Laura Kuenssberg – Supremely well connected of German descent – Her Great Grandfather Dr Eberhard Kuenssberg Reputedly Worked For The Third Reich – Indeed Many Members of the Wider Kuenssberg Family Served the Third Reich with great distinction

Laura Kuenssberg’s Great, Great grandfather was a world renowned cloth manufacturer who built his business (photo) in Brandeburg, Germany. He employed over 500.

 

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Laura Kuenssberg’s Great Grandfather Dr Eberhard Kuenssberg – Legal Historian – The Third Reich

Eberhard von Kuenssberg was educated evangelically . He attended schools in Graz and studied law in Vienna from 1899 to 1904. His dissertation “The Forest in German Mountain Law” (1904) received the first prize of the Samitsch Foundation. After leaving the legal state exams in Austria, he took an Austrian scholarship to Munich for two semesters, where he became acquainted with the founder of legal archaeology , Karl von Amira , who impressed him and became his model.

In 1905, Richard Schröder (who had initiated the 1896 project of a dictionary of the older German legal language) employed Kuenssberg as a research assistant for the dictionary. In 1910 he qualified for the study, authorship and publication of eight of the old German legal language for legal history. In recognition of his decision, he was awarded the Prussian Red Eagle Order. He also received “Free German” nationality.

Kuenssberg was not fit for military service (due to a heart defect.) And during WW1, he engaged in voluntary nursing . He founded the first German Einarmschule in Ettlingen in 1915 , which he directed until December 1918, and wrote a multi-handed manual for one-armed people.

After the prescribed time as a private lecturer (and after the death of Schroeder) Kuenssberg was appointed titular professor in Heidelberg in 1916. he took over the leadership of the German legal dictionary in 1917. Kuenssberg laid down the keywords, the sources and the scope of the articles, and wrote many of his own. In addition to his legal work, he gave lectures and exercises for lawyers and philologists on the subject of legal history. In 1924 he was admitted to the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. In 1928 he became professor of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin, the bearer of the legal dictionary.

He retained his special position in the Heidelberg Faculty (From 1928 -1942) and his publication of the legal dictionary (even though his wife Katharina (1883-1978), born Samson, was of Jewish descent.) The Heidelberg Faculty pointed out to the Reich Ministry of Education that Kuenssberg actively supported National Socialism and was the leading authority in the development of the internationally renowned German legal dictionary (three of the planned eight volumes of the legal dictionary had appeared and a fourth had been published.)

Kuenssberg (who had lost confidence in the Nazi regime) unexpectedly died of the consequences of a severe stomach operation (ulcers) in 1941.

The Kuenssbergs had taken care to ensure that their five children had left Germany at the time. One son, Ekkehard Kuenssberg (1913-2000), continued his medical studies in Edinburgh and became a well-known physician in Scotland.

Dr Katharina Kuenssberg (nee Samson) was a distinguished biologist. The daughter of wealthy cloth manufacturer Gustav Samson, and Anna Goldschmidt, (daughter of Jewish couple Hermann and Rosalie Goldschmidt.) was to be deported at the beginning of 1942, (but this was prevented by the intervention of the Dean of the Heidelberg Law Faculty Eugen Ulmer).

Her granddaughter said later:

“My grandfather did not die from cancer in 1941, rather he was murdered on the operating theatre table by the surgeon at the orders of the Gestapo. My uncle, Dr Ekke von Kuenssberg, interviewed the surgeon after the war ended in 1945 as to why a simple ulcer surgery ended in death. The surgeon apologised to my uncle. He had no choice as the Gestapo in the operating theatre had given him orders that my grandfather was not to come out alive.

My grandparents sent all their children out of Germany as they were well aware of the negative changes going on in Germany under Hilter. Who wouldn’t? my mother had to leave school in 1935 because of anti-Semitism.

My grandfather was disgusted that Austria and Germany had been taken over by a working class man, a unionist, who spent two years in a psychiatric hospital and then, had taken over Austria and Germany. Previously, nobles had a major part in all governance of Austria and Germany.”

