The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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