Reform Scotland News: 11 November 2011



Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 11 November 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



Eurozone: Brussels has re-evaluated growth forecasts down for the Eurozone, from 1.8 per cent to 0.5, exacerbating fears of a new recession. This news comes at the end of a tumultuous week for Europe, particularly for Greece and Italy. Meanwhile David Cameron has warned of a ‘clear and present danger’ facing the EU, with Vince Cable saying the Treasury and Bank of England are preparing for ‘economic Armageddon’. This comes amid French planning to create a breakaway organisation of Eurozone countries with its own treaty, parliament and headquarters. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Courier page 15, P&J page 5, Times page 8, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1, Record page 2, Mail page 6)


Independence referendum: Adam Tomkins, Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow, has claimed that many of the SNP’s proposals on how a referendum should be carried out are outside the Scottish Government’s powers, and thus potentially illegal. There is also continuing debate about an independent Scotland and the euro. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 8, Express page 1)


Politician of the year: Alex Salmond has been named the politician of the year after being the sole nominee. The award recognises his majority in the Scottish Parliament. Gordon Brown won a lifetime achievement award. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 7)


News International: Labour MP Tom Watson attacked James Murdoch in his second appearance before the House of Commons culture committee. Alluding to Mafioso-like activity, the attacks were vigorously refuted by Murdoch, who argued that Mr Crone’s and Mr Myler’s testimonies were “inconsistent and not right” in a two hour and 37 minute question and answer session. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Courier page 10, P&J page 12, Times page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 2, Sun page 6, Record page 2, Mail page 10, Express page 21)


Leith Docks: The City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise and Forth Ports have established a partnership and announced that the capital’s dock will be transformed into a turbine manufacture centre, with previous plans to construct 15,000 houses and a shopping area being scrapped. (Scotsman page 7)


Scottish Conservatives: Ruth Davidson has named her front bench team after several days of negotiation, while yesterday Ms Davidson faced Alex Salmond for the first time at FMQs. (Herald page 8, Courier page 12, P&J page 9, Times page 3, Sun page 2, Record page 4, Mail page 8)


Tram documents:  Council bosses have been accused of shredding documents after a Freedom of Information request was rejected by the Council. (Mail page 16)



Hogmanay: Hogmanay celebrations will be broadcast live on the internet for the first time in the 19-year history of the event, a scheme that is hoped wil boost international recognition of the city and its celebrations. (Scotsman page 11)


Motoring taxes: Scots pay 18 per cent more motoring tax than people in England according to the Tax Payers’ Alliance study. (Mail page 1)


Independence and pensions: Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said the only way to maintain pension payments in Scotland was to keep the union intact. (Mail page 2)



Fountain brewery site: A new school is to be built on the Fountain Brewery site after Edinburgh City Council won a bidding war. (Scotsman page 7)


City Graduate Scheme: Glasgow City Council is planning a £10 million scheme to create 1,000 jobs through the Commonwealth Graduate Fund. The plan will allow for half the salary to be paid by the employer. (Herald page 1)


Teacher strike action: Proposed changes to working hours and conditions have sparked threats of industrial action by the members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS). (Herald page 7)



 NHS cuts: With 1,000 nurses set to be lost in 2012, Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie attacked the SNP for bringing the number of nurses down and the NHS to ‘the brink of a crisis.’ (Scotsman page 2, Courier page 12)