Reform Scotland News: 25 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

Politics
Same-sex marriage:
The new Archbishop of Glasgow, Phillip Tartaglia reportedly believes that he and his fellow Catholic clergy run the risk of breaking laws against hate crime over their stance against same-sex marriage. There has also been widespread condemnation of the Archbishop’s remarks appearing to suggest a link between the death of the MP  David Cairns and his homosexuality.  (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 10, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 19)

Land reform :A new panel set up by First Minister Alex Salmond hopes to address the issue of land buyouts, exploring how local people can claim brown field sites in their communities.  (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 5, Press and Journal page 22)

Independence and borders: Scots making the journey across the border could be met by border controls, Scotland Office Minister David Mundell claimed yesterday on a visit to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. (Herald Page 6, Daily Record page 10, Press and Journal page 11)

Nationhood: The First Minister stated yesterday that justification for independence would be primarily centred on nationhood rather than economic arguments (Daily Record page 5)

Cash in hand: David Gauke, the minister who claimed on the BBC’s Newsnight that paying cash in hand was morally wrong, has been embarrassed by revelations that Mayor of London Boris Johnson, as well as the Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg have engaged in the practice. (Telegraph page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Susie Boniface in the Daily Express page 12, Ian Bell in the Herald page 13, Press and Journal page 12, Ian Bell in the Herald)

Independence and poverty: Opposition spokesmen have criticised Alex Neil, SNP Infrastructure Secretary’s assertion that an independent Scotland could end poverty in the country. (Daily Express page 14, The Sun page 2)

Defence cuts: A series of protests were held against the UK Government’s proposed cuts to the army. Families of serving troops as well as ex-servicemen joined the demonstrations in several UK cities, including Glasgow. (Scotsman page 20, Daily Record page 4, Press and Journal page 14)

Phone hacking: Rebecca Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World, and Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former director of communications, have been charged over their role in the phone hacking scandal. (Herald page 7 Scotsman page 4, Daily Record page 6 Daily Express page 4 Times page 1, Sun page 14, Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Press and Journal page 16, Courier page 1)

Happiness: A study by the Office for National Statistics suggests that over three quarters of Scots rate themselves as having medium to high life satisfaction. (Scotsman page 1, Express page 5, Times page 13, Alice Thomson in the Times, Sun page 9, Telegraph page 4, Guardian page 6, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 16)

Economy
Recession:
The extra Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee is being blamed as a contributing factor as Britain’s longest double-dip recession for over 50 years is expected to be confirmed today (Herald page 6, Stephen King in the Times, Courier page 27)

Tourism The tourism industry in the Western Isles is expecting a boost from the drought in the island, causing a lack of midges in the area. (Scotsman page 19)

Hall’s The future of the meat processing plant Hall’s in Broxburn was again discussed with First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday (Daily Record page 10)

Justice
Olympics:
The UK government is looking for an injunction from the High Court to stop staff from the UK Border Agency from striking on the eve of the Olympics opening ceremony. It argues that there was an error in the procedure in the ballot which confirmed the strike action (Herald page 3)

Education
Universities
It will take Scottish universities 40 years to achieve targets set on access to tertiary education for students from the most deprived areas, according to an NUS report. (Herald page1, Scotsman page 16, Times page 1, Telegraph page 8)