As winter creeps, in students and staff at Edinburgh schools and nurseries have learned of the chilling news that their places of learning and work places may be under threat once again. The Edinburgh Evening News reported on the thirtieth of October that Edinburgh Council intended to reopen a consultation process that would look into the future of schools. It also listed seventeen schools and nurseries that it expected to be earmarked for the process.
In May 2004, we reported Scotland's worst ever industrial disaster when the Stockline plastics factory in Glasgow exploded leaving 9 dead and 40 injured. It was another searing indictment of breaches in Health & Safety legislation, now a matter of course in Britain. Ex-employees told journalists they had been sacked after raising concerns about safety. The 2 companies jointly responsible, ICL Tech and ICL Plastics, faced only charges relating to Health & Safety, for which they have now been fined a measly £400,000.