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Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson MP identified Glasgow pub chain G1 as the worst of 48 offenders who have been outed by Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) for failing to pay their employees in line with the national minimum wage.

The announcement was part of a high profile naming-and-shaming of habitual transgressors. The amounts in question ranged from £130.28 underpaid by a Chesterfield electrical retail firm to G1’s staggering £45,124.00 underpaid to 2,895 workers.

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Utah state legislators have voted to legalise death by firing squad.  It’s ok, they tell the world.  They will only use this power when they have insufficient stock of the chemicals for the state’s usual means of death penalty execution, lethal injection.  Leaving to one side the fact that it would be oxymoronic to suggest any form of administration of the death penalty could be humane, the fact that Utah state have voted to turn back the hands of time and re-adopt a form of death sentence that it is widely recognised as particularly brutal has shocked the world.  

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Few of us will have avoided the terrible news of Tuesday morning’s Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, which came down on a mountainside in the French Alps bringing the tragic loss of all of its 150 passengers and crew. As the initial shock reverberated around our homes, schools, and workplaces, there followed a palpable sense of loss and sadness in our local community but also throughout the global community, as people tried to digest the information reaching their eyes and ears.

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The publication of the report by Lord Penrose into the NHS infected blood scandal was a day of momentous importance for all the victims and their families. It was a day filled with huge emotions.....grief, anger but also resolve and utter determination to make sure that many wrongs are set right.

I share the frustrations felt by the families about the report produced by Lord Penrose. Many of us feel that more recommendations should have been made and a more definitive position on a whole series of issues should have been taken.

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As I was reading my 6 year old my favourite bed time story last night, this line jumped out at me and called to mind the merry dance that our esteemed Prime Minister has led broadcasters, his political opponents and, indeed, the entire nation as he tries to do a Billy Flynn tap dance around whether or not there will be a leaders debate as part of the General Election campaign.

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As a solicitor who acts on behalf of ‘accident’ victims, I think it’s easy to be cynical about the world. I find it difficult to list things that make me ‘happy’ at work. It’s easy to say what makes me sad, angry and frustrated. Once I get started and ranting about those I’ll not be able to stop!

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Prince Harry is set to end his 10 year military career. He is not sure what to do next. This is a common problem amongst those leaving the forces. The prospect of civilian life can be very daunting. Many people, including Prince Harry, do not have a job lined up. There are also issues regarding housing, healthcare, and financial planning.

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We were concerned earlier this week to read the comments of Roger Livermore reported by BBC Scotland and the Daily Record newspaper regarding the low number of criminal prosecutions taken against Scottish Health Boards where preventable deaths occur or patients are harmed as a consequence of their organisational failures.

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