Daily Political Media Summary: 12 September 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. 

Economy
Energy package:
Further comment and analysis on Gordon Brown’s £1b energy saving package announced yesterday. Energy companies who are contributing £910m to the scheme have threatened to pass the costs of the package on to households. It was uncertain last night whether Scotland’s Warm Deal scheme would receive extra funds. The Prime Minister also faces the possibility of a backbench rebellion when the plans are debated at Westminster as 100 Labour MPs are demanding a windfall tax on energy companies. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Michael Settle in the Herald, Courier page 1, Record page 2, Times page 23, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 5, Sun page 1, Mirror page 6, Guardianpage 6, Mail page , FT page 1, Express page 8, Ross Clark in the Express)

Nuclear: Peter Jones in the Scotsman (page 31) comments that with the exception of hydro, renewable are not economic and ruling out nuclear power in Scotland could be a costly and damaging mistake.

Birth rate: The Scottish birth rate is increasing at its highest level for a decade according to the General Register Office of births, deaths and marriages. (Herald page 9, Courier page 9, P&J page 8)

Warning from the Bank of England: The Governor of the Bank of England has ruled out an extension of the special liquidity scheme. He also cautioned against a government guarantee for home loans as it could prevent financial markets from making a full recovery. (Times page 60, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 12, Guardian page 29, Mail page 2, FT page 2)

Job losses: David Blanchflower, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, has said that there is likely to be 60,000 job losses a month for several months. (Telegraph page 6, Mirror page 7)

Crime
Carstairs
: Scottish Taxpayers are paying £630,000 a year to give the only female patient at Carstairs State Hospital a ward to herself. Alison Campbell was sent to Carstairs after throwing her 6-year old son to his death from a 14-floor balcony. (Record page 1)

Transport
Channel Tunnel:
A fire closed the Channel Tunnel yesterday afternoon. Fire-fighters were still battling to put out the blaze last night. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Courier page 2, Record page 2, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 1, Sun page 11, Mirror page 11, Guardian page 4, Mail page 7, FT page 4, Express page 7)

XL: Thousands of British holidaymakers face being stranded overseas today as tour operated XL, the third-largest package holiday company in the UK, went into administration. (Times page 5 )

Education
New schools:
Fiona Hyslop yesterday said that around 250 new schools would be built, funded or constructed before the next Scottish elections. (Herald page 6, Courier page 9, P&J page 11, Sun page 4, Mail page 19)

Health
Under 21 alcohol ban:
Professor Sheila Bird, Vice-President of the Royal Statistical Society, has said that local under-age drinking crackdowns have provided no evidence that a national under 21 alcohol ban in shops and off-licences would reduce youth disorder. (Scotsman page 8)

Care homes: Proposals being considered by Scottish ministers will make making complaints about the treatment of residents in care homes easier through the introduction of a single, streamlined complaints system. (Herald page 1)

Vale of Leven: The Scottish Parliament voted yesterday to carry out a public inquiry into the C Diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven hospital in West Dunbartonshire. (Herald page 7, Courier page 10, Record page 6, Telegraph page 12, Express page 6)

Sexual diseases: Some sexual diseases including syphilis and gonorrhoea are increasing at a faster rate among over 35s than in younger people in Scotland. (Express page 1)

Local Government
Tory council tax cut:
The Scottish Conservatives yesterday called for the money set aside for Local Income Tax to be used to provide every Scottish household with a cut of £150 in their council tax bill. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, Courier page 1, Record page 4, Times page 8, Telegraph page 10, P&J page 14, Mail page 19, Express page 2)

Politics
Tax powers for Scotland:
Yesterday the Prime Minister appeared to backtrack from comments he had previously made about supporting more tax-raising powers for the Scottish Parliament. In his monthly briefing to journalists he said his comments at the CBI dinner last week had been misunderstood. Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman (page 24) comments that the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI along with the appointment of Sir Angus Grossart to chair the Scottish Futures Trust will have a lasting impact on Scotland. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 14)

‘Kalashnikov councillor’: John Mason, the new MP for Glasgow East, defended the actions of SNP Councillor Jahangir Hanif who took his children to Pakistan to learn to use Kalashnikov rifles. Mr Mason accused Councillor Hanif’s critics of being “racist” and “colonial”. John Mason also thought the two month suspension given to the councillor by the SNP was “a bit severe”. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 6, Courier page 7, Record page 19, Times page 8, Telegraph page 10, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Sun page 8, Mail page 10, Express page 2)

Political football: The Prime Minister has entered the row about Scottish and English international football matches being shown only on satellite television saying it was “unfortunate” that many supporters were unable to watch the Scottish or English games. (Herald page 3, Record page 4, P&J page 11, Sun page 2, Mail page 9)

David Cameron: Iain Martin in the Telegraph (page 24) comments that David Cameron needs to prove he is capable of the leadership Britain needs.

Scottish Labour leadership: Further comment and analysis ahead of the result of the Scottish Labour leadership on Saturday. (Herald page 7)

Tavish Scott: Matt Bendoris in the Sun (page 16) interviews Tavish Scott.