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Daily Political Media Summary: 30 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 30 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 Pay Deal: John Kingman, chief executive of UKFI, has defended the potential £9.6 million pay deal granted to Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland. John Kingman of UK Financial Investments, the company created to manage the stakes taken by the Westminster Government in major banks as part of a massive bailout package, said he was "very comfortable" with Mr Hester\’s pay deal. (Scotsman page 17)

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 OECD: Restoring the flow of bank lending to businesses and consumers must be a more urgent priority for the Chancellor in the fight to combat the recession, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development told Britain in a report yesterday. (Times page 25, Telegraph page B1, FT page 3)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: A schoolgirl has become Britain’s third swine flu victim, as it emerged the number of cases across the UK has soared to almost 6,000. The number in Scotland has passed the 1,000 mark. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 2, Times page 2, Telegraph page 6, Press and Journal page 8, Courier page 1, Guardian page 4, Daily Express page 12)

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 Education

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Crumbling Schools: Thousands of pupils across Scotland face a ‘decade of leaking roofs, crumbling buildings and inadequate facilities,’ it has been claimed. Earlier this month, Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a £1.26 billion school building programme. (Scotsman page 15)

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 Politics

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October Election: Gordon Brown yesterday signalled the general election was unlikely to be held until next year, as he unveiled a ‘mini-manifesto’ focused squarely on jobs, the NHS, house-building and constitutional reform. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 6, Press and Journal page 5, Guardian page 10, FT page 3)

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 Devolution: Scotland is safer as part of the UK than it would be if separated, General Sir Mike Jackson of the British Army has claimed. (Scotsman page 9, Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 14)

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 Tax Powers: Most Scots want the Scottish Government to have greater powers over tax but only after the move has been agreed in a referendum it emerged yesterday in an ICM poll for BBC Scotland. (Herald page 2, Press and Journal page 7, Courier page 3)

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 Scottish Flag: Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has reportedly said that Labour blundered by allowing the SNP to ‘monopolise’ the Saltire and Holyrood to dominate the political agenda. (Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 7)