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Newsweek Scotland: Birthdays, Christmas and a Shrinking Economy

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 17:30 UK time, Friday, 25 November 2011

I was wondering what to write about this week because I've been a bit obsessed with personal stuff, namely how to cope with TWO little girl birthdays in one week and how I'm going to get through Christmas having made, as yet, no plans to speak of. Nor having any money to speak of.

birthday cake

But then maybe that IS the point of this week...the economy. After all, we had the High Pay Commission pointing out the stratospheric pay rises in the boardroom which are unrelated to performance, the Coalition Government wants to make it easier for smaller companies to sack staff and next week the public sector goes on strike to protect pensions. Meanwhile there is no sign of growth in the economy and incomes and jobs are shrinking. So we will talk to Simon Lee of Hull University and to Nik Darlington, a free market blogger.

We find out if things really are very different in Germany where they monitor company performance closely and where they have workers councils who are consulted by law. Should we boost our output by trading more with Brazil? If you're thinking coffee, you're out of date. We speak to a man in the know in Rio about the rich pickings on display. He will meet up with a Scottish trade delegation heading there next week.

We wonder if it's true the lights will go out if we don't get the balance of our energy policy right and get an historical perspective on the Claim of Right which some seem to think came into being in 1988 at the Constitutional Convention.
We go on holiday with Thomas Cook and get an inside view of forced marriage.
Join me tomorrow at 8. Now where's that present list?


  • Comment number 1.


    Good to see you are still open for comments. Such a shame that your colleagues Brian and Douglas don't enjoy thesame fortune? Why is that? Are you able to tell us? A wee suggestion though, perhaps you could advertise this blog a bit more - it is VERY difficult to find ...

    While you are discussing the economy perhaps you could ask if anyone has found all those companies which are feart of investing in Scotland, due to the referendum. You know, the ones which Danny Alexander and George Osborne were on about?What were they called again? Hmmm... even Danny and George weren't able to name them.

    How about an investigation into Glasgow City council's problems with their ALEOs. Some chickens coming home to roost there, no?

    Keep up the good work.

  • Comment number 2.

    1- Quite agree, it's time to have a long hard look at GCC finances. Whilst we watch Reporting Scotland dishing up it's daily dose of murder, twee life stories and football, there seems to be a myriad of other events taking place that we aren't hearing about.

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm sure you will deliver a well balanced programme and if you are short of a topic you could surprise your audience with the subject matter of this news story from one of the lesser known sources 'Severe child poverty; Glasgow is doing better than city of Westminster' https://forargyll.com/2011/02/severe-child-poverty-glasgow-doing-better-than-city-of-westminster/comment-page-1/. Whilst the subject matter is depressing the relative position of Glasgow and Scotland in the rankings will come as a surprise to many. Time from some positive messages from BBC Scotland.

  • Comment number 4.

    morning Derek, maroonfever and amjhaj both make good points. could I be As bold as to suggest that some of your colleagues in the TV section at pathetic quay would be well placed to tell us, but that's not really on the agenda right now is it . you appear to be the lone beacon of impartiality shining from BBC Scotland right now and long may it continue


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