Monthly Archives: December 1998

(92)  Nuisance and the spirit of Christmas: its a wonderful life

On 13 December 2000 Sheriff David Smith of Kilmarnock granted interdict against Mr David Rowlands of Irvine at the behest of 50 other residents in the cul-de-sac where he lives, ordering him not to switch on 8,500 Christmas lights, several … Continue reading

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(91)  The Scots, the English and racial discrimination (3)

On 11 December 2000 an Extra Division of the Court of Session affirmed in Souster v BBC 2000 GWD 40-1490 2001 SLT 265 that, although there was only one British nationality, Scots, English, Welsh and Irish people did have distinct … Continue reading

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(90)  Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors: bye-bye poindings and warrant sales – from 31 December 2002

The Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill, introduced in the Scottish Parliament by the Scottish Socialist MSP, Tommy Sheridan (see No 72), was passed on 6 December 2000. Following an amendment proposed by the Scottish Executive, the abolition will … Continue reading

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(89)  Human rights roll on

The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force throughout the United Kingdom on 2 October 2000.  Meantime, a number of major decisions on Convention rights and devolution issues in Scotland under the Scotland Act 1998 were issued in the second … Continue reading

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(87)  The death of Donald Dewar

The First Minister, Donald Dewar, died on 11 October 2000, following a brain haemorrhage.  He was 63, and had returned to work only the previous August following a triple heart-bypass operation in April.  Mr Dewar was an LLB of Glasgow … Continue reading

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