Reform Scotland News: 9 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

Margaret Thatcher: Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister, died yesterday of a stroke. This receives extensive coverage and her legacy continues to divide opinion. (Herald Page 1, Scotsman Page 1, Sun Page 1, Express Page 1, Times Page 1, Telegraph Page 2, Record Page 2, Mail Page 2, Guardian Page 2, P&G Page 10, Courier Page 14)

Alex Salmond on Margaret Thatcher: Alex Salmond paid his tribute to the former prime minister. He believes that the unintended consequences of her time in office have driven Scots into backing independence. (Herald Page 3, Record Page 4)

Legacy of Margaret Thatcher: Ian Bell writes in The Herald that Margaret Thatcher was the last authentic class warrior in Westminster politics. He claims that her spirit prevails in a broken country.

Margaret Thatcher’s effect on independence: In the Scotsman Ross Martin states that the passing of Margaret Thatcher will have a bearing on the referendum in 2014. He believes it will work in favour of the independence campaign.

Conservatives must forge new future: It is reported that the conservative party in Scotland are still being blamed for the Thatcher era and must find a way to have a more successful future in Scottish politics. In the last election they received less than 17% of the vote. (Herald Page 8)

Ministers to rule on wind farms: Energy company SSE is planning to build 67 turbines near Loch Ness. Ministers will decide if the controversial decision will be allowed, after Highland councillors voted not to object to it. (Herald Page 12)

Independence poll: Scotland’s pro-independence campaign remains confident despite the latest opinion poll stating that the Yes vote fell to 30%. (Herald Page 12, Sun Page 10, Express Page 16, Courier Page 16)

Defence industry and independence:  A report by the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee warned that defence industry and employment would suffer if Scotland became independent. (Times Page 28)

Economy

Housing market picks up: The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors report has stated that both activity and prices could increase this year. (Herald Page 13, Scotsman Page 20, Guardian Page 23, P&G Page 15)

Families owe power firms £637million: The number of households owing money for gas and electricity has risen to one in five. £637 million is the amount of debt run up. (Record Page 22, Guardian Page 23, P&G Page 16)

Justice

Catholic anger at Sheriff: The Catholic Church has criticised a controversial sheriff who claims that getting rid of denominational schools could help the problem of sectarianism in Scotland.  These comments were made as he cleared a Celtic fan of sectarian singing at a football match. (Herald Page 13)

Health

New skin cancer treatment: The first new treatment for skin cancer in 30 years has been offered to Scottish patients. The Scottish Medicines Consortium has endorsed the drug. (Herald Page 14, Scotsman Page 25, Express Page 22)

New injection to bring hope to the blind: A revolutionary new treatment has been given the go-ahead which could significantly help sight loss. (Express Page 22, Mail 35)

Stroke breakthrough: Scottish doctors are working on a revolutionary treatment fro stroke sufferers. (Record Page 22)