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Hi ,

Bombshell news rocked the UK on Wednesday, with rumours flying around all day and then an official announcement that had newsdesks scrambling.

That's right, The Ferret has reached 50 per cent of its crowdfunder... oh no, wait. Rishi Sunak called a snap election!

Our election coverage is already being set in motion at The Ferret's secret underground moon base, so stay tuned for updates.

We also have a special announcement of our own to make (take that Rishi!).

The Ferret will be hosting an event with writer, commentator and poet, Darren McGarvey, on 9 June in Glasgow.

'Telling your story: What I wish I'd known' will see Darren 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.

The show will take place at The Glad Cafe as part of Indie News Week. For tickets and more information, click this link.
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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
A Scottish Government agency has given hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to arms companies supplying Israel since it began its bombardment of Gaza.

The Ferret has learned that Raytheon, BAE Systems and Leonardo have all received six-figure grants from business agency Scottish Enterprise since Israel began bombing Gaza in retaliation for a Hamas terror attack on 7 October 2023, which killed around 1,200 people, mostly Israeli civilians.

More than 35,000 people – the majority women and children – have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched its offensive.

BAE was paid its grant – worth £360,000 – on 4 April, the day after then-first minister Humza Yousaf wrote to the UK Government calling for an end to UK arms sales to Israel. BAE has partnered with a US firm on the F-35 fighter jet which Israel has used in its bombing of Gaza.

What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Racist group founder fronts new far right party’s Scottish arm
The founder of an anti-migrant chat group which featured racist material fronts the Scottish arm of a far right political party led by a Hitler lookalike.
Revealed: the oil industry’s SNP lobbyists
Lobbying on behalf of the industry by ex-SNP spin doctors has sparked fears the Scottish Government could abandon its opposition to new North Sea exploration.
Claim around 100,000 homes are empty in Scotland is Mostly True
Writing about Scotland’s housing crisis in a column in the Greenock Telegraph, a Labour MSP repeated a claim about the number of empty homes in Scotland.
Question of the Week
Was Rishi Sunak right to call a snap election?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
How Rishi Sunak shocked Westminster with a snap general election
The prime minister kept his plan for a July 4 poll a closely guarded secret until the last minute. (Financial Times)
‘He likes scaring people’: how Modi’s right-hand man, Amit Shah, runs India
Amit Shah is Narendra Modi’s confidant, consigliere and enforcer. He is India’s second-most powerful man, reshaping the country in radical ways. (Guardian)
Microplastics have now been found in testicles. How bad is that?
Evidence shows microplastics can end up in many different organs and may harm reproductive health. (Scientific American)
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