Reform Scotland News: 12 November 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


Science Funding: UK Science Minister; David Willets has warned that over £300 million of UK government funding for science and research in Scotland will cease if Scotland becomes independent (Scotsman page 9, Telegraph page 1, Express page 10, Times page 2, Herald page 6, Courier page 1, P&J page 13, Mail page 4)

Second Referendum: Former Labour MP Adam Ingram has warned Westminster may impose a second referendum if there is only a narrow majority for independence (Herald page 6)

Stateless Citizenship: Theresa May is reportedly seeking to change the law to deprive terror suspects of their British citizenship and make them ‘stateless’ (FT page 1, Times page 2)

Leverage Tactics: Len McCluskey has defended Unite’s tactics in Grangemouth saying they were sending a message to ‘bad bosses that they have nowhere to hide’ (Scotsman page 9)

Delays in Same Sex Marriage: Ruth Davidson claims that the introduction of gay marriage in Scotland has been held up because the SNP are too focused on the referendum (Scotsman page 12, Mail page 4)

Phone Hacking: The jury in the trial at Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson  and other who are accused of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006 has been played angry messages of David Blunkett at the time when allegations arose regarding his relationship with a female friend (Scotsman page 16, Express page 19, Times page 17, FT page 4, Sun page 9, Courier page 16, P&J page 16, Guardian page 11)

Trump challenges the Scottish Government: Donald Trump’s lawyers will go to the Court of Session today over the approval of an offshore windfarm (Scotsman page 16, Times page 23, P&J page 10)

Power of the BBC: Theresa May has warned that the influence the BBC has over the internet is destroying local newspapers (Scotsman page 19, Telegraph page 14, Times page 25, Herald page 5, Sun page 2, P&J page 15) 

Labour earns more from the BBC: Last year, the BBC paid out £40,000 for MP’s to appear on programmes, of that, Labour received £32,000 and the Conservatives £4,650. (Times page 25)

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.’

Falkirk Votes Scandal: SNP MSP Michael Matheson has called for Johannn Lamont to ‘clear up her mess once and for all’, with regard to the Labour party in Falkirk. (Record page 2)

Academics to remain neutral on Independence: Questions around freedom of speech have emerged after Sports Minister Shona Robinson complained about Professor Chris Whately speaking at a Better Together event (Record page 2)

“Bedroom Tax” Vote: Labour have brought forward a motion calling for an end to the “bedroom tax” (Record page 6, Herald 5, P&J page 14)

Derek Mackay: Local Government and Planning Minister, Derek Mackay, has separated from his wife after announcing he is gay (Herald page 5)


Oil: A review of the oil and gas industry estimates that production could increase by four billion barrels a year contributing an extra £200 billion to the economy in the next 20 years (Scotsman page 1, Record page 2, Express page 18, Telegraph page 6, Times page 23, Herald page 4, Sun page 2)

House Prices: Members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors report a five year high on prices rises (Express page 2, Scotsman page 8, Times page 21, Courier page 23)

Energy Bills: Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to make a speech today criticising the industry for treating the public like ‘cash cows’  (Telegraph page 1, Scotsman page 13, Herald page 6)


Cancer drugs approved: Scotland has approved a drug that can extend the life of men with advanced prostate cancer (Scotsman page 2, Express page 1, Telegraph page 4, Times page 23, