How a lack of democratic oversight is damaging Police Scotland – Tom Wood
There’s a fundamental problem with Police Scotland and its oversight – and the obvious solution seems unlikely because it involves giving away power, writes Tom Wood. Our former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini is always worth listening to and her recent preliminary report on the processes for handling police complaints is no exception. As one would expect, it is a comprehensive, not to say wordy document, with many recommendations and worthy of a lot more media and political attention than it got. One recommendation jumped out: the encouragement of a learning rather than a blame culture. Hooray, it’s not before time that we accepted that, while it’s a lot easier to catch people out than help them out, learning is the only route to improvement.
Scotland must tackle devastating drugs crisis by opening consumption rooms ‘with or without’ Westminster’s approval
We are in the midst of a devastating drugs crisis that is totally preventable and must do everything possible to stop problematic drug use killing people in Scotland. The Misuse of Drugs Act is no longer fit for purpose. I want to see the UK Government taking radical action on decriminalisation or devolving the powers necessary to do so. But we know the Tories are led by ideology and not the wealth of evidence that is available, which is why the Scottish Government must be prepared to take bold steps to tackle this emergency.
Fife Matters: Drug death toll should spark action – not a blame game
Figures showing that the number of drug deaths in Scotland rose by 27% year-on-year to a new high of 1,187 are nothing short of shameful, and if politicians here were calling the global climate change problem an “emergency” a few weeks ago then these statistics should probably be ringing even louder real alarm bells. For while no-one can deny that we all have a part to play in combatting climate change, the fact Scotland is now home to the highest number of drug-related deaths in the EU is an unenviable and an unavoidable truth every one of us cannot ignore.