Reform Scotland News: 11 August 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.



Riots: The Prime Minister has given approval for police to use water cannon against rioters.  However, the Police Service of Northern Ireland reported that there were no current plans to deploy water cannon to mainland Britain.


Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has criticised the UK government for cutting police numbers.


The father of one of three men who died in a reported hit and run while protecting local shops from looters has appealed for calm.


(Scotsman page 15, Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Times page 1, David Aaronovitch in the Times, Camilla Cavendish in the Times, Mail page 4, John MacLeod in the Mail, Sun page 6, Record page 1, Mirror page 1, Express page 1, Stephen Pollard in the Express, Guardian page 1, Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian, Amelia Gentleman in the Guardian, Zoe Williams in the Guardian, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, Shaun Bailey in the Guardian, FT page 1, Jonathan Foreman in the FT, P&J page 4, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1, Allison Pearson in the Telegraph, John McTernan in the Telegraph)


Salmond’s comments on riots: Alex Salmond has criticised TV and newspaper reports which describe the recent riots as “UK riots”. There hasn’t been any rioting in Scotland and the First Minister said rioting was less likely to happen in Scotland as we had a “different society”. However, his comments have been attacked by opposition politicians who claim he is trying to make political capital out of the crisis. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 3, Mail page 8, Sun page 6, Record page 7, Express page 5, Keith Aitken in the Express, P&J page 5, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 8, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)


Transport costs for MSP’s granddaughter: Labour MSP John Pentland’s granddaughter has been reportedly awarded a £27,000 grant to cover taxi fares for the journey to Scotland’s national dance school 20 miles from her home.  The school is funded by the Scottish Government and incorporated into Knightswood Secondary School.   The money comes from North Lanarkshire’s budget of £3.7million to fund travel for children who live too far away from their schools. (Scotsman page 13, Mail page 12)


Jimmy Reid Foundation: A new left-wing think tank has been launched in memory of Scottish trade union activist Jimmy Reid. (Herald page 4)


Jackson Carlaw: Further coverage of the West of Scotland MSP’s announcement that he is going to stand for the Scottish Conservative leadership. (Record page 2, P&J page 11, Courier page 6)



Economic growth: The Bank of England has downgraded its expectation for economic growth this year from 1.8 per cent to 1.4 per cent.  However, experts have suggested that had the Bank of England’s report been written after last week’s eurozone crisis the prediction could have been even worse. Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, has also warned that inflation could reach 5 per cent by the end of the year. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 8, Mail page 20, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Express page 2, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, P&J page 8)


Employment lottery: The latest Labour Force Survey has suggested that increases in unemployment in Scotland since the start of the economic down turn have varied considerably from area to area.  In North Ayrshire unemployment has risen to 11.9 per cent, an increase of 5.5 per cent over three years while in Aberdeenshire the unemployment rate is 3.7 per cent, up only 1.2 per cent over the same period. (Scotsman page 4, Deven Ghlani in the Scotsman, Alex Meikle in the Scotsman, Mail page 1, Sun page 2, Record page 2, P&J page 10)



Schools quango: Teachers have reportedly accused Education Scotland, Scotland newest quango, of having a conflict of interests as the new body will be responsible for both developing the curriculum and inspecting schools.  Previously the two roles were undertaken by two separate bodies. (Herald page 4)



New prison delay: Plans for a new HMP Highland to replace Porterfield Prison in Inverness were revealed in 2008, however the Scottish Government has been accused of dragging their heels on the issue as a new site has yet to be found. (P&J page 1)



Hepatitis C:  Dr Roy Robertson of the National Forum on Drug Related Deaths has warned that Scotland is facing an ‘epidemic’ of hepatitis C with 30 new cases diagnosed a week. (Scotsman page 18, Herald page 6, Courier page 7)


Smoking: According to research carried out in the US, smoking is 25 per cent more likely to give women heart disease than men. (Herald page 4, Mail page 19, Record page 20)