Daily Poltical Media Summary: 3 Nov 2008



HBOS: It emerged last night that a third potential bidder for HBOS is considering making an offer.  The bidder, believed to be one of the world’s biggest financial institutions, does not have a major high street presence in the UK.  Meanwhile Jim Murphy is facing calls for an investigation into his conduct after allegations he leaked confidential information about a second bidder to the media. (Scotsman page 9, The Herald page 1, Daily Record page 4, Daily Mail page 18, Daily Express page 2, The Times page 38, The Sun  page 2, The P&J page 5, The Telegraph page B1, Sunday Herald page 1, Sunday Post page 1, Scotland on Sunday page 2)

Interest rates: Interest rates are likely to fall again as part of a co-ordinated effort by the world’s major economies. (Scotsman page 9 , The Herald page 2, Daily Express page 2, The P&J page 5, The Courier page 13, Roger Bootle in The Telegraph, The Telegraph page B1)

Further comment on the Credit Crunch: (Jeremy Peat in The Herald)


Cannabis: Police in Scotland have smashed 143 cannabis factories in Scotland linked to organised crime over the past two years. (Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 8, Daily Record page 12, The P&J page 7, The Courier page 10)

Reoffending: Tristain Stewart Robertson in the Scotsman (page 39) reports on new methods to help sex offenders after they are released from prison.

Lord Advocate: Scotland’s judges have called for the Lord Advocate to be stripped of her prosecution role, leaving her as a legal advisor to the Scottish Government.  The judges argue in their submission to the Calman Commission that her dual role has led to a number of legal challenges. (Sunday Herald page 6, Scotland on Sunday page 12)


Bogus College: The fake college, Great Regent College, in Glasgow has re-opened under another name, West George College after being struck from the official government register. (The Herald page 1)


Cut £500 million: Health boards could have to cut £500 million across Scotland over the next three years it has been claimed by a senior Labour figure. (The Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 28, The P&J page 9, The Telegraph Page 4, Scotland on Sunday page 8)

Assisted Suicide: MSP Margo MacDonald is hoping to bring a bill to legalise assisted suicide to the Scottish Parliament next year, however Nicola Sturgeon came out saying that she was not convinced that sufficient safeguards could be put in place. (Daily Express page 15, Margo MacDonald in the Sunday Post)

Buckfast: The firms which own Buckfast has demanded talks with the Justice Secretary after being singled out in the parliamentary debate on teenage drinking. (The Sun page 29)

Local Government

England could become tax haven:  England could become a tax haven for wealthy Scots if SNP local income tax is levied. (Daily Mail page 30)


Glenrothes by-election: Further coverage of the Glenrothes by-election as the campaign enters its final week. (Scotsman page 13, David Maddox in the Scotsman, The Herald page 6, Daily Record page 2, Allan Massie in Daily Mail, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Express page 4, William Rees-Mogg in The Times, The Times page 12, Daily Mirror page 6, The Sun page 2, The P&J page 9, The Courier page 11, The Telegraph page 4, Sunday Herald page 10, Sunday Times page 1 and page 13, Sunday Post page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 6 & 7)

By-election: David Torrance in the Scotsman (page 26) looks back on Jim Sillars historic by-election win in Govan 20 years ago.

Nicola Sturgeon under fire: Nicola Sturgeon is under fire for dismissing moves in England and Wales which provide safeguards for homeowners during the credit crunch. (The Herald page 9)

SNP sweet talking Tories: The Tories have accused the SNP of trying to persuade their conservative counterparts in England to support Scottish independence, a claim which is dismissed by the SNP as nonsense. (The Herald page 6)

Scottish Independence: The Financial Crisis has dampened support for independence. (The P&J page 9)

Cleverest children vote Green: Cleverer children are not only more likely to vote, but they are more inclined to vote Green or for the Liberal Democrats. (The Herald page 3, The P&J page 9)

Data Safety: The PM stated that the government is unable to promise to keep sensitive personal data safe. Mr Purnell has apologised for leaving a file of ministerial documents on a train after it emerged that his department will be punishing the firm which lost a key data stick. (Daily Mail page 8, The Sun page 2, The P&J page 13, The Telegraph page 4, The Guardian page 5)

Raid on Pensions: The British government has raided the pension pot for £17,000 for each of the 10.5 million retirement pots of current workers to fund public sector schemes. (Daily Mail page 1)

Peter Mandeson: Reflection on Gordon Brown’s reshuffle. (Philip Webster in The Times)