Daily Political Media Summary: 3 March 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.

 

Crime

Jon Venables: Jon Venables, who was one of two ten-year-old boys found guilty of killing 2-year-old Jamie Bulger in 1993, has been taken back into custody after breaching the conditions of his license. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 5, BBC, Sun page 1, Mirror page 1, Express page 1, Times page 5, Mail page 1, Record page 1, P&J page 5, Courier page 10)

 

Police: The number of police officers in Scotland rose at the end of last year to 17,273 – 1,039 more than when the SNP took office in 2007 and therefore fulfilling their pledge to recruit 1,000 more police officers. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 10)

 

Young offenders: A panel of experts brought together by Action for Children Scotland has said that offenders aged 16 and 17 should be spared court. (Scotsman page 15, Express page 2, Mail page 19, P&J page 9, Courier page 3)

 

Transport 

Flights: Transport Minister Lord Adonis has said that unless a third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead, there could be a cut in the number of flights operating between London and Scotland. (Herald page 10)

 

Local Government

Steven Purcell: Further coverage of Steven Purcell’s resignation as leader of Glasgow City Council. (Scotsman page 4, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Brian Currie in the Herald, Sun page 2, Express page 5, Kerry Gill in the Express, Times page 3, Angus Macleod in the Times, STV, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 4, Record page 8, P&J page 9, Courier page 3)

 

Peter Jones in the Scotsman says that Scotland’s cities need ambitious leaders to help save the economy.

 

Housing: Housing Minister Alex Neil said yesterday he was considering sending a “hit squad” into the Govanhill area of Glasgow to address the problem of slum landlords. (Scotsman page 25)

 

Health

Flying doctors: A pilot flying doctors service which operated in the west of Scotland is to be rolled out across the whole country. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 7, Mail page 28)

 

Politics

TV debates: Final plans for the first televised debates between the leaders of the three main UK parties in the lead up to the general election were agreed yesterday. The SNP is not included in the debates and has not ruled out taking legal action. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Mirror page 4, Times page 15, BBC, Guardian page 4, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 2, Record page 2, P&J page 11, Courier page 9)

 

General election: In speeches at Canary Warf yesterday George Osborne and Ken Clark outlined a doomsday scenario where by if Labour won the general election Britain could lose its triple-A credit rating. (Scotsman page 6, Express page 4, Guardian page 4, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 6, FT page 2)

 

Nick Clegg tried to calm nervous markets yesterday by pledging that in the event of a hung parliament the Lib Dems would not use their pivotal position to bring about another general election but would act as the “guarantors of fiscal stability” (FT page 1)

 

Health & safety: An inquiry into the death of Alison Hume has heard that a fire crew stood by as she was trapped at the bottom of a mine shaft for six hours because health and safety regulations stated that their equipment was for saving themselves, not members of the public. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Express page 11, Times page 11)

 

Ian Paisley: Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley is to stand down as an MP at the general election. (Scotsman page 10, Express page 4, Times page 15, Guardian page 9, Courier page 9)

 

Lord Ashcroft: Ian Bell in the Herald comments on the revelations that Tory donor Lord Ashcroft has non-domicile status for tax purposes. Sir Hayden Philips, a former senior civil servant who gave the final approval for Lord Ashcroft’s peerage said yesterday that he had not offered the peer official blessing to avoid taxes on his foreign income, while an unnamed  Conservative MP claimed that Lord Ashcroft had used “smoke and mirrors over a long period of time” to avoid the issue. (Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Telegraph page 6, Stephen Glover in the Mail, Record page 2, FT page 2, P&J page 11)