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@AlexMacLeod9 @weeseabee @LydiaReidYES2 Scotland currently has capacity to PCR test ~800 people a day.

85 new cases today in Scotland. Many people being diagnosed by symptoms/scans now. There's no capacity for mass testing. Or even NHS staff testing. Yet.

But sampling, & NHS testing, ARE being rolled out in Scotland.
@AlexMacLeod9 @weeseabee @LydiaReidYES2 Be clear: that is the case in almost every country in the world.

S Korea and China did a bit better. But with bigger numbers and higher stakes.

Some small, very rich countries with advanced public health systems are doing quite a lot better. As you would expect.
@AlexMacLeod9 @weeseabee @LydiaReidYES2 But nowhere is there enough PCR capacity to do mass screening. And it is the wrong test.

Even if someone is disease free one day, they might not be the next day.

PCR looks for live viral genetic signatures from body fluids.

Immunology tests are needed for mass screening.
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This morning my children will be in school, learning maths and playing in the playground.

Roadside Dad will be either driving or outdoors, keeping busy.

I am going to see my friend about filling out a consultatation response so I don't get run out of my own country.

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What I hope you will be doing is taking a minute to fill this in and share!!

Otherwise proposed powers to effectively wipe out travelling life in the UK will pass unchallenged.

(Then can be applied to criminalise protest and homelessness too).

gypsy-traveller.org/campaigns/how-…

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I get that some of you are just finding out about this now (my pinned thread from November explains what the proposals would do to me).

I get that some of you once had an experience with a bad encampment or whatever.

I hear you.

But hear me back right now, time is short.

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On Burns Night, my boyfriend and I had a really shit #homophobic incident in #Glasgow's southside. We were holding hands, and a guy walked passed us and called us a "pair of bent bastards". I challenged him, he repeated the phrase, I called 999.
For the next 26 mins, I stayed on th phone w/@PoliceScotland, my boyfriend filmed and th man continued to call us "bent bastards" "bent cunts" "fucking poofs" "pair of poofs", "it's not fucking right two men sleeping together" (limited but effective lexicon: he did not like gays)
He hated me. He told me that. He snarled at me, told me that I was against the law, that I was fucking disgusting, for the best part of 30mins. This man saw me as one thing he despised; not as a brother, or a son, or grandson, or a friend, or whatever.
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@jlbps @the3million Indyref will likely *not* come in time, even if it was this year and successful. That means #Scotland has to look at mitigating the damage inflicted upon EU citizens and not least of all the Scottish economy.

Currently, we aren't using the powers we have to do so.
@jlbps @the3million There is need for a discrimination reporting mechanism and a public anti-discrimination campaign. There should be a Holyrood working group looking at all means of creating equality between all residents of Scotland regardless of nationality, using existing powers.
@jlbps @the3million There is need for an emergency fund for those families and individuals affected, especially those dealing with disabilities and ill health, women (who a disproportionately affected by both Brexit and the Hostile Environment) and those on small to no income, OOW and UC.
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Thousands of people from all over Scotland march in Glasgow at the 'All Under One Banner' event in support of Scottish Independence

See thread for tweets and news from the event.

#AUOBGlasgow #auob #indyref2
@AUOBALBA
Thousands march in Glasgow in support of Scottish Independence.

#AUOBGlasgow #auob #indyref2


Thousands march in Glasgow in support of Scottish Independence.

#AUOBGlasgow #auob #indyref2

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In her Hogmanay speech @NicolaSturgeon stated: "We will provide support and reassurance for the #EUcitizens who have done us the honour of choosing to make #Scotland their home."

Here is how we can begin to constructively fulfill that promise: docs.google.com/document/d/1rG…
1. EU citizens will face discrimination by Brexit/HostileEnv design. Those who have Settled Status need a physical token not offered by the Home Office but any individuals status can be checked online - including by @scotgov who should issue a #ScottishResidencyCard open to all.
2. All residents of #Scotland are equally affected by Scots Law, yet not all are protected by it. For 2020 I hope to see an all-party, multi-disciplinary Equality workgroup at the Scottish parliament finding & using Scots law & powers to enhance equality and protect all Scots.
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Sajid Javid says the Tory government will oppose another indyref completely. "There already was an independence referendum, there will not be another."

