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Hi ,

The newsletter is going to be uncharacteristically positive this week.

That's because we have smashed our £10,000 target to help us find out Who Runs Scotland.

Thanks to hundreds of donations from our members and supporters, we're going to be able to find out where the power lies in Scottish politics and society.

We've decided to keep the crowdfunder open for a while longer, as any funding gained in the month of June will be matched thanks to Indie News Week. This means any money you give will be doubly as important! Pretty good deal, eh?

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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
Conservative politician David Mundell has been urged to hand back a £10,000 donation from a Borders egg producer under investigation by the RSPCA for alleged animal welfare abuses.

Mundell, who is running to retake his former Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat, was handed £9,995 by Glenrath Farms in 2020, which operates in the constituency.

But in May, video footage captured by welfare charity Animal Justice Project, showed dead hens littering the “filthy” shed floor at one of Glenrath’s chicken sheds.

What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Mark Fortune faces 89 criminal charges including theft and threatening tenants
Mark Fortune is facing charges including unlawful eviction and harassment of tenants, theft, threatening or abusive behaviour, fraud, and extortion.
Yemen’s war: photo essay
Asmaa Waguih has documented a conflict largely ignored by the mainstream media in Britain since it erupted 10 years ago.
'Greenwashing' objections to farmed salmon name change dismissed
The UK Government threw out more than 20 objections to the industry’s successful bid to remove the word “farmed” from the official name of its salmon.
Police watchdog and Crown failed to assess racist language in Sheku Bayoh death
Neither Scotland’s police watchdog or Crown officials considered the role racist language used by police could have played in his death, it has emerged.
Question of the Week
Should David Mundell hand back a donation from a firm under animal welfare investigation?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Rishi Sunak’s £2,000 Labour tax hike claim investigated by UK statistics regulator
After the Treasury rubbishes the claim, the PM is accused of lying ‘through his teeth’ and labelled a ‘pound shop Boris Johnson’. (Independent)
The warring conmen at the heart of a €5bn carbon trading scam
Emissions trading was supposed to save the planet. But fraudsters quickly learned how to rip the system off, making themselves spectacularly rich. (Guardian)
Italy’s PM says fascism is ‘consigned to history’. Not everyone is so sure
"Fascism did not die in 1945 – it was militarily defeated but it continued to live in the mind of many Italians," says Paolo Berizzi, a reporter for La Repubblica. (BBC)
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