Katherina Kuenssberg lived in Castle Finstergrün from 1941 until the end of WW2 protected from discovery by the Nazi’s by her housekeeper and friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kuenssberg’s Grandfather Ekkehard Von Kuenssberg (1913-2001) – Former General Practitioner

Ekkehard was Educated at Schule Schloss, Salem,(1) where he was head boy, led on to Innsbruck University where he studied science. By 1933, the new Nazi regime was becoming ever more menacing and by night (using his skiing skills, he aided the escape of Jews (who were being persecuted out of Germany by the rising Nazi regime) across the Austrian mountains,

A family decision was later made that Ekkehard should leave Innsbruck and go to the United Kingdom to continue his education. The account of his journey to Edinburgh and how he was accepted as a student by Edinburgh University medical school is a wonderful story in itself which is documented in the university graduates’ association journal. He graduated in 1939, but (in addition to his academic studies) he had time for play, and gained a blue for hockey, founded the university ski club, and was co-founder of the yacht club.

His alien status in 1939 restricted the range of medical jobs he was allowed to do, and in May 1940 he was interned for five months. On release from internment he returned to Edinburgh and became a locum to Dr C E Munro, who was on war service. Thrown into general practice at the deep end his workload was enormous. Poverty, overcrowded housing, and men away at the war all created problems additional to the difficulties of dealing with illness with a limited pharmacopoeia.

In February 1944 Ekkehard  achieved his desire to join the forces and was commissioned as a subaltern in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Three years later he was demobbed in the rank of lieutenant colonel, having been an assistant director of hygiene in East Africa. More Here: ht

http://www.bmj.com/content/suppl/2002/03/07/324.7337.616.g.DC1

 

 

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 Ekkehard Von Kuenssberg (1913-2001) was Head boy at Schule Schloss, Salem

 

 

 

 

 

Ekkehard Von Kuenssberg – Prince Philip – Salem School – Hitler Youth and Universal Fascism

During World War I, Prince Max von Baden had been chancellor, while the Oxford-trained Hahn first served as head of the Berlin Foreign Ministry’s intelligence desk, then as special adviser to Prince Max in the Versailles Treaty negotiations.

Von Baden and Hahn set up a school in a wing of Schloss Salem, employing a combination of monasticism and the Nazis’ “strength-through-joy” system.

At first a supporter of the Nazis, Hahn, who was part Jewish, soon got into trouble with the SS, and came to support the more centrist elements of the Nazi Party.

Ownership had transferred to Prince Berthold, Margrave of Baden, (Queen Elizabeth’s uncle.) Through the influence of his sister Theodora, (Prince Berthold’s wife) a young Prince Philip was enrolled at the German school

When Philip arrived at Hahn’s school in Schloss Salem, it was in control of the Hitler Youth and the Nazi Party, and the curriculum had become Nazi “race science.”

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Although Hahn’s powerful connections permitted him to escape the concentration camps, he was forced to leave the school he founded in Germany before Philip’s arrival there, and established a new school in Scotland, called Gordonstoun. It would play a major role in rearing all the male children of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip.

Hahn became an adviser to the Foreign Office in London, urging policies of appeasement based upon appeals to the “centrist” Nazis.

According to confidential records released long after the war Dr Kurt Hahn,the German-born founder of Gordonstoun (attended by generations of the Royal Family was a suspected Nazi spy.)

MI5 agents in Edinburgh and the Secretary of State for Scotland were convinced in 1940 that Dr Kurt Hahn should be interned.

But MI5 in London and the Home Office regarded him as free from suspicion. Rumours circulated of a photograph of Hahn with Hitler and there were claims that during the First World War Hahn ‘connived in measures calculated to break British morale’.

He was also accused of spreading propaganda, blaming the 1919 Treaty of Versailles for the Second World War and advocating the return of colonies to Germany. The revelations were contained in Scottish Office files released under an Open Government initiative passed by Parliament.

