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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 May 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 May 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.

Economy

Interest Rates: The Bank of England held base rates at 0.5 per cent yesterday but announced plans to inject a further £50 billion into the economy in the continued attempt to get credit flowing through the banking system. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 34, Guardian page 25, FT page 1, Daily Telegraph page B1, Press and Journal page 11, The Courier page 13, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 6)

Lloyds Banking Group: Lloyds Banking Group said yesterday that losses on its corporate book are to rise by more than 50 per cent on last year, following the takeover of HBOS and its toxic debts. (Scotsman page 35, Herald page 36, Guardian page 28, Times page 52, FT page 17, page 19, Daily Telegraph page B8, Press and Journal page 11, The Courier page 16, Daily Mail page 74, Daily Express page 61)

Crime

Paedophile Ring: A ring of eight paedophiles have been found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges. Parents of the victims last night spoke of their ‘indescribable anguish’ after men who posed as friends were convicted of sexually abusing their children and distributing ‘disturbing images’ to other paedophiles. (Scotsman page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, Herald page 1, page 6, page 7, page 18, Guardian page 12, Times page 1, page 18, page 19, Daily Telegraph page 12, Press and Journal page 1, page 8, The Courier page 1, page 10, Daily Mail page 1, page 4, page 5, Daily Record page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, page7, Daily Mirror page 1, page 5, Daily Express page 1, page 4, page 5, Sun page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7)

Old Firm: The Scottish Government and Strathclyde Police yesterday launched a major initiative to deal with the ‘hate and violence culture’ and ‘drunken crime wave’ surrounding football matches between the Glasgow football clubs, Celtic and Rangers. (Scotsman page 10, page 11, Herald page 13, The Courier page 9, Daily Express page 9)

Transport  

Edinburgh Trams: A major component of Edinburgh’s £512m trams scheme is running nine months behind schedule prompting claims that the cost of Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project could ‘run off the rails’. (Scotsman page, Herald page 2)

Local Government

PPP School: The first school to be completed under Aberdeen City Council’s controversial public-private-partnership opened its doors to pupils yesterday. (Scotsman page 22)

Wind Farms: The Scottish Government has been accused of acting illegally in its dealings over a highly controversial wind farm. Local councils in the Borders believe rules have been broken because government officials have been in discussion with the Ministry of Defence about the wind farm ‘in secret’. (Scotsman page 16)

Health

Swine Flu: The Scottish health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said yesterday that a fall in the number of possible swine flu cases being investigated in Scotland was ‘encouraging’.  Coverage continues throughout the press. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 2, Guardian page 2, FT page 10, Press and Journal page 15, The Courier page 11, Daily Mirror page 19, Daily Express page 24)

Education

Curriculum Reform: The first Scotland-wide poll of teachers’ opinions of the latest Scottish curriculum reforms by the Educational Institute of Scotland has warned that a ‘curriculum for Excellence’ will ‘collapse on itself’ unless urgent action is taken. (TESS page 1, page 5)

Politics

MPs Expenses: More damaging revelations over MPs’ expenses were uncovered last night when reports alleged that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, claimed back £6000 after paying his brother for cleaning his Westminster flat. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, Daily Mail page 6, Sun page 2)

Climate Bill: MSPs voted last night in support of the general principles of the Scottish Climate Change Bill. (Scotsman page 23)

Gurkhas Row: The UK Government have suffered further embarrassment after it was revealed that five Gurkhas were sent letters yesterday, rejecting their bid to stay in the UK despite the Prime Minister having pledged earlier in the week to review the policy. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 10, Guardian page 4, Times page 17, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 5, Daily Mail page 1, page 8, page 9, Daily Record page 8, Daily Mirror page 4, Daily Express page 10, page 13, Sun page 8)

Poverty: Figures published yesterday revealed that one in every six Scots still lives in poverty and that inequality in the UK was at its highest level since records began in the 1960s. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 9, Guardian page 1, page 6, page 7, Times page 2, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 9, The Courier page 4, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Express page 16, Sun page 2)

NTS: The National Trust for Scotland is under intense pressure to open up its finances to external scrutiny, amid claims of ‘spiralling debts’ and ‘disastrous decision-making’. (Scotsman page 22)