Daily Political Media Summary: 23 June 2009

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Media Summary: 23 June 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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RBS Chief: Shareholders have angrily condemned the three-year financial package offered to new RBS chief executive Stephen Hester, as it emerged its true value was £12 million. However, Simon Willis, banking analyst at NCB Stockbrokers, said, “Hester’s package may seem shocking at first. But for Hester to see that long term incentive payment triggered, he would have to get the RBS shares through 70p. That would mean a taxpayer profit of £15 billion.” (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 5, Times page 3, Telegraph page B3, Guardian page 3, FT page 18, Press and Journal page 10, Courier page 15)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has denied that Holyrood was ‘whipping out the begging bowl’ to find money for the swine flu vaccine. The Scottish Government has called on Westminster to foot the estimated £100m vaccine bill. She said to the BBC, “we cannot budget…for things we do not know we will have to spend money on. A flu vaccine comes into this category.” Scotland’s total number of people diagnosed with swine flu is 627. (Herald page 3, Times page 14)

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 Education

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Student Fees: The Scottish Government announced that it would pay the fees of some part-time post-graduate students. The concession, which will cost the government £1,700 per student and £250,000 in total, will apply to 19 courses at 10 universities. (Times page 21)

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 Politics

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New Speaker: Tory moderniser John Bercow became the new House of Commons Speaker last night in a controversial race that immediately triggered threats that he could be out of the post at the next general election. His election sparked threats from Tory insiders who warned that he could be challenged after the next election. (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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 Bonuses: Senior public sector executives could be barred from getting big bonuses following a hard-hitting report from a Holyrood committee. The Scottish Parliament’s finance committee called for a full review of the policy of paying bonuses of more than 10 per cent to senior figures in the public sector. (Scotsman page 7)

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 Minimum Alcohol Pricing: Scotland took a step closer to introducing minimum pricing for alcohol yesterday when the Lib Dems indicated they may change their position on the issue. Scotland’s chief medical officer yesterday said that he was convinced that a minimum price on alcohol would help save lives. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 11, Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 9)