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How Would the UK Look Like Without ...

UK’s hottest issue is the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom. Some favour the independence, some do not agree. But the UK would look dif...

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England May Be Next To “Flex Musc...

As Scotland’s referendum date closes in, experts see that England may be the next country to try and break away from the United Kingdom. However, th...

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Former M16 Director Said That Monit...

Former M16 director Richard Barrett said that all Syrian fighters who have a British nationality will be impossible to monitor in the UK. All the figh...

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Lord Oakeshott’s Resignation Rais...

The Lib Dem party is in shambles as Lord Oakeshott has resigned. His reason was that he views the leadership under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is...

How Would the UK Look Like Without Scotland

UK’s hottest issue is the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom. Some favour the independence, some do not agree. But the UK would look different, and Scotland’s absence will have a very significant effect on economy, land and population, according to analysts.

The UK will lose 32% of its land once Scotland decides to separate itself from Westminster. However, the UK will only lose 8% of its total population, as majority of the population lives in the United Kingdom.

However, the UK will also lose about £106.3 billion in Gross Value Added or GVA total, leaving it at around £1,250 billion for its annual earnings. While it could be small, it could affect productivity, and complications in terms of contracts and agreements could drag down the UK’s GDP.

Scottish exports also provide 7.1% of the UK total GDP. England may provide about 85.2% of exports, but losing a great chunk could have a domino effect on the economy.

The UK may have a small boost to life expectancy, given that vagrancy and severe poverty is dominating Scotland. From an average of 78.8% life expectancy, the UK’s figures will increase by 79.1%

However, it is familial ties and belongingness that would severely affect Scotland and the UK, according to analysts. The UK had always been with Scotland, and its separation could become a great factor in population morale in England and other areas.

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England May Be Next To “Flex Muscles” Over Westminster

As Scotland’s referendum date closes in, experts see that England may be the next country to try and break away from the United Kingdom. However, the support for England’s request for more powers is at a low, with only 19% of regional assemblies and 15% of the English MPs voting for such a move.

Political analysts say that the British Social Attitudes report found that 62% of the English find it troublesome that Scottish MPs could vote on English laws that do not directly affect Scotland. However, a survey showed that 56% of people in England want increased power for England to control its own taxes and other expenditures.

According to experts, English devolution could be rooted to the English population having a sense of identity for a unity government. England already has a division within itself through local authorities, and having an additional layer of political spectrum could inflame things.

However, experts also point to the methods as to how politicians do things in the government. Most Scots campaigning for independence are seeing their own views being expressed by different parties, and it has strengthened their political clout.

Recently, Prime Minister David Cameron had promised more powers for Scotland should it choose to remain in the United Kingdom. However, opposition against Scotland’s remain in the United Kingdom said that Scotland’s independence means a re-investment of Scot-allocated funds and the resolution of several problems, namely the Scottish MPs voting on English policies.

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Former M16 Director Said That Monitoring All British Syrian Fighters In the UK is Impossible

Former M16 director Richard Barrett said that all Syrian fighters who have a British nationality will be impossible to monitor in the UK. All the fighters, who might return “shellshocked” or “radicalised” will be difficult to contain once they return home from fightin in the Syrian Civil War.

The statement of the director came after a recruitment video for Syrian rebel groups have shown several British nationals joining the ranks of Syrian rebels and possible terrorist groups.

According to the director, the young British nationals who join the ranks of rebels in Syria may be because of their lack of having an identity and belongingness, which the Syrian groups usually provide them.

He said that once the fighters return from Syria, they could possibly become domestic terrorists.

Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who heads the Specialist Operations that concentrate on counter-terrorism, said that they have programs to help intercept returning fighters in the United Kingdom.

The ISIS, which is currently in an offensive against the Iraqi government, has featured two British nationals who have joined their ranks. Some of them were aspiring medical students. Dick said that it is their job to ensure that the plot planned by the would-be UK Syrian fighters would be intercepted and identified.

