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Daily Political Media Summary: 10 November 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

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Economy

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Financial Crisis:  Further Comment on the financial crisis. (The Herald page 6 and page 30, The P&J page 16, The Times page 22, The Guardian page 4, Alan Cochrane in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph page 4, George Osborne and Norma Cohen in the FT, Bill Jamieson in Scotland on Sunday, Colin Donald in Sunday Herald)

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HBOS: A battle to encourage HBOSs’ 2.1 million shareholders to oust the chairman Lord Stevenson and chief executive Andy Hornby has been launched in order to prevent the Lloyds TSB takeover. (Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1 and page 4, Iain MacWhirter in The Herald, The P&J page 1, The Courier page 1, Peter Jones in The Times, The Times page 1, The Guardian page 23, The Daily Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Allan Massie in the Daily Mail, Daily Mail page 6, Daily Express page 4, Daily Record page 6, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Sunday Times page 5, Kenny Kemp and Tom Gordon in Sunday Herald, Sunday Herald page 1, Sunday Post page 1)

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Food Prices: The price of food and drink in Britain’s major supermarkets has fallen for the first time this year; the drop has been largely associated with the heavy discounting of alcohol. (Scotsman page 6)

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Unemployment: Employment in the private sector of the Scottish economy is declining more rapidly than at any time in the past decade. Meanwhile unemployment in the UK is likely to rise above 1.8 million the highest level since 1998, the financial industry alone is preparing for another round of job cuts as tens of thousands of jobs are cut in preparation for further financial turbulence. (Scotsman page 25, FT page 1 and page 4)

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Consumer Confidence: Consumer confidence in the UK is at a record low with 84% of people in the UK believing that the British economy is in a recession. (Scotsman page 25)

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Islamic Bonds:  The Britain remains committed to launching the first Islamic bond by a Western country. The Islamic bond or sukuk is structured to avoid paying interest so as to comply with the teachings of the Koran. (FT page 3)

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Taxes: There is much speculation over the extent of tax cuts in the Chancellors Pre-Budget Report. The Shadow Chancellor has warned the government that spending its way out of a recession is dangerous. (The Times page 3 and Peter Riddell, The Daily Telegraph page 4, FT page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Sun page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 4)

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Crime

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Babies Born in Prison: The number of babies born in prison has risen to nearly double in the last four years, although figures are still low experts argue that the impact on children and parents is unacceptable. (The Herald page 1)

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Health

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Under Age Drinking: New figures demonstrate that pupils from rural schools are more likely to be caught drinking under the age of 18 compared to their urban counterparts. The number of 13-year –olds consuming alcohol has doubled since 1990. (Scotsman page 14, Daily Express page 14)

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Drug league table:  Young Scots will top the EUs drugs league in a new report issued by the European Union’s drug agency. (The Courier page 11, Daily Express page 6, Daily Mirror page 10)

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New Contraceptives: Women on the pill will be encouraged to switch to newer, more long-term and reliable, forms of contraceptives to try and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in Scotland. (The Herald page 8, The P&J page 15, The Courier page 11, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

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Politics

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Glenrothes by-election: Further commentary on the by-election. A poll was released at the weekend, indicating that the Conservatives have a 13 point lead over Labour. (The Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 8, Jenny Hjul in the Sunday Times, Jason Allardyce and Iain Harrison in the Sunday Times, Brian Wilson in the Sunday Times, Sunday Times page 2, Iain MacWhirther in the Sunday Herald, Sunday Herald page 7 and page 4, Sunday Post page 15)

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Lottery Funds: It has been reported that the Scottish Government is trying to recover £150 million in Lottery funds which it says has been diverted from worthwhile Scottish causes to the 2012 Olympics. (Scotsman page 8, The Courier page 7)

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No Pay Day Launched: Scotland’s trade unions declared today to be ‘No Pay Day’ in an effort to close the gender gap in wages. (Scotsman page 12)

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Scottish Government Alcohol Plan: The major supermarkets have opposed the Governments plan to tailor how alcohol is sold in an effort to reduce Scottish consumption. (The Herald page 6)

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Unemployed adults and Child Poverty: The plight of unemployed adults without children is worse than ever, reports show that this sector of society has not seen a real-term increase in their benefits for two decades, making them fall further behind the rest of society. Scotland has made no progress on the levels of child poverty in the last 3 years, at least a quarter of a million children live bellow the bread line an influential think tank will claim. (Scotland on Sunday page 13, The Herald page 11)

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Devolution: Gordon Brown is expected to release a document in response to the Calman Commission stating that there are no reasonable grounds to change Scotland’s devolution settlement. However there have been calls from Westminster to make the Scottish Government more financially responsible. (The P&J page 9, The Courier page 11, The Times page 11, The Daily Telegraph page 11, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page 9, Sun page 12, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

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Scottish Taxes: Alex Salmond has criticised a tax plan which would give Scotland its share of tax revenues but not the authority to change them at Holyrood. (Scotsman page 12)

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Shetland Independence: The leader of Shetland’s council has made a bid for the devolution of the islands and their 22,000 inhabitants; he will hold talks with Alex Salmond. (The P&J page 9, The Courier page 11, The Times page 15)

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Alex Salmond: The First Minister has stuck by his target of winning an additional 20 seats at next general election. (The Courier page 3)

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Savings Targets: The department of the First Ministers is the least efficient in the Scottish government falling 80% short of savings targets. (Sunday Herald page 12)

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