Reform Scotland News: 5 July 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.



Consensus between Westminster & Holyrood: Reform Scotland’s chairman Ben Thomson writes in The Times Business Insight on the need for a consensus between Holyrood and Westminster on how to adapt the Scotland Bill to make it workable with greater fiscal powers passed to the Scottish Parliament.


English attitudes towards the union: 48% of people south of the border are against Scotland becoming independent, with 36% in favour and 15% undecided according to a new poll by ComRes. (Scotsman page 10, Peter Davies in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Daily Express page 4, Times page 9, Mail page 7, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 11)


Increased tax powers: Former Labour MSP and MP George Foulkes has called for a referendum on the new tax powers being devolved to Holyrood as part of the Scotland Bill going through Westminster. (Scotsman page 11)


Welcome to Scotland: Coverage and comment on the proposed new sculpture, known as the Star of Caledonia, which will straddle the border between England and Scotland. (Scotsman page 3, Daily Express page 4, Mail page 12, Telegraph page 2, The Courier page 10)


Scottish Labour: Jim Murphy, the Shadow defence secretary and former Scottish secretary has been touted as the man to revive Labours fortunes in Scotland. (Herald page 2, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)


Former First Minister Henry McLeish has backed the creation of a separate Scottish Labour Party leader and has called for the party’s MPs to stop treating Holyrood with contempt following Michael Connarty’s comments that the Scottish Parliament was not a “grown-up parliament”. (Telegraph page 11)


Tommy Sheridan: Emails relating to former ‘Solidarity’ MSP Tommy Sheridan’s perjury trial that were said to be lost have been found in a warehouse in London. The discovered emails, reported to be between the News of the World and jailed private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, are said to place pressure on the News of the World to release the information which Sheridan’s legal team claim would have been key during last year’s trial. (Scotsman page 1)


Public Sector reform: Ross Martin in the Scotsman argues for a more innovative and coherent strategy on tax in Scotland.


House of Lords Reform: A report by the Political Studies Association suggests that The Church of Scotland and other faith groups should be able to appoint peers. The Coalition has committed to radical reform of the second house over the next 15 years. (The Herald page 6)


Scottish air bases: The Defence Secretary Liam Fox has confirmed that the Government is close to announcing the fate of RAF Leuchars in Fife and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray. (Mail page 2, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 5, The Courier page 1)



Couple sell oil venture for £30 million: Miles Newman and Isabel Davies started quietly acquiring North Sea oil rights back in 2002 and now have 14 exploration licences, including the now operational Lybster field in the Moray Firth. (Herald page 3, Press and Journal page 16)


Business lobby: Rob Stokes in The Times Business Insight questions whether the business lobby in Scotland will hold the same sway over the Scottish Government now the SNP has an outright majority at Holyrood.



Free personal care: Former First Minister Henry McLeish has argued that free personal care of the elderly in Scotland is worth fighting for following warnings from council leaders that the policy was becoming unaffordable. (Scotsman page 9, Henry Mcleish in the Scotsman, Mail page 6)


David Bell in the Scotsman comments on the consequences for Scotland of the Dilnot report into personal care of the elderly in England and Wales.