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Daily Political Media Summary: 22 July 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.
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\r\nEconomy
\r\nRenewable energy: The First Minister yesterday told the World Renewable Energy Congress in Glasgow that the go-ahead had been given to a 152-turbine wind farm in Lanarkshire. The Chairman of the Congress then hailed Alex Salmond as a “saint of renewable energy”. (Scotsman page 7, Daily Mail page 16, Press and Journal page 11, Daily Telegraph page 6, Courier and Advertiser page 6, Herald 1 and page 4, Guardian page 11, FT page 4, Mirror page 25, Times page 8)

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Welfare Reforms: The UK Government is proposing radical welfare reforms to encourage those not working to get back into work. The proposals include making those who have not worked for two years or longer lift litter off the streets and clean graffiti off walls. (Daily Mail page 10, Daily Telegraph page 1, Courier and Advertiser page 12, Courier and Advertiser page 3, Herald page 7 and 14, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, and pages 12 and 30, FT page 4, Mirror page 6, Frank Field in the Times)
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\r\nPost Office: 44 more branches of the Post Office are being earmarked for closure in Scotland. The branches are in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. (Herald page 10)
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\r\nFishing: The House of Lords European Union Committee has noted that Scots have acquitted themselves to the new challenges facing fisherman by cutting back the number of boats at sea. They also note however, that some EU states are subsidising their uneconomical businesses. (Herald page 7)
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\r\nStewart Milne Group: One of Scotland’s biggest construction companies has announced plans to make nearly 300 people redundant. (Scotsman page 13, Daily Mail page 16, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Telegraph page 15, Courier and Advertiser page 1, Herald page 3, Record page 2)
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\r\nTourism Tax: Councillor Tom Buchanan in the Scotsman (page 25) argues that a tourism tax should not be dismissed.
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\r\nRecession: David Blanchflower of the Monetary Policy Committee has stated that Britain could already be in a state of recession, and that we moreover may have it harder here than in the US. An ICM poll has further shown that 80% of Brits believe we are heading for a recession. (Guardian page 1)
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\r\nCrime
\r\nAnti-Social Behaviour: In the Herald, Lucy Adams joins officers from Strathclyde Police and notes how they have attempted to kerb youth crime and anti-social behaviour in certain trouble spots within Glasgow. (Herald page 14)
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\r\nStop-and-Search: Muslims in Scotland will quiz police over the controversial use of stop-and –search powers granted under ant-terror laws. Police will today meet with members of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation. (Herald page 11)
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\r\nAlcohol: One in five stores has been caught selling alcohol to under-18s during Strathclyde Police’s latest clampdown. 496 test purchases have been conducted by youngsters aged 16, with 79 of those being sold the alcohol. (Herald page 1 and 2)
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\r\nTransport
\r\nParking in Edinburgh: Parking permits in Edinburgh for cars which emit high levels of CO2 will see their annual fee increase from £160 to £320 under plans being proposed by Edinburgh City Council. (Scotsman page 1)
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\r\nPetrol price war: Supermarkets Asda, Morrison, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have entered a price war over the cost of petrol, each offering shoppers who spend over a certain amount, money off the cost of litre of petrol. (Scotsman page 4, Daily Express page 1, Daily Telegraph page 14, Courier and Advertiser page 1, Record page 10)
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\r\nRailways: Former Scotland Office minister Lord Foulkes has stated that there should be at least a partial renationalisation of railways. The claim comes in the light of the pay outs of bonuses to Network Rail bosses. (Herald page 6)
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\r\nHealth
\r\nProstate cancer drug: A study has found that the drug abiraterone could help prolong the lives of up to 10,000 men in the UK who suffer from the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. (Scotsman page 8, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Telegraph page 10, Guardian page 1, FT page 4, Mirror page 14, Times page 1)

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Local Government
\r\nLocal income tax: The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has calculated that the introduction of a local income tax could lead to a £1.3billion black hole in public spending. (Scotsman page 17, Press and Journal page 9, Courier and Advertiser page 9)
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\r\nPolitics
\r\nGlasgow East: Further comment and analysis ahead of Thursday’s by-election. There were divisions yesterday between the SNP and Labour over proposed new welfare reforms and how they would impact on the constituency. (Scotsman page 10, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Andrew O’Hagan in the Daily Telegraph, Douglas Fraser in the Herald, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 10, Press and Journal page 13, Courier and Advertiser page 8, Herald page 5, John Lloyd in the FT, Times page 5, Record page 2)
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\r\nDavid Marshall: It has been revealed that David Marshall MP ran his office from his own home and also allowed his daughter to run two firms from the same address. Mr Marshall is stepping down from his Glasgow-East constituency on health grounds. (Sun page 15, Daily Mail page 2)
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\r\nCivil servants strike: Scottish civil servants voted yesterday to strike over pay. The industrial action is expected to affect the Scottish Government and Registers of Scotland. (Scotsman page 15, Sun page 2, Daily Mail page 2, Press and Journal page 13, Courier and Advertiser page 9, Herald page 5)
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