Daily Political Media Summary: 20 October 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

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Economy
\r\nFinancial Crisis: Further comment on the credit crunch (Wolfgang Munchau in FT)
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\r\nHBOS: Alex Salmond has called for a rethink on Lloyds TSB’s takeover of HBOS, however HBOS has said that the deal represented the best option for Scotland and it was imperative it went ahead. Trade Unions have demanded that the government imposes strict conditions on HBOS and Lloyds TSB to protect their workers from a slew of redundancies’. (Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 1, The Guardian page 24, The Telegraph page 10, Sunday Herald page 1, Sunday Times page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 2)
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\r\nFSA: David Bennett, chief executive of Apcims, has warned of a risk of excessive red tape and over-regulation of the financial sector following the banking crisis. (Scotsman page 27)
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\r\nUnemployment & recession: The Ernst & Young ITEM club has warned that the UK is already in recession, that the economy will shrink by 1% next year and unemployment could reach 2.2million by the end of 2009. Business leaders revealed that almost one in four companies fear a down turn in business activity. Alastair Darling has confirmed that Labour will spend its way out of the recession using taxpayers’ cash. (Scotsman page 28, The Herald page 29 and page 7, Daily Express page 4 and page 4, Larry Elliot in The Guardian and page 4, The Courier page 3, The P&J page 17, The Telegraph page 4, The Telegraph page 1, Scotland in Sunday page 13)
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\r\nHousing market: Scots home repossessions are set to hit 1000 this month; the treasury announced that banks will be forced to be more lenient in their approach to repossessions. First time buyers will benefit from £60 million support package to help find affordable homes, in a pledge from Alex Salmond. (Sun page 1, The Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 4, Daily Expresspage 5 and page 4, The Courier page 11, FT page 2, The P&J page 10, The Telegraph page 5, , Scotland on Sunday page 1)
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\r\nInterest rates: Only a radical cut in interest rates can avert economic disaster. (Anatole Kaletsky in The Times)
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\r\nScotland’s financial reputation: Allan Massie in the Ecosse, Sunday Times (page 4) comments on the Treasury’s rescue of HBOS and RBS and the impact the move has on Scotland’s reputation for financial prudence and careful banking.
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\r\nCrime
\r\nAcademics in FBI-style internship: Scotland’s leading crime fighting agency is opening its doors to academics for the first time in a bid to toughen legitimate businesses against organised crime. (The Herald page 10)
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\r\nEscaped Convicts: Hundreds of prisoners have escaped from Scottish prisons in the last three years, including serious offenders such as murders (Daily Express page 8, The Courier page 3, Sunday Times page 12)
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\r\nGay Hate Crimes: The number of hate crimes towards homosexuals has more than trebled throughout Scotland. (Daily Record page 12)
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\r\nTransport
\r\nFerry services: A pilot road equivalent tariff scheme to cut the cost of ferry services was launched yesterday for journeys to the Western Isles. (Scotsman page 12)
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\r\nHealth
\r\nDiabetes: The number of people with diabetes in Scotland is rising faster than in the rest of the UK. The increasing obesity rate, up nearly 17% from last year is linked to the increase in type 2 diabetes. (Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 5, Daily Mail page 11, The Times page 13, The Courier page 11, The P&Jpage 12)
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\r\nHospitals to take back control of cleaning: Hospitals around Scotland are to take back control of cleaning and catering services, this puts an end to the practice of outsourcing these tasks. Nicola Sturgeon will call for action today. (The Herald page 6, The P&J page 10, Scotland on Sunday page 6)
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\r\nFears over nurses’ numeracy: Research suggests that a lack of numeracy skills in Scottish nurses is putting lives as risk. (Daily Express page 25, Sunday Times page 9)
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\r\nPolitics
\r\nSNP conference: The First Minister used his keynote speech to the SNP conference in Perth to lead the fight back on the economics of independence and to hit out at unionists who said that an independent Scotland would have not survived the current economic crisis. Stewart Hosie MP in the Scotsman (page 26) outlines how Scotland can emulate the economic success of Norway.(Scotsman page 1, Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman, Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Iain Macwhirter in The Herald, The Herald page 6,Alex Salmond in The Times, Michael White in The Guardian, The Telegraph page 10, Daily Record page 13, Debate of the week in the Sunday Herald, Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald, Sunday Times page 1, Jason Allardyce in the Sunday Times, Kenny Farquharson in the Scotland on Sunday)
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\r\nAlex Salmond: Alex Salmond called Gordon Brown a sub-prime Minister, blaming him for creating the financial crisis hitting Scotland’s biggest banks (Sun page 2, Daily Mirror page 4, Daily Mail page 4, The Times page 1, The Guardian page 6, The Courier page 1, The P&J page 1, The Telegraph page 1, Daily Record page 6)
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\r\nMP’s 24 day Christmas holiday: A 24 day holiday was announced for MPs over this coming Christmas, a week more than usual. (Sun page 9, Daily Mail page 21, Daily Express page 9, The Telegraph page 12)
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\r\nGordon Brown: Gordon Brown has led Labour to a surge in the polls, having been credited with a role in the management of the credit crisis. (Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun, Daily Mirror page 4, The Telegraph page 4 )
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\r\nSir Jamie McGrigor: The Tory housing spokesman has claimed £11,000 pounds of tax payers’ money for a second home in Edinburgh. (Daily Mail page 20, The P&J page 7, Sunday Herald page 4)
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\r\n‘Junkets’: Paul Hutcheon & Tom Gordon in the Sunday Herald (page 20) investigate the use of lavish ‘junkets’ within Scotland’s public services.
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\r\nTory Hint on taxes: Scotland could be given the power to raise and set its own taxes under a Tory government. (Daily Mail page 4, Daily Express page 5, The Courier page 9, The P&J page 9, The Telegraph page 8, Sunday Post page 2)
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\r\nPeter Mandelson: Lord Mandelson signalled his support in principle for the partial privatisation of the Royal Mail. (FT page 2)
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\r\nGlenrothes by-election: Further comment and news that Sarah Brown will be spearheading the Glenrothes by-election campaign. (Daily Record page 1, Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday herald, Jenny Hjul in the Sunday Times)
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\r\nLabour Councillor: Councillor Terry Kelly from Renfrewshire Council is facing disciplinary action from the Labour party after he used his blog to describe the Queen as a “sectarian racist” along with a string of personal attacks on members of the Royal family. (Scotland on Sunday page 11)