Daily Political Media Summary: 13th October 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Banking crisis: RBS, HBOS and Lloyds TSB are to accept £37bn in money from the government. The deal will also see Sir Fred Goodwin stand down as chief executive of RBS, replaced by Stephen Hester. Chief Executive of HBOS, Andy Hornby, is also expected to stand down from his post. The bail out by the government has cast doubts over the future of the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS, with Lloyds saying the terms will now have to be renegotiated. (Scotsman page 1 and page 26, Sun page 1 and page 6, Iain Macwhirter in The Herald, The Herald page 1 and page 5, The Daily Record page 2, Alex Brummer Daily Mail, Daily Mail page 1, Leo McKinstry in Daily Express, David Wighton in The Times, The Times page 1, Daily Mirror page 1, The Telegraph page 1, Martin Vander Weyer and Damian Reece in The Telegraph, The FT page 1, Jane Croft and Kate Burgess in the FT, The Guardian page 6 and page 1, Jon Cruddas in The Guardian and Jackie Ashley in The Guardian, Courier page 9, P&J, James Cusick in the Sunday Herald, Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald, Richard Woods & David Smith in the Sunday Times, Simon Jenkins in the Sunday Times, Peter Jones in the Scotland on Sunday)

European banking summit: European political leaders yesterday agreed that no major finical institution will be allowed to collapse and individual countries would be able to inject capital into their own banks by means of preference shares. (Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 4, Daily Express page 1, The Times page 8, The Telegraph page 4, FT page 1 and Wolfgang Munchau in FT, The Guardian page 1, Courier page 1, P&J, Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald)

Alex Salmond: The First Minister has called for a £1bn package to bolster Scotland’s economy; the cash would come from a range of Treasury sources including Scottish fossil fuel level payments that are currently held by Ofgem. (The Herald page 6, The Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Express page 4, The Times page 5, Daily Mirror page 5, Courier page 1, P&J, Wendy Alexander in the Sunday Herald, Jenny Hjul in the Sunday Times, Sunday Postpage 1, Scotland on Sunday page 3, Michael Gove in the Scotland on Sunday)

Job losses: RBS’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index suggests that Scottish companies are shedding jobs at the fastest rate in more than a decade. (Scotsman page 25, The Herald page 30, The Times page 6, Daily Mirror page 6, The Telegraph page 6, Courier page 9)

Bankruptcy in Scotland: Nearly a thousand Scots a month are going bankrupt as the credit crisis worsens. (Daily Mirror page 5)

Public debt likely to top 50% of national income: Public sector debt is likely to rise above 50% of annual national income because of the financial aid given to banks. (FT page 2)

42-day detention: The House of Lords is expected to vote tonight against the government’s plans to extend the time limit possible to hold suspects without charge from 28 days to 42 days. (Scotsman page 8, Sun page 2, The Herald page 12, Daily Mail page 10, Philip Johnston in The Telegraph, The Guardian page 16, Lord Goldsmith and Marcel Berlins in The Guardian, Courier page 2, P&J)

Gangs expert: A gangs expert from Chicago will be visiting Glasgow and London to advise on how to deal with youth crime. (The Herald page 1)

Criminals in College: Criminals who refuse to pay court fines are being sent on college courses that cost the normal student hundreds of pounds. (The Daily Record page 11)

Mark Bonini: A killer jailed for shooting a two year old in the head with an airgun is demanding £93,000 compensation from the government for having to ‘slop out’ in prison, a violation he claims of his human rights. (Daily Mail page 11)

Human rights laws lead to early release: Human rights laws have led to a dramatic rise in the early release of prisoners serving life sentences in Scottish jails. (Daily Express page 6, Sunday Times page 5)

Judges: Equality organisations, legal groups and opposition parties are calling on the First Minister to appoint female and ethnic minority judges as a way of dismantling one of Scotland’s “old boy’s networks”. (Sunday Herald page 1)

Forth Bridge: Nearly 2,000 bolts which help hold up the Forth Bridge may have to be replaced. (Scotsman page 9)

Highers “too easy”: Highers exams are failing to stretch the brightest pupils according to retiring principle of St Andrews Dr. Brian Lang. (Daily Mail page 20, Courier page 3, Sunday Times page 4)

Pay rise for NHS chief: Tom Drivers an NHS chief at the centre of the C.diff crisis, will receive a generous NHS pay rise despite being blamed for presiding over hospitals whose litany of hygiene violations contributed to the death of 18 people. (Daily Mail page 10)

New drivers: NHS Tayside has called for newly qualified drivers to be banned from drinking any alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car. (Courier page 1)

Alcohol: The SNP’s youth wing is to challenge the Scottish Government’s plans to raise the age limit for off-sales of alcohol from 18 to 21 at the party’s annual conference this week. (Sunday Herald page 27, Scotland on Sunday page 8, The Herald page 6)

Local Government
Council concordat: David Maddox in the Scotsman (page 9) comments on the problems between local authorities and the Scottish Government.

By-election in Glenrothes
: Further coverage of the Glenrothes by-election, Labour fights to defend a majority of 10,600, the SNP are the favourites to win the seat. Cardinal Keith O’Brien has sent a letter to parishes in the constituency condemning Labour’s record on moral issues. (Courier page 7, P&J, Sunday Times page 2, The Herald page 6)

Tavish Scott: The LibDem leader has called upon Holyrood to use its tax varying powers for the first time, he called to cut taxes to re-start the economy. (The Herald page 6)

Jim Murphy: Anna Burnside in the Ecosse segment of the Sunday Times (page 4) comments on the new Scottish Secretary and his fights with the SNP.

Linda Fabiani: The Scottish Europe & Culture Minister has been attacked for meeting with Mohammed Sawalha, a controversial Muslim leader formerly linked to the fundamentalist group Hamas. (Scotland on Sunday page 5)