Gordonstoun, near Elgin, which catered for 150 boys, also came under local suspicion. It was strategically sited between two RAF aerodromes, ran navigation courses for pupils and had a look-out post over the Moray Firth. Five masters and 11 boys were interned by order of the Home Secretary but Hahn was left alone. A school full of refugee German teachers and pupils inevitably fell under suspicion. In the summer of 1940 the school was evacuated and Hahn set up similar establishments in Wales and the Highlands.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were educated at Gordonstoun, which maintains Hahn’s emphasis on self-reliance and practical skills.

 

 

 

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The Kuenssberg family

Laura is the daughter of Scottish businessman, Professor Nick Kuenssberg, OBE and his wife Sally Kuenssberg, CBE.  Her brother David and sister Joanna are employed with the British Diplomatic Service. Joanna was appointed High Commissioner to Mozambique as of April 2014.  http://www.scotsman.com/business/management/business-interview-nick-kuenssberg-1-2819213

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Career profile of Professor Nick Kuenssberg OBE

 

 

 

 

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Nick was employed in an executive position with Coats-Paton, from 1965 and spent a deal of time expanding the company in South America. In Peru during the late 1960’s, he became gained notoriety as a shrewd operator. at the time the government enacted laws providing for the financial protection and reimbursement of employees in the country. Nick found a legal way around the reforms so that all of the employees of Coats-Paton would be exempt from the benefits of the legislation. This was a time of sweatshops in the textile industries and Nick helped deny rights to his employees.

A study of the time line of Coats-Patons factories opening globally reveals a hard line capitalist approach.When, in developing countries, they were faced with challenges to their mode of operation the company simply “upped sticks” and transferred their power looms to more receptive countries taking full advantage of weaker legal systems and lower wages.

Following a number of mergers the company is now known as Coats PLC. It operates sites (together with other multinationals) in many countries worldwide, including: India, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil, The Philippines, Venezuela, Pakistan and Turkey.

In the 1970’s World Trading Authorities applied pressure intent on bringing to an end the shoddy business practices of Coats-Paton and other multinationals which were revealed to be tantamount to slavery.

At around this time Nick transferred his skills to the European side of the business returning to Scotland in 1978. In a March 2013 interview (http://www.scotsman.com/business/management/business-interview-nick-kuenssberg-1-2819213) he appeared to vindicate the denial of legal rights to his Peruvian work force, calling the enacted governmental reforms a disaster.

In 2007 Coats was fined €110 million by the European Commission for participation in cartels with Prym, YKK and other companies to fix and manipulate the prices of zips and other fasteners, and of the machinery to make them. One of the cartels ran for twenty-one years. An appeal in 2012 to the General Court of the European Union was dismissed, and the fine upheld. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coats_Group#Controversy)

More information here:  (http://politicalreformedfutures.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/laura-kuenssberg-heratige-of-sweat.html)

 

 

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28 Mar 1995: Finlay and Kuenssberg Fall on Their Swords as company struggles

A boardroom coup at Dawson International, the Pringle sweaters business, has led to the resignations of its chairman and managing director. They are carrying the can for a string of bad news, culminating yesterday in the announcement of 500 job losses in Scotland and the closure of two factories.

The market, which has been looking for scapegoats for Dawson’s poor performance, pushed the shares 4.5p higher to 104p. Over the past three years they have underperformed the market by almost two-thirds.

In a move thought to have been precipitated by disgruntled institutional investors, including PDFM, Royal Insurance, M&G and Schroders, Sir Ronald Miller, chairman, has been replaced by non-executive Derek Finlay, and Nick Kuenssberg, managing director for less than a year, is succeeded by Peter Forrest, a divisional head.

Investors are annoyed that they stumped up £45m in a one-for-four rights issue last May to restore Dawson’s badly mauled balance sheet. The shares are currently well below the 120p issue price.

At the time, Sir Ronald told investors that having taken the decision to implement essential rationalisation in the US, the group was in a strong position to achieve growth again.

