A week in Scottish politics: 5 to 11 July 2013


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 5 and 11 July, which are freely available online.

Thursday 11 July

Royal Mail Privatisation: Jonathan Eley in the FT, Bill Leckie in the Sun, and Dan Hyde in the Telegraph all comment on Union warnings that government will not be able to “buy off” postal workers with free shares.

Saltire: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman comments on the First Minister’s waving of a Saltire during Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory.

Party donations: John Mcternan in the Telegraph comments on Ed Miliband’s proposal to introduce a £5,000 cap on individual donations to political parties.

Banks stronger: Erikka Askeland in the Scotsman comments on Moody’s analysis of UK banks.

Wednesday 10 July

Labour Party Reform: John Curtice in the Scotsman, Brian Wilson in the Scotsman, Ian Bell in the Herald and Mary Riddell in the Telegraph all comment on Ed Miliband’s attempt to change the relationship between the Labour Party and the unions, as well as the impact the proposed changes will have.

Tuesday 9 July

Union Labour membership: Rachel Sylvester in Times, Benedict Brogan in Daily Telegraph, Polly Toynbee in Guardian all comment on the future of the relationship between Labour and the unions.

Bankers: Steve Barclay in Financial Times comments on George Osbornes pledge to implement criminal penalties for reckless bankers.

Housing Boost: Steven Naysmith in Herald comments on additional funding to local authorities for new houses built and warns that caution should be taken.

Monday 8 July 2013
Labour and the unions: Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Tim Montgomerie in the Times, Torcuil Crichton in the Record, Johann Lamont in the Record, Leo McKinstry in the Express, Vernon Bogdanor in the Guardian, John Harris in the Guardian comment on Labour’s relationship with the unions, following events in Falkirk.

International Development: Alastair Osborne in the Herald comments on how an independent Scotland could contribute to the world and the impact independence would have on international development and the foreign aid budget:

Right-to-buy: Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on the SNP’s abolition of right-to-buy.

Smoking in cars: Marjory Burns in the Scotsman argues in favour of a ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present.

Sunday 7 July 2013

Right to buy: Andrew Wilson in the Scotland on Sunday comments on the end of right-to-buy in Scotland.

Labour party: Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald, Eddie Barnes in the Scotland on Sunday and Euan McColm in the Scotland on Sunday comment on the relationship between the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Friday 5 July 2013

Labour Falkirk row: Labour election co-ordinator Tom Watson resigned yesterday and two party workers were suspended following the Unite trade union’s alleged attempt to rig candidate selection in the Falkirk constituency. Hours after Mr Watson’s resignation, Ed Miliband announced that he had suspended constituency chairman Stephen Deans and Karie Murphy, Unite’s favoured candidate for the seat. (Comment and analysis from Simon Pia in the Scotsman and Robert McNeil in the Herald)

Right to Buy: Alan Cochrane writing in the Telegraph comments on Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the end of council house sales in Scotland.

Ageing population: Hugh McLachlan writing in the Scotsman warns that an ageing population will force health secretary Alex Neil and fellow politicians to face difficult choices when forming future health policy.