Can we have that in writing, please? Asking for #Scotland's lawyers. 😁✊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
No, REALLY, guys. A flat out No from Number 10 is great news and can totally be challenged in court. If @theSNP get a move on UK might even miss another Brexit deadline and we might just be able to still challenge at ECJ level.

How might such a court case look? How about...
Imagine the Scottish government's sec 30 request has been barred by WM and British courts. Scotland can now seek clarification from the ECJ:

Which democratic means will the EU accept as legally valid expression of the will of the Scottish people to become an independent nation?
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#Lincolnshire based Phoenix Professional Development has released 2020 #virtualjobsfair dates, these are Wednesday’s 2pm - 4pm, here on @Twitter:

#Yorkshire and #Humber: 8th Jan & 8th July

#NorthEast: 22nd Jan & 22nd July
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#Scotland: 5th Feb & 5th Aug

#NorthWest: 19th Feb & 19th Aug

#Ireland: 4th Mar & 2nd Sept

#NorthernIreland: 18th Mar & 16th Sept

#WestMidlands: 1st Apr & 30th Sept

#Wales: 15th Apr & 14th Oct
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#SouthWest: 29th Apr & 28th Oct

#SouthEast: 13th May & 11th Nov

#London: 27th May & 25th Nov

#EastofEngland: 10th June & 9th Dec

#EastMidlands: 24th June & 16th Dec
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As the 1st stage debate on #Scotland's #ElectoralFranchiseBill kicks off I'll be live tweeting.
To pass the bill will require a 66% supermajority & proposes voting rights for prisoners (sentences <12mo), refugees, asylum seekers & 3rd country nationals/EU citizens (post-Brexit).
Worth bearing in mind: circa 200k EU citizens, 5k refugees asylum seekers and <1k eligible prisoners + ?k of 3rd country nationals.

This bill addresses the current non-compliance with EU Charter of Human rights.
The @Feorlean kicks off the debate with an opening statement.@ProfTomkins asks what value citizenship has if voting franchise is connected to residency rather than nationality. Mike Russel replies "The franchise always needs to move on.". 👏
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A welcome independent take on last nights @afneil interview with @NicolaSturgeon from @akmaciver. Independent experts will tell you that joining the #EU is a process, been done in last 25 years by countries as diverse as Finland, Austria, Slovenia and Poland
And #Scotland is ahead of all these countries in having spent 46 yrs in #EU. Of course establishing an #Independent country takes some time but plenty of countries have done it whether Slovenia & Czech Republic or Baltic states throwing off Soviet bloc..
Naturally there will be technical work to be done, technical but it’s not rocket science. It’s been done before and from a standing start
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Do you want to know the truth about Scotland and why WM is SO set on stopping it from leaving the Union?

Here are 10, for starters.

And these completely quash the silly claims that Scotland’s too wee or too poor!
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I shall be live tweeting this debate - hoping to see some constructive policy suggestions from @scotgov here. #NewScots #Scotland #UnitedInDiversity #SettledStatus
@scotgov Shockingly few attending the debate. @BenMacpherson points out that @scotgov is working with @the3million and other to provide support in applying for (pre)SS.
@scotgov @BenMacpherson @the3million Thompkin reprimands @BenMacpherson for using the phrase "hostile environment", stating that UKgov is welcoming skilled labour and that this is not 'hostile'. MacPherson responds that going by migrant's experiences the Hostile Environment has spread fear.
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Reflections @councilofdeans #Scotland
1. Joint debates @The_HCPC and @nmcnews important, can they align their education strategies and operations more?
2. Are #students consumers or co-creators?
3. Should we focus on assurance or enhancement?
4. What is the future role of professional bodies in @WeAHPs education QA?
5. Do UK regulators use the right context and language when in #Scotland?
6. Can data and new tech lead to evidence based regulation?
7. How can #students better understand the role and purpose of regulation?
8. How can regulators ensure alignment between strategic intent and operations?
9. Why do different professions have different ftp experience by different regulators?
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The Home Office yesterday said that 2million of the (HO guesstimate) 3.3million #EUcitizens in the UK have now applied for Settled Status. Digging into those statistics in regards to #Scotland - bearing in mind there are no reliable UK immigration stats - reveals the following:
Going by 2017 NRS data there were 239,000 🇪🇺 #NewScots in Scotland. Subtracting the 21,000 Irish-born EU nationals (whose residency rights aren't depending on EU citizenship = No need for SS applications) that leaves us with 218,000 #NewScots required to apply for Settled Status.
Previous to @patel4witham "FoM will end on October 31st" misleading dogwhistling exercise only ONE in five 🇪🇺#NewScots had applied for Settled Status (despite ~ £5 @scotgov spend per head on access to SS info). Contrast this with 1 in 3 for rUK (with only ~£3 pp UKgov spend).
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#FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #FridayMotivation

