Daily Political Media Summary: 19 February 2010



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.



Job Losses: 63 jobs are expected to come under threat as the headquarters of cheese firm McLelland and Son, one of Scotland\’s oldest companies looks set to close (Herald page 5)

Tax Freezes: Finance Secretary John Swinney has said council tax freezes across Scotland will help families struggling in the current economic climate. (Scotsman page 2)


Public Debt: Experts have warned that the level of UK public debt could lead to a higher budget deficit in Britain than currently experienced by Greece. (Scotsman page 6, Telegraph page 1, Times page 6)



Prisons: A senior Scottish police officer has called for a reduction in the use of prisons as punishment for crime and for a greater emphasis on tackling its causes. (Herald page 1 & 6)



Museum of Transport: The popular Museum of Transport in Glasgow will be closing on April 18 after 22 years. A campaign will soon be launched to raise £2 million for its successor – the Riverside Museum. (Herald page 8, The Sun page 26)


Rail Strike: Scotrail is due to face three 24-hour rail strikes over the next month over who opens the doors on a new east-west rail service. However, last night plans were said to be in “disarray” as a rail union was forced to reschedule the dates of the strike as the sleeper trains it intended to target were not scheduled to run. (Herald page 9, Record page 6)


Scotland to London Line: The proposed high-speed rail link between Scotland and London is expected to be approved in principle within weeks. (Scotsman page 17)



Hospital ‘Cover Up’: An internal report into the death of five patients from an infectious bug, Clostridium Difficile, at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, has found patients were not told the fatality risks of suffering from the virulent 027 strain. (Scotsman page 5, Press and Journal page 1)



School Budget Cuts: The Education Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest teaching union, yesterday published a critical report on the experiences of classroom teachers. Evidence revealed the impact of budget cuts facing Scottish schools and raised concerns about lack of basic teaching resources such as pencils and books. (Herald page 10 & 14, Press and Journal page 9, Times page 22)


The largest demonstration by teachers in Scotland for decades is expected to take place in Glasgow on 6 March. Up to 10,000 people are expected to protest in the city against education cuts. (Scotsman page 27)


Global Resource Study: The University of Dundee is set to lead a European-wide study into the challenges of global competition for resources such as oil, gas and minerals. The project will be co-ordinated by the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) and funded by €2.7 million from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. (Scotsman page 8, Press and Journal page 6)



SPT Resignation: South Lanarkshire Councillor Davie McLachlan is the third SPT official to resign from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) due to the row over foreign trips and mileage claims. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 9, Telegraph page 4, Express page 2)


National Trust: New plans have been released outlining a number of ideas to radically reshape the 78-year old National Trust for Scotland. These include a reduction in the size of its ruling council, the number of its properties and the range of its activities. (Herald page 10, Times page 27)


March Protest: Anti-racism campaigners in Edinburgh are urging police to ban a march in the city. The demands come just days ahead of a planned meeting of Scottish Defence League (SDL) supporters in the capital. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 7, Courier page 8).


Rosepark: The Fatal Accident Inquiry into a blaze at Rosepark care home, Uddingston, in 2004 in which 14 pensioners lost their lives has found the matron at the facility was ‘unaware of safety duties’ and her responsibility for fire policy. (Herald page 4, Scotsman page 21)


Climate Change: Scottish Minister Stewart Stevenson has told world leaders at the Northern Regions Climate Change Summit in Sussex to increase their drive to tackle climate change and follow the lead of countries like Scotland and Norway. (Scotsman page 5)


Nicholas Winterton: Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Winterton has said it is right for MPs to claim taxpayer funded expenses back on first class travel because passengers in standard accommodation are “a totally different type of people”. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 8, Times page 8, Mirror page 1, Record page 2)


Advertising Ban Pledge: David Cameron has promised to ban companies using irresponsible marketing that presents children in a sexualised manner from  bidding for government advertising contracts for three years should the Tories come to power. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 2, Times page 4, FT page 2, Daily Mail page 12)