Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 09 March 2011



Robin Harper: The Green MSP, who is due to step down at the Scottish elections, is interviewed in the Scotsman.


Power line: The Energy Minister, Jim Mather, has asked Scottish Power Transmission to look again at burying part of the Beauly to Denny power line around Stirling to reduce the line’s visual impact. (Scotsman page 21, Times page 10, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 6, P&J page 1, Courier page 9)


Prince Andrew: Prince Andrew has admitted that he fears losing his role as Britain’s trade envoy over his links to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  The Duke has come under fresh attack over his links to the president of Turkmenistan. (Times page 4, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Herald page 3, Guardian page 6, Express page 9, Mail page 1, Telegraph page 3, FT page 3, P&J page 5)


Public Services: John McLaren in the Scotsman examines how best to reform and improve public services in Scotland.


William Hague: The Foreign Secretary, who has been forced to defend himself over his handling of the crisis in the Middle East and his commitment to his job, is being undermined by Cabinet colleagues who want his job, according to his friends. (Telegraph page 8, FT page 3)



Bank bonuses: Stephen Hester, the Chief Executive of RBS, has been awarded a pay-and-bonuses package worth £7.7m for 2010. (Scotsman page 2, Mirror page 6, Sun page 2, Herald page 1, Express page 7, Mail page 10, Record page 2, FT page 1)


Pensions: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced plans to review UK pensions.  Ideas being considered include a flat rate pension and creating a simpler system which rewards people for “doing the right thing”. (Scotsman page 6, John McTernan in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Express page 2, FT page 4, P&J page 9, Courier page 10)



Local Government

COSLA conference: Rory Mair, chief executive of the council umbrella group COSLA, is expected to accuse party leaders of promoting damaging quick fix policies in order to get elected, in a speech later today. (Herald page 6, Courier page 9)



Football summit: Following a summit between the Old Firm, First Minister, Scottish Football Association and Strathclyde Police yesterday, a number of measures were announced aimed at addressing the violence linked to football matches between the Glasgow clubs.  The police also warned Rangers and Celtic players and managers that they face arrest if they break the law during matches. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 8, John Kelly in the Scotsman, Times page 8, Graham Spiers in the Times, Sun page 1, Guardian page 11, Express page 4, Dorothy-Grace Elder in the Express, Mail page 4, Record page 1, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, P&J page 1, Courier page 1)



Cancer drugs: The Rarer Cancers Foundation has said that 360 patients had been “left to die” over the past three years after the NHS refused to pay for drugs which may have prolonged their lives. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 10, Express page 2)


Alcohol: In the past two years 1,145 children under 15 years old required medical treatment for alcohol related problems.  The figures included 23 children under the age of three. (Express page 10)


NHS spending on hotels: The NHS in Scotland has spent more than £1.3m on hiring external premises for events and meetings since 2007. (Mail page 2)



Edinburgh airport: Edinburgh airport has ordered £1.5m worth of new equipment in an effort to stay open in the event of heavy snow. (Scotsman page 3, P&J page 11, Courier page 7)