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Reform Scotland News: 25 June 2013

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 25 June 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

Bet on No Vote: It has been reported that a Glasgow gambler has staked a record £200,000 that Scottish independence will be rejected in the referendum next year. William Hill, where the bet was placed, claims it is the largest political gamble it has ever taken. (Herald Page 1, Record Page 2, Express Page 2, Telegraph Page 4)

Business: Both sides of the independence debate have reportedly admitted that they must do more to get their arguments across to the business community. This is after a survey revealed 60% of the sector said they did not have the information to form a view. (Herald Page 6, Scotsman Page 1)

Independence: Peter Jones from The Scotsman claims that a major flaw with the idea of Scottish independence is uncertainty. He states that the biggest uncertainty is currency and although there is no real reason why a Scottish currency could not work, people prefer familiarity.

Clubs: Local licensing boards will reportedly be handed the power to impose a zero-limit on the number of lap-dancing clubs in their area. The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the establishment of a licensing regime for sexual entertainment venues, which is aimed to give local communities more say. (Scotsman Page 5)

Church of Scotland: Andrew Randall and 13 dissenting elders at Lambert Old Church in Falkirk are reportedly planning to create a new reformed Presbyterian church in the district. This decision is due to their struggle with gay ordination in the Church of Scotland. (Herald Page 1)

Economy

Wind Farms: Communities across Scotland are reportedly now receiving £5 million a year from wind farm operators. Scottish Renewables encourages every wind-farm developer to provide a benefit to the local area. (Herald Page 8) However, a study carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage has found that dismantling and removing wind-farm infrastructure at the end of its operational life could be harmful to the environment. (Scotsman Page 14)

Cyber Crime: According to the head of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the increasing use of unsecured Wi-Fi networks, online banking and cloud computing is leaving businesses vulnerable to attacks from cyber criminals. Cyber crime reportedly costs Scottish businesses £5 billion per year. (Scotsman Page 18)                                                                                                                                 

Education

Maths: Clive Chamber, a former principle examiner of maths for the Scottish Qualification Authority, has reportedly criticised the 2013 higher maths exam for being much easier than any paper he has seen. (Herald Page 1)

Teachers: It has been reported that teachers who oppose same-sex marriage could face disciplinary action if they speak out against it according to SNP MSP John Mason.  The Scottish government is expected to formally introduce its Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill at Holyrood this week. (Scotsman Page 15)

Health

Breast Cancer: Scots women who are most at risk of developing breast cancer are to be offered a new drug, tamoxifen, to help prevent the disease. Women who have had two or more family members with breast cancer will be given the drug for five years. (Herald Page 3, Express Page 1, Times Page 4, Guardian Page 2, Mail Page 13)

Syphilis: NHS Lanarkshire has stated that there is an increase in cases of the sexually transmitted disease, Syphilis, being diagnosed in the area. (Herald Page 8, Record Page 25)

Diabetes: It has been reported that health ministers in Scotland are under pressure to make diabetes a national clinical priority after indications that as many as 350,000 could have the disease in 12 years time. Diabetes UK claims this is an epidemic which should be tackled urgently. (Times Page 1)

NHS Managers: Dr Brian Keighley, chairmen of the British Medical Association in Scotland, has reportedly condemned the relentless rise of NHS managerialism claiming it has resulted in patients been treated like widgets. (Herald Page 5, Scotsman Page 16, Telegraph Page 1)

Yorkhill Hospital: Healthcare Improvement Scotland has raised concerns about out-of-hours staffing levels for children requiring heart surgery at Yorkhill Hospital. (Herald Page 7)

Justice

Prosecutors: The FDA union, which represents senior public servants, has reportedly issued concerns about preparation time for Scottish court cases, staffing levels and workload. The union carried out a poll revealing 81% of members are worried about their volume of work. (Herald Page 4, Scotsman Page 13)