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Daily Political Media Summary: 27 June 2008

Economy

Share prices: Share prices fell in Europe and America yesterday, amid fears about write downs in the financial sector and the oil price rising to above $140 a barrel (FT page 1, Guardian page 27).

Equality legislation: Harriet Harman gave a statement to Westminster yesterday about the new Equality Bill. The proposals, which allow businesses to discriminate in favour of women and ethnic minorities, have provoked outcry from businesses and equality campaigners (Scotsman page 13, Guardian page 6, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 14, Courier page 11).

Wind power: Power companies are targeting landowners with the promise of thousands of pounds, and the chance to make millions more, in return for the right to build wind turbines on their land (Scotsman page 6, Bill Jamieson page 28, Daily Record page 6, Mirror page 16, P&J page 1).

Hydro power: Scottish ministers, power companies and land owners are planning a new programme of hydro power schemes in Scotland (Guardian page 9).

Green strategy: The Prime Minister outlined a plan for a low-carbon economy yesterday, committing the government to building 7000 wind turbines and expanding other sources of renewable energy (FT page 4, Telegraph page 4).

Scotland’s economy: Peter Jones in the Scotsman (page 35) comments on the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Statistics.

Crime

Knife crime: John Muir, a father whose son was fatally stabbed in a random attack, is campaigning for a change in the law to give mandatory prison sentences for people convicted of carrying knives (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Daily Express page 7, Sun page 15, Telegraph page 12).

Transport

Fuel costs: Prices for a litre of petrol could reach almost £1.50 this summer, according to warnings from OPEC (Mail page 4).

Education

Islamic school: The First Minister gave his support yesterday to plans to create Scotland’s first state funded Islamic school. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 5).

Protestant head for Catholic school: Protestant Morag McCreadie is to become the first non-catholic headteacher of a Catholic school, an appointment which has been approved by Cardinal O’Brien. (Mail page 12)

Health

Health boards: The Scottish Government is going ahead with plans for elected health board members, despite criticism from the BMA and opposition parties (P&J page 14, Courier page 9).

Local Government

Local Income Tax: A study carried out for Glasgow Council has revealed that more than a 3p rise in income tax would be needed to allow councils to balance the books if a local income tax was introduced (Scotsman page 18, Herald page 1).

Fife Council: Police had to be called to a meeting of Fife Council yesterday after protesters, angry at controversial changes to home care charges, staged a protest. (Courier page 1).

Politics

Wendy Alexander: The Scottish Labour Leader was yesterday given a one day ban from Holyrood by the Scottish Parliament’s Standard’s Committee – becoming the first British party leader in history to face suspension from the parliament in which she sits (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Guardian page 8,Daily Record page 2, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mirror page 11, P&J page 1, Courier page 1).

MSPs’ pay: The former Education Minister, Peter Peacock, has called for MSPs to be given the same salary and pension as MPs (P&J page 9, Daily Express page 1, Mail page 40, Courier page 6).

Gordon Brown: A poll in the Telegraph shows that two thirds of voters think that the Prime Minister is an electoral “liability” (Telegraph page 1). Polly Toynbee (Guardian page 33) and Jeff Randall (Telegraph page 26) comment on his government. The Guardian (page 14) and the FT (page 9) also analyse his year in office.

Mugabe letter: The First Minister faced calls to apologise yesterday for sending a letter to Robert Mugabe last year. Mr Salmond said he had written to him because Zimbabwe is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (Telegraph page 12, P&J page 18).