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Hi ,

Election fever has well and truly hit the UK, as the parties decide their candidates (and who will get dropped).

Amid this turmoil, its heartening to know that Holyrood politics continues to provide such classic moments. Like on Wednesday, when the Scottish Conservatives tried to hand former health secretary Michael Matheson a novelty cheque-sized P45 as he was sanctioned over his £11,000 holiday iPad bill.

Unfortunately, The Ferret isn't planning to knock up a massive novelty cheque for our crowdfunder, but we have raised more than £7,000! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and shared it so far. We have FOUR days to go and all the money we get will go towards our Who Runs Scotland project, so please consider donating if you haven't already.

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'Telling your story: What I wish I'd known' with Darren McGarvey on 9 June.

The rapper, poet and commentator will be in conversation with Ferret co-editor Karin Goodwin, discussing what he wishes he’d known about sharing his story and trauma – and his advice for others.

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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
A salmon farming multinational has been accused of “lying” to locals over its plans for a fish farm on a sea loch in a marine protected area.

A subsidiary of Mowi Scotland, a multinational headquartered in Norway, wants to have an industrial feeding system at an existing salmon farm on Loch Broom, which is near Ullapool in the northwest of Scotland.

The plan, if agreed by Highland Council, would see a large vessel called a feed barge allowed onto the loch to feed thousands of salmon at the Corry fish farm.

But dozens of locals have objected to the planning application by Wester Ross Fisheries, the Mowi subsidiary, arguing that a feed barge will result in noise and environmental pollution at the stunning beauty spot.

What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Claim Labour and Conservatives formed alliances in councils is Half True
An image alleging that Labour and the Conservatives have formed alliances in Scotland’s councils has been shared across social media in recent months.
Scottish Government agency still giving grants to arms firms supplying Israel
Scottish Enterprise has given hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to arms companies supplying Israel since it began its bombardment of Gaza.
Question of the Week
Reader poll: Should the Scottish Government be paying arms firms supplying Israel?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
How a corporation convinced a scientist the forever chemicals she found in human blood were safe
Decades ago, Kris Hansen showed 3M that its PFAS chemicals were in people’s bodies. Her bosses halted her work. (ProPublica)
Israeli airstrike that killed dozens in Rafah carried out using type of bomb supplied by US
Footage from the scene of the strike appears to indicate which specific munition was used, 1,000 of which were supplied by the US to Israel in 2023. (Sky News)
“Everyone is absolutely terrified”: Inside India’s secret war on its American critics
Narendra Modi’s government is trying to silence US critics of its authoritarian turn — and it's succeeding. (Vox)
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