Reform Scotland News: 8 August 2013

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 8 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

Alex Salmond: The First Minister has criticised the ruling Labour group in Aberdeen Council, saying that Aberdeen risked being dragged into “total disrepute” by its Labour leaders. Labour has accused Alex Salmond of behaving like a bully. The row erupted after the council called for an inquiry into claims that Mr Salmond made an unauthorised visit to a local school just days before the Aberdeen Donside by-election. (Scotsman page 21, Courier page 20, Herald page 3, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Times page 2, Express page 1, Sun page 2, P&J page 16, Mail page 4)

Referendum: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman argues that as a result of further devolution in the face of a majority ‘No’ vote next year, the disintegration of the UK is ultimately inevitable.

Workplace Discrimination: One in four mothers who have returned to work believes they have been subjected to discrimination, either before or after the birth of their child. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 4)

Royal Mail Privatisation: Government plans to privatise the Royal Mail have been further stalled as almost 3,500 members of the Communication Workers Union voted against the sell-off of the Royal Mail Group. (Herald page 2)

National Security: A lack of political, academic and policy scrutiny of security and defence in Scotland, highlighted by the independence debate, must be addressed according to a research team led by the University of Edinburgh’s security expert Dr Andrew Neal. (Herald page 7)

Gibraltar: Two phone calls between David Cameron and Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy have failed to diffuse the situation in Gibraltar, with Mr Cameron threatening legal action over the enhanced border checks between Gibraltar and Spain. (Scotsman page 8, FT page 2, P&J page 18)

Oil workers: Scottish oil workers are split over how Scottish independence would affect their industry, a survey by NES Global Talent has claimed. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 14, Express page 4, Record page 2)

Eric Joyce: Falkirk MP Eric Joyce, who is facing allegations that he committed breach of the peace and resisted arrest, has had his court case delayed for a month. (Express page 2)

David Miliband: David Miliband has stated that the party should move more into the centre, in a bid to appeal more to the middle classes. (Herald page 7)

Economy

Interest Rates: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, announced yesterday that the Bank will not increase interest rates from 0.5% until unemployment in the UK had fallen below 7%, which many predict could take up to three years. (Scotsman page 1, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Terry Murden in the Scotsman, Courier page 22, Telegraph page 1, Telegraph B1, Times page 1, FT page 1, FT page 3, Express page 2, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Mail page 10)

Growth: Economic growth in Scotland is expected to keep up with London and the south-east region in 2014, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has claimed. (Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald)

Economy

Exam Results: Alex Massie in the Scotsman comments on the rise of Higher pass rates for the seventh consecutive year, arguing that high pass rates are masking inadequacies in the Scottish education system.

Clearing: Scottish universities have defended the number of placements available to Scottish students through the clearing system, with significantly more placements available to prospective students from the rest of the UK and Non-EU countries. (Herald page 2, Courier page 19)

Open University: Dr James Miller comments on the increase of young students who opt to further their education at The Open University.

Local Government

Russian Ties: Activists have called for Glasgow City Council to sever ties with the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, in protest at Russia’s anti-gay legislation. (Herald page 1)

Health

Surgeon’s Deceit: A surgeon in Aberdeen reportedly lied to a patient, falsely telling her that he had removed a tumour in her brain. (Herald page 7, Telegraph page 8, Scotsman, page 9, Times page 6, P&J page 1)