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Lord Oakeshott’s Resignation Raises Day of Confusion for Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dem party is in shambles as Lord Oakeshott has resigned. His reason was that he views the leadership under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is taking the party nowhere. Oakeshott had planned a coup against Nick Clegg to have his close ally, Business Secretary Vince Cable, to be put in Clegg’s place as leader of the Lib Dems.

However, Cable denied any involvement in Oakeshott’s attempted coup. Cable had always supported his leader, but he did not deny he knew about the public polls that suggested he should take helm of the Liberal Democratic Party. He resigned shortly after Cable named him as a senior party figure who commissioned surveys.

These surveys reached local UK newspapers as an unknown party had leaked the information. Lib Dems have lost hundreds of council seats, which left many to question Clegg’s leadership and Lord Oakeshott’s actions.

Oakeshott was one of the founders of the Liberal Democratics. He said that with Clegg’s leadership, the party lost its roots, principles and values. Cable said that completely improper to publish polls without the consent of Members of Party, including Nick Clegg himself.

Cable said he regretted having Oakeshott finish their good relations in such a manner, but he still hopes that the latter will reconsider his position in the Liberal Democratic party.

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New North Ireland Councils Prepare for New Responsibilities

Eleven new district councils in North Ireland received a new set of powers, allowing them to have responsibility for several new local government powers by April 1 in 2015. The new powers will have them regulating significant district planning, including off-street parking and local tourism.

Councils will have the power to accept or reject developments in their respective area.

By April 2015, North Ireland citizens wishing to build a new house or extend it will have to get a permit from the Planning Service. The local councillors will discuss the application’s pros and cons, but the Planning Service will dictate on the future of the application.

PLACE Creative Director Michael Corr said that the new powers will serve North Ireland Citizens well. He said it has a huge opportunity for a future that offers local councils an opportunity to grow their own community at the rate and possibility they wish.

However, many are concerned if politicians have enough planning skills to ensure the proper development of their respective districts. Corr said voters wish to have politicians who understand what it takes to establish urban planning, resolve building issues and ensure the local economy’s progress.

However, the environmental group Friends of the Earth warn that property deals and politics could get in the way of getting planning permission, which would encourage a culture of relationship-based development in the community.

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UK Cancer Care Is a “National Shame”

According to the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity group, UK’s cancer care numbers and quality is to be considered a “national shame”. According to the group, many doctors diagnosed patients too late, shown a lack of compassion and were made to feel abandoned after their treatment.

Ciaran Devane, the CEO of the charity group, said that the UK was lagging behind Western and European countries in terms of cancer survival rates. He said that any claim which states the UK’s cancer care is in order is rebutted by their findings.

According to the MCS, cancer patients no longer simply get cured or die. Some of them live a long time, but they have many health problems along the way. Their research showed that many patients wanted to die at home, some of them wanted to die elsewhere and rarely would they want to die in the hospital. At least a 30% offset to the intentions have many patients die in hospitals.

One in three people with cancer die of the disease within just one year of diagnosis. MCS said that the diagnosis might have been too late, or the shortage of specialist cancer nurses is another problem. Staff also have a lack of compassion towards patients when they are at their most vulnerable times, especially when they experience long-term physical, emotional, financial and work issues.

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Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Points Out Five Positives for UK Stay

Scotland has “five positive gains” should it choose to remain in the United Kingdom according to Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In his speech in Glasgow, he highlighted how the UK helped develop Scotland’s pensions, access to the BBC and free healthcare. According to Brown, Scottish voters need to see how the “pooling and sharing” of resources had helped the UK and Scotland together.

He highlighted that the pensions partnership that grants £425 million yearly to Scotland from the United Kingdom will be ordinary if voters said no.

He highlighted the NHS funding next, which grants at least £180 per person annual healthcare contributions from the United Kingdom.

Brown also said 600,000 Scottish jobs are dependent on companies that are British or linked to Scottish exports to Britain.

