on the basis of

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their religion. Nicola Sturgeon vigorously endorsed that, reflecting

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upon her own Glasgow constituency. Finally, Willie Rennie recalled his

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time as an MP walking to work over Westminster Bridge, then a scene of

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splendour, yesterday a scene of horror, a crime scene. I don't think

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I will be a will to walk that route again without thinking of the people

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run over. The woman in the river. The police and the people injured.

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The three people who died, perhaps some were tourists taking pictures.

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Parliament move reflate other topics, hospitals, care of the

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elderly, mundane, yes, defiantly so. A determination to maintain

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democracy, to carry on. Solemnity, sympathy, solidarity. And

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Brian Taylor joins us now from Holyrood. Can you update us on

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arrangements for the debate, the continuation of the debate that was

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interrupted by yesterday's events? It was a debate on the possible

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transfer of powers to this Parliament, to hold a further

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referendum. Parliament was suspended, that debate will now go

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ahead on Tuesday of next week with a vote that day. Is it fitting that

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there should be such an early resumption of Parliamentary

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discourse, of Parliamentary battle, if you like, between the various

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parties? Yes, I believe it is, just as it is fitting that the Prime

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Minister was determined to go ahead next week with triggering article 50

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and the beginning of Brexit. In the face of threat, it is a reassertion

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of democracy. Brian Taylor at Holyrood, thank you very much

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indeed. Today's tributes at Holyrood

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reflected events at Westminster, where MPs returned to the House

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of Commons after From there our political

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correspondent, Get undercover now! Get undercover!

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24 hours after panic and terror. Westminster was quiet this

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afternoon. Security still tight. Police are still present. Flags

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flown at half-mast. But this city has faced attack before, and always

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got back to business, with heavy hearts, but defiant. A minute's

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silence from politicians, followed by calls for unity. Today we meet as

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normal. As generations have done before us and as future generations

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will continue to do. To deliver a simple message. We are not afraid.

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Note terrorist outrage is representative of any faith or of

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any faith community, and we recommit ourselves to strengthening the bonds

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of tolerance and understanding. Cherishing what happened here

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yesterday, with staff coming together who were terrified and

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frightened, all supporting each other, and that in itself is a way

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to say to terrorism that it will never win. Defiance in tribute, but

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also reflection, on the innocent victims and how Westminster starts

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to move on. The sister of a police officer, who none of us really know

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what they have to go out to do everyday in a uniform, and the sad

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fact is that somebody lost their life yesterday predicting so that we

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can come back to work today. What has been really heartening the

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support there has been, and the fact that we have gone back to work

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today, and carried on as normal, and that means that anybody who seeks to

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bring down democracy does not win. On the day, people are very

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determined, often very calm, and there is quite a lot of camaraderie

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looking outreach other, but it is often the next day and the days

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after that that it sinks in, and certainly what you could see today

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was that people were almost more shaken today than yesterday, because

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the different what if scenarios started to run through people's

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minds. Tonight, some of the streets around the centre of British

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democracy are reopening. A political village under wider city getting

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back to business, hurting, yes, cowed, no.

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In the aftermath of the Westminster attack, Police Scotland

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stepped up patrols for - as they put it, "reassurance

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Senior officers have held a series of meetings aimed at reviewing

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson, reports on the way

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Almost ten years since the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport, then, as

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in the atrocity yesterday at Westminster, a vehicle was used as a

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weapon, in this case to deliver explosives. But it failed was more

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to luck than physical preparations, but security lessons were quickly

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learned. You used to be able to drive right up to the front doors of

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Glasgow airport terminal building to pick up or drop off passengers. But

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after the 2007 attack, that became impossible thanks to the

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installation of these steel bollards, which are called hostile

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vehicle mitigation devices. Some vehicles are still allowed, such as

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these taxes, but they are controlled by automatic number plate

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recognition systems. Armed police are routine sites at Scotland's

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airport, and were deployed during the Commonwealth Games. The man who

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organised the counterterrorism effort across Scotland following the

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airport taxes more places may now need to be protected by armed

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officers. With regard to these very iconic sites which are also crowded

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laces, I think that the chance of an attack taking place in these places

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is very large, so why wouldn't you have an armed police presence, as

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happened yesterday, to deal with that? It was announced last year

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that the number of firearms officers in Scotland was to be increased.

