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A week in Scottish politics: 12 to 18 April 2013

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 12 and 18 April, which are freely available online.

Thursday 18 April

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral: Comment and analysis following Margaret Thatcher’s funeral yesterday. (Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Shan Ross in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Michael Settle in the Herald, Cate Devine in the Herald, Alison Rowat in the  Herald, Elizabeth Grice in the Telegraph, Allison Pearson in the Telegraph, Christopher Howse in the Telegraph, Sue Cameron in the Telegraph, Peter Oborne in the Telegraph, Iain Martin in the Telegraph, Paul Harris in the Mail, Martin Kettle in the Guardian)

Moral judgements: Michael Fry in the Scotsman argues that Alex Salmond is wrong to assert that government can and should be the maker of morality and form its citizens’ personal moral judgements for them.

Welfare: Anne Johnstone in the Herald comments on how Labour should tackle the problem of low pay.

Ed Miliband: Maurice Glasman in the Guardian argues that Ed Miliband is right to ignore Tony Blair’s advice to return to the old centre ground.

Wednesday 17 April

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral: Comment and analsis ahead of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. (Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, Robin Renwick in the Telegraph, Richard Vinen in the FT, Seumus Milne in the Guardian)

Housing benefit: Danny Alexander in the Scotsman argues that ending the spare room subsidy will help many families trapped in overcrowded houses waiting for a house big enough.

Revenue: Iain McLean, Jim Gallagher and Guy Lodge in the Scotsman comment on the tax and spending choices and independent Scotland would have to make and the impact of oil revenues on those choices.

Monetary policy: Ian Bell in the Herald comments on the likely relationship between Scotland and the Bank of England following independence.

Monday 15 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher: Continuing comments and analysis following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with a particular emphasis on her funeral and legacy, from  Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Brian Monteith in the Scotsman, Andrew McKie in the Herald, Nicholas Watt in the Guardian, Robert Hardman in the Daily Mail, Peter McKay in the Daily Mail.

Sunday 14 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher: Continuing comments and analysis following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from  Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald, Iain MacWhirter in the Sunday Herald, Gerald Warner in the Scotland on Sunday.

Referendum Campaign Donations: Euan McColm in the Scotland on Sunday argues the issue of campaign finance has given the independence debate a nasty edge.

Friday 12 April 2013

Nato: John MacDonald writing in the Scotsman argues that Scotland should follow Mongolia’s lead and ban all nuclear weapons from its soil.

Margaret Thatcher: Continuing comments and analysis following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from Joyce McMillan writing in the Scotsman and Tom Utley writing in the Daily Mail.

Donations: Alison Rowat in the Herald comments on the publication of information regarding donations to the pro and anti-independence campaigns.