Reform Scotland News: 12 February 2013


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

Pope to stand down:
Comment, coverage and analysis on the unexpected announcement from Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that he is to stand down as pope at the end of February due his age and infirmity.  This will make the 85-year-old the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. (Scotsman page 1, Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman, Liz Leydon in the Scotsman, herald page 1, Colette Douglas Home in the Herald, Sun page 6, Record page 1, Times page 1, James Bone in the Times, Diarmaid MacCulloch in the Times, Express page 1, Simon Edge in the Express, FT page 6, David Gardner in the FT, Telegraph page 1, Peter Stanford in the Telegraph, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, Andrew Brown in the Guardian, P&J page 12, Courier page 16)

Horse meat: Further coverage about beef contaminated with horsemeat.  Samples of Tesco’s Everyday Vale spaghetti bolognese were found to contain 60 per cent horse DNA. The FSA in Scotland has said that it is working with public institutions to establish whether Scottish schools and hospitals have been affected. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 1, Sun page 16, Times page 8, Hugo Rifkind in the Times, Express page 6, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, John MacLeod in the Mail, Tesco page 1, P&J page 17, Courier page 9)

Chris Huhne: Further coverage of the trial of Vicky Pryce, Chris Huhne’s ex-wife, over her role in accepting his speeding points. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 12, Sun page 4, Record page 19, Times page 13, Express page 11, Telegraph page 11, Mail page 21, Guardian page 14, Courier page 13)

Independence implication: A report from the UK government published yesterday, which reportedly analyses the Scottish government’s plans for independence, has suggested that up to 200 new quangos may need to be established in an independent Scotland to take over services currently provided at a UK level. (Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 14, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, P&J page 14, Courier page 14)

Scottish economic outlook: The Fiscal Commission set up to analyse the economic implications of independence said yesterday that Scotland faces further austerity irrespective of whether the country backs independence or not.   The report also suggests that an independent Scotland could take a stake in the Bank of England as part of a formal currency union with the UK.  (Scotsman page 1, John McLaren in the Scotsman, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, FT page 4, Telegraph page 9, Mail page 4, P&J page 15)

Independence timetable: Professor James Crawford, a legal expert hired by the UK government, commented yesterday that he agreed with the SNP that negotiating Scottish independence could be done within 18 months. (Record page 2)

EU: Ed Balls has reportedly commented that the Labour Party would be “stupid” to rule out an EU referendum. (Sun page 2, Times page 18, Telegraph page 12, Mail page 8)

Written constitution: Iain Gray in the Scotsman argues that a written Scottish constitution could undermine the universality of ECHR.

Liam Fox: David Maddox in the Scotsman considers whether a comeback by Liam Fox is likely.

Trump golf course:
Donald Trump has formally submitted a planning application for a second championship golf course at his golf resort on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 11, Express page 14, FT page 4, P&J page 4)

Stephen Hester: RBS’s chairman Sir Philip Hampton has commented that the bank’s chief executive Stephen Hester should keep his deferred bonus of £780,000 despite the bank’s involvement in the Libor rate-rigging scandal (Scotsman page 16, Record page 10, Express page 19, Mail page 12, Guardian page 23, Courier page 15)

:  Key railway stations in Glasgow are to undergo a £2m revamp ahead of the Commonwealth Games. (Scotsman page 22, Mail page 19, P&J page 10)

Universities Scotland has blamed a the decision by the UK Boarder Agency to end its post-study work route for international students as well as Westminster’s “hardline rhetoric” on immigration for a fall in the number of international students coming to Scotland. (Scotsman page 23)

Prison sentences:
 The number of prison sentences of less than six months handed out in 2011/12 was 10,665, just over 100 more than the previous year. (Scotsman page 24)

Lung cancer survival rate:
 According to a study published in the journal Thorax, one-year lung cancer survival rates in the UK are 30 per cent and lag behind fiver other developed countries that researchers looked at. (Scotsman page 13)