Reform Scotland News: 1 May 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.

Scottish currency: Dennis Canavan, the chair of “Yes Scotland”, has reportedly commented that a Scottish currency would give an independent Scotland “more flexibility, more freedom” to pursue its own policies than keeping the pound. (Scotsman page 6, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Record page 8, Telegraph page 1, Sun page 2, Express page 1, Kerry Gill in the Scotsman, Mail page 1)

Wind farms:  According to draft planning proposals published by the Scottish government which are reportedly specifically designed to protect Scotland’s wilderness, wind turbines will be banned across a fifth of Scotland in areas where there is a national park or a scenic area status. (Scotsman page 1, Linda Holt in the Scotsman, Stuart Brooks in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 7, Sun page 2, Mail page 16, P&J page 2)

Nato and EU: The foreign affairs committee at Westminster has reported that the rest of the UK should support Scotland’s efforts to join the EU and Nato in the event of independence. (Scotsman
page 6, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 2, Courier page 18)
Press regulation:
Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop commented yesterday that a new state-appointed press watch dog could be imposed on newspapers if there is no solution in the current impasse between the two sides. A poll carried out by Survation has suggested that 67 per cent of people thought that politicians should not have a role in press regulation. (Scotsman page 8, Herald
page 6, Record page 2, Telegraph page 5, Mail page 12, Courier page 19)

Religion: A government study has reportedly suggested that Scottish Catholics are more likely to be poor or end up in prison that Protestants. (Sun page 14)
Brian Wilson in the Scotsman comments that attempts to satirise politics in Scotland can end up being met with vitriolic hostility.
International spotlight:
Peter Geoghegan in the Scotsman comments on the greater international attention being placed on Scotland due to the independence debate.
Allan Massie in the Scotsman and Ian Bell in the Herald comment on the emergence of Ukip.

Lloyds: Shares in Lloyds Banking Group reportedly reached a two-year high yesterday of 57.2p, slightly below the 61p which the government believes would allow it to break even if the bank was sold. (Scotsman page 1)

House prices: House prices in Scotland fell in the first three months of 2013, however sales of houses increased by 5 per cent. (Scotsman page 18, Herald page 3, Record page 2, Sun page 2)

VAT: Ed Miliband has reportedly confirmed that borrowing would increase under Labour due to spending pledges and a temporary VAT cut. (Sun page 2, FT page 3, Guardian page 2, Seumas Milne in the Guardian)

Fred Goodwin: Vince Cable has reportedly accused the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service of dragging its feet over the potential prosecution of Fred Goodwin and other former directors of RBS. (Herald page 1, Telegraph B1, FT page 4)

Weight problems in children: According to official statistics, more than one in seven five year olds in Scotland are clinically overweight or obese. (Scotsman page 1, Mail page 27) 

Drug-related deaths: A total of 331 children in Scotland lost a parent or guardian as a result of drugs in 2011. (Scotsman page 9, Record page 2, Express page 4, Mail page 17, Courier page 17)
Cancer: Official figures have suggested that two in every five people in Scotland will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. (Herald
page 1, Telegraph page 2, Express page 4, Mail page 1)

University places: According to figures from Ucas, the number of Scots applying for a place at university as of 22 April was 1 per cent higher than the same time last year. (Scotsman page 15)
State guardians: MSPs on Holyrood’s petitions committee have questioned the practicality of proposals in the Children and Young People Bill to give every child in Scotland a “named person” from birth to safeguard their wellbeing. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 5)
University code:
Robert Smith in the Scotsman comments on the importance of the new university code of governance.