Reform Scotland News: 22 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


Internet warning: David Cameron has called for new measures to be taken by internet companies, such as Google and Yahoo, to tackle images of child abuse online. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is to compile a list of terms to be blacklisted. The new measures would also mean that only homes which ‘opt in’ would have access to any pornographic materials on the internet. (Herald page 9, Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 6, Sun page 6,  Sunday Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 6, Press and Journal page 17, Daily Mail page 1, Guardian page 6, Torcuil Crichton in Daily Record)
Research bill: The level of tax payer funding for the research into the possible effects of Scottish independence is reportedly set to top £1.5 million. (Herald 
page 1)
Referendum: Less than half of Scots feel that they are well informed enough about the issues surrounding the 2014 referendum and independence.  However, 88% stated that they are likely to vote. (Herald 
page 3, Scotsman page 14, Daily Record page 2, Courier and Advertiser page 16)
Inheritance interest: MSPs are backing a campaign that aims to stop solicitors from keeping interest accrued whilst dealing with inheritance money (Herald 
page 10)
Law of corroboration challenge: Scotland’s law of corroboration could be challenged at the European Court of Human Rights, former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini has warned. (Herald 
page 5, Scotsman page 8)
Comedians: Billy Connolly has stated that comedians have no right to influence people on how they should vote in the 2014 referendum. (Daily Record 
page 2, Sun page 2, Sunday herald page 22)
Jack McConnell: Former First Minister Jack McConnell has stated that he was previously a member of the SNP party, but left over concerns about anti-English views (Daily Express page 2, Sun page 2)
Falkirk candidate:  Ed Milliband is to consider holding a US-style primary to choose the next parliamentary candidate for Falkirk, after irregularities in the previous selection. (Sunday Times 
page 4, Herald page 6)
Cigarettes policy: David Cameron has refused to say whether he spoke about plain packaging for cigarettes with Lynton Crosby, a Conservative election advisor with links to the tobacco industry. This pressure to comment has come after the Coalition government dropped plans to introduce plain cigarette packets. (Daily Telegraph 
page 5, Press and Journal page 14, daily Mail page 6, Guardian page 1, Mike Settle in Herald)
Sectarianism: The chairman of the sectarian advisory board, Dr Duncan Morrow, has stated that Scotland should stop denying the existence of sectarianism in the country and should push to eradicate it. (Scotland on Sunday 
page 1Duncan Morrow Scotland on Sunday)


Oil revenues: Alex Salmond has claimed that oil revenues would be a bonus to the economy of an independent Scotland, rather than the basis of it. He states that while Scotland would benefit from the industry, it would be less dependent on oil reserves than Norway (Herald page 6, Sunday Times page 4, Daily Telegraph page 11, Scotland on Sunday page 1)
Commonwealth Games: Visit Scotland is reportedly to spend £2.5 million marketing the Commonwealth Games in the UK and abroad. (Herald page 3, Scotsman 
page 8, Daily Telegraph page 12, Daily Mail page 25)
Tax breaks: An independent Scotland would offer tax incentives to film and TV productions, according to Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop. (Herald 
page 6)

Tax cuts: David Cameron has hinted at future tax cuts if the Conservatives win the next general election. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 5, Daily Express page 2, Sun page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 6)


Health Watchdog: Plans for a new healthcare watchdog, Care Improvement Scotland, have been unveiled. This will merge existing regulatory bodies, but will remain independent of the government. (Herald page 1)
Infections: According to Health Protection Scotland, the number of outbreaks of infectious diseases such as salmonella and norovirus rose by 40% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 2012. (Herald 
page 11)
Skin cancer: Skin cancer survival rates have increased, with eight out of ten men and almost nine out of ten women diagnosed now surviving. This is a marked increase from 30 years ago when survival rates were 58% for men and 78% for women. (Herald 
page 8, Scotsman page 13, Daily Express page 1, Courier and Advertiser page 2, Press and Journal page 17, Daily Mail page 6)
Hospital probe: An increase in the number of hospital deaths in Scotland has triggered investigations across Scotland. Until September 2012 the rate of patient deaths within 30 days of being admitted had fallen by 12.4% since 2006. (Sunday Times 
page 1)

Intensive care consultants: Seven Scottish hospitals have been named in an official audit for the NHS as failing to provide specialist intensive care unit consultants during weekends, and only conducting rounds during the week due to staff shortages. (Sunday Times page 2, Courier and Advertiser page 14)