Reform Scotland News: 14 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.
 
Politics
Speeches on independence:
In a speech delivered in Glasgow yesterday, the Deputy First Minister commented that some of the exact implications of independence are unknown at present, but said “While the answers might be beyond reach at this time, the direction of travel for Scotland under continued Westminster government is all too clear.” Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown also made a speech about the referendum yesterday, launching Labour’s campaign for the Union.  In his speech he warned that following independence “there would be a race to the bottom in standards and services. And a chance for people to divide and rule.”    Mr Brown also used his speech to attack the Conservatives for having nothing positive to say about the Union because they were too obsessed with Europe. (Scotsman
page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 4, Record page 8, Joan McAlpine in the Record, Express page 4, Times page 1, Telegraph page 8 and page 9, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 1, Guardian page 11, P&J page 13, Courier page 15(a) and page 15(b))
 
EU:  The Conservative Party is reportedly going to publish draft legislation on holding an in-out referendum on EU membership. (Scotsman
page 4, Nicola McEwen in the Scotsman, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Express page 1, Times page 1, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Telegraph page 1, Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph, Dominic Raab in the Telegraph, FT page 2, Janan Ganesh in the FT, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, P&J page 16, Jim Crumley in the Courier)

Commonwealth Games: It was announced yesterday that the ticket prices for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games will start from £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 5, Sun page 6, Record page 1, Times page 8, Mail page 21, Courier page 3)

Nigel Evans: The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons is not expected to resume his duties while investigations continue into allegations of rape and sexual assault. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 6)
 
Backing independence: Tom Banks, chairman of Scotland’s largest private care home provider, Balhousie, has commented that a Yes vote in the referendum is not an end to ‘Britishness’ and would be good for the whole of the UK. (Scotsman
page 7, Tom Banks in the Scotsman, Sun page 4)
 
Independence troops: Sir Malcolm Rifkind has claimed that the armed forces of an independent Scotland would have only 5,000 frontline combat troops. (Scotsman
page 8, Herald page 6)
 
Huhne & Pryce: Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce were both released from prison yesterday. (Scotsman
page 15, Herald page 10, Sun page 9, Record page 2, Express page 4, Times page 17, Telegraph page 5, FT page 4, Mail page 2, Guardian page 9, P&J page 18, Courier page 14)
 
Internet and benefits: Research by Citizens Advice Scotland has suggested that over three quarters of vulnerable Scots could lose out on benefits because they are struggling with new rules to apply online. (Scotsman page 20, Herald
page 3, P&J page 16)
 
Social union:
Peter Jones in the Scotsman considers the UK’s social union and what impact independence could have on it.

Economy
North Sea investment
: The latest Oil and Gas Survey published by the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has reported that 38 per cent of offshore contractors have commented that the outcome of the referendum is a factor in their future plans. (Scotsman
page 8, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1)
 
Housing market: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found that in April new buyer and newly agreed sales rose for the third consecutive month. (Scotsman page 10, Courier
page 2)
 
Economic growth: The Bank of Scotland’s spring economic survey has reportedly indicated that Scotland’s economy has outperformed the UK as a whole with a rise in business activity. (Record page 2)

Local government
Argyll & Bute SNP
: James Robb has reigned as SNP leader of Argyll & Bute council. His decision follows an attempt to reportedly strengthen the party’s position on the council by looking to enter coalition with the Tory and Lib Dem groups.  This resulted in the SNP councillors being suspended by the party centrally because they had not sought permission from the SNP’s National Executive Committee for the proposed coalition. (Scotsman
page 12, Herald page 6)

Education
Industrial action:
Teaching union the EIS has warned that it will carry out an escalating campaign of industrial action unless politicians address teachers’ “increasingly unmanageable workload”. (Courier
page 1)