Sir Ronald, who joined Dawson in 1968, had been chairman for the past 12 years. He and Mr Kuenssberg are expected to receive pay-offs relative to their respective £200,000 and £135,000 salaries. The company is looking for a new chief executive.

The cost of adjusting is expected to be £10m covering site closures and job losses. Those are divided between the Pringle operation, where a factory at Arbroath is to be closed, and at Blackwood Brothers, Dawson’s yarn spinning company, which is suffering from reduced demand for high quality carpets.

Pringle is reeling under lower sales and higher raw material prices and will make a loss this year. Its retail operations are also to be run down.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/heads-roll-as-dawson-sheds-500-1613256.html

 

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The Kuenssberg’s & the Labour Party

Nick enjoys a friendship with the (Labour Party) Alexander family (from Paisley). He contributed financially, together with others to the labour party in Scotland leadership campaign of Wendy Alexander. Problems surfaced when it was revealed that Wendy had failed to declare the contributions to the Electoral Commission. She was forced to withdraw her nomination and went on to resign from Scottish politics.

 

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Laura Kuenssberg was born in Italy, while her father was employed there with Coats Viyella but grew up in Glasgow, with her brother and sister.

She studied history at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a journalism course at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where she worked on an NBC News political programme. She has worked in France, and in the United States, satisfying her serious election geek tendencies by covering two White House races. On returning to Britain, she worked for local radio and then cable television in Glasgow, before joining BBC North East and Cumbria in March 2000.  She won a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as Home Affairs correspondent, and went on to produce segments for the Social Affairs editor Niall Dickson. She then worked for Channel 4 News for a time before returning to the BBC. She is married and lives in London. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/12/bbc-newsnight-itv-laura-kuenssberg .

 

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2010: Kuenssberg rejoined the BBC in 2004 as Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News

In her seven years in Westminster, she reported for a wide range of BBC programmes including the 10 O’clock News, Today and News-night, ultimately working as chief political correspondent for the BBC News Channel during the 2010 General Election.

She enjoyed an extremely good relationship with the Downing Street police officers, and benefited from this in May 2010, when her presence was so ubiquitous in the period between the general election and the formation of a coalition government under David Cameron. Surviving on a diet of egg sandwiches and adrenaline, for hour after hour and day after day the 33-year-old, blonde-bobbed Scot described, debated and analysed the most enthralling election campaign for decades.  http://www.webcitation.org/5xWzukw3E

 

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On 12 November 2013 Kuenessberg awarded hefty £200,000-a-year contract by the BBC

She subsequently returned to the BBC as chief correspondent and a presenter of Newsnight (average audience slipping badly in recent years reduced to just 600,000 viewers.) The deal, which angered other BBC staff, came after the Corporation had been widely criticised for the high salaries paid to executives and on-screen stars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547970/BBC-hands-new-presenter-Laura-Kuenssberg-200-000-year-deal-600-000-viewers-thats-33p-each.html

 

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Video in which Marine Le Pen put Laura Kuenssberg from BBC News-night back in her box.

The typically agenda driven bias was well in evidence here when Kuenssberg tried to get Le Pen to say that UKIP and her party were fellow travellers.Ms Le Pen was adept retaining control of the interview not allowing herself to be pigeon holed. There was much to admire at the way she admonished Kuenssberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83NsHR5-0-Y

 

 

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3 May 2016:  Twitter erupts as BBC struggle to keep Tory Election Fraud under..

The term ‘BBC bias’ has been banded about a lot recently, and many are questioning the political neutrality of commentators such as Laura Kuenssburg.

It’s easy to see how many have come to these conclusions, given that Kuenssburg’s  last 6 consecutive tweets – spanning from April 28th – have all been about one person: Jeremy Corbyn – as opposed to anything that could potentially damage the Conservatives.

