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A week in Scottish politics: 26 July to 1 August 2013

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 26 July and 1 August which are freely available online.

Thursday 1st August

Labour: Natalie McGarry in the Scotsman comments on Labour’s refusal to consider the consequences of independence for Scotland.

SNP campaign: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman comments on the SNP’s independence campaign.

Happiness: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on reports from the Office for National Statistics that despite austerity, levels of happiness grew last year.

Royal Mail: Gerry O’Rouke in the Herald argues in favour of the privatisation of Royal Mail in the Herald.

Wednesday 31st July

Independence: Gavin McCrone in the Scotsman comments that the unionist parties could project a more positive post-referendum outcome if they focused more on the popular option of further devolution. Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman argues that the SNP could prosper even if they fail to win the Independence referendum.

Twitter threats: Ian Bell in the Herald comments that social media has amplified and encouraged otherwise unacceptable behaviour online. Simon Jenkins in the Guardian comments that regulation is needed to curb online bigotry.

Monday 29th July

Monarchy Referendum: Lesley Riddoch, writing in the Scotsman, comments on the call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy in Scotland after independence.

Labour and the Unions: Brian Monteith, writing in the Scotsman, comments on a poll by Lord Ashcroft which reveals that there is support for parties other than Labour amongst union members.

The Church and payday loans: Andrew McKie, writing in the Herald, comments on the Church of Scotland and its views on payday loan companies.

Sunday 28th July

Monarchy Referendum: Eddie Barnes, writing in the Scotland on Sunday, comments on the call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy in Scotland after independence.

Minimum Alcohol Pricing: Alex Neil, Ian Bell and Rosemary Gallagher all write in the Sunday Herald commenting on the minimum alcohol price proposals.

North Sea Oil: Ian Macwhirter, writing in the Sunday Herald, comments on the SNP’s failure to turn North Sea oil into a nationalist issue.

Jenny Hjul, writing in the Sunday Times, Gavin McCrone, writing in the Sunday Herald, and Andrew Wilson, writing in the Scotland on Sunday, all comment on the SNP’s recent claims of a post-independence windfall from North Sea oil.

Friday 26th July

Referendum: George Kerevan writing in the Scotsman expresses his concerns about next year’s independence referendum in an open letter to Alex Salmond.

BBC in Scotland: Jennifer Dempsie writing in the Scotsman criticises the BBC for failing to properly represent Scottish interests and expresses concern over the licence fee paid by people in Scotland for the service.

Religion and education: Reverend Sandy Fraser writing in the Scotsman argues that faith still holds an important role in education and criticises the argument that religion has no significance in 21st century Scotland.

Andrew Denholm writing in the Herald comments on the move towards criticism of religion in non-denominational schools and away from criticism of religious state funded schools.

Highlands boom: Christine Jardine writing in the Scotsman comments on the economic growth being experienced in the Highlands and shows that the region does not just rely on tourism, agriculture and whisky.