Daily Political Media Summary: 16 October 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Banking crisis: The G8 has backed the Prime Minister’s call for a summit of world leaders to negotiate a new framework to govern the world financial system. Meanwhile shares plunged yesterday on fears that the financial crisis may evolve into a global recession (Herald page 6, P&J page 10, Guardian page 6, Telegraph page B1, FT page 1, Anatole Kaletsky in the Times).

Unemployment: The number of unemployed people in the UK rose by 0.5% in the three months to August, the biggest jump in any three-month period since 1991. The number of people out of work in Scotland rose by 19,000 (Herald page 34, Courier page 11, Guardian page 4, Telegraph page 1, FT page 3, Times page 1, Record page 1).

HBOS: There was renewed hope that HBOS might be able to survive as an independent bank yesterday after the chief executive of the Financial Services Authority said that he was “content with the amount of capital being raised” by the bank (Peter Jones in the Times, Scotsman page 6, George Kerevan in the Scotsman, P&J page 10)

Rape: A hard-hitting advertising campaign aimed at challenging the attitude that women are often to blame for being raped was launched yesterday (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 2, P&J page 11, Times page 23, Mail page 30, Express page 36). Elish Angiolini, the Lord Advocate, argues that society’s attitudes to heinous crime need to change (Scotsman page 28).

Alcohol abuse: The drinks trade should help to pay for dealing with people who are drunk and incapable, according to an idea put forward in a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland. The report also called for responsibility for dealing with people who are drunk in custody to be transferred to the NHS (Herald page 1, Times page 23, Express page 8, Telegraph page 10, Courier page 8).

GPs’ salaries: Scottish GPs’ salaries fell by 1.3% last year, a smaller decrease than doctors in the rest of the UK. The average pre-tax salary of a Scottish GP was £89,486 in 2006-07 (Herald page 9).

Cancer waiting times: The retiring medical director of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre has called for waiting time targets to be changed so that the same priority is given to all cases. At the moment the 62 day referral-to-treatment target applies only to cases marked ‘urgent’ by GPs (Herald page 1).

Local Government

David Maddox asks whether the SNP’s concordat with councils is in danger of falling apart (Scotsman page 38).

Free school meals: The Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee will hold an inquiry into whether local authorities can afford to provide free school meals in P1-3 (Herald page 8).

Barnett formula: Sir Kenneth Calman, chairman of the commission on Scotland’s constitutional future, said that the Barnett formula, used to calculate the level of public spending in Scotland, needs to change (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 8, Courier page 6, Telegraph page 8, Times page 23, Mail page 10).

Glenrothes by-election: The SNP launched its campaign for the Glenrothes by-election yesterday, focusing on economic issues. Alex Salmond said he would be happy to hold a debate with the Prime Minister (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 8, P&J page 9, Courier page 1, Times page 16, Mail page 10, Express page 2).

BBC: The BBC is to transfer production of 9% of its programmes to its new Scottish base in Glasgow. Question Time and Newsnight Review will be made in Scotland by 2010 (Herald page 3, Telegraph page 1, FT page 6, Mail page 5).