Reform Scotland News: 23 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

 Please note there will not be a media summary on Monday the 26th  August due to the public holiday, the next summary will be on Tuesday the 27th


MSP convicted: Yesterday the MSP Bill Walker was found guilty of assaulting his three ex wives. The Dunfermline MSP, who used to be an SNP MSP but is now an independent, was found guilty of 23 charges of assault and one of breaching the peace. First Minister Alex Salmond said Walker was “not fit” to be a public representative and called for him to quit Holyrood.  Alan Cochrane in the telegraph encourages the convicted Bill Walker to “do the right thing for once, resign your seat”. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, Telegraph Page 1, Times page 1, Daily Express page 1 page 5, Daily Record page1 page 4 page 6, The Sun page1 page 4 page 7, Press and Journal page 13, the Courier page 1)

 Yes Scotland Hacking: The pro-independence campaign took the step of locking down its IT system yesterday, amid claims that an unknown hacker still had access to its emails. Blair Jenkins, the group’s chief executive, said his campaign was “under attack” from “forces unknown”. (Scotsman page 1, Press and Journal page 20)

 Independence vote: A vote for Scottish independence in 2014 would result in a second referendum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland if Westminster were to agree to Holyrood’s demand for a currency union, a coalition source claims. (Herald page 1)

 Yes Scotland payment: The better together campaign has reportedly asked Scotland’s charity regulator to investigate a payment made by yes Scotland for an article in the Herald. Sir Menzies Campbell, the former liberal democrat leader, claimed the affair called into question the campaign’s integrity. (Daily express page 16, Times page 4)

 English cities sue: Two English cities are taking legal action against the UK government claiming it was sending EU money to Scotland to ward off the threat of Scottish independence. Liverpool and Sheffield are taking the action because they claim that £650 million of English funding is being diverted to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Times page 12)


Credit card mis-selling: Around seven million people are to receive compensation payouts totalling £13 billion for mis-sold credit card and identity theft protection. 13 High Street banks including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland have reportedly agreed to the compensation package. (Scotsman page 6)

 Banking scandal: Martin Flanagan comments in the Scotsman on the amount of mis-selling scandals the banking sector has been involved in.


Methadone programme: Experts have called for a review to be carried out into the rising costs of Scotland’s methadone programme. The heroin replacement costs £100,000 a day but the expert group believes it should continue as a treatment for addicts. However, more should be done to get users on the road to recovery. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 14, Press and Journal page 12)


Catholic Church: Ex- Cardinal Keith O’Brien reportedly blocked a report into abuse in the Catholic Church, writing to the Tablet Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti said Cardinal O’Brien, who has admitted sexual misconduct with other priests, prevented the investigation. (Sun page 2)

 Local Government

Council strike: Disruption to council services during the Stirling council strike is inevitable according to the local authority’s chief executive. The local authority is reducing pay because it has to make savings of £24 million in four years after the Scottish government reportedly cut its budget by 12%. (The Courier and Advertiser page 4)


Air miles: BA has apologised to frequent fliers from Scotland who had missed out on air miles and on saving hundreds of pounds. The company promised to remedy an “anomaly” caused by a glitch in the system stopping Scottish users booking with air miles from their home. (Herald page 9)