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Reform Scotland News: 17 February 2012

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 February 2012

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

 Politics

Cameron offers a deal to Scotland: The Prime Minister, David Cameron, in a surprise move, said in his speech in Edinburgh yesterday that Holyrood could be given more powers if Scotland votes no in the referendum. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 6,Daily Record page 8,The Daily Express page 1,The Courier & Advertiser page 16,The Press and Journal page  12 &14, Financial Times page 2, The Guardian page 14,Telegraph page 1)

Alex Salmond reaction to Prime Minister’s speech: Alex Salmond dismissed the Prime Minister’s offer to consider more powers for Scotland, saying: “Where’s the beef?”( Times page  1, Scottish Daily Mail page 1, The Scottish Sun page 1, The Press and Journal page 12, The Courier page 1, The Telegraph page 4, The Herald page 1)

Cosla conference: John Swinney addressed the COSLA conference yesterday. (The Courier & Advertiser page 8)

 Economy

Rangers: Further coverage of the crisis at Rangers FC. ( Daily Express page 5, Daily Mail page 7, The Times page 22, The Courier & Advertiser page 10, Daily Record page 1, The Herald page 1,The Scotsman page 10 )

High Street stores closing: Six high street stores closed every week in Scotland last year- an average of almost one a day –a new report into the retail industry has revealed. (Daily Express page 10, Scotsman page 21, The Herald page 4)

Sterling: David Bell writes that as the jobless figures north of the Border mirror the UK as a whole, it makes sense for an independent Scotland to keep the currency. (The Scotsman page 36)