Reform Scotland News: 24th 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.



Libya: Colonel Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli has been stormed by rebel fighters.  The location of Gaddafi and his son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, is unknown.  The dictator issued a voice recording to a Libyan television station, vowing “martyrdom or victory”.  (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Mail page 1, Max Hastings in the Mail, Sun page 8, FT page 1, Courier page 1, P&J page 1, Mirror page 1, Telegraph page 1, David Owen in the Telegraph)


Police centralisation: Rory Mair, head of Cosla, which represents councils, yesterday warned the proposed centralisation of Scottish police forces into a single body was “fundamentally wrong and fundamentally flawed”.  Ministers were criticised for not giving enough information about how accountability and governance would work in a single force.  (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 2)


Tuition fees: An attempt is to be made in the House of Lords to amend the Scotland Bill to make it illegal for Scottish universities to charge only English students full tuition fee costs.  Labour peer Lord Foulkes promised the amendment to fix an “injustice which unfairly discriminates against the English”. The proposed amendment comes after lawyer Phil Shiner said that he plans to make a human rights challenge against the current regime. (Scotsman page 2)


Phone hacking: The Electoral Commission has been asked to investigate payments made to Andy Coulson by News International after he resigned as editor of News of the World.  It is alleged Mr Coulson received payments while working for David Cameron, as well as continuing to enjoy access to private healthcare and his company car.  (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 8, Guardian page 1, FT page 2, Telegraph page 10)


Scottish Labour leadership: Tom Harris, MP for Glasgow South, has become the first Labour politician to come forward as a candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership.  He called on other leadership hopefuls to announce their candidacy to precipitate a proper contest.  (Scotsman page 18, John McTernan in the Scotsman, Herald page 8, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Courier page 8)



Hospital Bug: A ward in Vale of Leven Hospital in West Dunbartonshire, which was treating patients affected by a hospital bug, had poor record-keeping according to a recent inquiry.  18 people lost their lives after being infected by clostridium Difficile (C.Diff).  The head nurse at the ward, Lesley Fox, admitted signing an inaccurate witness statement.  (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 2, Mail page 12)



Racist killing: Police have apologised to the family of Simon San for failing to recognise his killing last year was racially motivated.  An internal inquiry found “significant failings” in investigators’ denials that the attack was fuelled by racial prejudice.  (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1, Times page 18, Guardian page 16, Mail page 22, Record page 1)