When you combine Kuenssburg’s unashamedly negative Jeremy Corbyn obsession, with her Daily Politics sidekick Andrew Neil – Chairman of the zealously Conservative media outlet, The Spectator –  it’s not hard to see why many are now questioning why the BBC’s political department are keeping a potentially huge Conservative scandal subdued.

http://evolvepolitics.com/twitter-erupts-bbc-struggle-keep-tory-election-fraud-wraps-may-elections/

 

 

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7 January 2016: BBC producer deletes blog where he admits political manipulation before PM questions

A BBC producer has admitted in a BBC blog – now deleted – that Andrew Neil, Laura Kuenssberg and himself manipulated the news to negatively impact Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. In the blog, the producer – Andrew Alexander – openly admits the BBC team were not just reporting the day’s news but trying to influence it: “this was a story where we could make an impact” Alexander also admitted the BBC team were fully aware that their actions would influence events: “we knew his resignation just before PMQs would be a dramatic moment with big political impact” And expressed pleasure in seeing the PM use their actions to attack the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: Full story here:

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/bbc-producer-deletes-blog-where-he-admits-political-manipulation-before-pm-questions/

 

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8 January 2016: BBC Admit intentionally damaging Corbyn leadership with contrived live resignation

Damning figures show that sixty percent of the pieces involving Corbyn during his first seven days of his leadership were negative. What is more surprising is that these figures do not even include one of the worst culprits: The BBC.

Shortly after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party in September, the BBC were accused of an ‘anti Corbyn bias’ and challenged with a 61,000 strong petition demanding that they stop using the prefix ‘left-wing’ when reporting on events related to his leadership. But before he even won a stunning 59.5% of the vote, ensuring the largest democratic mandate of any Labour leader in modern history, Jeremy Corbyn was subject to what a source from his leadership campaign went as far as describing a ‘complete hatchet job’. The Panorama episode in question was alleged to have attracted a large number of complaints, but the BBC refused to release the figures.

Former BBC political editor, Nick Robinson, even wrote to his colleagues over concerns about the BBC’s bias towards Corbyn, and Channel 4’s Michael Crick issued a stunning rebuke to broadcasters referring to non-left MPs as ‘moderates’. Despite these protestations, as we begin a New Year, it is evident that the BBC has not taken any New Year’s Resolutions to become a little bit more balanced in the face of a broader, more inclusive political spectrum. Full story here: http://evolvepolitics.com/bbc-admit-intentionally-damaging-corbyn-leadership-contrived-live-resignation/

http://www.heraldscotland.com/resources/files/41748 (The full story)

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Tavish Scott, Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland. Divorcee Married Kirsten Campbell BBC Political Journalist.

Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Services and Parliamentary Business between May 2003 and June 2005. Appointed Minister for Transport in the Scottish Cabinet on the 29th June 2005, holding the post until the 2007 election.

 

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November 2006: Scandal. The Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance Scheme.

One of the biggest winners from the scheme appears to be Tavish Scott, the Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland, who is responsible for Scotland’s transport network. He is charging the public nearly £1000 a month in mortgage interest payments to help him buy a £380,000 house in Edinburgh. He has doubled the amount he bills the taxpayer for the property perk despite making a £36,000 profit last year on another flat bought with help from the public purse. And he previously claimed rent on a flat which at the time was owned by his sister.

The revelations are further blows for the widely discredited Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance. The parliamentary scheme allows MSPs to either claim mortgage interest payments on a property in the capital, or to rent, or to stay in a hotel. The allowance is also deeply unpopular because it has allowed several MSPs to make substantial profits on properties bought with the help of taxpayers’ money. One of the biggest winners from the scheme appears to be Scott, the Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland, who is responsible for Scotland’s transport network.

Land registry documents show that most MSPs have used the allowance to buy small flats in central Edinburgh costing between £80,000 and £100,000. But Scott has taken advantage of the generous system by purchasing a house last year in Morningside worth £380,000, on a mortgage of £265,000. Parliamentary records show he is now billing the public £979 a month in interest payments on his mortgage – the highest charge of any MSP. Scott is also entitled to claim the £1920 council tax on his new band-G house. An identical property for sale in the same street, inviting offers over £350,000, has three bedrooms, a “lovely private garden”, and a conservatory and patio.

