06/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The First Minister has told Reporting Scotland that she'd be

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willing to meet Donald Trump when he comes to the UK

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Nicola Sturgeon said that despite their disagreements,

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she wouldn't turn down an invitation from the US President.

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She was speaking in New York, as it was confirmed that

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Donald Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, is to

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From New York, here's our political correspondent, Glenn Campbell.

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Time out to see Scottish ballet dance es performing in New York, but

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with every overseas is adventure there is a diplomatic dance too, how

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best to engage with a government of your host country for especially

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when you disagree with his leader. On this trip the film is not seeing

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anyone from the Trump administration. It is not a

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deliberate move, it is this trip has been focussed on the business

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initiatives. Are you snubbing President Trump or is he snubbing

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you? There is no snub either way. President Trump is meeting the

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leader of China today. There is no snub involved. This trip is part of

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Scotland week. It is about focussing on the business links between

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Scotland and America. Before he was President, Donald Trump took a swing

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at the Scottish Government over a wind farm he said would destroy the

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view from his golf course. What would you do if Donald Trump gets

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into pourer? Deal with him or ding him? I think America will ding him

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before I do. The First Minister hoped the America people would elect

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Hillary Clinton. During the Presidential campaign Nicola

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Sturgeon removed Donald Trump as a business ambassador for Scotland,

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when he proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and

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today, the First Minister has welcomed as fantastic news that his

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predecessor, Barack Obama, is to visit Scotland. Let us just say she

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has made her preferences in American politics perfectly clear.

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On this visit there has been high level political engagement with the

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United Nations, rather than with the United States administration. I

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think the First Minister and President Trump should look for ways

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for our countries to work together and to meet together and get past

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any past problems, the American people, the Scottish people have a

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long history of friendship, we have a great alliance, and that should be

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deepened. If and when he comes to the UK, possibly including a visit

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to Scotland, will you see him then? I said on a number of occasions as

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First Minister decline to meet the President of the United States, from

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is an invitation to meet him. Of course, like many others across the

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world will have disagreements with him. No doubt he has disagreements

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with me, but that does not stand in the way of the very strong links

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between our two country. In diplomacy, you don't get to choose

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While the First Minister is in the US, it's been announced

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that a former US president is coming to Scotland.

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Barack Obama will visit Edinburgh next month for a charity event

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arranged by the philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

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The 44th President of the United States

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will address business leaders and local schoolchildren.

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Our correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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At this defining moment, change has come to America.

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Barack Obama being voted in almost nine years ago

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No stranger to British shores in 2014, he waded into the debate

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around the Scottish referendum on independence, saying he backed

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For Scotland, there is a referendum process in place and it is up

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He has left the White House, and in one of his first public event

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Trying to get President Obama was difficult.

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With a bit of persistence and a lot of good luck,

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we are delighted that he has chosen Scotland to deliver what we believe

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is one of his first speeches coming out of the White House.

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There will be a Q and we know how much the president loves his music.

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So we have some great Scottish talent that will perform

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He is not the first former US president who has

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Two years ago, he drew George Clooney to Edinburgh.

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Last year he persuaded Leonardo DiCaprio to come

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The dinner in May is expected to draw big crowds.

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What I have seen of President Obama is that he is a nice bloke.

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Be great to have someone of his stature coming to Edinburgh.

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He is expected to face a very different reaction to the man

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His coming to Scotland will send a message.

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The fact that, I imagine he will be warmly welcomed,

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but if Donald Trump were to come here, that would probably

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It is not clear if it is the country's golf courses that have

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persuaded Barack Obama to come to Scotland, but it is clear

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many will be lining up to meet him, including some

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of Scotland's high-profile politicians.

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The amount of money Scottish councils have raised from parking

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charges and penalties has increased by 12% in the last year.

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Councils took in a surplus of ?40 million - up from 36 million

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the previous year, according to the RAC Foundation.

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Edinburgh City Council gained the most, with

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There is an invitation to meet him. Of course, like many others across

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the world will have disagreements with him. No doubt he has

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disagreements with me, but that does not stand in the way of the very

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strong links between our two country. In diplomacy, you don't get

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to choose your partners. If you want to get a parking space in the middle

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of Edinburgh you have to be sharp eyed, give no quarter, and have your

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money ready. There's one. So here I am on George street, finally managed

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to get a parking space. And now, the next thing I need to

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do, is pay for parking. Otherwise, I might get a fine.

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Parking here isn't the cheapest either. These kinds of prices have

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allowed councils to make some decent profits.