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These are deployed across the country to respond rapidly to

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firearms incidents. Some of those completed their training today. We

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pride ourselves on primarily being and an armed police service, and

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pride ourselves on primarily being that is what we intend to remain. We

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do have a substantial armed capability which we have deployed

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appropriately last evening and again this morning. I am confident that we

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have the appropriate countermeasures to protect officers and staff and

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members of the public, both with and without firearms.

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Ultimately, it is individual police officers who are in the front line

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against terrorism. At police headquarters, a wreath was laid to

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remember the officer killed yesterday guarding Westminster.

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Other news now. A pilot who admitted preparing

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to fly a passenger jet from Glasgow Airport to America,

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while more than double the legal alcohol limit,

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has been jailed for ten months. 35-year-old Paul Grebenc was first

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officer on a United Airlines flight last August, when concerns

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were raised about his He's the second member

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of the plane's crew to be jailed Willie Johnston reports

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from Paisley Sheriff Court. The pilot Richard here after his

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arrest last summer, along with fellow United and nines pilot

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Carlos. They were due to fly a Boeing 747 with a passengers on

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board from Glasgow to Newark on the 27th of August last year. They

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arrived at the airport early in the morning after a night at a Glasgow

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hotel. Security staff smell alcohol on the pilot's breath, and raised

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the alarm. Police removed them both from the flight. The co-pilot was

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seven times over the legal limit flying and was jailed for ten months

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seven two weeks ago. Today Paul Grebenc was also jailed after

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admitting intending to fly with alcohol in his system. They test

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found 42 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal

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limit is 20. Passing sentence, the judge said there were mitigating

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circumstances, including difficulties in Paul Grebenc's

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private life, but he was experienced pilot who must've been aware of the

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dangers of flying under the influence of alcohol. He had also

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flouted his employers' guidelines and ignored what they regarded as a

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safe eight hour gap between drinking alcohol and flying. After the

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hearing, Paul Grebenc's wife, herself a pilot with the US Air

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Force, left caught without comment. Two other pilots were arrested last

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July before they were due to fly from Lars go to Toronto. They are

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also accused of being over the legal limit for alcohol, but denied the

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charges, and will appear again in April.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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A reminder of tonight's top : Scotland's political leaders

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declare their determination to maintain democratic freedom

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And still to come: An unfriendly atmosphere for Scotland,

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Big changes lie ahead in how schools are run.

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In a speech today, the education secretary John Swinney said

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the status quo was not an option if standards are to improve.

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He also said it was worrying that some didn't accept

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But critics fear councils could be undermined or that head teachers

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Here's our education correspondent Jamie McIvor.

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The Scottish Government says it wants to be judged on education, but

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its record is mixed. Both literacy and numeracy are not good enough and

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helping more children from disadvantaged areas scored top marks

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is easier said than done. Detailing the challenges that we faced...

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Today, John Swinney signalled he would tackle critics head-on. He

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opts giving parents and schools more help but some do not want big

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changes. There is a strong body of opinion which does not accept the

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need for change. What is worrying is that body of opinion is from within

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Scottish education. I want to be clear that my opinion, the view of

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the Scottish Government is clear. Looking at the data, the status quo

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is not an option. Change is needed, change is happening and more change

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is coming. John Swinney may have a mild manner

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but the government could have a real fight on its hands. Some in local

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government will resist any attempt to reduce their role in the system.

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Some headteachers are worried about additional bureaucratic

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responsibilities. I'm interested to hear what it is headteachers want to

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do that they cannot do. Our members are saying what they want is proper

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support, they want systems which are are saying what they want is proper

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not bureaucratic. The body which represents many parents thinks in

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heads could also empower parents. The attitudes and values of the

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headteacher, that dictates how the school works with parents, because

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it trickles down. We hope what we will see is an empowerment of

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headteachers to work more effectively with the parent body.

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John Swinney accept improvements will take time. Other parties point

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out the SNP has been in charge for almost ten years. More details to

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possible changes of how schools are governed is expected in June.

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RBS has announced that it's shutting 30 more Scottish branches.

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The bank, which has already closed dozens of branches here since 2015,

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said 176 full-time posts would be affected.

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It added that the move was in response to the growing

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popularity of mobile and online banking.

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The union Unite said RBS was "turning its back"

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on the communities that had been the foundation of its

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It's been hailed as a big success - an initiative that encourages

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beginners to get off the couch and take up running.

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But despite attracting 40,000 members to 300 clubs, Jog Scotland

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is set to lose its funding from next month.

