Reform Scotland News: 24 May 2011


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 24 May 2011

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.


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



Privacy Laws: Further to yesterday’s coverage of the ongoing debate over privacy and the use of injunctions and super-injunctions, the footballer at the heart of the battle has been named as his privacy order was revealed in the Houses of Parliament by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 3, Press and Journal page 5, Telegraph page 4, Guardian page 2, Times page 4, FT page 2, Daily Record page 4, Daily Mail page 4, Daily Express page 4, Daily Mirror page 2 , Sun page 4)


Church of Scotland: Last night the Church of Scotland voted to consider allowing openly gay people to become ministers. Members also moved to allow ministers and deacons who were in same-sex relationships before 2009 to remain in the church and move parishes if they so wished. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Courier page 3, Press and Journal page 9, Telegraph page 2, Guardian page 9, Times page 3, Daily Record page 11, Daily Mail page 19, Daily Express page 8, Sun page 2)


National Library: The John Murray Archive held by the National Library of Scotland has been officially recognised by UNESCO as an archive of outstanding cultural significance. The collection includes documents from authors including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Charles Darwin. (Scotsman page 3)


Scotland Bill: First Minister Alex Salmond has warned the UK government that he could create a “stalemate” over new increased powers for Holyrood if the demands of the SNP aren’t met. This comes as Chancellor George Osborne refuses to drop the increase in North Sea oil tax. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 10, Press and Journal page 10, Telegraph page 2, Times page 14, FT page 4, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Express page 8, Sun page 2)


Tory windfarm: Scottish Conservatives environment spokesman, Sir Jamie McGrigor, has been accused of hypocrisy after signing a potential £2 million deal for a windfarm on his Highland estate despite his party’s hostility to turbines in scenic areas. (Herald page 12)



Festivals: A report, commissioned by the Festivals Forum, has found that Edinburgh’s festivals are worth £261 million to the Scottish economy providing thousands of jobs and increasing tourism. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 11, Courier page 8, Times page 14, Sun page 2)



Football violence: Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) has called on the country’s football authorities to hand out heavy point deductions to clubs that fail to stop sectarian violence and threats from their fans and players. (Scotsman page 11)



High Winds: Travel was widely disrupted as winds of up to 150mph swept across parts of Scotland yesterday. Train tracks and major roads were blocked, bridges were closed to all traffic, airports experienced delays and cancellations and ferry operator Calmac cancelled more than half of its services. Drivers are being warned to take care on the roads today, as the winds are expected to continue until later on today. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 8, Courier page 1 & 7, Press & Journal page 7, Telegraph page 6, Times page 7, Daily Record page 6, Daily Mail page 10, Daily Express page 6, Sun page 8)


Ash Cloud: The most recent eruption from the Icelandic volcano, Grimsvoetn, is reportedly heading for Scotland and could cause disruption to air travel. Experts have warned that the density of the ash cloud could be categorised as ‘heavy’, but it is thought the disruption will not be as serious as it was last year when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 9, Courier page 3, Press & Journal page 3, Guardian page 7, Times page 11, FT page 4, Daily Record page 7, Daily Mail page 14, Daily Express page 6, Daily Mirror page 11, Sun page 10)



Teachers: The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) has called for a review of teaching to include shorter holidays and a bid to ensure teachers spend more of their day in school. The report could end the 35-hour week established in the 2001 Teachers’ Agreement. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 7, Courier page 11, Daily Mail page 9, Daily Express page 8, Sun page 10)