Daily Political Media Summary: 7 November 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.   



Interest rates: The Bank of England yesterday cut interest rates by 1.5% to a 50 year low of 3%.  However, only Lloyds TSB confirmed that it would adjust its mortgage rates immediately, prompting calls from politicians for other banks to follow. (Scotsman page 6, David Bell in the Scotsman, Daily Express page 1, Daily record page 1, Commentary Herald page 7, Herald page 1, Commentary Daily Mail page 7, Mirror page 1, Sun page 6, Sun Commentary page 1, Times Commentary page 7, Times page 6, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1, Commentary FT page 17, FT page 1 and page 2, Guardian, Larry Elliott in the Guardian, P&J)

HBOS: Alex Salmond pledged yesterday that the Scottish Government would assess any alternative bid for HBOS to find out it was in the interests of Scotland. (Scotsman page 8, Peter Jones in the Scotsman)

Motor Industry: Car sales have suffered their biggest fall in two decades prompting industry leaders to call on banks to extend interest cuts to consumers and small business. (Herald page 4)

Insolvency: Figures due to be released today from the Governments Insolvency service are expected to show a sharp rise in the number of people forced into insolvency. (Telegraph page 4)


Lockerbie bomber: Coverage of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi’s attempt to be released on bail pending his appeal hearing. (Scotsman page 9, Daily Express, Herald page 8, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Mirror page 7, Sun page 23, Times page 3, Courier page 7, Telegraph page 12, P&J)

Probationer Officers: A record number of police recruits will pass out of the Scottish Police College. Fully 192 Officers will join the force in Scotland. (Herald Focus page 1)


Charitable Status: The head of St Leonards School in St Andrews has called for clear guidelines from the charities regulator about how much financial support it must offer. (Times Educational Supplement page 8)

 Teachers Pensions: A surge in teachers wanting to leave teaching has been attributed to pensions authorities failing to make payments to roughly 100 teachers already retired. The Government has blamed this on an increase in retirements. (Times Educational Supplement page 1)



Waiting Times: Every Health board in Scotland will receive a share of the £270 cash injection announced yesterday in order to cut waiting times. The Scottish Government have set a target of 12 weeks maximum (Daily Record page 6, Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 19 Sun page 8, Courier page 15 and page 3, P&J)

Drug Abuse Figures: The European Union’s Drug Agency has said that drug abuse is worse in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. (Daily Mail page 4)

NHS Dentists: Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has face calls to tackle the lack of NHS dentists in Scotland. (Times page 25, Courier page 8, P&J)


Local Government

Smoking ban for fostering and adopting: Councils in Scotland are pushing ahead with plans to ban smokers from adopting babies and young children. (Scotsman page 11, Emily Pykett in the Scotsman, (Daily Mail page 22)



Glenrothes by-election: Labour candidate Lindsay Roy defied expectations yesterday to win the Glenrothes by-election with a majority of 6,700, down from 10,644 in 2005, over the SNP. Labour achieved 55.1% of the vote and the SNP got 36.5%.  The Conservatives were third with 3.8% and the Lib Dems fourth with 2.6% – both parties lost their deposits. (Scotsman page 1, Hamish Macdonell in the Scotsman, Daily Express page 2, Herald page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 12, Guardian, Iain Macwhirter in the Guardian, P&J)

Scrutiny System: John Swinney announced plans to  abolish several public service watchdogs in attempts to streamline the scrutiny process. (Herald page 6, Courier page 12)

Jibes: Labour leader Iain Gray was roundly rebuked by the First Minister after he commented that Alex Salmond was no Barack Obama; the First Minister replied that Gray was no Jack McConnell. (Sun page 2)

Passport: The price of a passport is set to rise by more than a third to 100 pounds announced Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. (Telegraph page 6)