It's Friday. Let's have some fun and get to know our foes in this Rogue Government's Cabinet a little better.

#StopTheCoup
First up, the PM & aspiring dictator, selected by 0.13% of the population, but who hasn't yet faced a GE as PM - something he considered an #AffrontToDemocracy when Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair.

Johnson: the poster-boy of the #BrexitCoup.

#StopTheCoup #BrexitIsNoJoke
Not officially in Cabinet, unelected bureaucrat & grand vizier Dominic Cummings nevertheless sets the agenda, calls the shots & yanks BJ's strings.

Cameron once called him a 'career psychopath'. He is in contempt of parliament & appears to be amoral. #StopTheCoup #BrexitIsNoJoke
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(1) I wonder if American audiences fully grasp the enormity of what #BorisJohnson has done by asking the Queen to suspend #Parliament. This is way more extreme than if #Trump asked #MitchMcConnell to delay the Senate session to avoid an unpopular vote. cnn.com/europe/live-ne…
(2) To put this #ConstitutionalCrisis in perspective, you have to remember that the #UK's parliamentary supremacy vests far more power in their legislature than we've ever given to ours. Under the American system, the Constitution is supreme. Under the UK system, Parliament is.
(3) Things have gotten trickier in recent years as #Parliament delegated some power to other institutions: regional assemblies in #Scotland and #NorthernIreland, a Supreme Court (Lords use to be the highest court), and made other structural changes. see: talkingpoliticspodcast.com/blog/2019/168-…
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OFGEM - the UK Government's energy regulator - are the biggest obstacle to making full use of #Scotland's #renewable #energy resources.

Energy policy is reserved to the UK Government, so there's absolutely nothing the Scottish Government can do about #Ofgem.

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Here's a BBC article where Ofgem have supposedly given the "green light" for the first ever grid connection to Shetland.

(Believe it or not, we're in 2019 and the UK has never bothered to connect #Shetland to the National Grid.)

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archive.fo/61Z0s
Unfortunately, approval for the grid connection to Shetland is conditional on the UK Government funding a wind farm project there, which will in turn be conditional on being able to transmit power to the National Grid.

Catch-22.

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New thread starting ready for 26 Aug @NationalDogDay! 'Irish Dogs, Myths, Saints & Other Interesting Facts!' Suggestions welcome (you might think of something I haven't)! @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans #FolkloreThursday #dogsoftwitter #NationalDogDay #InternationalDogDay! 🐶🐕🐩🐾
@NationalDogDay @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans Irish Wolfhound, symbol of #Ireland! Wolfhounds one of the oldest breeds of dogs recorded in world! Its impossible to know for sure, but skeletal remains suggest they arrived c 8,000 BC! 📷: Aella Grace, with owner Rebecca at neolithic Newgrange, Co Meath (younger; c 3200 BC)! 🐾
@NationalDogDay @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans 279 BC when Celts sacked Delphi📷 #Greece, survivors left accounts of fierce Celts & huge dogs who fought with them & at their side. No doubt Wolfhounds! PS-Ancient Greeks considered the @UNESCO Delphi the centre of the world, marked by the omphalos📷stone! #FolkloreThursday
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#realcarersweek 1/
Carer poverty is increasing - as the benefit system is devastated; as care charges increase exponentially, as carers are forced to leave work to care, many find themselves struggling to afford the basic and subsidising care costs and paying for equipment.
#realcarersweek 2/
Carer health is suffering - mental health, anxiety, physical pain, putting off their own health checks, often because there is no support to allow them to do this. Emergency planning to take account of carer needs/wellbeing is patchy at best.
#realcarersweek 3/ Where is the future planning? How are we planning for the future of disabled children and adults who may outlive their immediate family? The greatest fear of carers is what happens if they are no longer there to care for our loved ones.
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THREAD (#EP2019)

