Reform Scotland News: 7 October 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



First Minister’s Official Home:  The First Minister is reportedly set to take up home in a new official residence in Edinburgh.  He would move from Bute House in Charlotte Square to Governor’s House adjacent to the Scottish Government’s headquarters. (Scotsman page 1, Herald)


Sectarian Legislation:  Opposition parties on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee have withdrawn support for the new laws aimed at cracking down on Sectarianism in football.  While the committee’s report also attacked the SFA and SPL for failing to work together and show leadership in combating offensive behaviour in the game. ( Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6,  Record page 9, Telegraph page 14, Times page 24, Mail page 6, Express page 4)


Alcohol Duty:  The Scottish Government has called for all tax raised on alcohol north of the border to remain in Scotland.  They believe that as Scotland already meets the costs associated with alcohol abuse, it should also receive control of the revenue benefit. (Scotsman, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 6)


Scottish Civil Service: Sir Peter Housden, Scotland’s top civil servant, faced calls from Lord Foulkes to resign amid criticism from other peers that he had allegedly abandoned civil service impartiality.( Scotsman, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1, Times page 3, Express page 14, Record page 2)


Scottish Conservative Leadership:  Jackson Carlaw, one of the contenders to be the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has launched an attack on alleged bias within the party towards one of his rivals, Ruth Davidson.  In a separate announcement, former leader David McLetchie has said that he is backing Murdo Fraser to be the next leader. (Times page 17, Telegraph page 16)


Labour Re-shuffle:  Ed Miliband will seek to stamp his authority on Labour’s front-bench team with a re-shuffle that will give the new 2010 intake of MPs a more prominent role.  Expereinced MPs, John Healey, the Shadow Health Secretary, and John Denham, the Shadow Business Secretary, have stood down from the Shadow Cabinet. (Scotsman, Herald page 1, Times page 26, Mail page 2, Record page 2, Sun page 2)



Economic Crisis:  The Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, has described the economic situation as ‘the most serious financial crisis’ ever seen and said that using quantitative easing to pump £75 billion in (Herald page 1, Record page 2, Telegraph page 1, Times page 1, Mail page 1, Sun page 2)


BBC Scotland jobs:  One in ten jobs at BBC Scotland is reportedly to be lost as part of swingeing cuts at the corporation. ( Herald page 5)



Supreme Court:  A wave of human rights cases has reportedly been averted after the Suprem Court gave its backing to Scotland’s Lord Advocate after previously finding, in the so-called Cadder case, that the long-established police practice of questioning suspects without a lawyer was contrary to the ECHR. (Times page19)


Local Government

Labour councillor allegations:  A Labour councillor at the centre of a police investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the office of former culture minister Frank McAveety is reportedly facing the political axe over unpaid council tax. (Herald page 9)



Sickness culture: Eddie Barnes in The Scotsman comments that the current structure of the NHS supports a sickness culture.