The purchase of the house is only part of the Lib/Dem minister’s use of the accommodation allowance. The MSP bought his first property through the scheme in 2002, a £112,000 flat at Lower London Road sold to him by his sister. Figures show he claimed around £500 a month in mortgage payments for the property. He sold the flat last year for £148,000, pocketing £36,000 in profit. This allowed him to buy the much bigger property in Morningside. This purchase coincided with Scott’s changed personal circumstances. By 2005, he was separated from his wife and dating BBC journalist Kirsten Campbell.

The electoral roll shows a “Kirsten Campbell” is registered at the new property. The minister is now charging the public almost double the amount he charged for his previous flat, up from £500 to £979 a month. Scott has also left himself open to criticism regarding his rental arrangements prior to buying his first taxpayer-funded flat in 2002. That property was bought by Scott’s sister in 2000 – just months after her brother was elected to Holyrood – and sold to him two years later. However, council records show a Tavish H Scott was on the electoral roll for this flat in 2001.

The LibDem MSP was claiming rent for staying in his sister’s property. Scott, a business studies graduate, earns around £50,000 for representing Shetland, while ministers are entitled to a further £39,000. He has claimed more than £50,,000 in Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance payments since 1999. http://forum.caithness.org/archive/index.php/t-16987.html

 

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Kirsten Campbell: BBC Scotland political correspondent. Girlfriend then wife of Tavish Scott Lib/Dem MSP and Minister.

May 2004: BBC Scotland was forced to defend its political coverage last night after a senior reporter revealed she was in a relationship with a Liberal Democrat minister, but was to carry on in her current role. Kirsten Campbell, BBC Scotland’s political correspondent, and Tavish Scott, deputy finance minister, yesterday announced they had been romantically involved for around six weeks.The couple are understood to have made the declaration amid mounting speculation.

Scott, MSP for Shetland, is separated but not divorced from his wife of 14 years, with whom he has three children. He said, “Given media interest in my separation last year, I have decided to avoid any speculation by confirming that I am in a relationship with Kirsten Campbell and have been since last month.” He refused to give further details or say if an engagement was being planned. Ms Campbell, added, “It’s early days. I consider myself lucky to have found such a wonderful man.” She said she told her employers of the relationship around two weeks ago to ensure there was, “no question of any impact on my integrity or credibility, or the BBC’s integrity or credibility”. She added, “If this relationship becomes serious then I will have to move out of political coverage.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/reporter-backed-by-bbc-over-holyrood-romance-journalist-and-senior-msp-confirm-their-relationship-1.85807

 

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December 10 2010: Kirsten Campbell, BBC Scotland political correspondent and wife of Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott was lead reporter on last week’s BBC presentation “Scotland at a standstill” story which covered the totally unexpected extreme weather that hit Scotland overnight.

She reported that – Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson had apologised and resigned over his handling of the chaos brought on by the unexpected extreme winter weather.

The resignation of Stewart Stevenson, Minister of Transport had been self-inflicted but was ultimately unnecessary. He was not forced to resign because of the bad weather. He was not even forced to resign because of the councils’ handling of the bad weather. He was forced out of his job because of his initial reaction to last week’s snowfalls. With hundreds of people trapped in their cars overnight, Mr Stevenson went on the BBC the following morning and tried to brazen it out. The Scottish Government’s response had been first class, he said and then he went on to blame any failures on others for not being more accurate with the forecasts. It was entirely the wrong approach and despite his later apology, the mood among the opposition, some sections of the media and a small number of furious motorists had, by this time, swung against him. They demanded a culprit and, as a result, Mr Stevenson was forced from his job.

