Reform Scotland News: 19 April 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


The Scotland Bill: MSPs last night backed a legislative consent motion on the Scotland Bill, allowing Westminster to pass the legislation which will hand a number of new responsibilities to Holyrood.  New areas of competence will include a proportion of income tax and borrowing powers. (Scotsman page 10, Adam Tomkins in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Record page 8, Herald page 6, Times page 12, Courier page 16, Telegraph page 5, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 19, Express page 2, P&J page 17)

Bill Walker: Bill Walker MSP returned to Holyrood yesterday for the first time since his expulsion from the SNP over allegations of domestic abuse and was reportedly shunned by other MSPs. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 14, Record page 6, Herald page 5, Times page 9, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 5, John MacLeod in the Mail)

Abu Qatada: Home Secretary Theresa May has dismissed Abu Qatada’s appeal to Europe’s human rights judges to avoid deportation as a “delaying tactic”. (Scotsman page 4, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Times page 1, Courier page 25, Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 4, Guardian page 4, Mail page 10, Express page 11)

Cost of independence: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman comments that the cost of decommissioning oil installations is only one of many bills an independent Scotland would face.

Doosan Power Systems: Doosan Power Systems, which the SNP cited as evidence of international firms making investment in Scotland to reject claims of uncertainty caused by the referendum, has reportedly postponed a scheme to build an offshore wind research centre. (Telegraph page 1)


Tanker driver strike: The threat of a strike by tanker drivers has reportedly worsened after Unite union officials rejected the latest offer following six days of talks between the union and representatives from six fuel distribution companies. However, the union has indicated that it plans to reconvene talks through Acas. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Times page 11, Courier page 25, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 10, Express page 1, P&J page 16)

Economic growth:  According to official figures Scotland’s GDP for the last three months of 2011 show a fall of 0.1 per cent, less than expected and less than the fall for the UK as a whole which was 0.3 per cent.  (Scotsman page 6, Telegraph page 2, Record page 10, P&J page 16)

Unemployment: Figures for Scotland indicate a fall of 12,000 in unemployment for the period December to February, though the unemployment rate for women has now risen above men for the first time since the recession. (Scotsman page 6, Sun page 6, Herald page 1, Courier page 15, Telegraph page 2, page 12, Express page 4)

Bank of England: Speculation on who the next Governor of the Bank of England may be. (Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Guardian page 30


Televised sentencing: David Gilroy was yesterday sentenced to 18 years for the murder of Suzanne Pilley.  The sentencing, by Lord Bracadale, was recorded by TV cameras and broadcast – the first time in the UK that a High Court sentencing was filmed to be shown the same day. (Scotsman page 8, John Robertson in the Scotsman, Paul Whitelaw in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Herald page 5, Times page 3, Courier page 18, Telegraph page 6, Financial Times page 4, Record page 11, Mail page 1, Express page 5, P&J page 12)

Monitoring of rapist: The 24-hour monitoring of rapist Robert Greens has allegedly been withdrawn because Midlothian Council, which is responsible for monitoring him, can no longer afford it.  The accusation was made by Andy McGlone, the solicitor representing Chief Constable David Strange, to Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court. (Scotsman page 12, Mail page 1, Express page 9)

Shirley McKie: Stephen House, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Force is reportedly going to apologies to former detective Shirley McKie and her family for the “pain and suffering “ the force caused after wrongly accusing her of leaving a fingerprint at a murder scene in 1998 and she was tried for perjury.  Ms Mckie was fully exonerated by a public inquiry which reported in December. (Herald page 1)

Local Government

Gay marriage: The Council of Glasgow Imams has urged Scottish Muslims not to vote for any candidate in the local elections who supports gay marriage calling the proposals an “attack” on their faith and belief. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Courier page 21, Express page 2)

Campaigns: Andy Maciver in the Scotsman comments that other parties should learn from the success of the SNP’s party machine when it comes to campaigning.


Breast cancer: According to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is effectively ten different diseases. (Mail page 6, Express page 15)