Daily Political Media Summary: 9 July 2009


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Daily Political Media Summary: 9 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.


UK banking reforms: Long-awaited reforms of the financial services industry could be overturned within months, even if the government pushes them through before the general election, the Conservatives have warned. Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on the Treasury’s white paper published yesterday. (Scotsman page 4, page 5, Alf Young in Herald, Times page 3, FT page 1)

 IMF: The International Monetary Fund yesterday raised its 2010 economic forecast for the UK, suggesting the worst of Britain’s recession has past and the country should outperform the faltering euro zone next year. (Herald page 30, Telegraph B1, Times page 21, FT page 8)


Edinburgh Trams: Edinburgh’s troubled tram project was facing more problems today as it emerged traders on one of the city’s main thoroughfares are set to suffer another two years of disruption. (Scotsman page 21)


High speed rail: It may be up to ten years before the first stage of a London to Scotland high-speed rail line is ready, MPs heard yesterday. Sir David Rowland’s, chairman of High Speed Two, told the Commons committee the date ‘depends on how quickly the government wants to get on with it’. (Scotsman page 21)


Swine Flu: The number of people seeing a doctor with flu-like symptoms in Scotland fell last week, despite warnings about rising cases of the HI NI virus in the weeks ahead. Figures from Health Protection Scotland yesterday showed there were 15 GP consultations for flu symptoms per 100,000 people. (Scotsman page 9)

 C Difficile: Rates of the hospital infection Clostridium Difficile are at their lowest level since monitoring began, but cases continue to rise in some parts of Scotland, figures showed yesterday. Health Protection Scotland said that while overall levels of C diff were falling in Scotland, yearly trends suggested rates in Grampian, Borders and Orkney were rising. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 1)


College funding: Yesterday the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council announced 23 colleges would receive a total of £7.7 million for the coming academic year. A further £8.4m will create additional spaces on courses in 2010-11. Over the two years, the money could fund around 3100 extra full-time places. (Herald page 11, Courier page 6, Daily Express page 6)

 Curriculum for Excellence: Scotland’s new curriculum is failing to meet the standards required of a modern education system, according to one of its principal architects, Keir Bloomer. (Times page 1)


Diageo: The First Minister has been accused of turning his back on Scottish workers after he cancelled a crisis meeting with the chief executive of Diageo over the loss of 900 Johnnie Walker jobs to appear on political chat show, Daily Politics. (Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 1, Times page 5, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 9, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page)

 Lib Dems: A senior Scottish Liberal Democrat has stepped down as a Westminster candidate and threatened to quit the party because of his disgust over the MPs’ expenses scandal. Stuart Currie, the deputy leader of East Lothian Council, has been left disillusioned by the scandal which has overwhelmed Westminster politics. (Scotsman page 15)

 Glasgow North East by-election: David Kerr, the Glasgow North East by-election candidate favoured by SNP top officials, has been rejected in favour of local councillor James Dornan. (Times page 5)