A week in Scottish politics: 2 to 8 November 2012

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 2 and 8 November, which are freely available online.

Thursday 8 November
Alex Salmond: As Alex Salmond becomes Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister, David Torrance in the Scotsman comments on his time in office.

American Independence lessons: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman suggests that Scottish nationalists are mistaken if they think America’s past strengthens their case for independence.

“Default” leave of EU: As EU membership is increasingly debated amongst politicians, Michael Fry in the Scotsman discusses the idea that that Scotland may have to leave the EU “by default” if the UK decide to head that way.

Eurozone Crisis: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on the likelihood of a “euro meltdown”.

Wednesday 7 November
Living wage: Ian Bell comments in the Herald that the living-wage campaign encourages some employers to pay as little as they can get away with.

Scottish creative jobs: Pete Martin in the Scotsman criticises the lack of commitment to Scotland’s own talent and comments that Creative Scotland should be telling the world that Scotland is full of creative talent but is undermined by its director not being Scottish.

Referendum: Andrew McFadyen comments in the Scotsman that there is much support for more Scottish powers and criticises this not being an option in the referendum vote.

Naddine Dorries: Quentin Letts in the Mail comments on the decision by sitting Tory MP Nadine Dorries to appear on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Tuesday 6 November
Yes campaign: Ewan Crawford in the Scotsman says that it is up to the Yes Scotland campaign to show that the Better Together camp’s plan for  Scotland should it remain in the union is thoroughly unattractive, especially regarding the lack of protection given to those on middle and low incomes and that independence can be a positive outcome for Scotland.

Ruth Davidson: As Ruth Davidson reaches one year as leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Alan Cochrane says that the battle against independence and wind farms could start a revival for the fortunes of the Scottish Conservatives.

Alex Salmond: Joan McAlpine in the Record says that many of things that Alex Salmond’s opponents criticise him for are his greatest strengths, as he reaches 2000 days in office

Monday 5 November
EU entry: Andrew Nicoll  in the Sun assesses Mr. Van Rompuy’s remarks in a YouTube interview where the President of the European Council criticised the SNP case for an independent Scotland retaining EU membership, saying that ‘Nobody has anything to gain from separatism in the world of today’.

EU referendum: Writing in the Herald, Iain MacWhirter compares efforts by the House of Commons to force a reduction in the EU budget to the Tory rebellion that took place in response to the Maastricht Treaty.

Friday 2 November
Referendum debate: Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph warns that the personal abuse in the independence referendum debate ought to be curbed.

Curriculum for Excellence concern: Carol Ford in The Scotsman writes that there ought to be genuine concern surrounding the Curriculum for Excellence following the doubts of teaching staff and parents and that the planned system leaves students vulnerable to failing.