Quality newspapers however, printed pieces on the poor forecasts. Several respected commentators aired the view that there was little Stevenson could have done. Newspaper letter columns called for personal responsibility. “I’m all for bashing the Nats,” said one writer in The Scotsman, “but surely this comes down to common sense. Everybody could see for themselves what the conditions were like.” Significantly, the BBC continued with it’s rabid approach, the corporation was determined to set the agenda, and it succeeded when the tabloids later followed its lead and pilloried Stevenson. There was no exploration by BBC Scotland of the many different agencies involved in keeping Scotland running (or not), such as the quango Transport Scotland, councils, the police, and private road maintenance companies.

BBC Scotland point blank refused to engage with any arguments other than political cock-up. BBC Scotland repeatedly played a single interview with one frustrated driver demanding – after some prompting by the BBC interviewer – “the transport minister should take the blame”. In doing so the BBC angled the story in the way a newspaper editor might run a campaign, going for the jugular.

But newspapers are not regulated by a charter committing them to editorial values such as “no significant strand of thought is knowingly unrepresented”. Thursday night’s Newsnight went so far as to use the M8 blockages as a metaphor for the failure of devolution itself. By Sunday the thaw had come and Stevenson had gone. But BBC Scotland continued to re-run the Monday night Newsnight, on the Politics Show Scottish opt-out. They twice replayed the clip of Stevenson’s now infamous interview. The very familiar angry motorist also got another outing, along with the selective use of weather forecasts. It was tabloid television and about as useful to the public as a jack-knifed lorry.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11976328

 

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David Martin; Elected in 1987 as the youngest ever leader of the British Labour delegation of MEPs.  Married Lorraine Davidson in 2002.

In his new role as Spokesperson for the Socialist and Democrat Group on international trade, during a parliamentary debate in July David outlined his priorities and concerns for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). David stressed to the European Commission that the Socialists welcomed the negotiations which have the potential to reach an agreement which will set high global standards and give small and medium-sized Scottish businesses the ease of access to the US market which multinationals currently enjoy.

However he warned that the protection of public services including the NHS, maintaining EU food safety standards and preventing backdoor corporate power grabs were key priorities for the Group, and a final assessment of the deal will be needed before the Parliament votes to approve or reject the deal in the coming years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU9iC54Fm3tYgU4NhC-UeegA&v=vNm96cbmc0s

 

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b. David spoke out recently against the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in upcoming trade agreements which will give foreign investors the right to sue the EU or a Member State in behind-closed-doors arbitration. Labour MEPs do not support this abuse of corporate power and are challenging right-wing governments to exclude it. Governments must be able to legislate on public health, environment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPd0YYoiCmk&list=UU9iC54Fm3tYgU4NhC-UeegA&index=9

 

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c. An Independent Scotland will be able to join the European Union, according to Labour’s most senior MEP. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, effectively distanced himself from claims by the Better Together campaign – which he supports – that Scotland might fail to become a member of the EU after independence or be rejected by the European Commission.

He also said that Scotland will not have to join the euro or the Schengen common travel area in the event of a Yes vote. “My view is that Scotland, of course, would get into the EU eventually,” he said. “It’s not automatic, and would take several rounds of negotiations, but they’re not going to force us to join Schengen.

They’re not going to force us to join the euro.” Martin’s views carry considerable weight. First elected in 1984, he is Britain’s most senior Labour MEP, and indeed the second-longest serving member of the entire European Parliament. He made clear that he is campaigning for a No vote in September’s referendum, and does not wish Scotland to break away from the UK.

But he indicated that he expects the European Commission to be much more flexible in the event of a Yes vote than it has suggested so far. http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/labour-mep-independence-no-barrier-to-eu-membership.24250593 http://www.eurolabour.org.uk/david-martin-mep

 

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Labour’s top MEP David Martin in expenses wrangle at launch of Euro campaign.

Mr Martin is top of the constituency list in Scotland whereas Mr Miller is third and in danger of losing his seat given that the number of Scottish MEPs is to fall from eight to seven.

Mr Miller denied he had provided the documents of details of Mr Martin’s financial arrangements that have resulted in the European Parliament investigating his allowances. “The information that the party got came from, as far as I’m aware, Billy Cook. There is no way I could get hold of that information,” he said.

