Reform Scotland News: 27 November 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


Bank of England: Mark Carney was yesterday announced as the new Governor of the Bank of England. The current head of the Canadian central bank becomes the first foreign Governor in the Bank’s 318 year history. The appointment was welcomed by all parties when it was announced in the House of Commons by Chancellor George Osborne yesterday. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Sun page 6, Record page 4, Express page 4, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Alistair Osborne in the Telegraph, FT page 1, Guardian page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 18)

EU: David Cameron yesterday said that he intended to form alliances with like minded countries to counter possible attempts to increase the EU budget to unaffordable levels. The statement comes as a new seven year budget framework was agreed by all 27 EU countries. (Herald page 6, Hugo Rifkind in the Times)

Pensions: Bield, Hanover and Trust housing associations have warned that Scotland faces a potential rise of £1.1bn in the cost of health and social care by 2016 as the country deals with an ageing population. The statement was made in a submission of evidence to the finance committee at Holyrood. (Scotsman page 19)

Shipbuilding: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged opposition politicians to put aside political differences to save shipbuilding on the Clyde as BAE Systems announced plans to halt production at one of its three UK yards. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Joan McAlpine in the Record, Courier page 17)

Conservatives and UKIP: Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has ruled out any prospect of the Conservatives making an electoral pact with UKIP ahead of the next General Election. The statement comes as Michael Fabricant, the party’s vice chairman said that his party should offer an in/out European referendum in exchange for UKIP not putting up candidates in marginal seats. (Scotsman page 8, Guardian page 8, P&J page 18, Courier page 19)

Press regulation: As the Leveson Enquiry is due to report later this week, First Minister Alex Salmond is reportedly coming under pressure from Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie to flesh out how the report’s findings will impact on press regulation in Scotland, which is devolved to Holyrood. (Telegraph page 12, P&J page 15)

Catalonia: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that the example of Catalonia acts as a warning to the SNP that it does not have a stranglehold on the independence agenda with trade unions and the Greens offering differing views about what an independent Scotland would look like.

Staying in the Union: Christopher Whatley in the Scotsman says that, just like in 1707, the onus is on those who wish to see the union continue to suggest how Scotland will prosper in the future within the UK.

Knife possession: The toughest sentence for possession of a knife has reportedly been used only six times in four years. Yesterday the Scottish Government announced that the maximum sentence for the crime will be increased from four to five years. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has insisted that the judiciary are making balanced decisions regarding sentencing. (Record page 1, Express page 1, Sun page 4, P&J page 15, Mail page 8, Courier page 16)

Breast cancer screening: The NHS has reported a 50% year on year increase in the number of women being sent for breast cancer screening, attributed to a very prominent advertising campaign led by Elaine C. Smith. Health boards are reporting that they are struggling to cope with demand for screening. (Herald page 1)

Visiting times: NHS Scotland’s clinical director Dr Jason Leitch has said that easing rigid visiting times should be a priority, saying the current system is neither open nor free. (Sun page 2)

Language: The British Council has warned that foreign language teaching in Scotland is in crisis as a pan-European survey showed that the number of pupils taking on a second language is falling whilst funding for foreign language teaching in further education has been cut. (Scotsman page 6, Hazel Crichton in the Scotsman, Herald page 2, Courier page 16)