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Tonight on Reporting Scotland: Standing shoulder to shoulder in
Whatever our disagreements, in this chamber or any other, we stand
united in our core values of democracy, human rights and the rule
of law. These values are strong, and they will endure.
Also on the programme: As Police Scotland remember
their fallen colleague in London, we look at how security measures
Too drunk to fly - a pilot is jailed for turning up
to work two times over the legal limit.
Fears for the future of a national running programme
And Scotland booed off in the end by the supporters.
And the national side must do better in their World Cup qualifying match
Scotland's political leaders have all declared their determination
to maintain democratic freedom in the face of terror.
They were speaking at Holyrood as more details emerged of
This from our political editor Brian Taylor.
Shuffling just a little self-consciously, MSP is prepare for
a minute's silent and solidarity. The event consciously time to
coincide with a similar tribute at Westminster.
This shocking event should serve to remind us of the importance of
holding firm to our humanity of defending our democracy. The First
Minister arrived for questions knowing that all had changed,
changed utterly. Above all, we stand in solidarity with London, a
vibrant, diverse, wonderful city that will never be cowed by mindless
acts of violence. Terrorists seek to undermine our values and destroy our
way of life. They will not succeed. Whatever our disagreements, in this
chamber or any other, we stand united in our core values of
democracy, human rights and the rule of law. These values are strong, and
they will endure. APPLAUSE
Rivals applauded each other, determined to project unity, to defy
terror. The First Minister stressed there was no intelligence suggesting
a specific threat to Scotland, and she urged vigilance as she outlined
the police response. That response does involve a substantial uplift in
armed officers on duty, and also a configuration of resources to ensure
that there has been a high-profile non-armed police presence across the
country. Ruth Davidson praised the police and security services while
condemning the culprit. Yesterday a coward killed three innocent people
and injured many more in an attempt to attack the symbol of our
country's democracy. His attack on our values failed as he died, while
paramedics demonstrated what our civilised society is as they tried
to save him. And also it warned that there should be no backlash against
Muslims. This cannot and must not turn into a war on anyone community.
Bringing people together must be part of the solution to combating
terror. The lasting injury that some people wish to inflict upon us all
is to destroy the empathy and solidarity which our society depends
upon, so we must all be united in expressing and buildings that
empathy and solidarity, in particular challenging those who
would seek to blame, stigmatise and alienate people on the basis of
their religion. Nicola Sturgeon vigorously endorsed that, reflecting
upon her own Glasgow constituency. Finally, Willie Rennie recalled his
time as an MP walking to work over Westminster Bridge, then a scene of
splendour, yesterday a scene of horror, a crime scene. I don't think
I will be a will to walk that route again without thinking of the people
run over. The woman in the river. The police and the people injured.
The three people who died, perhaps some were tourists taking pictures.
Parliament move reflate other topics, hospitals, care of the
elderly, mundane, yes, defiantly so. A determination to maintain
democracy, to carry on. Solemnity, sympathy, solidarity. And
Brian Taylor joins us now from Holyrood. Can you update us on
arrangements for the debate, the continuation of the debate that was
interrupted by yesterday's events? It was a debate on the possible
transfer of powers to this Parliament, to hold a further
referendum. Parliament was suspended, that debate will now go
ahead on Tuesday of next week with a vote that day. Is it fitting that
there should be such an early resumption of Parliamentary
discourse, of Parliamentary battle, if you like, between the various
parties? Yes, I believe it is, just as it is fitting that the Prime
Minister was determined to go ahead next week with triggering article 50
and the beginning of Brexit. In the face of threat, it is a reassertion
of democracy. Brian Taylor at Holyrood, thank you very much
indeed. Today's tributes at Holyrood
reflected events at Westminster, where MPs returned to the House
of Commons after From there our political
correspondent, Get undercover now! Get undercover!
24 hours after panic and terror. Westminster was quiet this
afternoon. Security still tight. Police are still present. Flags
flown at half-mast. But this city has faced attack before, and always
got back to business, with heavy hearts, but defiant. A minute's
silence from politicians, followed by calls for unity. Today we meet as
normal. As generations have done before us and as future generations
will continue to do. To deliver a simple message. We are not afraid.
Note terrorist outrage is representative of any faith or of
any faith community, and we recommit ourselves to strengthening the bonds
of tolerance and understanding. Cherishing what happened here
yesterday, with staff coming together who were terrified and
frightened, all supporting each other, and that in itself is a way
to say to terrorism that it will never win. Defiance in tribute, but
also reflection, on the innocent victims and how Westminster starts
to move on. The sister of a police officer, who none of us really know
what they have to go out to do everyday in a uniform, and the sad
fact is that somebody lost their life yesterday predicting so that we
can come back to work today. What has been really heartening the
support there has been, and the fact that we have gone back to work
today, and carried on as normal, and that means that anybody who seeks to
bring down democracy does not win. On the day, people are very
determined, often very calm, and there is quite a lot of camaraderie
looking outreach other, but it is often the next day and the days
after that that it sinks in, and certainly what you could see today
was that people were almost more shaken today than yesterday, because
the different what if scenarios started to run through people's
minds. Tonight, some of the streets around the centre of British
democracy are reopening. A political village under wider city getting
back to business, hurting, yes, cowed, no.
