Reform Scotland News: 1 August 2013

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 1 August 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

Politics

Michael Moore: In a speech yesterday Michael Moore claimed that the SNP’s plans for an independent Scotland to have a “friendlier” approach to immigration than the rest of the UK would inevitably mean that there would be checks along the Border. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 3, Courier page 22, P&J page 13, Express page 2)

Tory treasurer: Peter Cruddas, a former Tory Party treasurer, won a libel action in the High Court yesterday against the Sunday Times which had claimed he had been charging £250,000 to meet David Cameron.  The judge commented that the Prime Minister had subjected Mr Cruddas to a “public humiliation” following the allegations. (Scotsman page 6, FT page 3, Telegraph page 2, Daily Mail page 12)

SNP/Labour for independence: It has reportedly emerged that many activists and supporters of the group ‘Labour for independence’ were high-profile SNP members. (Herald page 9, Daily Record page 2, Times page 2, Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 8)

Land ownership: The Duke of Roxburghe has expressed reservations about government proposals to give tenant farmers an absolute right-to-buy land, arguing that private ownership has provided economic benefits for local communities and that an absolute right threatened private property rights. (Scotsman page 1, Sarah-Jane Laing in the Scotsman)

Clegg on Europe: Nick Clegg has criticised David Cameron over his position on Europe as Britain’s annual contribution to the EU rose to over £20billion. He argues that David Cameron should show strong leadership rather then “stamping his foot” and threatening to leave the EU. (Telegraph page 2)

Doreen Lawrence: Doreen Lawrence, mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, is set to become a Labour peer in the House of Lords. (Times page 8, Telegraph page 11, Courier page 23, Daily Mail page 21, Guardian page 3)

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

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

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

BBC: Robin Lustig in the Times comments that editors of the BBC are hesitant for journalists to express opinion, and that the BBC would benefit from allowing senior journalists the freedom to express their own views.

Economy

RBS:  RBS is expected to announce New Zealander Ross McEwan as its new chief executive. (Herald page 1, FT page 1,)

Shopping: Scottish government statistics have shown that the number of sales recorded by retailers between April and June increased by 0.5 per cent on the previous three months and were 2.4 per cent higher than last year. (Express page 2)

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

Local government

Edinburgh Academicals: Edinburgh City Council have given rugby club Edinburgh Academicals permission to build a large £8million stadium in the north of the city. (Times page 15)

Justice

Metal trade laws: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has been accused of ‘dragging his heels’ over the introduction of legislation regulating the scrap metal trade. (Daily Record page 10)

Police twitter: Police Scotland has apologised to Toby Young after it tweeted an insulting message about the Conservative commentator during his appearance on Newsnight on Tuesday. (Express page 4)

Education

Children’s guardians: Scottish government proposals to provide a named person for every child from birth to be responsible for safeguarding the child’s welfare and liaising with the family could conflict with families’ right to respect for private and family life and amount to disproportionate state interference according to the Law Society of Scotland. (Herald page 11, Telegraph page 8, Express page 1)