Reform Scotland News: 24 February 201224.02.2012

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News

 Politics

Eric Joyce: The MP was last night charged with three counts of common assault following an alleged incident in the House of Commons. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, The Times page 9, Daily Express page 1, Daily Mirror page 1, Daily Record page 6, The Courier & Advertiser page 3, The Press and Journal page 11, Financial Times page 2,Daily Mail page 4, The Scottish Sun page 4, The Guardian page 6, The Daily Telegraph page 7)

Independence referendum: Business leaders in Scotland have asked for the independence referendum to be held sooner than planned by Alex Salmond. (The Scotsman page 6, The Times page 3, The Courier & Advertiser page 2, Daily Mail page 12, The Daily Telegraph page 1 and 6)

Disruption on key route to Highlands: Road closure and lower speed limits are planned in £11m upgrade of a notorious bottleneck on the A82. (The Herald page 10)

Fisheries loophole: Powers over fishing could finally be seized back from Brussels after a group of MPs reportedly found a loophole in EU rules. (The Press and Journal page 1, The Scotsman page 11)

Ferry fares: The Western Isles MSP has been accused of ‘betraying his constitutents’ after not supporting a moratorium on an increase in ferry fares which it is claimed could lead to ‘economic ruination’ for isles. (The Press and Journal page 3, Daily Mail page 29)

Oil fund: A report by the Centre for Public Policy and the Regions (CPPR) argues that while there may be “moral” grounds for putting aside oil wealth for future generations, politicians would not have any spare money after independence to do so. (The Scotsman page 8)

Trump wind farm battle: Donald Trump is reportedly prepared to put the Trump organisation behind an anti-wind farm group, Communities Against Turbines Scotland. Conservationists and industry figures have condemned Mr Trump’s plans to escalate his attack on the Scottish government’s energy policy as bullying interference in Scotland’s democratic process. (Herald page 11, The Scotsman page 11)

Fire chief told to quit: A fire chief who sparked a major backlash after threatening to shut dozens of rural stations faces being forced out of his job. (Daily Mail page 9)

Economy

Police staff protest over cuts: Police staff demonstrated in a city square against cuts to their jobs.  (The Herald page 5)

RBS bonuses: Labour has criticised RBS’s staff awards of £785 million in total bonuses amid annual losses of £2bn at the bank. (The Herald page 6, Financial Times page 1, The Scotsman page 9 The Times page 1)

Rangers: Further coverage of the crisis at Rangers. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, The Times page 19, Daily Express page 7, Daily Record page 9, Scottish Daily Mail page 1, The Scottish Sun page 1)

Education

New exams: A number of leading Scottish private schools are to delay the introduction of controversial new school exams, while teachers are reportedly turning on Education Secretary, Michael Russell, over his school shake-up. (The Herald page 1, The Times page 11, Daily Mail page 6)

Police to tackle crime and bulling in Edinburgh’s schools: Police will be drafted in to all secondary schools in Scotland’s capital city in a bid to tackle bullying, crime and anti-social behaviour. (The Herald page 14)