Daily Political Media Summary: 30 September 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Economy
US bail out: The US House of Representatives yesterday voted to reject the £700bn bail out deal to buy broken mortgage-backed bonds from banks, which had been agreed by party leaders. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Alex Massie in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Daily Express pages 1 and 4, Anatole Kaletsky in the Times, Times pages 1 and 2, Daily Mirror page 1, Robbie Dinwoodie in the Herald, Herald page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Mail page 1, Alex Brummer in the Mail, Guardian page 1, Nils Pratley in the Guardian, George Monbiot in the Guardian, FT page 1, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1)

Bradford & Bingley: Further comment and analysis on the proposed nationalisation of the Bradford and Bingley. (Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Times page 6, Daily Express page 45, Patrick O’Flynn in the Daily Express, Herald page 5, Press and Journal page 5, Mail page 2, Peter Oborne in the Mail, Guardian page 6, FT page 1)

Mortgage Lending: According to the Bank of England, mortgage lending plummeted by 95% during the month of August. (Press and Journal page 5, Courier page 2)

Eco-towns: More than 70 plans for “eco-towns” around Scotland have been lodged with the Scottish Government. (Scotsman page 14)

Poverty in Glasgow: According to a study carried out by Barnardo’s 98% of children in three areas of Glasgow live on or near the poverty line. (Record page 2, Press and Journal page 10, Courier page 9)

Public Sector Pay: In the Herald, Douglas Marr evaluates the worth of public sector staff and asks whether their pay reflects this, when contrasted against those in the private sector. (Herald page 13)

Pentland Firth: Alex Salmond has stated that the Pentland Firth will become the “epicentre of Scotland’s future in renewable energy” after the unveiling of a Scottish Power plan to build turbines on the seabed to utilise tidal currents. (Herald page 2)

Crime
Bail: Yesterday John Anderson was found guilty of stabbing Willie Reeve to death. He committed the murder while on bail for carrying a knife. (Sun page 15, Mail page 18)

Prisons: The Scottish Conservatives have suggested using old hospitals as temporary jails to ease prison overcrowding. (Mail page 6)

Cornton Vale: The Governor of Scotland’s women’s prison has admitted the jail is losing the battle against drugs. (Record page 7, Mail page 23, Courier page 6)

Transport
Borders line: Professor John Kay, a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers has said that the £300m Borders railway line was not good value for money and would produce unimpressive benefits. (Scotsman page 8)

Rail Signaller’s Strike: There could be severe disruption to Scotland’s rail network after it was announced there would be two twenty-four hour walk outs by rail signallers. (Herald page 1, Press and Journal page 9, Mail page 4)

High speed train links: The Conservative Party was criticised for snubbing Scotland yesterday as it proposed a high speed train link between London & Leeds to help reduce short haul flights. (Scotsman page 10, Record page 6, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 12, Mail page 6)

Education
Teachers: Morag Fleming in the Herald examines the prospects of newly qualified teachers, and asks whether they are receiving a fair deal. (Herald, Society)

Health
‘Fat camp’: Lyndsay Moss in the Scotsman (page 38) reports on Scotland’s first ‘fat camp’ to tackle obesity.

Local Government
Councillor wages: The Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee has recommended that Scottish councillors receive a 2.5% pay rise. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 10)

Homelessness: The number of homelessness applications has fallen by 5% since the SNP took power. However, there has also been a rise of 900 in the number of families with children registering as homeless. (Sun page 2, Daily Express page 8, Herald page 9, Press and Journal page 3, Courier page 4, Telegraph page 12)

Politics
Tory party conference: Further coverage of the Conservative Party conference. David Cameron has said that Conservative ministers would be compelled to appear before Holyrood committees to explain their policies for Scotland – Labour ministers have refused to appear in the past. The Tory Leader also said that a Conservative Government would not help the SNP break up the Union. (Scotsman page 11, Sun page 2, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Timespages 18 and 20, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 12, Guardian page 12, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, FT page 12, Jean Eaglesham in the FT, Philip Stephens in the FT, Courier page 10, Telegraph page 10, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)

Salmond and the Middle East: David Maddox in the Scotsman (page 22) comments on Alex Salmond’s plan to seek financial help for infrastructure projects from the Middle East. (Press and Journal page 10)

Calman Commission: The Scottish Lib Dems have called for the reopening of the Calman Commission to examine the relationship between the UK and the Scots treasury. They are calling for the introduction of a Finance Commission to police disputes between Edinburgh and London. (Herald page 2)

Green Business: The Lib Dems have called on the Scottish Government to make it easier for small businesses who wish to use more green methods of energy. They claim that it is too costly and difficult to get green initiatives up and running. (Press and Journal page 4)