Daily Political Media Summary: 21 August 2009

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Media Summary: 21 August 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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UK Debt: The Treasury was forced to borrow a record £8billion to keep public services running last month, as the UK’s national debt hit an all-time high. (The Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 8, The Telegraph, business section, page 1, The Press and Journal page 12, The Daily Mail page 19, The Sun page 12)

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Jobs: Scotland has received a major jobs boost with the announcement of around 1,300 new positions as a result of multi-million-pound investments by Tesco and the Arnold Clark motor group.  (The Scotsman page 11, The Herald page 8, The Times page 10, The Telegraph, business section, page 1, The Press and Journal page 12, The Daily Mail page 33, The Sun page 8, The Daily Record page 2, The Daily Mirror page 15, The Daily Express page 10)

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Green Jobs: More than 2,000 jobs could be created as a result of Scottish Government efforts to make the country ‘zero-waste’. (The Scotsman page 21)

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Crime

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Lockerbie: Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi’s release from prison on compassionate grounds has been met with condemnation amidst scenes of his welcome in Libya where he has been greeted as a hero. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, Financial Times page 1, The Times page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Press and Journal page 1, The Courier and Advertiser page 1, The Guardian page 1, The Daily Mail page 1, The Sun page 1, The Daily Record page 1, The Daily Mirror page 1, The Daily Express page 1)

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Transport  

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Ryanair: The budget airline has announced eight new routes out of Edinburgh. (The Scotsman page 23, The Herald page 12)

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Fort William: Roadworks planned for a stretch of the A82 leading into Fort William have provoked particular anger among local businesses, with concerns the works will effectively cut the town off from the south and force tourists to make a 250-mile round trip. (The Herald page 9)

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Tax Levy: Alistair Watson, chair of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, has called for an ‘event tax’ to help pay for buses and trains to take people to major concerts after the recent heavy congestion in Glasgow caused by the Celtic-Arsenal football match and the U2 rock concert. (The Herald page 12)

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Local Government

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Bin Dispute: Private firms will be used indefinitely to keep Edinburgh’s streets clean until a dispute is resolved with binmen. (The Scotsman page 17)

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Parades: It has been revealed that Glasgow hosts more Protestant Loyal Order and Irish Republican parades than Belfast and Londonderry combined. (The Herald page 11)

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Health

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Dentists’ Pay: The number of NHS dentists in Scotland earning over £300,000 a year from treating NHS patients has trebled in the last five years. (The Scotsman page 15)

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Education

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Teaching jobs: Only one in seven of newly-qualified teachers in Scotland has got a permanent job (The Times Educational Supplement Scotland page 1)