Daily Political Media Summary: 21.08.2008

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
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Borrowing:
Alistair Darling is facing a struggle to meet his full year borrowing targets despite bumper oil tax revenues. (Scotsman page 30, Daily Express page 19, Guardian page 24, FT page 2)
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\r\nOAP’s: Thousands of pensioners could lose hundreds of pounds each in a benefits’ shake-up. (Herald page 8)
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\r\nHousing Market: The head of Scotland’s largest estate agent has attacked politician’s claims that the housing market is beating the credit crunch as ‘nonsense’. (Times page 4)
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\r\nMortgage lending: Figures showed yesterday that mortgage lending rose slightly during July but remained well down on the level recorded a year ago. (Courier page 15)
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\r\nGas Prices: UK wholesale gas prices soared by more than 14% yesterday after a leak in a North Sea pipeline prompted fears about scarce supplies this winter. (Herald page 1, Courier page 15 , FT page 2, P&J page 15)
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\r\nMPC: The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee considered arguments for cutting, raising or holding interest rates before deciding to stay put at 5% two weeks ago (Herald page 38, P&J page 19, Guardian page 24, FT page 2)
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\r\nCrime
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Knife crime:
A boy as young as ten committed an unprovoked knife attack on a fifteen year old boy. (Record page 11)
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\r\nDrugs: Dr Iain Oliver, former Chief Constable of Grampian Police, in the Guardian (page 33) argues against the legalisation of drugs.

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Alcohol: Iain Gray, a contender for Labour’s leadership at Holyrood set out plans for a new court sentence of an Alcohol treatment and testing order to tackle drink related crime. ( Herald page 8)
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\r\nTransport
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BAA:
The Competition Commission said yesterday that BAA should sell off either Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and face new controls at Aberdeen airport to increase competition which airlines and travel agents hope may lead to lower fares and improved facilities. (Scotsman page 10, Hamish Rutherford in the Scotsman, Daily Mail page 8, Courier page 11, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mirror page 16, Sun page 20, Herald page 1, page 15, Scotsman page 40, Anatole Kaletsky (Times page 24) : Julia Finch in the Guardian, Telegraph B1, Richard Fletcher in the Telegraph, FT page 1, P&J page 8)
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\r\nEducation
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School lunches:
Children in rural areas are more likely to opt for a healthier lunch than youngsters in the cities according to the Scottish Consumer Council. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 13)
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\r\nHealth
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End of life care:
Thousands of Scots could be missing out on good care at the end of their lives because of unequal access to services according to Audit Scotland. (Scotsmanpage 18, Herald page 6 , P&J page 11)
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\r\nLocal Government
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Industrial action:
Scotland’s councils offered to re-open negotiations with unions last night following yesterday’s one day strike action involving about 150,000 local government workers. (Scotsman page 13, Courier page 3, Herald page 2, Times page 3 Daily Mail page 1, Daily Express page 6, Daily Mirror page 15, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 9, Sun page 8, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph.) Labour leadership contenders Cathy Jamieson and Iain Gray voiced their support for the protest (Daily Mail page 4) Alf Young (Herald page 37) comments on Alex Salmond’s reaction to the question over public sector pay on the eve of the strike. 

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Politics
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By-election:
Further analysis and comment on the Glenrothes by-election. (Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman)
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\r\nUnion: Iain Martin in the Telegraph (page 20) argues that the success of team GB at the Olympics has dampened the progress towards independence.

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Cycling: The First Minister has pledged that the Scottish Government will look at funding major new cycle training facilities in Scotland in light of Chris Hoy’s Olympic success. (Scotsman page 6)
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\r\nBrown’s legacy to Scotland: Greg Rosen in the Scotsman (page 38) comments on Gordon Brown’s background in helping deliver devolution to Scotland, which has helped keep Scotland within the union and allowed Scotland to reject an unpopular government at Westminster without the need for independence.
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\r\n‘Joke’ website: The Government has been accused of wasting taxpayers\’ money on a video rejecting a campaign to make Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson prime minister.( Heraldpage 8, Telegraph page 4)
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\r\nCameron in Scotland: Harry Reid (Herald page 17) comments on David Cameron’s support in Scotland as at odds with his support in England.
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\r\nGeneral election: Gordon Brown yesterday declared Labour could still win the next election despite the economic outlook and recent opinion polls. (Scotsman page 9, Daily Mail page 19, Sun page 2, Courier page 2 Guardian page 12, Telegraphpage 1, P&J page 5)

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Atheist Prime Minister: AC Grayling in the Guardian (page 29) comments on the prospect of David Milliband becoming Prime Minister and what it would mean to have an atheist Prime Minister.

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Latest poll: The latest UK opinion poll put the Tories on a record 24-point lead over Labour. (Herald page 8)
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