Reform Scotland News: 10 April 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

Politics

Thatcher’s funeral: The Queen and Alex Salmond will be among those attending Baroness Thatcher’s funeral next Wednesday. Tony Blair has criticised people who took to the streets to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death as acting in poor taste and a spokesman for Ed Miliband also categorically condemned the celebrations. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Express page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 1, Courier page 14, P&J page 12)

Thatcher’s legacy: Continued comment and analysis discussing Margaret Thatcher’s impact on both Scotland and the UK as a whole. (Alastair Dalton in the Scotsman, Shan Ross in the Scotsman, Brian Wilson in the Scotsman, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Rupert Murdoch in the Times, Sarah Bradford in the Times, Roy Hattersley in the Record, Tam Cowan in the Record, Kerry Gill in the Express, Ann Widdecombe in the Express, William Hague in the Telegraph, Peter Stanford in the Telegraph, Elizabeth Truss in the Telegraph, Radek Sikorski in the Telegraph, Ferdinand Mount in the Telegraph, Rowan Pelling in the Telegraph, FT page 2, Stephen Glover in the Mail, Robin Harris in the Mail, Gerald Warner in the Mail, Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian, Frances O’Grady in the Guardian, Stewart Whyte in the P&J)

Horse drug: Asda has recalled tins of corned beef from its budget range after traces of the horse painkiller bute was found. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 9, Times page 21, Record page 2, Express page 2, Courier page 13, P&J page 15)

Scottish Six: Kevin Bakhurst, a senior executive at Irish TV station RTE, commented at a Scotsman conference yesterday that the case for a so-called “Scottish Six” news programme was “unanswerable” and with greater divergence north and south of the Border it was harder to resist the idea of a Scottish main news programme based in Glasgow. (Scotsman page 10)

Children’s wellbeing: A report produced by Unicef has placed British children’s prospects in life poorly in a report looking at 29 developed countries.  The UK ranked 16th in total, but was 29th for education, 27th for teenage pregnancy and 24th for youth unemployment. (Scotsman page 18, Guardian page 15)

Scotland and the USA: Following Tartan Day in the US on April 6, Alex Salmond in the Scotsman looks at the historical links between Scotland and the United States.

Economy

Sir James Crosby: Former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby has called last week’s report by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking into the collapse of HBOS “chastening reading” and said he was “deeply sorry” for his part in the bank’s downfall. He said that he will relinquish 30 per cent of his pension pot and has asked to be stripped of his knighthood. (Scotsman page 1, Terry Murden in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Sun page 2, Express page 1, FT page 1, Daniel Schafer & Jennifer Thompson in the FT, Mail page 21, Guardian page 1, Courier page 21)

House of Lords’ report: The House of Lords’ economic affairs committee have dismissed SNP claims that the Scottish government could have influence over the Bank of England after independence as “entirely fanciful”. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 6, Times page 6, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 12, Mail page 24)

Tax system: Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman comments that Scottish voters need to be presented with a more efficient tax system.

Justice

Sheriff courts: The Scottish Court Service announced yesterday that ten of the existing 49 sheriff courts in Scotland will face closure, subject to parliamentary approval. (Herald page 3, Times page 16, P&J page 7)