Reform Scotland News: 8 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.
Andy Murray: Andy Murray yesterday won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the first British player to do so since 1936.  (Scotsman 
page 1, Sun page 1, Times page 1, Record page 1, The Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Express page 1, Guardian page 1, Mail page 1, Courier page 1, P&J page 1)
No campaign: Henry McLeish has accused the Better Together campaign of “treating Scots like idiots” and using “fear and scare tactics”.  The former First Minister is reportedly urging Labour and the Lib Dems to leave the campaign group and form their own no campaign. Alistair Darling, the head of the Better Together campaign, is due to give a speech this week where he is expected to set out a new, more positive, agenda for the campaign. (Scotsman 
page 1, Times page 16)
Labour and the unions: Ed Miliband yesterday said that he wanted to “mend not end” Labour’s relationship with the unions and reportedly promised party reforms to prevent a repeat of what happened in the Falkirk constituency party.  Former Home Secretary Lord Reid reportedly said that Len McClusky would lead Labour “into political oblivion” unless he was stopped. (Scotsman page 10, 
Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Sun page 8, Times page 15, Tim Montgomerie in the Times, Record page 13,Torcuil Crichton in the Record, Johann Lamont in the Record, Herald page 8Leo McKinstry in the Express, Guardian page 7Vernon Bogdanor in the Guardian, John Harris in the Guardian, Mail page 12, Courier page 17, P&J page 18 Sunday Times page 14, Sunday Herald page 1Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald)
It is reported that the Unite union tried to ensure that its preferred candidate, Jim Sheridan would be selected as the candidate over Douglas Alexander if the Boundary Commission reviews had gone through.  (Scotland on Sunday 
page 1,   Eddie Barnes in the Scotland on Sunday, Euan McColm in the Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald page 1, Express page 18)
Press regulations: John Prescott has resigned from the Privy Council in protest at a delay to new press regulation plans and has accused the government of dragging its feet. (Scotsman 
page 14, Sunday Times page 11, Herald page 8, Telegraph page 8, Courier page 17)
Golden goodbyes: Golden goodbyes for MPs who retire or lose their seat, worth up to £33,000, are reportedly set to be axed as part of a review into parliamentary pay. Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, is due to publish his recommendations later this week. (Sunday Times page 4, Herald 
page 8, Telegraph page 2)
Renewable Energy: A senior figure in the Coalition Government has reportedly said that the UK would have the government of an independent Scotland ‘over a barrel’ on renewable energy, highlighting opportunities for the UK to import renewably generated electricity from Ireland and the Scandinavian countries. (Herald 
page 8)
UKIP: Nigel Farage has said that it would look ‘slightly ridiculous’ to not include Ukip in the 2015 General Election leader’s debates if the party does well in 2014’s European elections. (Herald 
page 8)
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.
Mansion tax: The cost of a mansion tax, levied on all homes worth over £2million could be £36,000 a year.  The tax, supported by Labour and the Lib Dems would reportedly apply to about 55,000 properties in the UK. (Times page 10) 
House funding: £44million has been pledged to increase the grant for new council and housing association properties. The funds are expected to accelerate the construction of tens of thousands of affordable homes in Scotland, helping to reduce massive waiting lists. (The Herald 
page 6)

IMF Forecast: The International Monetary Fund is expected to raise its forecast for UK growth this year, a move which many may interpret as a sign that the UK economy is recovering. (Herald page 8)
Donald Trump: Donald Trump has reportedly only spent £25million on his golf development in Aberdeenshire, despite claiming it was a £1billion project. (Herald 
page 9, Express page 15, Mail page 23)
Local Government
Spending on local firms: The FSB has published a report showing that councils in Scotland spend an average of 27 per cent of their budget with local firms.  The figure for the UK is 31 per cent.  (Scotsman page 12
Brian Monteith in the Scotsman and Andrew Wilson in the Scotland on Sunday comment on the SNP’s abolition of right-to-buy.

Green Transport: The Scottish Liberal Democrats’ transport spokesman Tavish Scott has urged the Government to lead by example in the drive for greener transport, following figures which show that only 2% of Government vehicles are electric. (Herald 
page 10, Courier page 16, P&J page 18)

People trafficking legislation: Jenny Marra, the Labour MSP for North East Scotland, is set to launch plans for legislation to combat people trafficking in Scotland later this year. Her Human Trafficking Bill will help authorities to prosecute the perpetrators, while protecting victims from prosecution. (Herald page 13)
Smoking in cars: 
Marjory Burns in the Scotsman argues in favour of a ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present.
Independent Advisory Boards: In the past year, over 2,000 Scots have reportedly gone to an independent advisory board with complaints about their NHS treatment, instead of going directly to a health board. (The Herald 
page 7)
NSPCC Campaign: The NSPCC is set to launch a six-week advertising campaign in Scotland, aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse. (Herald 
page 10, Courier page 9)