Reform Scotland News: 7 June 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.



Independence Referendum: The Scottish government and the coalition at Westminster are rowing over whether Scotland would need two referendums before independence. The SNP insists only one referendum is needed whereas Scottish Secretary Michael Moore believes a second referendum on the finalised details would also be needed. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 7, Press and Journal page 9, Courier page 8, Guardian page 7, Times page 1, Telegraph page 5, FT page 2, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Record page 4, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 5)



Wikileaks: According to a revelation by Wikileaks, the UK could be forced to rely on overseas countries for more than 2/3 of its oil and gas supplies within less than 10 years, as North Sea resources are dwindling rapidly. (Scotsman page 7)


Young Tycoons: The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor of more than 80 countries shows that Scotland’s economy will suffer from the lack of ‘young tycoons’. (Herald page 5, Times page 13)


Poverty trap: The Growing Up in Scotland study has found that children brought up in one-parent families are at greater risk of unemployment and poor health.  (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 3, Telegraph page 7, Daily Mail page 17)


SeaEnergy: The £40 million sale of SeaEnergy Renewables to the Spanish company Repsol, will give Scotland’s renewable-energy industry a major boost. Two major European energy companies will join forces to build one of the country’s most significant offshore windfarms, increasing Scotland’s role in the sector. (Press and Journal page 15, Herald page 12)


Local Government

Trams: Edinburgh’s tram scheme is under threat after the resignation of the project’s spin doctor, Mandy Haeburn-Little. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 2, Times page 5, Daily Mail page 16, Daily Express page 4)


Council probe: South Ayrshire Council has dismissed 5 council managers after an investigation into claims of mismanagement and malpractice. (Herald page 5)


Bin Collection: Families in some areas of Scotland may have to face waiting six weeks for their rubbish to be collected as councils make further cuts to services. Local authorities may also be prepared to impose £200 fines for those households who fail to recycle enough. (Daily Mail page 1)



UK Supreme Court: Leading QC, John Campbell, has criticised the Scottish Government’s choice of legal experts who will decide on the ongoing conflict between Scots law and the Supreme Court, saying that the panel should include practicing lawyers as well as retired judges. (Scotsman page 6)


Police Numbers: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has claimed that people are complaining because there are too many police officers on the streets, making people feel uneasy. (Daily Mail page 6)



Railway cables: According to the British Transport Police (BTP) the theft of railway cables from Scotland’s railways increased by 226% in one year, while overall railway crime fell by 5.1%. (Herald page 9, Scotsman page 16, Guardian page 22, Daily Express page 10)



University funding: A report by MPs published today indicated that the number of English universities planning to charge the new £9,000 maximum in fees has been “significantly” under-estimated, leaving the Scottish Government to face renewed pressure to explain how the gap in university funding will be plugged. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 11, Guardian page 1, Telegraph page 7, FT page 4)



Dementia Care: At the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Awareness Week conference in Glasgow, Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that her top “personal priority” is improving the care given to elderly people and those suffering from dementia. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 11, Courier page 1, Times page 17, Telegraph page 5, Daily Record page  8, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 10)


NHS sick days: Figures released by NHS Grampian and NHS Highland show that staff took nearly 1 million days of ‘sick leave’ in only 3 years. Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone had said that the health boards cannot afford to let the trend continue. (Press and Journal page 7,)