In the aftermath of the Westminster attack, Police Scotland
stepped up patrols for - as they put it, "reassurance
Senior officers have held a series of meetings aimed at reviewing
Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson, reports on the way
Almost ten years since the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport, then, as
in the atrocity yesterday at Westminster, a vehicle was used as a
weapon, in this case to deliver explosives. But it failed was more
to luck than physical preparations, but security lessons were quickly
learned. You used to be able to drive right up to the front doors of
Glasgow airport terminal building to pick up or drop off passengers. But
after the 2007 attack, that became impossible thanks to the
installation of these steel bollards, which are called hostile
vehicle mitigation devices. Some vehicles are still allowed, such as
these taxes, but they are controlled by automatic number plate
recognition systems. Armed police are routine sites at Scotland's
airport, and were deployed during the Commonwealth Games. The man who
organised the counterterrorism effort across Scotland following the
airport taxes more places may now need to be protected by armed
officers. With regard to these very iconic sites which are also crowded
laces, I think that the chance of an attack taking place in these places
is very large, so why wouldn't you have an armed police presence, as
happened yesterday, to deal with that? It was announced last year
that the number of firearms officers in Scotland was to be increased.
These are deployed across the country to respond rapidly to
firearms incidents. Some of those completed their training today. We
pride ourselves on primarily being and an armed police service, and
pride ourselves on primarily being that is what we intend to remain. We
do have a substantial armed capability which we have deployed
appropriately last evening and again this morning. I am confident that we
have the appropriate countermeasures to protect officers and staff and
members of the public, both with and without firearms.
Ultimately, it is individual police officers who are in the front line
against terrorism. At police headquarters, a wreath was laid to
remember the officer killed yesterday guarding Westminster.
Other news now. A pilot who admitted preparing
to fly a passenger jet from Glasgow Airport to America,
while more than double the legal alcohol limit,
has been jailed for ten months. 35-year-old Paul Grebenc was first
officer on a United Airlines flight last August, when concerns
were raised about his He's the second member
of the plane's crew to be jailed Willie Johnston reports
from Paisley Sheriff Court. The pilot Richard here after his
arrest last summer, along with fellow United and nines pilot
Carlos. They were due to fly a Boeing 747 with a passengers on
board from Glasgow to Newark on the 27th of August last year. They
arrived at the airport early in the morning after a night at a Glasgow
hotel. Security staff smell alcohol on the pilot's breath, and raised
the alarm. Police removed them both from the flight. The co-pilot was
seven times over the legal limit flying and was jailed for ten months
seven two weeks ago. Today Paul Grebenc was also jailed after
admitting intending to fly with alcohol in his system. They test
found 42 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal
limit is 20. Passing sentence, the judge said there were mitigating
circumstances, including difficulties in Paul Grebenc's
private life, but he was experienced pilot who must've been aware of the
dangers of flying under the influence of alcohol. He had also
flouted his employers' guidelines and ignored what they regarded as a
safe eight hour gap between drinking alcohol and flying. After the
hearing, Paul Grebenc's wife, herself a pilot with the US Air
Force, left caught without comment. Two other pilots were arrested last
July before they were due to fly from Lars go to Toronto. They are
also accused of being over the legal limit for alcohol, but denied the
charges, and will appear again in April.
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A reminder of tonight's top : Scotland's political leaders
declare their determination to maintain democratic freedom
And still to come: An unfriendly atmosphere for Scotland,
Big changes lie ahead in how schools are run.
In a speech today, the education secretary John Swinney said
the status quo was not an option if standards are to improve.
He also said it was worrying that some didn't accept
But critics fear councils could be undermined or that head teachers
Here's our education correspondent Jamie McIvor.
The Scottish Government says it wants to be judged on education, but
its record is mixed. Both literacy and numeracy are not good enough and
helping more children from disadvantaged areas scored top marks
is easier said than done. Detailing the challenges that we faced...
Today, John Swinney signalled he would tackle critics head-on. He
opts giving parents and schools more help but some do not want big
changes. There is a strong body of opinion which does not accept the
need for change. What is worrying is that body of opinion is from within
Scottish education. I want to be clear that my opinion, the view of
the Scottish Government is clear. Looking at the data, the status quo
is not an option. Change is needed, change is happening and more change
is coming. John Swinney may have a mild manner
but the government could have a real fight on its hands. Some in local
government will resist any attempt to reduce their role in the system.
Some headteachers are worried about additional bureaucratic
responsibilities. I'm interested to hear what it is headteachers want to
do that they cannot do. Our members are saying what they want is proper
support, they want systems which are are saying what they want is proper
not bureaucratic. The body which represents many parents thinks in
heads could also empower parents. The attitudes and values of the
headteacher, that dictates how the school works with parents, because
it trickles down. We hope what we will see is an empowerment of
headteachers to work more effectively with the parent body.
