Daily Political Media Summary: 30 June 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Reform Scotland

Local power: Today Reform Scotland published its third report, ‘Local Power’ which calls for radical reform of local government in Scotland designed to bring power closer to people which in turn will help to deliver better public services in tune with the needs and priorities of local people. (Geoff Mawdsley in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 5, Courier page 9, Mail page 2, Express page 15, P&J page 7, Sunday Herald page 8, Scotland on Sunday page 6, News of the World page 13, Observer)


Confidence in the economy: Confidence in the economy is at its lowest level for nearly two decades according to the GfK NOP barometer of UK confidence. (Herald page 11)

Oil: Anatole Kalestky in the Times (page 37) argues that oil is the key to recovery in the global economic slowdown.

End of credit crunch: According to the CBI, the effects of the credit crunch on financial services firms are unlikely to ease until at least the end of the year. (P&J page 17)


Police officers: Hundreds of police officers in Scotland are moonlighting in their spare time to top up their wages. (P&J page 4, Mail page 17, Express page 8, Sun page 17)

Jail: Jail sentences for serious offenders have fallen by 60% over the past decade. (P&J page 13, Sunday Times page 4)

Young offenders: Under new summary justice measures prosecutors are encouraged to hand out fiscal penalties to save court time. (Sun page 4)


Petrol prices: The Daily Express calls for a 14p cut in the price of a litre of petrol and outlines how it could be achieved. (Express page 1)


School reform: Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said the Scottish Government has taken on board concerns about the new Curriculum for Excellence. The Government has also ordered urgent changes to the new science curriculum following damming assessments by leading scientists. (Herald page 4)


Hospital rooms: All new hospitals in Scotland are to be built with private rooms for every patient in a bid to halt the spread of superbugs. (Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Alcohol sales: Asda has said that it could undermine the SNP’s crackdown on cheap alcohol by setting up distribution centres just south of the border and selling cut price alcohol online. (Express page 16, Sun page 15, P&J page 11, Scotland on Sunday page 7)

Down’s test for all pregnancies: All pregnant women in Scotland are to be offered an early and highly accurate test to see if their baby has Down’s Syndrome. (Scotland on Sunday page 11)

Local Government

Donald Trump: Aberdeenshire Council is giving Donald Trump land worth £5m in a deal which would see the land used for 100 affordable homes as well as 52 homes the Trump Organisation can sell. (P&J page 1, Scotsman page 11, Courier page 9, Herald page 9, Sunday Herald page 1, Sun page 24)


Glasgow by-election: David Marshall, MP for Glasgow East is to step down as an MP due to ill-health, triggering a by-election possibly to be held as early as July 24th. Tommy Sheridan, former leader of the SSP, is considering standing as a candidate. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 4, Record page 1, FT page 2, Guardian page 4, Sun page 8)

Wendy Alexander: Comment and analysis on the departure of Wendy Alexander as leader of the Labour party in Scotland and speculation on who may replace her. (Scotsman page 4, Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Douglas Fraser in the Herald, Express page 4, Graham Caldwell in the Express, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Courier page 1, Mail page 1, Tom Brown in the Mail, Katie Grant in the Mail, Record page 6, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Times page 1, Angus Macleod in the Times, Ewan Crawford in the Guardian, FT page 2, Sun page 9, Mirror page 10, P&J page 1, Sunday Post page 1, Sunday Herald page 4, Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Kenny Farquharson in the Scotland on Sunday, Gerald Warner in the Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Times page 1, Jenny Hjul in the Sunday Times, Tom Gordon in the Sunday Times)

Freedom of information: The Scottish Government is considering extending freedom of information laws to cover registered social landlords as well local authority trusts and bodies set up by councils to run services such as leisure centres. (P&Jpage 9, Courier page 3, Herald page 7)

Gordon Brown: Professor John Curtice in the Sunday Post (page 16), Tom Gordon in the Scotland on Sunday (page 19) and Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald (page 33) comment on Gordon Brown’s first year in office.

Daylight hours: Tory MPs at Westminster are calling for different time zones for England and Scotland. They want England to keep British Summer Time all year to make better use of daylight. (Mail page 10, P&J page 11)

Caroline Spelman: New revelations suggest the Conservative party were told of the fact Caroline Spelman was paying her nanny nine years ago. (Mail page 10)

BNP: Suspended Tory candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, Philip Lardner, has been invited by the BNP to join their party. (Sunday Herald page 24)

Trade union demands: Trade union leaders are to put a broad set of policy demands to Labour for inclusion in its next manifesto. With Labour facing a finance crisis over funds, trade unions are taking advantage of their powerful position. (Guardian page 1)