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Scottish Athletics says it had no choice, after ?100,000 of government

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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Jog, walk or run. This Tuesday night group is a typical drug Scotland's

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success story. And there are many inspirational stories about the

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health benefits -- atypical Jog Scotland's success story. About five

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years ago I was 100 kilos in weight. I was on the maximum dosage of blood

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pressure tablet and one day I stopped and said I had to do

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something about it. I looked around for ways I could improve my health.

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Within a year I had lost a third of my body weight and of medication

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totally. This is what Jog Scotland is all about, getting people to

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enjoy exercise. 70% of those who join were inactive before signing

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up. That is why those here are surprised that such a success story

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is under threat. Scottish Athletics say this is not about reprioritise

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into support elite athletes after budget cuts. They said they had no

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choice after ?100,000 of support was withdrawn. We are absolutely

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devastated and shocked as well. Jog Scotland tick the boxes for physical

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activity and inactivity to active, so we are perplexed. The Scottish

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Government says the money was never ring-fenced but money was given to

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develop a sustainable Jog Scotland ring-fenced but money was given to

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model. They said is up to the Scottish Government and Scottish

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athletics to discuss their priorities. The joggers here say

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however it is funded, Jog Scotland is too valuable a resource to lose.

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We have 40 people on a Tuesday night. People's the 40 people

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dressed up to go running. I see for pull -- 40 people who will be lying

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in an NHS bed suffering from heart problems and obesity. That is what I

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see. Boo us if we're rubbish -

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but at least come and see us! That was the message today

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from the Scotland The national team play Slovenia

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on Sunday, looking for a vast improvement on last night's

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draw with Canada. There has been precious little to be

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happy about in the Scotland camp of late. Last thing in the face --

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laughing in the face of adversity is a national trait. Many footballers

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will play key roles on Sunday. The more individuals you have on the

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picture are confident in the way they are doing things, the better.

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It is fantastic and it will only increase their performance, their

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confidence and of course it rubs off on the group. Say that's that.

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Certainly, the supporters are in need of a lift if the reaction to

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last that's draw is anything to go by, and more empty seats are

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expected at Hampden on Sunday. I would only implore the supporters to

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come along and if we are rubbish, boo us, but come along because you

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never know, we might be decent and you might have something to cheer

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about. We expect to see a positive reaction on Sunday night, that the

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supporters could enjoy. But with just four points from four games,

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have the supporters done enough? May at times, 45 minutes worth, the

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results have not been good enough to suggest we will qualify, but then

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again, you can turn things round. I think there is a bit of quality in

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the squad, they are capable of getting the results but they need it

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now. I do think we have any chance of going to Russia. Gordon Strachan

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knows even a win against Slovenia will not guarantee that but it might

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help lighten the mood of the rest of the footballing nation.

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Talking of lightening, I think you have some mood lighting news for us?

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It is warming up, Sally. Hello, some lovely sunshine around

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for many of us. The cloud was stubborn but it is on its way out

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tonight. If you had the sunshine, a very pleasant day. That cloud will

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thin and break further. Dry, clear and cold for central and southern

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Scotland. Cloud Innova tonight with outbreaks of rain. Where we have the

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cloud and wet weather, it is clear and cold. Tomorrow, it is largely

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dry, fine and bright. Certainly, south of Inverness, some sunshine

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around. North of Inverness, something cloud in the morning but

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clearing by the afternoon. By mid-afternoon, really quite

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pleasant. It will feel quite good. But the cloud, high clouds turning

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some of that sunshine a wee bit hazy at times. Further north, some

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thicker cloud edging into the Moray coast. Moreover breeze coming from

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the south-west. However, temperatures nothing too low. Now

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for the rest of the afternoon, evening and overnight. Little in the

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way of change. It is largely dry but where it is clear it will be cold

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with Frost. It is all thanks to high pressure, exerting its influence

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sitting overhead and keeping us dry and settled at the weekend. There

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will be some thicker cloud and a few spots of rain at times. Saturday is

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another bright and sunny one. Look at the temperatures. Maybe up to 16

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Celsius, way above average for the time of year. The high pressure

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still with us into Sunday. The orientation changing somewhat. More

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likely to have some cloudy weather across eastern Scotland. In the west

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it will be quite mild for the time of year. That is the forecast for

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now. That is lovely. Thank you. I will be

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back at 8pm and then after an extended ten o'clock News. Good

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night.

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