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Daily Political Media Summary: 29 April 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.

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General Election

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Gordon Brown: Yesterday Gordon Brown was caught on tape describing a Labour voting grandmother who asked him about immigration as “bigoted”.  He made the comment in his car unaware that his Sky News microphone had not been turned off.  The Prime Minister later apologised in person to Mrs Duffy.  The issue led one Labour MP to say “She is the sort of person who is our core voter, and this could have marginalised millions of Labour supporters.  Many of them may go elsewhere or stay at home”. (Scotsman page 1, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Guardian page 1, Andrew Rawnsley in the Guardian, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, Mirror page 1, Times page 1, Ben Macintyre in the Times, Express page 1, Mail page 1, Stephen Glover in the Mail, Record page 1, P&J page 1, FT page 1, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1, Lance Price in the Telegraph, Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph)

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TV debate: The last of the Prime Ministerial debates will be broadcast tonight on the BBC.  Yesterday the SNP lost its court battle to stop the programme being broadcast in Scotland unless it included a representative from the SNP. (Scotsman page 6, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Guardian page 16, Times page 13, Robert Chote in the Times, Express page 5, Mail page 10, Leo McKinistry in the Mail, Record page 7, P&J page 13, FT page 3, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1)

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Spending cuts: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg conceded yesterday that all the main UK parties had failed to tell voters “the fully gory detail” of public spending cuts and tax rises which will be necessary after the election. (Scotsman page 8, Brian Monteith in the Scotsman, Michael Settle in the Herald, Ian Macwhirter in the Herald, Sun page 6, Timothy Garton Ash in the Guardian, Norman Lamont in the Times, P&J page 12)

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Big society: Martine Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, comments in the Scotsman on the parties’ stances on the voluntary sector and argues that Labour and the Conservatives have ignored vital issues such as reforming the Gift Aid system and community empowerment.

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Independence: Jim Sillars in the Scotsman comments that the SNP must urgently redress its election campaign to talk more about independence.

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Fiscal autonomy: Sir Tom Farmer has called for the Scottish Parliament to have full fiscal autonomy. (Herald page 7)

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Scots undecided: A poll for the Daily Mail suggests 43% of voters in Scotland are unsure of who to vote for in the General Election. (Mail page 10)

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Interview: Gordon Brown is interviewed in the FT.

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Economy

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RBS bonuses: RBS has moved to try and calm public anger over “obscene” bonuses by raising the share price targets which must be met before executives receive payouts. (Scotsman page 2, Express page 17, P&J page 5)

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Euro economic crisis: Fears that the UK could become embroiled in Europe’s deepening financial crisis have intensified after Spain had its debt downgraded. (Guardian page 1, Times page 4, Express page 10, Leo McKinstry in the Express, Record page 2, FT page 1, Telegraph page 6, Edmund Conway in the Telegraph)

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Crime

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Male victims of domestic abuse: A domestic abuse helpline aimed at male victims is to be extended to Scotland following a campaign to raise awareness. (Scotsman page 14, Mail page 26, P&J page 7, Courier page 7)

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Education

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Dundee University: Dundee University is to offer the UK’s first postgraduate course in Islamic finance. (Scotsman page 22)

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Politics

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Population: Scotland’s population has reached a 30-year high of 5.2 million. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 11, Sun page 8, Express page 6, Mail page 4, P&J page 11, Courier page 2, Telegraph page 12)