John Swinney accept improvements will take time. Other parties point
out the SNP has been in charge for almost ten years. More details to
possible changes of how schools are governed is expected in June.
RBS has announced that it's shutting 30 more Scottish branches.
The bank, which has already closed dozens of branches here since 2015,
said 176 full-time posts would be affected.
It added that the move was in response to the growing
popularity of mobile and online banking.
The union Unite said RBS was "turning its back"
on the communities that had been the foundation of its
It's been hailed as a big success - an initiative that encourages
beginners to get off the couch and take up running.
But despite attracting 40,000 members to 300 clubs, Jog Scotland
is set to lose its funding from next month.
Scottish Athletics says it had no choice, after ?100,000 of government
Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.
Jog, walk or run. This Tuesday night group is a typical drug Scotland's
success story. And there are many inspirational stories about the
health benefits -- atypical Jog Scotland's success story. About five
years ago I was 100 kilos in weight. I was on the maximum dosage of blood
pressure tablet and one day I stopped and said I had to do
something about it. I looked around for ways I could improve my health.
Within a year I had lost a third of my body weight and of medication
totally. This is what Jog Scotland is all about, getting people to
enjoy exercise. 70% of those who join were inactive before signing
up. That is why those here are surprised that such a success story
is under threat. Scottish Athletics say this is not about reprioritise
into support elite athletes after budget cuts. They said they had no
choice after ?100,000 of support was withdrawn. We are absolutely
devastated and shocked as well. Jog Scotland tick the boxes for physical
activity and inactivity to active, so we are perplexed. The Scottish
Government says the money was never ring-fenced but money was given to
develop a sustainable Jog Scotland ring-fenced but money was given to
model. They said is up to the Scottish Government and Scottish
athletics to discuss their priorities. The joggers here say
however it is funded, Jog Scotland is too valuable a resource to lose.
We have 40 people on a Tuesday night. People's the 40 people
dressed up to go running. I see for pull -- 40 people who will be lying
in an NHS bed suffering from heart problems and obesity. That is what I
see. Boo us if we're rubbish -
but at least come and see us! That was the message today
from the Scotland The national team play Slovenia
on Sunday, looking for a vast improvement on last night's
draw with Canada. There has been precious little to be
happy about in the Scotland camp of late. Last thing in the face --
laughing in the face of adversity is a national trait. Many footballers
will play key roles on Sunday. The more individuals you have on the
picture are confident in the way they are doing things, the better.
It is fantastic and it will only increase their performance, their
confidence and of course it rubs off on the group. Say that's that.
Certainly, the supporters are in need of a lift if the reaction to
last that's draw is anything to go by, and more empty seats are
expected at Hampden on Sunday. I would only implore the supporters to
come along and if we are rubbish, boo us, but come along because you
never know, we might be decent and you might have something to cheer
about. We expect to see a positive reaction on Sunday night, that the
supporters could enjoy. But with just four points from four games,
have the supporters done enough? May at times, 45 minutes worth, the
results have not been good enough to suggest we will qualify, but then
again, you can turn things round. I think there is a bit of quality in
the squad, they are capable of getting the results but they need it
now. I do think we have any chance of going to Russia. Gordon Strachan
knows even a win against Slovenia will not guarantee that but it might
help lighten the mood of the rest of the footballing nation.
Talking of lightening, I think you have some mood lighting news for us?
It is warming up, Sally. Hello, some lovely sunshine around
for many of us. The cloud was stubborn but it is on its way out
tonight. If you had the sunshine, a very pleasant day. That cloud will
thin and break further. Dry, clear and cold for central and southern
Scotland. Cloud Innova tonight with outbreaks of rain. Where we have the
cloud and wet weather, it is clear and cold. Tomorrow, it is largely
dry, fine and bright. Certainly, south of Inverness, some sunshine
around. North of Inverness, something cloud in the morning but
clearing by the afternoon. By mid-afternoon, really quite
pleasant. It will feel quite good. But the cloud, high clouds turning
some of that sunshine a wee bit hazy at times. Further north, some
thicker cloud edging into the Moray coast. Moreover breeze coming from
the south-west. However, temperatures nothing too low. Now
for the rest of the afternoon, evening and overnight. Little in the
way of change. It is largely dry but where it is clear it will be cold
with Frost. It is all thanks to high pressure, exerting its influence
sitting overhead and keeping us dry and settled at the weekend. There
will be some thicker cloud and a few spots of rain at times. Saturday is
another bright and sunny one. Look at the temperatures. Maybe up to 16
Celsius, way above average for the time of year. The high pressure
still with us into Sunday. The orientation changing somewhat. More
likely to have some cloudy weather across eastern Scotland. In the west
it will be quite mild for the time of year. That is the forecast for
now. That is lovely. Thank you. I will be
back at 8pm and then after an extended ten o'clock News. Good