A week in Scottish politics: 8 November to 14 November 2013.


A week in Scottish politics:  8 November to 14 November 2013.

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 8 and 14 November which are freely available online.

Thursday 14 November

Independence referendum: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman that a major concern in the approach to the referendum is our relationship with the European Union, and that more clarity is needed about an independent Scotland’s place in the EU before voters can make a decision.

Relations with China: Stephen Roman comments in the Scotsman that South Asia represents huge opportunities for Scotland, and that now is the time to embrace the ‘new China’ and to take advantage of Scotland’s good reputation in the East.

Economic recovery: Iain MacWhirter comments in the Herald that, despite the economic recovery and the fact that Scotland is continuing to recover faster than the rest of the UK, economic policy is dangerously unstable and it is accelerating the geo-economic divide in the UK.

Right to die: Dr Murdo Macdonald comments in the Herald that passing a law in Scotland that would legalise assisted dying is a boundary that our society must not cross.

Wednesday 13 November

Oil industry: Brian Wilson in the Scotsman suggests that amid a drop of 38 percent in North Sea production in the last three years, both the UK and Scottish government should set aside constitutional matters and collaborate to oversee a revival in the oil industry.

National debt: Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp in the Scotsman comments on the alleged ‘unionist myth’ of the UK subsidising Scotland.

Academic gagging: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on Sports minister Shona Robinson’s alleged attempt at silencing an academic, after raising the issue of his appearance at a Better Together event with his university bosses.

Tuesday 12 November

More analysis needed on Referendum Debate: Given that one-fifth of the electorate are still undecided on how they are likely to vote; Peter Jones, in the Scotsman argues that the public want ‘facts and reliable information to help them come to an opinion.’

Monday 11 November

Labour Party leadership: David Torrance in The Herald discusses Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Party.

SNP policy: Brian Monteith in The Scotsman claims that the SNP have lost touch with reality on a number of issues, including shipyards and welfare reform.

Friday 8 November

Shipyards: George Kerevan writing in the Scotsman argues that the Royal Navy’s policy of only procuring ships built in the UK has damaged the British shipbuilding industry. 

Living wage: Joyce McMillan writing in the Scotsman comments on Ed Miliband’s recent visit to Edinburgh and supports his calls for a living wage.

Immigration: Michael Fry writing in the Scotsman argues that immigrants to Scotland should be encouraged to integrate and we should welcome the cultural enrichment.