Reform Scotland News: 10 July 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. 



Independence referendum: The independence campaign is reportedly facing setbacks as it emerges that support for independence has dropped to 30 per cent, while 50 per cent would vote ‘no.’ This represents a significant change from the same survey last year, which had indicated support was approximately equal for each option. In addition, the Green party indicated it may drop support for a second question, while the SNP is reportedly increasingly supportive of it, leading to speculation about division in the ‘Yes’ campaign. (Scotsman page 6, Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 6, Times page 1, Record page 2, Express page 7, Press & Journal page 14, Mail page 6)


Lords reform: The House of Commons vote on a timetable for the House of Lords reform is expected to be extremely close, and is considered critical to the Lib Dems and the coalition. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 10, Times page 1, FT page 2, Guardian page 1, Express page 2, Sun page 2, P&J page 12, Mail page 12)


Trump golf course: The Scottish Wildlife Trust has called on golfers to boycott Donald Trump’s new golf course, saying that it had turned “environmentally important” areas into an “alien landscape.” The call was backed by Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Green party, who labelled Donald Trump a “bullyboy billionaire.” (Scotsman page 9, P&J page 6, Mail page 7, Courier page 14)


Leveson inquiry: The head of the Press Complaints Commission has proposed a new system of press self-regulation, with fines of up to £1 million. The Leveson inquiry heard that there is support for this proposal in the newspaper and magazine industries. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 3, FT page 3, P&J page 12)


Same-sex marriage: A protest was staged by about 150 campaigners outside of Holyrood yesterday in support of same-sex marriage rights. (Herald page 6, Harry Reid comments in the Herald, Times page 4, Record page 8, Sun page 2, P&J page 15)


Scotland & the EU; Peter Jones comments on the relationship between Scotland and Europe in the Scotsman.



Libor scandal: Chancellor George Osborne is under pressure following disputes over responsibility for the interest rate fixing affair, amid allegations that lending rates may still be fixed. (Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Record page 4, Express page 4, Mail page 8)


Family income: A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that families with children need to earn at least £36,000 in order to maintain an “acceptable” standard of living. (Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 12, Times page 8)


Crops damaged: The recent wet weather has affected key crops in Scotland, and may affect food prices. (Herald page 1)



University applications: The UK-wide decline in university applications has not been as severe in Scotland, either in terms of Scottish universities’ receipt of applications or in terms of Scottish students applying for university. Certain elite Scottish universities have seen an increase in applications. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 1, FT page 4, Guardian page 10, Mail page 4)



New drug approved: A new drug to treat ‘C Diff,’ one of the most common hospital superbugs, has been approved in Scotland, though it will only be available to patients who have caught it for a second time. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 7, Mail page 19)


Weekend strokes: A study by researchers at Imperial College London has found that 1000 stroke patients die unnecessarily each year due to lower levels of care at the weekend. (Telegraph page 1)


Arthritis treatment: Trials are underway that appear to suggest that injecting stem cells may help cure arthritis. (Express page 1)


Health inequalities: Iain Gray comments on health inequalities in the Scotsman.