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Daily Political Media Summary: 28 April 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 28 April 2009

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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.

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 Economy

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Budget 2009: Alf Young comments in the Herald on the possibility that Chancellor Darling may be right in his optimism. (Herald page 24)

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 Crime

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Punishments: One in five offenders given a community service order in Scotland has been waiting more than three months for the punishment to begin. Research has revealed the extent of the problems blighting community sentences that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has pledged to overhaul in an effort to reduce reoffending and cut the prison population. (Scotsman page 14)

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 Drug Ring: One of Scotland’s biggest drugs gangs has been dismantled after three of its members were jailed for a total of 28 years yesterday. (Scotsman page 22)

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 Domestic Abuse: Domestic abuse was yesterday branded ‘Scotland’s national shame’ after almost 7000 incidents were reported to police in six weeks. (Herald page 10, Press and Journal page 7, Courier page 9)

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 Transport

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Edinburgh Trams:  Almost £1million in bonuses has been paid to staff working on Edinburgh’s controversial tram project, it emerged yesterday. (Scotsman page 13)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: The UK’s first cases of swine flu were confirmed in Scotland yesterday, as countries around the world took dramatic action to try to contain the rising tide of infection. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 1)

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 Education

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Student Hardship: Scotland’s Education Secretary last night took the extraordinary step of issuing a robust message to the country’s students after they accused the Scottish Government of betraying manifesto pledges. Fiona Hyslop told the students at Scotland’s universities and colleges that their complaints were ‘politically ill-judged’ and they would forfeit any sympathy from families hit by the economic downturn. (Times page 160

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 Politics

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FM in Westminster: Labour’s budget is imposing Margaret Thatcher- style cuts on Scotland, Alex Salmond said in a rare appearance at Westminster yesterday. The First Minister attacked the UK Government’s reduced Budget projections for spending in Scotland. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6, Alan Cochrane in Telegraph, Press and Journal page 13)

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 MPs’ Expenses: Gordon Brown was forced into a climb down on reform of MPs’ expenses yesterday. The proposal came under fire after it emerged that the scheme could cost taxpayers roughly the same amount, without actually making the UK Parliament more accountable. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, Times page 11, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 6, FT page 2,  Press and Journal page 10)

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 Trident: Faslane is set to be the UK’s only submarine base in a move that will boost the economy yet will also be seen as a snub to the Scottish Government’s anti-nuclear stance. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Times page 17)