Billy Cook, an Edinburgh Labour activist, is the brother of Mr Martin’s estranged wife, Margaret. Mr Cook handed details of Mr Martin’s expenses to the Labour Party and they were passed on the European Parliament.

In 2002, Mr Martin left his wife for Lorraine Davidson, a former Labour spindoctor and Daily Mirror journalist. “I have seen all the speculation,” Mr Miller said. “Why don’t people concentrate on whether David Martin is innocent or guilty? Has he committed what he is supposed to have done or not?”

He also denied that the prospect of his losing his seat on June 10 would have given him a motive to undermine Mr Martin’s campaign. “I have always known my job is on the line. I knew that when I went down to number three. “All this stuff is being made up by journalists and David Martin’s partner is a journalist with contacts.

It is a distraction from the real issue which is, has David Martin fraudulently siphoned money through his expenses? If he has not, then fine. If he has he will have to be dealt with.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1461894/Labours-top-MEPs-in-expenses-wrangle-at-launch-of-Euro-campaign.html

 

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Lorraine Davidson; Political columnist and journalist for the BBC and others. (Long term girlfriend of Tom Mccabe, Labour chief whip in the Scottish Executive. Later wife of Labour MEP David Martin.)

 

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Ms Davidson, who now works as a political columnist and journalist, said: “I think it’s as simple as this: if Labour loses the Glasgow East by-election I think Gordon Brown is finished. “Because it basically means that anyone in the PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party) with a majority of less than 13,500 is going to say, ‘if Gordon Brown’s the leader, we’re away as well’. “You’re really talking the bulk of the PLP. It’s complete and utter meltdown. “So if Glasgow East is lost I think you will see a challenge to Gordon Brown.

I just do not see how he can survive it.” However, Ms Davidson added that she did not feel there was the same desire to give the government a “good kicking” as she had detected at recent by-election defeats. Political opponents immediately seized on the situation as evidence that Labour was in “meltdown”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7491928.stm, (includes video)

 

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Jack McConnell may have just celebrated his third anniversary as First Minister but next year a new biography will lift the lid on the leader penned by a writer with no less a colourful past than her subject.

Due out in summer 2005, the book is currently being researched by Daily Mirror journalist Lorraine Davidson who should know more than most the inner workings of the Scottish Labour hierarchy.

Not only has Davidson previously dated Tom McCabe, the then Labour chief whip in the Scottish Executive, but is now coming to the end of maternity leave after the birth of a son with Labour MEP David Martin.

But Jack can rest assured that the book is not being written on the back of some killer fact that might bring down the curtain on his First Ministership. “Lorraine just feels that Jack has been in the job long enough and the time is right for someone to write a new biography of him now,” says a bookworm.  http://www.scotsman.com/news/the_lady_who_wrote_the_book_on_jack_1_563825

 

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Thomas McCabe. Long term boyfriend of Lorraine Davidson. Became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, later holding the positions of Minister for Parliament (1999–2001), Minister for Health and Community Care (2003–2004), later Minister for Finance. Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South until May 2011.

One year after losing his seat and salary as an MSP, former Labour minister Tom McCabe was employed by the Labour-run Glasgow Council as a ‘policy manager’ on a salary of nearly £50,000 a year.

Though purported to be a non-political role working for the Council’s Land and Environmental Services, McCabe did not appear to be an obvious choice of candidate, leading to accusations that it is his ties to the Labour party which secured him his employment.

The leader of Glasgow City Council was dragged into a sleaze row over the former Labour minister Tom McCabe landing a £50,000-a-year job with the local authority. The SNP accused Glasgow Labour leader Gordon Matheson of being too close to the appointment, after it emerged he was briefed about McCabe’s application by his top official.

Matheson had been alerted by George Black, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council, in advance of McCabe being interviewed.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/row-over-hiring-of-former-labour-msp.18683268  http://www.scottishtimes.com/scottish/politics-scottish/tom-mccabe-lands-policy-job-at-glasgow-city-council/

 

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