Daily Political Media Summary: 29 September 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Bradford & Bingley: Spanish banking giant Santander is to take over Bradford & Bingley’s branch network and £22bn of savings while the government is to nationalise the rest of the bank including its £40bn mortgage book. (Scotsman page 1 and page 4, Herald page 4, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Record page 4, Mail page 1, Telegraph page 1 and page 4, Express page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, Mirror page 7, Times page 1 and page 6, David Wighton in the Times, FT page 1, Guardian page 1)

American deal: Politicians in America have agreed a $700bn bail out for Wall Street, though the plan has still to be voted on by Congress. It is hoped the deal will lift confidence in the financial markets around the world. RBS is likely to benefit significantly from the deal due to its numerous interests in America. (Scotsman page 1, Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Mail page 7, Telegraph page 1, Adrian Michaels in the Telegraph, Express page 5, P&J page 5, Courier page 1, Times page 8, FT page 1, Wolfgang Munchau in the FT, Lawrence Summers in the FT, Guardian page 4, Peter Jones in the Scotland on Sunday, Simon Jenkins in the Sunday Times, Richard Woods and Sarah Baxter in the Sunday Times)

HBOS: The First Minister’s advisers will meet in private this week to discuss the takeover of HBOS to help Alex Salmond form a business case for retaining headquarter functions and jobs at the Mound in Edinburgh. (Scotsman page 5, P&J page 5, Courier page 3, Times page 7, Ian Fraser in the Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald, Wendy Alexander in the Scotland on Sunday)

Wave power: The world’s first tidal farms could be built in Scotland within three years. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, P&J page 7, Sunday Times page 5)

Tax cuts: Jeremy Purvis MSP in the Scotsman (page 24) argues that a 2p cut in the tartan tax could help Scottish families.

Salmond to visit Middle East: Alex Salmond is to approach Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds in the hope of gaining finance for some of Scotland’s major infrastructure projects. (Herald page 1, Mail page 8, Express page 2, Times page 11, Tom Gallagher in the Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Job losses: The CBI has warned that 12,000 jobs could be lost from the financial services sector over the next three months. (Herald page 27, Telegraph B1)

Prison service: Mike Ewart, chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, has said that prisons are struggling to maintain order because of the record number of inmates. (Herald page 6, Mail page 8, Telegraph page 12, Courier page 3, Times page 13)

Recorded crime: Reported crimes in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level for 25 years according to figures expected to be released this week. (Express page 15, P&J page 9, Courier page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Nursery education: A key Scottish Government commitment to ensure all pre-school children have access to a nursery teacher could in reality mean that children see a teacher only once a week. (Scotsman page 9)

Placing requests: A women has lodged a court challenge against Jordanhill School in Glasgow for refusing entry to her son. The challenge has prompted calls for a review of the placing request system. (Herald page 3)

Fiona Hyslop: Katie Grant in the Mail (page 12) and Jenny Hjul in the Sunday Times (page 20) comment on the Scottish exam results which show only 15% of pupils in Glasgow managing to pass three Highers.

Superbug: Health experts have warned that Scotland must brace itself for an increase in new and severe strains of the Clostridium difficile superbug. (Scotsman page 13)

NHS medicines: Health officials are struggling to plan for the near £1bn spent on prescribed medicines each year in Scotland because drug companies predictions of what new treatments will cots are widely inaccurate. (Herald page 1)

Breastfeeding: Women who breastfeed for one year reduce their risk of getting breast cancer by 5% according to new research. (Herald page 10, Mail page 29, Telegraph page 1, Express page 22)

Local Government
Second home owners: Plans being considered by the Scottish Government could lead to a sharp rise in the tax bills for second home owners. (Herald page 9, Mail page 9)

Conservative Party conference
: Today is the second day of the Tory Party conference in Birmingham. George Osborne is expected to make his speech today calling time on what he will refer to as “Gordon Brown’s age of irresponsibility”. According to reports Boris Johnston up staged David Cameron yesterday when he received a huge ovation after addressing the conference yesterday, while Annabel Goldie has said that the Conservatives are the only party capable of defending the union. Janet Daley in the Telegraph (page 20) argues that in the current financial crisis it is vital that the Tories stay true to pro-market principles. (Scotsman page 8, Ross Lydall in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Record page 2, Mail page 10, Telegraph page 1 and page 6, Express page 8, Leo McKinstry in the Express, P&J page 8, Courier page 2, Times page 19, William Rees-Mogg in the Times, FT page 2, Matthew Engel in the FT, Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun, Guardian page 10, Eddie Barnes in the Scotland on Sunday)

Conservative Party donations: The Tory Party is facing allegations that it has been bankrolled by hedge fund managers who have made fortunes by short-selling shares in British banks. (Mail page 2, Mirror page 11)

Cabinet reshuffle: Senior members of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet have allegedly threatened to resign if he tries to move them in the expected reshuffle. It is expected that the role of the Secretary of State for Scotland will be retained in the reshuffle. (Mail page 4, Telegraph page 14, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Sarah Brown: Anna Burnside in the Ecosse, Sunday Times (page 4) comments that the Prime Minister’s wife has done more to boost his reputation than any policy announcements.