100 years ago
During a debate on the censorship in the Reichstag on October 11, Herr Mueller said: “The Chancellor wants to lead, but we are reminded of the worst times of the old Roman Empire of Germany. We are suffocating under a heap of official paper prescriptions, of mock justice, injustice and arbitrariness. The feeling of confidence is ruined by the way the state of seige is exercised. Homogeneity is lacking in the Imperial leadership and in the higher military leadership.”
50 years ago
Rescue ships had by nightfall picked up the bodies of 60 of the 65 people aboard a British Comet jet airliner which crashed into the Mediterranean off the Turkish coast early yesterday. The bodies were taken on board Greek, Hungarian and Turkish ships after a day-long search of the area where the London-Cyprus plane went down. King Constantine flew from Athens to survey the crash scene from a Greek Royal Air Force helicopter. There were 20 British passengers aboard.
25 years ago
Scottish Secretary Ian Lang has unveiled proposals for all-purpose local authorities which could save the taxpayer up to £200 million a year. It looks likely that Tayside will disappear in the shake-up, Fife seems secure and, says Mr Lang, all four of Scotland’s cities have strong claims to become unitary authorities. Mr Lang refused to say where the Scottish Office might prefer to see any future boundaries drawn. A consultation exercise on the proposed council reform is already under way.
One year ago
Police have warned that farming insiders may be helping criminals stage raids on rural properties across Tayside. It is feared national and international gangs are being directed to plum targets in Perth and Kinross and Angus. High value farming machinery and vehicles, have all been taken “to order” in targeted thefts across Courier Country’s regions. At least one gang has been smashed by Police Scotland, but investigators believe others are being directed towards easy marks by informants.