Reform Scotland News: 26 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. 



Murdoch: David Cameron has commented that he and other politicians were guilty of “too much cosying up” to Rupert Murdoch.  Jeremy Hunt has resisted calls for him to resign over allegations he was helping News Corp with its takeover of BSkyB. However, his assistant, Adam Smith, has been forced to resign. Alex Salmond has confirmed he agreed to lobby the Culture Secretary on the issue but said that his offer of help was due to the job implications for Scotland, rather than trying to win the backing of the Scottish Sun. (Scotsman page 1, Dr Michael Higgins in the Scotsman, Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Tavish Scott in the Scotsman, Herald page 3, Sun page 13, Guardian page 1, Harold Evans in the Guardian, Daily Record page 8, P&J page 12, Courier page 20, Times page 1 & page 11, Camilla Cavendish in the Times, Scottish Daily Mail page 6, Daily Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express page 3, FT page 2)


Trump: Giving evidence to Holyrood’s Economy, Energy and Tourism committee, Donald Trump claimed that Alex Salmond had given him assurances at a dinner in New York that a controversial wind farm near his proposed golf course would not be built.  Mr Trump said he had been “lured” and “betrayed” by both Alex Salmond and former First Minister Lord McConnell. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1 & page 5, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 10, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, Times page 3, Mike Wade in the Times, Scottish Daily Mail page 12, Daily Telegraph page 3, Daily Express page 4, FT page 4)



Double-dip recession: Figures from the Office for National Statistics published yesterday showed that the UK economy shrank by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.  This was the second consecutive quarterly fall indicating that the UK has fallen back into recession.  GDP figures for Scotland for the period are not yet available, though analysts suggest that the recession may not have hit Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Brian Ashcroft in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Anne Johnstone in the Herald, Sun page 2, Guardian page 1, Daily Record page 5, Courier page 14, Times page 4, Ian King in the Times, Scottish Daily Mail page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 4, FT page 1)


Teaching Union clash: Scotland’s two largest teachers unions have clashed over the issue of a cut in pay for supply staff. This occurred at the annual meeting of the Scottish Trades Union Congress. The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association moved a motion condemning a recent pay cut for supply staff, however an alternative motion recognising the consequence of the pay cut was accepted. (Herald page 10)   


£3bn bid to plant wind turbines: Plans to plant 277 wind turbines nine miles off the Caithness coast have been tabled. Politicians have said this could bring a boost of jobs to the region and it is the first of its kind to be submitted to Marine Scotland. If plans go ahead it would be one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. (P&J page 1 & page 3)



Dundee best for student living: A new survey suggests students at Dundee have the best experience of university life after topping the Times Higher Education magazine poll. It is the first time Dundee has been rated as having the best student experience, rising from fifth place last year to knock Loughborough off the top spot. (P&J page 14, Times page 21, Scottish Daily Mail page 26)



NHS damages claim: Scotland’s largest health authority could face a potential £30 million damages claim after a woman underwent radical surgery for cancer following an alleged failure to spot symptoms during earlier tests. (Herald page 1, Daily Record page 5, Scottish Daily Mail page 27, Daily Express page 15)



Cornton Vale: Chief inspector of prisons, Brigadier Hugh Mundo, has described Scotland’s only female prison, Cornton Vale, as “unsatisfactory” in his inspection report commenting on “disgracefully poor” cells and education opportunities for prisoners.   He has endorsed Dame Elish Angiolini’s view that the prison should be closed. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 4)