Reform Scotland News: 8 June 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.

\r\n\r\n

 

\r\n

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News.

\r\n\r\n

 

\r\n

Politics

\r\n

Spending cuts: In a keynote speech yesterday the Prime Minister said that Labour had left an economic legacy worse than expected and as a result the government’s public sector spending cuts would affect the UK’s “whole way of life” for decades to come. David Cameron indicated that the level of debt would soon mean that 10p out of every pound raised would be spent on interest payments.(Scotsman page 6, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Herald page 2, Express page 5, Times page 6, Ben Macintyre in the Times, Mirror page 6, Mail page 10, Max Hastings in the Mail, Guardian page 4, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, Adam Lent in the Guardian, , Telegraph page 4, Record page 2, P&J page 11, Courier page 10, FT page 2)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Ross Clark in the Express, Heather McRobie in the Guardian, Bernard Simon in the FT and Tom Leonard in the Telegraph look at the Canadian experience of dealing with its debt.

\r\n

 

\r\n

Fiscal powers: The British Bankers’ Association has said that the costs and burdens of transferring greater fiscal powers to Holyrood outweighed the benefits. (Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Barnett formula: Government minister Lord De Mauley yesterday ruled out any early changes to the Barnett formula, despite pressure from Lord Lawson, the former Conservative Chancellor. (Scotsman page 2)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Labour leadership: John McDonnell, one of the contenders for the Labour leadership, has been criticised for saying that if he could change one thing about the 1980s he would kill Margaret Thatcher.  Supporters of Diane Abbott are urging John McDonnell to stand down from the race in the hope that it will help Diane Abbott secure the required number of nominations. (Scotsman page 13, Sun page 2, Express page 8, Guardian page 13, Telegraph page 6)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Scottish Cabinet tour: The SNP has been accused of electioneering by using the Scottish Cabinet’s summer tour to visit three marginal seats and an SNP target seat. (Scotsman page 20, Herald page 6, Express page 2, P&J page 9, Courier page 7)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Joint Ministerial Committee: David Cameron is to chair a meeting at Number 10 with the leader of the devolved administrations today. (Herald page 6)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Economy

\r\n

Business start-ups: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2009 placed Scotland near the bottom of a list of 20 developed countries for business start-ups, ahead of only Belgium and Japan. Sir Tom Hunter has warned that Scotland could face a “triple economic tsunami” with declining business start-ups, increased unemployment and reduced government spending. (Scotsman page 15, Express page 5, Mail page 25, FT page 4)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Health

\r\n

C.diff inquiry: A public inquiry into the Clostridium difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven hospital has been told of appalling hygiene standards at the hospital. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 9, Express page 14, Times page 13, Mail page 21, Telegraph page 2, Record page 17, P&J page 10, Courier page 9)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Out-of-hours cover: The Scottish Conservatives are calling on Audit Scotland to investigate the true cost of out-of-hours GP cover in rural areas. (P&J page 6)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Justice

\r\n

Alcohol related murder: According to Strathclyde Police Force, alcohol has played a major role in 14 murders in the past 10 weeks.  Chief Constable Steve House has warned that he expected the amount of alcohol fuelled violence to get worse over the world cup. (Herald page 1)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Local government

\r\n

Waste: A study commissioned by the Scottish Government has suggested that to meet zero waste targets, £6.5bn will need to be spent by 2025. (Scotsman page 17)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Rubbish bins: Scots could be charged £200 for binning food and garden waste with general waste under plans to boost recycling. (Mail page 1)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Education

\r\n

Unemployed teacher scheme: Only two councils have taken up a scheme to encourage early retirement among teachers to free up jobs for newly qualified teachers. (Scotsman page 22)

\r\n

 

\r\n

Extra day’s training: Teachers are to be given an extra day of training to prepare for the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. (Herald page 5, Express page 2, P&J page 8, Courier page 3)