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Reform Scotland News: 26 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 Scottish government confirmed yesterday that it intends to legislate to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland.  The Scottish government has said that it will seek an amendment from the Home Office to the Equality Act to secure extra protection for celebrants, such as ministers, who do not want to carry out same-sex ceremonies. (Scotsman page 4, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Sun page 1, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 8, Mail page 1, P&J page 1, Hugh Gilbert in the P&J, Courier page 2)

Arcbishop-elect: The Archbishop-elect of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, is to meet the partner of the late David Cairns MP to apologise for comments he made suggesting that the MP’s death may have been linked to his sexuality. Ed Miliband yesterday joined others reacting angrily to the comments made by the Archbishop-elect. (Scotsman page 1, Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Herald page 5, Times page 15, Angus Macleod in the Times, Sun page 8, Record page 4, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 4)

Olympic flags: There was a flag blunder at the Olympic football match taking place at Hampden Park yesterday when North Korea’s women refused to take the field after the giant screens showed the South Korean flag. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 6, P&J page 22, Courier page 1)

NATO: In response to SNP plans to drop its opposition to an independent Scotland joining NATO, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie and former SSP MSP Colin Fox, who both support independence, have joined the newly launched “No to NATO in Scotland” pressure group. (Scotsman page 6)

Independence debate: Stuart Kelly in the Scotsman comments that the real debate over independence has stalled and should focus on a question of the philosophy of statehood, rather than the day-to-day running of the country.

Economy
Recession:
GDP figures published yesterday show that the economy shrank for the third quarter in a row, falling 0.7 per cent between April and June.  This reportedly means that the UK is now in its worst recession since 1955.  The figures prompted Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott to call for Mr Osborne to quit as Chancellor. (Scotsman page 8, John McLaren in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 8, Anne Johnstone in the Herald, Times page 1, Sam Fleming in the Times, Sun page 2, Record page 8, Telegraph page 1, Allister Heath in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1, Mail page 10, P&J page 16, Courier page 14)

Bankruptcy: Figures published by Accountant in Bankruptcy, has shown that in the three months to the end of March, 5,601 individuals were declared insolvent in Scotland, an increase of 14.9% on the previous quarter and up 5.3% on the same period in 2011.  (Herald page 6, Times page 11, Sun page 2, Mail page 2)

Health
Flu jags:
The Scottish government announced yesterday that all children in Scotland are to be given seasonal flu jags.  However, details are still to emerge of when the programme will start, or how the vaccinations will be given out. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 7, Times page 9, Margaret McCartney in the Times, Guardian page 2, Mail page 19)

 Hip operations: According to a report published by Health Protection Scotland, infections following hip replacements in Scotland are four times more common in NHS hospitals compared to private units. (Herald page 4)