News in 5 Minutes: Protests against Trump erupt across US, citizens advice warn of difficulty of welfare reforms, and the Scottish politicians who cussed-out Trump


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (10 November) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the protests against Trump erupting across US, citizens advice’s warnings of the difficulty of welfare reforms, and the Scottish politicians who cussed-out Trump.

News: Mass protests against Trump presidential victory

Mass protests of young people have broken out all over the United States

Tens of thousands of young people have been marched in the streets last night (Wednesday 10 November), following the election of hard right billionaire Donald Trump. Protests broke out in New York, Boston, Oakland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere. A majority of young voters backed Clinton, but chants on the march indicated sentiment far to the left of her position. Protests also broke out in the aftermath of the Conservative victory in the UK 2015 general elections and the recent vote in England and Wales to leave the EU.

Politics: Citizens advice Scotland slam increasingly “complex” UK benefits system

Welfare reform supposed to simplify benefits system making it more complex, say citizens advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), whose function is to advise members of the public on how to claim benefits and avoid financial difficulty, have told a Scottish Parliamentary committee that the benefits system has been made more, rather than less, complex by Tory reforms. The introduction of universal credit, which will see reductions to benefits, was intended by the UK Conservative Government to reduce the complexity of the welfare system. But Archie Campbell of CAS told the social security committee that the system is now “very complex”. He said: “The benefits system is very complex now. Our advisors at citizens advice….quite frankly they just can’t cope with all the changes. Even within universal credit we have three different systems running in parallel.”

Sport: Scotland vs England in semi-final of world wheelchair curling championships

Winter Paralympics positon in the balance

Scotland are set to face England today in the World Wheelchair Curling B Championships. Victory for the Scots would see them represent Great Britain in the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Culture: Celebrities protest against closure of Scottish art gallery

Ewan McGregor adds his name to list of bigwigs opposed to the closure of Inverleith House

Ewan McGregor and Irvine Welsh are among celebrities calling for the reversal of the decision to close Inverleith House, one of Scotland’s most renowned art galleries, to the public.

Weather: Snow!

Scotland remains on alert for freezing weather

Drivers across Scotland are being warned about frost on the roads after Scotland’s first snowfall last night.

And another thing: Scotland’s Trumpagedon

Scotland’s politicians forced into some embarrassing U-turns over Trump victory

Some of Scotland’s politicians may have put themselves into a slightly difficult position by referring to US President elect as “an arse” among many other things.

Pictures courtesy of Jenna Gormal, Pete Ramand, Richard McKeevermarkjdosMichael VadonNiq Scott

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