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Research published today by the RAC Foundation, Scotland's 32 councils

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made more than ?79 million through parking charges and penalties and

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once running costs were taken account of the profit that was left

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over came to ?40 million. Edinburgh made the biggest profit,

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?19.4 million. Followed by Glasgow, with 127.6 million. And in the tyred

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place, Aberdeen made 4.9 million. But some councils made a loss.

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Including East Dunbartonshire which recorded a deficit of ?500,000. One

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Including East Dunbartonshire which expert says the system today runs

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very efficiently. It squeezes out people who try and overpark. It

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penalised people who park improperly and many of the claims about I have

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been punished by a parking warden, are to do with people trying to get

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away with it. Back on George Street do drivers think they should be

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paying less? Less than what they are charging just now, but I do belief

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they have to charge. To keep the traffic at a a minimum. That is

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acceptable, I think. Especially when it is such a busy place and you are

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trying to get away from having so many cars. You are in the heart of

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this lovely city, maybe you do have to pay a bit of a premium, but

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having said that, it is a bit of a shock. 3.80 an hour! So a few minor

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grumbles there but it looks like parking charges are here to stay.

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A trade union, whose members are taking industrial action

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at the Faslane and Coulport naval bases, is angry that military

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personnel are to be drafted in to take over their duties.

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The workers are in dispute with civilian contractor Babcock Marine.

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A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that

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when there was a safety issue, Royal Navy personnel would step in.

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Around 800 people a year in Scotland have to have a leg amputated.

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Not everyone is suitable for an artificial leg or prosthesis.

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A documentary tonight follows some of those who have had

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Iona Hay was a small child when she lost her leg,

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but the way she's coped since has proved an inspiration.

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Just before her sixth birthday, Iona Hay had her right leg amputated

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But it didn't hold her back then - or now.

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When I wake up in the morning, I remind myself that I do

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I just wake up and I am probably still half asleep when I put it on.

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I feel like I can do whatever I want.

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As she grows, she regularly needs new legs.

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Every few months, she visits the biggest centre of its kind

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They are very quick to adapt the prosthesis to help.

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The support, the physio she has got to help her walk properly and move

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It stops some of the problems that can occur.

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However well Iona manages with her prosthetic leg,

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She will have lifelong treatment in outpatient service

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because of the prosthetics and physiotherapy needs.

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Obviously she will be seen by the team to have her leg

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continually renewed as and when required,

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to make sure she can walk in a normal pattern.

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Now a teenager, she is being fitted for her 17th leg.

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Here is the weather now. Good evening. We have had some

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contrast so far today and we will continue with the contrasts not only

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for tonight but for the next few days too. Here is the scene earlier,

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temperatures reached 17 Celsius in Dundee, making it one of the

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hotspots for the UK. Tonight, cloudy in the west and we will have clearer

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spells in the east. In the west the cloud nick enough for rain and

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drizzle in the north-west, the Highlands, the island and the

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northern isle, mist and murk for shell. 8.00 the morning we will see

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mist and murk clearing here, and still cloudy and damp in the far

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north, the Highlands, islands, Hebrides, further to the east drier

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with brighter spells to start the morning. Temperatures widely round

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seven to eight degrees, during the course of the day we will continue

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seven to eight degrees, during the with that contrast, the best of the

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sunshine along the east coast, down to the eastern border, across the

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west cloud with showery rain. If we take a wider look at the rest of the

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UK. For much of England and Wales and Northern Ireland too, it is

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largely dry, there is more in the way of cloud further to the west,

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the best of the sunshine further towards the south-east and here

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temperatures could reach 15 Celsius and across the parts of the North

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East, 14 or 15 degrees too for Scotland. For tomorrow evening it is

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similar condition, by the time we reach the weekend. Saturday, cloudy

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to start but it will improve especially by the afternoon, some

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good sunny spells developing in much of the country in fact, temperatures

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widely reaching 14 or 15 Celsius, it of the country in fact, temperatures

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will be cloudy for the far north, for the isles and the Northern Isles

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too with a freshening south-westerly wind, taking the edge o off the

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temperatures. For Saturday night into Sunday we will start to see a

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change, the high pressure shifts to the east of us, and it will allow to

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cold weather, bringing rain on Sunday, and behind it, Acombing in

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from the north-west and it will be colder air, so here is the picture

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for Sunday, fairly cloudy condition, rain at times in the north-west,

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shifting south-east wards and behind it colder air for necks week.

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And that is reporting Scotland. The last programme produced by our

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colleague Mike Higgins who is heading off to a well-earned

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retirement. Our best wishes to him. From everyone on the late team, and

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round the country.

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