Newsweek Scotland: Keep Calm and Carry On
Let's start this week with the future of Newsweek. In essence there isn't one. The BBC has announced that Newsweek will come to an end soon after more than 30 years on air to be replaced by Good Morning Scotland. And there is talk of another hour-long news programme at some time on a Saturday. You may have heard some of this in the Parliament on Thursday. Further detail have I none. In the meantime we must Keep Calm and Carry On.
We have some interesting stuff fixed already...we hear from one of the Canadian experts in the Gould Report on the Scottish elections about how we should run the referendum and he thinks there should be external monitoring to give people confidence but his big thing is to remember that it is the people not what he calls the stake holders whose interests must be protected. On a second question his view is constant. It is up to the people to decide that.
We hear about the hidden issue in the rowing between Edinburgh and London and that's... what happens to the English regions? While we focus on Scotland, people north of the Wash are it seems getting hacked off at the constant benefits going either to us or to the south east and there is much disgruntlement about the way they are being run. A journalist chum of mine Peter Hetherington who works in Manchester a lot and lives on Tyneside gives us the lowdown on It's Grim Up North.
We have a political debate covering the Scottish Army, the referendum and Ed Miliband. Did you really understand his message about not reversing Tory cuts and not raising low paid wages? Mr Salmond was straight on to it at FMQs with his jibe that Labour are now shoulder to shoulder with the Tories on the two big issues of the day - the referendum and the economy. Do you suppose Ed called Johann beforehand and got her approval?
We're in India - well lucky Douglas Fraser is - and we hear from Italy where we look at the other uplifting side to the Cruise liner disaster. The captain may or may not have jumped ship but there was commendable courage from other Italians whose sense of duty rose to the occasion and in at least one case, cost a man his life.