Reform Scotland News: 8 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.

Queen’s Speech: It is expected that the Queen’s Speech, due to be given today, will include measures to tackle immigration. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 6, Times page 6, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1)
Flood insurance: Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse has called for a new deal with insurers following suggestions that Scottish households cross-subsidise English households by as much as £430 a year due to 23.1 per cent of English households being at risk of flooding compared to only 4.5 per cent in Scotland. (Scotsman
page 16)
EU opinion poll: An opinion poll carried out by YouGov suggests that 46 per cent of people want to leave the EU, 35 per cent want to remain in the EU and 20 per cent don’t know. (Times page 1)
Oil: Professors John Paterson and Greg Gordon of Aberdeen University have suggested that it may take “many years” for the rest of the UK and an independent Scotland to agree on the maritime border between them, which would have consequences for the split in North Sea oil. (Telegraph
page 9, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, P&J page 20, Courier page 16)
Brian Wilson in the Scotsman , Ian Bell in the Herald, George Parker in the FT, Nigel Farage in the Telegraph, Daniel Hannan in the Mail, Simon Jenkins in the Guardian and Stephen Pollard in the Express comment  on the Conservative Party’s attitude to Europe.
Intelligence service:
Rhodri Jerrfeys-Jones in the Scotsman comments on what an intelligence service of an independent Scotland might look like.
Yes campaign:
Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman comments on the tone of the Yes campaign.

Charities’ income: A report by the Institute of Fundraising Scotland has found that 44 per cent of Scotland’s charities expect their income to drop if Scotland becomes independent as money from UK-wide trusts and companies could dry up.  36 per cent of respondents did not know what the impact of independence would be and 15 per cent believed that donations would improve. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 7, Times page 14, Sun page 2)
Child poverty: The institute of Fiscal Studies has reported that after families’ housing costs were taken into account 28.4 per cent of children could be living in poverty by 2020, up from 21.4 per cent in 2011. (Herald
page 6, Scotsman page 8, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 2, Guardian page 6)

Cancer fund: Professors Philip Routledge and Charles Swainson yesterday told the Scottish Parliament’s health committee that they do not believe that a special cancer drugs fund should be set up in Scotland as they did not believe that cancer should be singled out from other diseases. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 13, Courier page 16)
Minimum pricing: Commissioner Tonio Borg, Europe’s health commissioner, has commented that he backs the minimum pricing of alcohol in principle. (Herald
page 2)
C.diff alert: Health minister Michael Matheson has commented that Health Protection Scotland “could have been more proactive” about the way it alerted the public to a new strain of Clostridium difficile. (Herald
page 4)

Aberdeen by-pass: An agreement has been reached which will cap the costs of the Aberdeen by-pass to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils at £75m each with the Scottish government paying the remaining 81 per cent. (Herald page 7, P&J page 1)

Police investigations: The new Police Independent Review Commission will lead future investigations into cases where police officers are involved in fatal road crashes. (Scotsman page 14

Rape law: A 2009 sexual offenses law which defines consent and allows one person to remove it at any stage has reportedly been thrown into disarray after a conviction was overturned on appeal. Appeal judges ruled that there was not enough evidence to counterclaim that Rogers Mutebi had “a reasonable belief” that the woman was a willing partner. (Herald page 1)

University code: Three members of the Scottish government panel which helped inform the draft code of governance for universities have written an open letter criticising the draft code saying that in its current form it could limit the power of rectors. (Scotsman page 16)
State guardians:
Stuart Waiton in the Scotsman outlines his opposition to proposals to give every child a state appointed guardian.