Reform Scotland News: 11 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.




Thatcher’s legacy: Continued comment and analysis discussing Margaret Thatcher’s impact on both Scotland and the UK as a whole, including Westminster tributes. (David Maddox in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 5, Record page 6, Sun page 6, Bill Leckie in the Sun, Express page 4, Leo McKinstry in the Express, Times page 1, David Willetts in the Times, Telegraph page 1, Iain Duncan Smith in the Telegraph, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, FT page 2, Guardian page 1, Martin Kettle in the Guardian, Jacqueline Rose in the Guardian, Mail page 4, Robin Harris in the Mail, P&J page 11, Courier page 14)


Bedroom Tax: The Labour leader of Edinburgh City Council has called on his party and the SNP to work together in opposition to the ‘Bedroom Tax’. (Scotsman page 1, Andrew Burns in the Scotsman, Herald page 2)


Welfare: Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University for the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has found that welfare cutbacks will hit benefit-dependant parts of the country twice as hard as areas at the other end of the spectrum. The report found that Glasgow would lose more financially than any other city in the UK with the exception of Birmingham. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1, Record page 10, Times page 1, FT page 1, P&J page 14, Courier page 16)


NATO: The SNP government has reiterated its belief that an independent Scotland will be a ‘full and constructive member’ of NATO despite its opposition to nuclear weapons. (Scotsman page 12, Sun page 2, Express page 2, Times page 4, Telegraph page 11, P&J page 13, Courier page 16)


Referendum donations: A Scottish couple who won £161million on the Euromillions lottery have been revealed as the biggest donors to the Yes Scotland campaign after donating £500,000 each. The SNP has called on the Better Together campaign to return a £500,000 donation from Ian Taylor because his oil company is alleged to have had dealings with controversial regimes (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 6, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Express page 2, Times page 4, Telegraph page 11, Mail page 21, P&J page 13)


National Parks: Ministers have reportedly been accused of dragging their feet over their pledge to create seven new national parks. The Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) recommend sites and said Scotland’s environment required better protection. (Herald page 3)




HBOS: David Cameron praised Sir James Crosby’s decision to give up his knighthood and part of his pension entitlement and encouraged other HBOS directors to do likewise. (Herald page 4, Mail page 16)  


Post Office: The Post Office is to launch its own current account, making it one of the biggest providers of financial services on the high street. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 9, Express page 13, FT page 1, Mail page 19, P&J page 23)


Independence: Iain MacWhirter in the Herald argues clarity is needed on the prospects for Scotland’s economy post-independence following a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.



Local government


George Square: The Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) reportedly pulled out of the competition to redesign Glasgow’s George Square because of concerns about how the council was managing the process. (Scotsman page 15)





Organ Donation: The number of Scots donating organs for transplant has increased by 74 per cent in the past five years according to figures from the Scottish Government. (Scotsman page 20, Herald page 11, Sun page 12, Mail page 25, P&J page 16)


Public Health: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman argues that sanctions against the individual and companies supplying consumer products may have to be introduced to protect public health. 


Police Investigation: Police Scotland are investigating claims of criminal negligence by NHS Ayrshire and Arran health board officials (Record page 2)