“Scotland should not suffer – Scotland did not vote for Brexit”
Sunday’s editorials cover misogyny in Police Scotland, Brexit and the new Bond movie.
Anyone in the Scottish Police Department willing to dismiss mysogny as a Metropolitan Police problem should “think again,” writes Russell Findlay.
“I am a new MSP having spent decades as a journalist covering Scotland’s seedy underbelly.
“It is evident that mysogynous bullying, gender discrimination and sexual predators are as much of an issue in the Scottish police ranks as they are in the Met, with the important caveat of the majority of officers being diligent and decent.
“One of those disbelievers was Inspector Adam Carruthers who used uniform status to commit sexual assault, even raping a crime victim in his own home.
“An investigation by police colleagues in Dumfries and Galloway sort of came to nothing and he was brought to justice in 2001 only thanks to an outside force investigating.
“It later emerged that he had targeted as many as 38 women during his 20-year career.
“I also reported that policewomen had been ostracized and intimidated after filing complaints of sexism or sexual violence against male colleagues.
“My wife is a serving officer. I know what an incredible job they do. But if the Scottish Police are to maintain confidence, they have work to do.”
Movie critic Siobhan Synnot cites reasons why she thinks Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever.
“A few days before the Casino Royale release, I interviewed a tense and laconic Craig about becoming Bond. At this point, reporters weren’t his favorite people. laughed at him for wearing a life jacket.
“Another story claimed he didn’t know how to drive, let alone handle an Aston Martin. After hitting the road with all of us, Craig sat down, gave short, precise answers, then swept away.
Meanwhile, the studio had started showing previews of Casino Royale, and rumor spread that Craig had a hit on his hands with a performance so electrifying he looked set to revive a long, lazy franchise after the disappointment of Die Another Day.
Craig’s portrayal was more confrontational than any Bond since From Russia With Love. Instead of whimsical manners and silly gimmicks, he brought complexity, character, and old-fashioned acting chops.
“Fans have always had their dose of explosive action scenes, but Craig’s Bond was vulnerable, made mistakes, was bruised and bled.”
“The first Bond to earn a Bafta nomination for his performance, he did the necessary work to balance Ian Fleming’s original perception of Bond as’ a blunt instrument ‘with modern audiences’ desire for a damaged but catchy hero. ”
Scotland on Sunday
“Scotland should not suffer from Brexit,” writes Angus Robertson, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central.
“Scottish ministers, employers and stakeholders have for many years warned the UK government of the impact of the reckless pursuit of a hard Brexit, especially at the height of an unprecedented pandemic.
“We – and many others – have also warned the UK government of the consequences of ending freedom of movement and the severe limitations of the current UK immigration system.
“On the forecourt of gas stations and throughout our economy and society, we are now seeing the results.
“Our world-class food industry is struggling to export its products. Our universities are excluded from international research collaboration.
“Our manufacturers and service companies hit by the dismal decision to go ahead with Brexit amid the biggest public health crisis of our time.
“In particular, the abrupt end to the free movement of people has left Scotland and the whole of the UK without flexibility to deal with the impacts of labor shortages in vital sectors of our economy, such as This most clearly shows the current disruption in the fuel supply caused by a shortage of truck drivers.
“The UK government’s proposal for a three-month visa itinerary for 5,000 additional carriers and 5,500 poultry workers is inadequate.
“The Scottish government has asked to speak to UK Immigration Minister Kevin Foster no less than 19 times to address these and other issues.
“Mr. Foster finally agreed to meet with me.
“I will reiterate Scotland’s separate immigration requirements – which are quite different from the rest of the UK – and the urgency of these changes to immigration rules to ensure Scottish businesses and public services can access the skills they need.I will stress the need for durable solutions rather than sticky bandages that will only last a few weeks.
“I will also clarify that Scotland should not suffer in this way. Scotland did not vote for Brexit.
“This vote was ignored.”