The lower interest rates and “social and cultural connections” are the last two points of the former Prime Minister, who also pointed out that many Scots have relatives in the United Kingdom.

Brown also said it was wrong for Nationalists to portray the independence referendum as a battle between Scotland and Britain. However, he agrees with UK ministers that the shared value of the pound once Scotland separates from the UK is “completely illogical and impossible.”

In his speech, Brown said that independence is a big idea and a nationalistic one, but he has a vision of Scotland’s future that shares risks and resources across four nations that will help the four unified nations grow.

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Italy’s Prime Minister Urges UK To Remain in EU

Italy’s youngest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on the United Kingdom to remain in the United Kingdom. According to Renzi, UK and Italy can fight “red tape” in the European Union laws together and promised the full cooperation of Italy in UK’s reform efforts.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK will leave the 28-member bloc should the Conservatives in the UK win the 2015 elections in the United Kingdom. Renzi said that he and Cameron could work to reform EU laws. Cameron’s decision came from pressure from many in the Conservative party to change or remove the country’s relationship from the European Union.

Cameron said that if there is enough reform in the European Union, then he can promise to have the UK remain inside the organization. He had also said he would regain as many powers from the European Union granted by the UK as soon as possible.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the EU should drop its “red tape and bureaucratic methods and instead make it easy for countries to ensure the future of every country. Renzi said that the UK was crucial for Europe and its 28 nations.

Cameron acknowledged the offer of Renzi despite their different political sides, but he said they both want to focus Europe into improving its economies.

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The Mis Sold PPI and UK’s Banks: The Price to Pay

From 2008, the entire UK financial industry had paid out more than £13 billion by the arrival of 2014. They had also earmarked more than £22 billion for consumers mis sold the notorious insurance policy, making PPI the most expensive scandal in the history of the country.

Every UK bank, including the UK ‘Big Four’, had paid the price of their misdeeds. Lloyds had recently announced a £1.8 billion additional provision for consumer compensation. Lloyds has a total of £9.83 billion in consumer recompense, making it the biggest mis seller of payment protection insurance.

The UK’s biggest banks, including Barclays, RBS and HSBC, all make up £19.6 billion of the total UK PPI recompense. Barclays had reached its total of £4.13 billion, RBS with £3.1 billion and HSBC with £1.7 billion in total for recompense.

The Financial Conduct Authority estimates that there had been 53 million payment protection insurances sold. Most of the mis selling came from bank employees who tried to raise work volume for added incentive beyond quota.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) said that while the Financial Ombudsman Service is seeing numbers of PPI compensation claims drop, their research indicates that it would take a few more years until the UK sees the peak of PPI claims, signifying its drop.

According to FSCS CEO Mark Neale, their research cannot indicate when or what the peak is, but despite such, a few more years should give more clarity.

Cameron Urges Scotland To Stay in the UK

British Prime Minister David Cameron had attended a weekly meeting in the Shell UK Offices of Aberdeen, Scotland to help persuade the country to remain in the United Kingdom. However, Cameron’s advances had Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond reject the idea.

Before the meeting, Cameron and his senior officials had toured the British Petroleum’s oil rig 150 miles offshore. A review said that Scotland could lose billions of pounds if it goes for its independence in Septembers because UK funding would be crucial given the fluctuating oil prices in the world today.

Salmond continued to repeat his challenge against Cameron to directly debate with him. As Cameron held a meeting in Shell UK, Salmond held his own meeting seven miles away.

However, the British Prime Minister said that the Scottish people will be the ones to vote for their independence from the United Kingdom. Cameron made it clear that he wanted Scotland to stay with the United Kingdom because it would be tragic for everyone, including Scotland.

According to Cameron’s speech in London will undo “centuries of history”, a “fusion of bloodlines” and “family ties.”

However, many Scots still believe that UK and Westminster’s policies are elitist and self-serving, which will drive them to vote themselves out of the UK’s grasp.

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