Daily Political Media Summary: 11 June 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.


Scottish banknotes: Alistair Darling has agreed a deal with the Treasury which will allow Scottish banks to continue to issue currency notes. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 14, P&J page 1, Express page 6)

Hauliers convoy and tankers strike: 85 lorries and some taxis yesterday took part in a protest covey on the M8 over the price of fuel. Hauliers warned that action would be intensified if the Government failed to cut fuel tax. In addition workers at haulage firms Hoyer UK and Suckling Transport Ltd are due to walk out from 6am on Friday until 6am the following Tuesday in a pay dispute which could hit one in 10 filling stations across the UK. (Scotsman page 15, Courier page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 4, Sun page 6, Telegraph page 4, P&J page 5, Mirror page 8, Mail page 1, Express page 1, Kerry Gill in the Express)

Bank of England: The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, said yesterday that British Banks could no longer rely on the Bank of England stepping in if they founder off the back of ever-more risky quests for profits. The Governor also warned that excessive risk taking could mean “some innocent bystanders may lose their homes altogether.” He also used his speech to the British Bankers’ Association to suggest that banks make upfront payments to a scheme to compensate savers who lose their money if a bank collapses. (Scotsman page 29 , Herald page 26, Times page 36, Sun page 44, Telegraph page 4, P&J page 19, Mail page 10 and 72, Alex Brummer in the Mail, Guardian page 26, FT page 1)

Monetary Policy Committee: Alan Budd in the FT (page 13) defends the structure of the Monetary Policy Committee and argues there is no case to abandon the inflation target.

Scottish & Southern Energy: Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has entered an agreement with Barclaycard which will to save the Goldfish call Centre in Cumbernauld. The 800 employees with be offered employment with SSE subject to retraining. (Courier page 1, Herald page 2, Sun page 1, Telegraph page 7, P&J page 17Mail page 17, Express page 17)

Children in poverty: Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell condemned the 210,000 children living in relative poverty as “morally unacceptable” and argued that significant extra efforts were needed by Westminster to cut the figures in Scotland. The Institute of Fiscal Studies has estimated an additional £2.8b needs to be spent by the UK government each year to meet the target of cutting child poverty in half across the UK by 2010. (Courier page 2. Herald page 1, P&J page 8, Daily Mail page 6, Guardian page 1)

UK Manufacturing: UK manufacturing rose by 0.1% in April, although economists don’t believe this altered the overall weakening trend. (Herald page 22 )

Business Improvement Districts: Town and city centre businesses in Scotland are to be asked to contribute a 1% levy on top of business rates to fund everything from public realm improvements to marketing campaigns as part of business improvement districts. (Herald page 6)


Detention without charge: The Government spent much of yesterday negotiating with rebel Labour MPs to try and ensure proposals to extend detention without charge to 42 days is passed when it is voted on tonight. There needs to be 35 rebels for the Government to be defeated, though current numbers are estimated at 30. (Scotsman page 6, Courier page 10, Herald page 6, Times page 6, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1, Simon Heffer in the Telegraph, P&J page 17, Mirror page 6, Mail page 2, Guardian page 4, FT page 5)


Petrol sales: The International Energy Alliance said yesterday that petrol sales in the UK have dropped sharply over the past few weeks suggesting that British motorists are driving less due to high fuel costs. (Telegraph page 1)


Winter exams: The Scottish Government suggested yesterday that exams could be held in the winter as part of a shake up of national qualifications. (Courier page 9)

Curriculum for Excellence: Fiona Hyslop called on teachers, parents and other interested people to make their views know on the new curriculum for excellence in a consultation launched yesterday. (Herald page 8)

Scottish education failing children: Professor James Stanfield of Newcastle University, who undertook a comparative study of education in Scotland and England, said that Scottish education was failing children. (Times page 21)


X-ray fears: A review of thousands of x-rays taken at Scottish hospitals was announced yesterday due to concerns about the work of a consultant radiologist. (Herald page 1)

Health board spending: Health Boards in England are increasing public spending at more than twice the rate of Scottish Health Boards. (Telegraph page 14)

Local Government

Donald Trump: Speaking at the public inquiry into his planning application, Donald Trump said yesterday that his status as a celebrity had prevented him getting a speedy approval for his application. (Scotsman page 9, Courier page 9, Herald page 5, Times page 3, Sun page 17, Telegraph page 7, P&J page 1, Mirror page 29, Daily Mail page 7, Guardian page 11, Express page 4, FT page 3)

Local government ballot papers: Holyrood’s local government committee has called for ballot papers from last year’s local government elections to be re-examined to see if voters misunderstood the voting system (Herald page 6, P&J page 9, Mirror page 6)


Conservative expenses: Further comment and analysis on Conservative MEPs expenses, as well as the row surrounding Caroline Spelman. (Times page 11, Telegraph page 19, P&J page 12, Mail page 20)