Daily Political Media Summary: 13 July 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 13 July 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

Diageo: Diageo’s chief executive has been accused of ‘hypocrisy’ for the closure of the Johnny Walker plant in Kilmarnock despite earlier pledges on commitment to communities. The finance secretary has warned Diageo that the "social consequences" of its plans to shed hundreds of jobs are "not acceptable" to the people of Scotland. (Sunday Herald page 1, Scotsman page 15, Telegraph page 8)

Services sector: The key services sector returned to growth in June ending 15 months of decline, according to a closely-watched report that indicates that the country is set to emerge from recession. However, the latest purchasing managers index (PMI) for Scotland from Markit Economics found that another fall in manufacturing output kept the Scottish private sector economy in reverse and meant the country under-performed the UK. (Herald page 24)

Rescued banks: The government admitted this morning that it was sitting on a loss of almost £11bn following the partial nationalisation of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the body that manages the taxpayers\’ stakes in the two banks, said this morning that recovering the taxpayers\’ investment would be "challenging". "Every UK household will have more than £3,000 invested in shares in RBS and Lloyds," said John Kingman, the UKFI chief executive. (Guardian page 19)

Crime

Lockerbie bomber: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is to become the first British government minister to meet the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. MacAskill has agreed to visit Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed al-Megrahi in prison before deciding if the Libyan should be allowed to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country. (Sunday Times page 4, Scotland on Sunday page 8, Herald page 3)

Health

Swine Flu: The NHS is preparing to vaccinate the entire population against swine flu after the disease calmed the life of its first healthy British patient. (Sunday Times page 1, Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 7)

Politics

SNP candidate: James Dornan, leader of the SNP opposition in the Glasgow North East by-election has been forced to take legal advice on whether he was wrong to help manage Culture & Sport Glasgow for seven months while he was an ‘undischarged bankrupt’ in the eyes of Scots charity law. The SNP\’s campaign to win the Glasgow North East by-election was in chaos Sunday after the party\’s candidate stood down amid allegations about his finances.  (Sunday Herald page 2, Sunday Times page 12, Scotsman page 12, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 5)

Powers: Holyrood is unlikely to gain any additional powers for at least six years after the Conservatives ruled out introducing constitutional change in the next parliament. This means the recommendations of the Calman Commission will be shelved until 2015 at the earliest. (Sunday Times page 1)

Airport Attack: The former head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police has criticised Alex Salmond\’s behaviour after the terror attack on Glasgow Airport, claiming that 48 hours of vital police time was spent negotiating to stop a turf war developing between Edinburgh and London. (Times page 3)

Military U-turn: The SNP leadership was last night accused of making a major U-turn over policy after its defence spokesman suggested he was happy for Scottish troops to serve ‘as part of the Nato command structure. (Herald page 4)