Reform Scotland News: 25 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.



Special relationship: Coverage of President Obama’s state visit to the UK and analysis and comment on the relationship between the UK and USA. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 11, Ian Bell in the Herald, Times page 1, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Sun page 12, Express page 2, Mirror page 1, Mail page 4, Max Hastings in the Mail, Record page 11, P&J page 5, Telegraph page 1, Mick Brown in the Telegraph, Guardian, Simon Jenkins in the Guardian)


Privacy laws: Further comment on the consequence for privacy laws following the naming of the Premier League star at the centre of the super injunction row. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 4, Times page 13, Stephen Pollard in the Express, Telegraph page 1)


Ed Miliband: John McTernan in the Scotsman comments that the Labour leader has learned on the job and has a new authority about him.


Scottish Parliament powers: After a 48-hour trip to Whitehall, Alex Salmond has insisted that the UK Government will have to “move further and faster” on giving Holyrood more powers. (Herald page 11)


David Steel in the Scotsman argues that the SNP should not impede the Scotland Bill. 


SNP in Glasgow: The SNP are set to field 50 candidates in Glasgow for next year’s local government elections in a bid to win control of the city. (Herald page 8)


Chris Hune: Energy Secretary Chris Hune has been interviewed by the police over the allegation he asked his wife to penalty points for speeding when he had been driving the car. (Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1)



Corporation tax: The Scottish Government’s call for corporation tax to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament has been boosted by a report by the Northern Ireland Select Committee unanimously recommending that the powers should be devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 11, Times page 7, Sun page 2, Courier)


Borrowing: Public borrowing was £10 billion in April, higher than City expectations of £6.5billion, raising doubts as to whether the Chancellor can meet the target of reducing the deficit to £122billion this financial year. (Scotsman page 18)



School reforms: Allan Massie in the Scotsman argues that the McCrone reforms to teaching in Scotland will lead to improvements in time, but there is still a case for structural reform.



Scottish transport police: Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone has suggested that arming Scotland’s transport police, following a move to arm teams of British Transport Police Officers on the London Underground, could be justified. (Scotsman page 16, David Capitanchik in the Scotsman)


Police forces: Chief Constable Stephen House of Strathclyde Police has warned that reducing Scotland’s police forces to three or four regional forces rather than one Scottish force would be a “fudge” and represents a worse situation than the current structure. (Scotsman page 16)


Scottish Prisoners: According to figures released under Freedom of Information, Scottish prisoners make 1,200 complaints about prison life every month. (Express page 4)



Ash cloud: More than 500 flights were cancelled yesterday due to volcanic ash from Iceland.  Although the ash was expected to leave UK airspace last night passengers are likely to face further delays today with planes in the wrong places and airports in other countries facing closure. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 10, Sun page 1, Express page 1, Mirror page 11, Mail page 1, P&J page 1, Telegraph page 6, FT page 4, Courier, Guardian)