Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 2 July 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.
BBC pay-offs: The National Audit Office has commented that the BBC “put public trust at rick” by authorising severance payments of £25million in three years. The BBC has reportedly admitted it “lost its way” on the matter. (Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 1, Record page 5, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 8, Guardian page 9)
MPs’ pay rise: Nick Clegg has commented that voters will find it “impossible to understand” if MPs receive a large pay rise. The comments come on the back of reports that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is considering giving MPs a pay rise of about £7,500. (Scotsman page 8, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Sun page 4, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Jack Straw in the Telegraph, Mail page 12, Guardian page 4,Collette Douglas Home in the Herald)
Scotland questions for Cameron: David Cameron was reportedly asked about Scottish independence by students of politics at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan while on a trade mission to the country. (Record page 6)
Warships: Veterans minister Keith Brown is expected to tell the House of Commons defence select committee today that there is a “gap” in naval patrol defences in Scottish waters and that the Scottish government would build patrol ships for a Scottish navy on the Clyde if Scotland became independent. (Scotsman page 1)
Independence warning: Conservative backbencher James Wharton, spearheading the membership referendum bill, has warned Scotland that it would be forced to leave the EU if the English vote for exit. (Herald page 6)
Yes Scotland director quits: The director of the Yes Scotland campaign, Susan Stewart, has quit, but will continue to work as an ambassador for Yes Scotland (Heraldpage 6, The Times page 6)
Independent Scotland could be blocked from NATO: The US has warned that if an independent Scotland were to ban nuclear weapons from its waters, it would find itself isolated and possibly barred from joining NATO. (The Times page 13)
Channel 4 to broadcast Islamic call to prayer: Channel 4 is to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer every morning and throughout the day during Ramadan. (The Sun page 6, Telegraph page 11)
Independence report:The SNP have called for the withdrawal of the latest UK government report into independence, calling it ‘misleading’. The paper is due to be published today by UK business secretary Vince Cable (Press and Journal page 12)
Scottish Army: A study by the think tank, the Henry Jackson Society, reportedly suggests that serving Scottish soldiers would rather remain in the British Army following independence that join a Scottish defence force. (Mail page 1)
Independence debate: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that a serious debate about oil wealth and independence is needed, rather than rhetoric and abuse.
Yes campaign: Jim Sillars in the Scotsman comments that the Yes campaign should try to be more diplomatic when talking about an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU, rather than threats such as closing the North Sea to EU fishing boats if there is a problem with our continued membership.
James Maxton: Torcuil Crichton in the Record outlines how Red Clydesider James Maxton MP argued in favour of Home Rule almost a century ago.
No campaign: Joan McAlpine in the Record accuses the no campaign of scare tactics over claims that Scots would pay more to use their mobile phone if Scotland was independent.
UK ministers have reportedly decided to tone down attacks on Scottish independence to avoid giving credence to the SNP’s claims of scaremongering, though Nick Clegg has reportedly dismissed claims from the SNP that the coalition is too negative about their campaign against Scottish independence. (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 4)
Labour: Dan Hodges in the Telegraph comments on the recent problems facing the Falkirk Labour party and questions the powers of both trade unions and Tom Watson MP within the party as a whole.
Election 2015: Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph comments that the odds remain against a Conservative outright win at the next general election.
Spending: Polly Toynbee in the Guardian comments that the policy of spending more money on public services by the previous Labour government worked, so asks why the current Labour Party won’t defend it.
Food poverty: Research carried out by Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare has found that one in five parents in the UK is struggling to feed their children. (Scotsman page 13)
Payday loan firms: Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, has commented that a ban on advertising payday loan companies was being considered. (Scotsman page 16, The Herald page 1, Courier page 14, Record page 2, FT page 3)
ScottishPower: ScottishPower has announced plans for a £5.2 billion upgrade to its power distribution network, creating 4000 new jobs over ten years (Herald page 7, Times page 13)
Employment: £1.5 million is to reportedly be invested in the north and north-east of Scotland to help young people find work (Press and Journal page 8)
Wind farm bribes: Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has reportedly claimed that communities across Scotland are being bribed by wind farm developers after it was revealed that £5 million is distributed each year to rural communities where turbine developments have been built. (Courier page 1)
Drip ban: NHS Scotland will no longer use hydroxyethyl starch IV drips after a clinical study found they could be causing around 250 unnecessary deaths a year (Daily Express page 10, Herald page 9, the Times page 5)
Childhood obesity: Children as young as three are reportedly receiving hospital treatment for obesity in Scotland. (Record page 9)