Author Archives: Stuart Smith

Did an election really take place yesterday????

I have been involved in elections for the last few years as a member of a local party campaign team and an election agent. This year I have not been and it feels strange, it feels as though an election … Continue reading

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik My rating: 3 of 5 stars I am a Naomi Novik fan but I was dubious about A Deadly Education for the first several chapters. There’s a lot of initial info-dumping to absorb here, … Continue reading

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Flowers at the roadside

I’ve noticed recently that there are some different flowers growing in the roadside verge near Marine Parade compared to those that grew last year. It is likely a combination of the dry, sunny weather, lack of rain, chill breeze from … Continue reading

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Health services to be in local communities

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has set out plans to increase the range of healthcare, diagnosis and treatment in local communities with more services delivered through pharmacies and GP surgeries. The party says that super-specialisation and centralisation of health … Continue reading

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Raise the starting age for formal education

Scottish Liberal Democrats will include in their manifesto a commitment to raise the starting age for formal schooling to 7, transforming how children learn in what is currently P1 and P2. The longer early years phase will still be mandatory … Continue reading

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