Polling Day is upon us & here is a thread showing why ALL #Brexiteers need to turn out & cast their precious vote for the @brexitparty_uk
See a graphic breakdown by region of how the main parties have betrayed us. On Thursday it’s time to say no more 1/14
Key:

Green is Good - Red is Bad

#BrexitWrecker is an MP who voted for a 2nd Ref &/or to Revoke A50 - All Remain parties are full of them #Labour is by far the worst offender

#BrexitInbetweener is an MP who voted for May’s WA more than once

#BrexitLegend True BeLeavers

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#EastMidlands

Labour has 11 #BrexitWrecker MPs and should not be given your vote.

Vote for @zatzi @JonathanMEP @math_patten Tracy Knowles @DrAnnaBailey1

Vote for @brexitparty_uk

Vote for #Brexit

3/14
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1/ Saw wee bit of @daily_politics #BBC2 #Scotland superfluous to their #Brexit discussion. Job losses, limited youth opportunity, choking off of essential labour force enhancement as well as curtailment of #DevolvedPowers & real threat posed to @scotgov continuity is meaningless!
2/ That short discussion centered, as it was within #Westminster bubble & which toxic #Tory is internally most palatable to their party & who can lead 'next round' of post #Brexit negotiations. #BorisJohnson seems favourite held back from embarrassing himself awaiting election.
3/ #Scotland just isn't in the mix at all. We face the gaping maw of #Brexit with only @theSNP truly, directly & unequivocally holding us back; saying with the facts of devastation all the while: we must stop this threat in its tracks before its too late.
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Good morning all & OTD in 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was made by the Scots Nobility & Clergy to the Pope: "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
The whole Declaration of Arbroath (1320) is worth reading as a statement of the rights conferred by God & natural law upon all people #Scotland #Arbroath

webarchive.nrscotland.gov.uk/20170106021747…
"But from these countless evils we have been set free, by the help of Him Who though He afflicts yet heals and restores, by our most tireless Prince, King and Lord, the Lord Robert." #Scotland #Arbroath
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I think we can all agree that food is pretty important for survival.

Climate Change is already impacting food security- it is not a distant, ambiguous concern: 

More than 1 million acres of US cropland ravaged by floods

reut.rs/2Uly0eC

#ClimateActionNow #foodsecurity
Cascading impacts of deadly flooding around the world includes "food supply shocks"
bit.ly/2OVoGZN

"A “whiplash” between very dry periods, followed by very wet periods, is exactly what we can expect from climate change"

#foodsecurity #ClimateChange #agriculture
...North America is not immune - bit.ly/2OVphL1

Already ‘There’s bleeding going on’ in U.S. farm economy, ag lender says, due in part to extreme weather

A prolonged downturn “has impacted farmers of all ages, experience levels and sizes”

#extremeweather #farming #farm
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The #ERG and the Tory hard-#Brexit mob want us leap into the dark with both hands tied behind our backs when the reality is, the adversities of their decisions would never bite them, they are insulated from the harm it will bring. (1/11)
They have been busy moving money out and being paid eye watering amounts to advise those with deep pockets how to mitigate the harm and exploit the weakness in this 'new modern Britain'. (2/11)
May's party is ram packed with people who will never have to worry about the untold harm that any form of Brexit will serve up. They'll have their personal fortunes, gold plated pensions and gongs aplenty to keep them warm. (3/11)
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