A week in Scottish politics: 3 – 9 August 2012


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 3  to 9 August 2012 which are freely available online.

Thursday 9 August  

Nick Clegg: Tavish Scott in the Scotsman comment on Nick Clegg’s accusations that the Conservatives had broken the coalition contract.

BBC bias row: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman comments on the accusations by Scottish Labour MP Ian Davidson that the BBC’s Newsnight Scotland  regular displays bias against pro-union.

Economic growth: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on new growth forecasts and says we need the feel good factor from the Olympics to continue and help aide our economic recovery.

Wednesday 8 August

Coalition: Allan Massie in the Scotsman and Simon Jenkins in the Guardian discuss the problems between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.

NATO: David Torrance in the Scotsman looks at the internal debate within the SNP over whether  an independent Scotland could join NATO.

Scottish Labour Party: Brian Wilson in the Scotsman sets out how he thinks the Scottish Labour Party overcomes the problem that roughly one in five voters, who vote Labour in other elections, do not do so at elections to the Scottish Parliament.

Exam results: Lindsay Paterson in the Scotsman comments on the debate over whether exams are getting easier.

Tuesday 7 August  

Coalition: David Maddox in the Scotsman comment’s on Nick Clegg’s statement that he will allow Lib Dem MPs to vote against changes to parliamentary boundaries for Westminster.

Louise Mensch: Gaby Hinsliff in the Guardian and Andrew Pierce in the Mail comment on Louise Mensch’s resignation as the MP for Corby & East Northamptonshire.

Shetland: Nicholas Tsgourias in the Scotsman considers the idea of Shetland opting out of the independence referendum.

RBS: John McFall and Jon Moulton in the FT comment on the proposal of fully nationalising RBS.

NHS- Obesity: Colette Douglas Home in the Herald suggests that one million obese Scots could bankrupt the NHS, as money is needed to get them back to shape through treatments such as bariatric surgery. She also questions what use the money could be put to, from cancer patients to car crashes, and whether the obese are really deserving of these life saving funds.

Monday 6 August

Boris Johnston: Eddie Barnes in the Scotland on Sunday speculates whether Boris Johnston could replace David Cameron.

Friday 3 August

Political donations: John Curtice in the Scotsman comments on the publication of political party donation and spending figures by the Electoral Commission.

Boris Johnston: Chris Roycroft-Davis in the Daily Express comments on speculation that Rupert Murdoch is reportedly considering backing Boris Johnston to replace David Cameron as Tory leader.

The union: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman and Alison Rowat in the Herald suggest that regardless of the result of the independence referendum, the debate over Scotland’s place in the union will continue.

Avoiding decisions: Trevor Davies in the Scotsman explains why politicians in power sometimes chose to avoid making a decision.

House of Lords: Dr Paul Behren in the Scotsman comments on the debate to reform the House of Lords.