Daily Political Media Summary: 30 January 2009
All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.
Parent Power: There has been coverage in numerous newspapers on Reform Scotland’s latest report Parent Power, which examines how the principles of greater choice and competition might be applied to the Scottish education system to raise overall standards and extend educational opportunity. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 4, page 19, Times page 5, Press and Journal page 17, Daily Telegraph page 11, Daily Mail page 19)
Oil-refinery Strike: Strikes were spreading across Britain today over a decision to use foreign workers to carry out a building project at an oil refinery in Lincolnshire. Around 700 contractors working at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland walked out today in support of workers at the Lindsey plant where protests at the use of around 100 Italian and Portuguese workers have entered their third day. (Guardian page 20, Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 5)Gleneagles: Every member of staff at Gleneagles, Scotland’s most famous five star hotel has been asked to consider redundancy in response to the global economic downturn. (Scotsman page 6, Press and Journal page 10, The Courier page 6)
Devolution and the Economy: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on the SNP budget and whether devolution could survive recession. (page 24)
ACPOS: An influential committee of MSPs has criticised ACPOS, Scotland’s top police officers association, warning it is unaccountable and should be subjected to closer scrutiny. (Herald page 2)
Budget: Alex Salmond was on the verge last night of rescuing the SNP Government’s Budget by making enough concessions to bring all opposition parties on board. It is reported that the First Minister believes he can secure the unanimous backing of every MSP for the Budget by making a series of simple changes. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Alf Young, Times page 1, page 3, Guardian page 18, Press and Journal page 1, page 9, The Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1)