A week in Scottish politics: 16 to 22 August 2013


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 16 and 22 August which are freely available online.

Thursday 22 August

Henry McLeish: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman criticises Henry McLeish’s recent comments against the Better Together campaign.

Ed Miliband: John McTernan in the Scotsman comments that despite recent criticism from within his own party, Ed Miliband is well positioned to help Labour win the next general election.

Government projects: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on government projects which have gone wrong, both at a Scottish and UK level.

Wednesday 21 August

Ed Miliband: Brian Wilson in the Scotsman comments on Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party.
Referendum: Sam Ghibaldan in the Scotsman comments that a credible Labour opposition to the Tories at Westminster is needed to help the unionists win the independence referendum.
Culture: Margaret Curran in the Scotsman comments that it should not matter where an individual running a national culture bodies comes from.

Tuesday 20 August

Henry McLeish: Henry McLeish in the Scotsman comments that Scotland could end up voting ‘yes’ in next year’s referendum rather than remaining part of a “divided Britain” consumed by “greed and inequality”.

Ed Miliband: Harry Reid in the Herald and Peter Jones in the Scotsman comment on recent criticism of Ed Miliband.

Budget: David Lonsdale in the Herald comments that the Scottish government’s budget next month offers an opportunity to help deliver sustainable growth.

Monday 19 August

EIF: Brian Ferguson, writing in the Scotsman, comments on the debate about the EIF and the theme of Scottish Independence.

Commonwealth Games: Jane Devine, writing in the Scotsman, comments on the legacy that the Commonwealth Games could leave for disabled people.

Libertarianism: Brian Monteith, writing in the Scotsman, comments on Scotfree2014, a blog which is run by Scottish Libertarians who are in favour of an independent Scotland.

Labour: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, writing in the Guardian, comments on the ‘verbal fisticuffs’ which have been taking place this summer amongst senior Labour figures, and argues that the party’s problems reflect a general public disinterest in politics.

Ill-health: Lesley Riddoch, writing in the Scotsman, comments on ill-health in Scotland and claims it is the symptom of a sick society.

Sunday 18 August

EIF: Lesley Riddoch, writing in the Sunday Herald, and EIR director Sir Jonathan Mills, writing in the Scotland on Sunday, comment on the debate about the EIF and the theme of Scottish Independence.

‘Bust Britain’: Ian Macwhirter, writing in the Sunday Herald, comments on the economic recovery and the recent rise in household bills.

Friday 16 August

Alex Salmond: Alan Cochrane writing in the Telegraph comments on the decreasing popularity of Alex Salmond and the impact it is having on the campaign for independence.

Referendum: Andy Maciver writing in the Scotsman argues that regardless of whether or not Scotland votes in favour of independence, most Scots want constitutional change and that for those who fear uncertainty the worst outcome would be a narrow No vote. 

Glasgow Lord Provost: Gerry Braiden writing in the Herald criticises Glasgow’s Lord Provost for being hypocritical and lacking diplomatic skills in her letter to the Mayor of Rostov-on-Don in response to anti-homosexual propaganda in Russia.