23/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Scotland's political leaders have 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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Here's our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Shuffling just a little self-consciously, MSPs

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prepare for a minute's silent and solidarity.

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The event consciously timed to coincide with a similar

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This shocking event should serve to remind us of the importance

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of holding firm to our humanity and defending our democracy.

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The First Minister arrived for questions knowing that all had

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Above all, we stand in solidarity with London, a vibrant, diverse,

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wonderful city that will never be cowed by mindless acts of violence.

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Terrorists seek to undermine our values and destroy our way of life.

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Whatever our disagreements, in this chamber or any other,

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we stand united in our core values of democracy, human rights

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These values are strong, and they will endure.

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Rivals applauded each other, determined to project

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The First Minister stressed there was no intelligence suggesting

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a specific threat to Scotland, and she urged vigilance

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That response does involve a substantial uplift

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in armed officers on duty, and also a configuration

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of resources to ensure that there has been a high-profile

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non-armed police presence across the country.

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Ruth Davidson praised the police and security services

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Yesterday a coward killed three innocent people and injured many

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more in an attempt to attack the symbol of our

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His attack on our values failed as he died, while paramedics

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demonstrated what our civilised society is as they

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And also it warned that there should be no backlash against Muslims.

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This cannot and must not turn into a war on any one community.

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Bringing people together must be part of the solution

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The lasting injury that some people wish to inflict upon us

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all is to destroy the empathy and solidarity which our society

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depends upon, so we must all be united in expressing and building

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that empathy and solidarity, in particular challenging those

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who would seek to blame, stigmatise and alienate people

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Nicola Sturgeon vigorously endorsed that, reflecting

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Finally, Willie Rennie recalled his time as an MP walking

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to work over Westminster Bridge, then a scene of splendour, yesterday

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I don't think I will be able to walk that route again without thinking

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

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Parliament moved to debate other topics, hospitals,

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care of the elderly, mundane, yes, defiantly so.

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A determination to maintain democracy, to carry on.

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Today's tributes at Holyrood reflected events at Westminster,

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where MPs returned to the House of Commons after yesterday's attack.

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Here's our political correspondent Nick Eardley.

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Westminster was quiet this afternoon.

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But this city has faced attack before, and always

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got back to business, with heavy hearts, but defiant.

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A minute's silence from politicians, followed by calls for unity.

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As generations have done before us and as future generations

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No terrorist outrage is representative of any faith

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or of any faith community, and we recommit ourselves

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to strengthening the bonds of tolerance and understanding.

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Cherishing what happened here yesterday, with staff coming

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together who were terrified and frightened, all supporting each

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other, and that in itself is a way to say to terrorism that it

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Defiance in tribute, but also reflection,

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on the innocent victims and how Westminster starts to move on.

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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,

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and the sad fact is that somebody lost their life yesterday predicting

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so that we can come back to work today.

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What has been really heartening the support there has been,

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and the fact that we have gone back to work today, and carried

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on as normal, and that means that anybody who seeks to bring down

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On the day, people are very determined, often very calm,

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and there is quite a lot of camaraderie looking outreach

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other, but it is often the next day and the days after that that it

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sinks in, and certainly what you could see today was that

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people were almost more shaken today than yesterday, because the

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different what if scenarios started to run through people's minds.

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Tonight, some of the streets around the centre of British

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A political village under wider city getting back

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to business, hurting, yes, cowed, no.

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A pilot who admitted preparing to fly a passenger jet

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from Glasgow Airport to America while more than double the legal

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alcohol limit has been jailed for ten months.

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He's the second member of the plane's crew to be jailed.

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Willie Johnston reports from Paisley Sheriff Court.

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The pilot here after his arrest last summer, along

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with fellow United Airines pilot Carlos.

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They were due to fly a Boeing 747 with a passengers on board

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

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They arrived at the airport early in the morning

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Security staff smell alcohol on the pilot's breath,

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Police removed them both from the flight.

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The co-pilot was seven times over the legal limit flying

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and was jailed for ten months seven two weeks ago.

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Today Paul Grebenc was also jailed after admitting intending to fly

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

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Passing sentence, the judge said there were mitigating circumstances,

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including difficulties in Paul Grebenc's private life,

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but he was experienced pilot who must've been aware

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of the dangers of flying under the influence of alcohol.

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He had also flouted his employers' guidelines and ignored

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what they regarded as a safe eight hour gap between drinking

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After the hearing, Paul Grebenc's wife, herself a pilot

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with the US Air Force, left caught without comment.

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Two other pilots were arrested last July before they were due to fly

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They are also accused of being over the legal limit for alcohol,

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but denied the charges, and will appear again in April.

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Police have completed their search of the Monkland canal

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in Lanarkshire, but have found no human remains in their search

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The schoolgirl went missing in Coatbridge in 1957.

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A number of bones were recovered, but they've been found

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The Education Secretary John Swinney has said the way schools are run

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must change 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.

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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,

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Both literacy and numeracy are not good enough and helping more

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children from disadvantaged areas scored top marks is

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Detailing the challenges that we faced...

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

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He hopes giving parents and schools more help but some

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There is a strong body of opinion which does not accept

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What is worrying is that body of opinion is from

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

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Looking at the data, the status quo is not an option.

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Change is needed, change is happening and more change is coming.

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John Swinney may have a mild manner but the government

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could have a real fight on its hands.

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Some in local government will resist any attempt

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Some headteachers are worried about additional

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I'm interested to hear what it is headteachers want to do

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Our members are saying what they want is proper

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support, they want systems which are not bureaucratic.

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could also empower parents. parents thinks in heads

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The attitudes and values of the headteacher, that dictates

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how the school works with parents, because it trickles down.

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We hope what we will see is an empowerment of headteachers

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to work more effectively with the parent body.

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John Swinney accept improvements will take time.

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Other parties point out the SNP has been in charge for almost ten years.

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More details to possible changes of how schools are governed

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Stuart Hogg has been named the Six Nations Player

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of the Championship for the second year in a row.

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The 24-year-old fullback scored three tries in this

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year's tournament - including two against Ireland -

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as Scotland won three of their five matches.

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Let's get the weather forecast now from Chris.

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Good evening. Dry but cold tonight with clearing skies across central

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and southern Scotland leading the frost here but cloudier further

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north. A bit more of a breeze and some rain edging into Northern

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Isles. It will be cold and frosty in places and a cold and frosty start

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tomorrow. Anywhere towards the Moray Firth it is a dry and bright

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morning. Chilly initially, winds initially left. Not quite as cold in

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other places. More of a breeze further north from the south-west.

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Through tomorrow the wet weather in the far north tends to clear away.

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Elsewhere dry and bright but with higher cloud spilling in the

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sunshine will start to turn hazy. Across the UK as a whole high

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pressure in charge keeping conditions dry and settle. Sunshine

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but also cloud towards the Midlands and the South and parts of Devon and

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Cornwall. Temperatures double digits across the board. 11 and 12 Celsius

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for Scotland in sunshine will feel pleasant. The afternoon and evening

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is dry once again. Clear conditions leading to a frost. The

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high-pressure stays with us through the weekend. Around the northern

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flank the height one or two weather fronts dry to edging with a bit more

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cloud. A few spots of rain. South of probably Inverness it is bright and

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sunny on Saturday and warm. By mid afternoon temperatures may be 16 in

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places. The far north a little bit cooler but still respectable. Sunday

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and the high shifts so there will be cloudy weather in the East but some

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need further west and mild for the time of year. That is the forecast

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for now. Good night. We set off at about two o'clock

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in the morning, got the body out.

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