Reform Scotland News: 3 September 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.


Alex Salmond: The First Minister is to unveil plans for 13 new bills as part of his legislative programme for the next year, including bills to legalise gay marriage. A bill to establish a new Scottish tax service will also be included in the proposed legislation, turning Revenue Scptland into an an arms legnth organisation  (Scotsman page 1Herald page 1)

Gordon Brown: Gordon Brown has called for a new law to ensure that the Scottish Parliament’s powers can never be abolished or over ruled by Westminster, and insists that keeping Scotland as part of the UK is a bigger idea than independence. (Scotsman page 4, Daily Record page 14, Times page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 10, Daily Mail page 2, Press and Journal page 12)
Syria: Over half of Britons think that MP’s should be given a new debate over Syria, if UN inspectors confirm the use of chemical weapons by President Assad’s regime. However, the results of the YouGov survey state that most voters agree that David Cameron’s decision to rule out military involvement should stand.  The Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond, has suggested that there could be a second vote, if the situation in Syria changed significantly. (Times page 6, Daily Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 5, Daily Express page 4, Daily Mail page 8, Press and Journal page 17)

Independent Scotland & Syria: Alex Salmond has claimed that an independent Scotland would not have ruled out military action in Syria, stating that Scottish MPs backed possible action through the UN, had the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime been proven. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 9, Times page 7)

Bill Walker: 89 out of 129 MSP’s have signed a motion calling for Bill Walker to immediately resign as Dunfermline MSP, following his convictions for assaults and breach of the peace. Protestors, including those from Scottish Women’s Aid and other charities are to gather outside Holyrood to call for his resignation. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 8, Courier page 17, Press and Journal page 13)

Independence Poll: An opinion poll carried out by Panelbase on behalf of the SNP has put the Yes campaign ahead by one point on 44 per cent. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 8, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page 4)

Johann Lamont: The leader of the Scottish Labour Party has stated that the party’s links with trade unions are vital for the party’s future. (Times page 1, Magnus Linklater in The Times)

Referendum Editor: John Mullin, former Scotsman deputy editor is to become referendum editor for the BBC. (Scotsman page 2, Daily Telegraph page 8, Courier page 17)

Wind Farms: Heads of Planning Scotland have warned MSP’s that they must set a quota for the total number of wind farms in Scotland, to help local councils decide how more should be allowed. (Daily Telegraph page 10)

Clares Law: Colette Douglas Home comments on the possible new ‘Clare’s Law’ coming to Scotland. The law allows women and men to check into a partners past for convictions for violent behaviour. (Colette Douglas Home in the Herald)


Housing Market: Scotland’s largest house builders fear that independence would damage the property market and reduce development, according to a survey taken by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle. (Daily Telegraph page 2)


Supply Teachers: Under a new deal between the Educational Institute of Scotland, the Scottish Government, and local government group Cosla, supply teachers are to be offered an improved pay deal to address the problem of short term cover in Scottish schools. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 5)