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Daily Political Media Summary: 6 November 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. 

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Economy

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HBOS: MSPs Tavish Scott, Alex Neil and Margo Macdonald yesterday accused directors of HBOS of failing in their duties by not looking seriously at alternative bids to the Lloyds TSB takeover. There is speculation that a rival bid could be announced over the next few days (Scotsman page 15, Express page 19, Times page 31, Mail page 21, Herald page 8, Courier page 9).

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Economic crisis: Further comment and analysis on the economy as the Deputy First Minister accuses UK ministers of failing to act quickly enough to help boost the economy. (Scotsman page 15, Times page 48).

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Interest rates: The Bank of England is expected to announce a cut interest rates later today (Scotsman page 37, Telegraph page B1, Guardian page 30, Herald page 30, Courier page 13, FT page 13).

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Working times opt-out: The European Parliament’s employment and social affairs committee yesterday voted to scrap the UK’s opt-out from the 48-hour working week. There will now be a vote in the European Parliament, followed by an EU summit if it backs the move (Mail page 25, Herald page 6, P&J page 14, Courier page 11).

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The Queen: The Queen has questioned the cause of the credit crisis. On a visit to the London School of Economics she asked, “Why did nobody notice it? If these things were so large, how come everyone missed them?” (Express page 17, Mail page 23, P&J page 5, Telegraph page 15, Herald page 8).

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Transport  

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Airport expansion: Edinburgh airport is on course of further expansion by Ryanair who are due to base three more aircraft at the airport by 2010 (Scotsman page 23, Herald page 8).

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Education

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Heriot-Watt: Heriot Watt University is set to increase its staff by 50% over the next decade as part of major expansion plans (Scotsman page 24, Herald page 7).

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Private education: Hugh Kerr in the Scotsman (page 36) argues that the private education should be abolished.

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Local Government

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Council tax: John Swinney yesterday said that councils were getting enough money from the Scottish Government to be able to freeze council tax next year (Scotsman page 18, Times page 31, Telegraph page 22).

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Politics

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Glenrothes by-election: Further coverage of the by-election taking place in Fife today  (Scotsman page 16, Gerri Peev in the Scotsman, Express page 10, Mirror page 19, Times page 24, Record page 2, Mail page 20, Herald page 6, P&J page 1, Telegraph page 17, Courier page 1, FT page 14).

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Trident: The SNP yesterday called on the UK Government to abandon its planed Trident replacement programme after a report from the National Audit Office said there would be difficulties in delivering the programme on time and on budget (Scotsman page 20).

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Greens and SNP: The Greens and SNP at the Scottish Parliament have cemented their relationship with a senior official to act as a link between the two parties (Courier page 8).