20/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Nicola Sturgeon has offered her congratulations to Donald Trump

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as he was sworn in as the 45th American President.

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She said she hoped that Scotland and the United States would continue

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to cooperate and have constructive dialogue on the issues

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President Trump's Scottish heritage was in evidence

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when he was sworn in using the Bible that his Hebridean mother gave him.

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So how have people here been reacting to today's events?

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Using a Bible, given to him by his Scottish mother, the new President

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of the United States is sworn in, a symbolic act that even thousands of

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miles away provokes strong reaction from some. In Glasgow, people took

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to the streets to say no to Trump on a day book-ended with protests.

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During the morning rush hour, banners were hung from the bridge in

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Edinburgh, the message echoed in Aberdeen was a reference to one of

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Donald Trump's most notorious campaigns. I would use the word

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solidarity, people think differently to Donald Trump and want a different

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world to the one he described in the presidential elections. One he won

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at the dismay of these students. Their approach to Inauguration Day

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is somewhat different. I don't want to play into his ego and watch it.

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I'm personally not going to watch it. I think that is an opinion that

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a lot of people, at least on this campus here. There are different

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views. A voter living in the Scottish Borders, Kimberley, is a

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Trump supporter. For her, the next four years are full of promise. I'm

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quite optimistic. The only thing that I think really can get in his

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way, sometimes is himself. I hope somebody filters his Twitter

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account. Remember Trump's a nice guy. Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire

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golf club tonight hosts a private party. The snooker was preferred

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viewing in some places. In this pub, it competed for customers'

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attention. He has no credibility but the American people voted for him

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so... Very fearful. It's a good thing for politics, it will shake-up

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the tree, make it different. In contrast to President Obama's

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inauguration eight years ago, the official response from Scotland has

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been somewhat muted. In a statement, the First Minister congratulated the

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new President on taking office, adding that she hoped he'd uphold

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shared fundamental values of tolerance, equality and human

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rights. Not since before the Civil War has a

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US President had such strong links with Scotland. Now that Donald Trump

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is in power, the question Scots share with the world is what happens

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next. Congratulations...

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Earlier I spoke to the SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond,

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who was First Minister of Scotland when drunk was developing his golf

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We were in agreement that everything was hunk hunkiderry, I was the

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greatest politician on the planet! But I went from the greatest

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politician to mad Alex with no intervening period whatsoever. So

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when you agree with Donald things are fine, it's when disagreements

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start he goes into the Stratosphere. So how does that assessment and

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experience lead you to think he might be leader of the free world?

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Well, I hope the awesome responsibility of office changes the

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man because if it doesn't, we are in for a very Rocky ride indeed

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because, even if you are President of the United States, somebody will

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disagree with him and it's how he reacts to that. It's the character

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problem that I see as a main danger. If you take the inauguration speech

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today, I mean it was shorter, angrier, campaign rhetoric, there

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was much less than I expected of reaching out to all the Americans

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who voted for him. There was a lot of God in it. Maybe it's a case of

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may God bless America and God help the rest of us!

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Meanwhile, guests at the resort on the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire

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have been toasting the new President at a Burns Supper as they gave their

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Members there say they fully support the new President. I wish him every

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success. I've listened to the inauguration speech he made which

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was certainly a very interesting speech. I think it's pretty

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exceptional. I think it's great having a Scot-American as President

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of the US who's not only going to be good for Aberdeen but the UK.

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The managing Director of The ScotRail Alliance

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is leaving his job to take up a new role in England.

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Phil Verster has faced intense pressure in recent months

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because ScotRail's services have failed to meet targets

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Our Transport Correspondent, David Henderson, reports.

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He's been the high profile boss of Scotland's main train operator and,

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for months, Phil Verster has been a conductor for discontent as

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passengers and politicians took aim at ScotRail. But the New Year brings

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a new job. He's moving on. What do rail passengers think? It's not

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always problem free. He can't take the blame for everything but he's at

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the top of the company and that's what happens. He's not to blame

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solely. He's to take the blame, whether Network Rail also needs to

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be implicated in this. He took charge of the firm less than two

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years ago. Last summer though, a big work

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programme began on the network, disrupting ScotRail services. More

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trains were late, more cancel and the Scottish Government called for

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an improve. Improvement. Since then, performance has picked up but it's

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still below where it should be. That brought huge pressure on ScotRail

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and Phil Verster. The most there's been tension. Earlier this week, in

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evidence to MSPs, he seemed to cast doubt on ScotRail's commitment to a

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free travel scheme promised in the Scottish Government Budget. This is

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where we are. We are busy discussing this with transport Scotland and I

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prefer not to commit yet. There's been certain tensions between him

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and the Scottish Government and whoever comes in, the Scottish

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Government cannot allow that to happen and to allow services to

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suffer on the network. Warm words from the Scottish Government, they

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wish him well, for whoever replaces him, expectations are high and the

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challenge is clear. The weather outlook for tonight,

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tomorrow and indeed the weekend now with Christopher.

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It's been an all-or-nothing day, many of us having the cloud. You can

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see the division on the satellite picture, plenty of sunshine further

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north and south of the border. Tomorrow, that dry, clean air comes

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our way. More sunshine for many more of us. Still cloudy through central

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parts. The cloud will thin and break and it will turn fairly frosty. High

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pressure still in charge as it will be throughout the course of the

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pressure still in charge as it will weekend and, bear in mind central

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and southern parts over the last few nights have been cloudy and mild.

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Tomorrow, a bit of a shock, it's going to be a cold, frosty start.

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There could be some stubborn fog patches around too. They should go

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and for most of us, it's dry, bright, crisp and cold. Stubborn

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cloud around Tayside towards Perthshire but for many, a lovely

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day in store. Stubborn cloud in eastern counties of England from

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Newcastle down towards East Anglia, in towards the south-west as well.

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The spine of England generally bright and sunny. Cloudy for

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northern England. By far we'll have the best of any sunshine tomorrow.

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What a difference compared with the last few days for central and

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southern Scotland where it's been cloudy and gloomy. There is the

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stubborn area of cloud which hopefully should clear. A beautiful

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day today across areas across the north-east and north-west. Tomorrow

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more of the same really, with some cloud coming and going at times.

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Shetland, some more cloud for you and it will be a cold, winter's day.

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Looking to Sunday, all change. Still chilly but it will be cloudy and

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grey. A few showers in the south and west

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and highs of five. That is Reporting Scotland. From

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everyone on the late team, goodbye.

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