Daily Political Media Summary: 24 August 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 24 August 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

Johnnie Walker dispute: A plan aimed at saving 700 jobs at the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock has been dismissed by Diageo as having “nothing new to say.” (The Times page 18, Scotland on Sunday Business Section page 1, The Sunday Times page B2, The Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 1, BBC)

Public Sector performance: Inefficiencies in the UK’s public sector are costing taxpayers £58.4 billion a year, not far short of half the amount of income tax paid in the UK. (The Scotland on Sunday page B1)

Oil profits: Britain’s mid-sized oil companies are set to report a sharp fall in first-half profits this week, but are expected to predict that the low point for the sector has passed. (The Scotland on Sunday page B1, Press and Journal page 16)

Scottish stocks: Almost three-quarters of listed Scottish companies have share option schemes which are ‘underwater’ because of the recession. (The Scotland on Sunday page B1)

Crime

Lockerbie: Kenny MacAskill’s political career was on the line last night after the head of the FBI said that his decision to free the Lockerbie bomber had “made a mockery” of justice. (Scotland on Sunday page 1, The Telegraph page 1, The Scotsman page 1, The Guardian page 4, The Times page 1, The Herald page 1, The Press and Journal page 1 The Sunday Post page 1, The Sunday Times page 1, The Sunday Herald page 1, The Courier page 1, The Daily Record page 1, The Daily Express page 1, The Daily Mirror page 1, BBC, STV , The Financial Times page 2, The Daily Mail page 1, )  

Youth Crime: It has emerged that police officers are called out to Scottish schools at least 32 times a day to investigate allegations of rape, serious assault and drug taking. (The Scotsman page 8, The Daily Express page 11, The Press and Journal page 6)

Knife Crime: Almost every prisoner jailed in Scotland for carrying an offensive weapon has previously been behind bars, with nearly two-thirds of them for the same crime. (The Daily Mail page 8, The Courier page 10, BBC)

Local Government

Strikes: Thousands of council workers this autumn may go on strike over worsening disputes over pay, jobs and services. (The Scotsman page 18, The Sunday Herald page 3, The Daily Mail page 4, The Sun page 6, The Press and Journal page 6)

Public sector workers: David Lonsdale, assistant director of CBI Scotland, writes in The Scotsman that a fundamental review of the structure of local government should be debated. (The Scotsman page 20, The Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 3, BBC)

Health

MRSA: A shortage of experts to check if sterilisation procedures have been followed could hinder attempts to tackle super-bugs such as MRSA. (The Daily Express page 8)

Education

Catchment area dispute: Families from a housing development on the outskirts of Glasgow are seeking a judicial review after East Renfrewshire Council said their homes were not in the catchment area. (The Herald page 1)

Politics

Glasgow North East by-election: Labour Glasgow MSP Frank McAveety has claimed SNP ministers deliberately published false figures about future spending on education by Glasgow City Council (The Scotsman page 7)

Scottish independence referendum: Lord Forsythe, former Conservative Scottish Secretary, has called for a referendum on Scottish independence to be held on the same day as the general election. (The Sunday Times page 2)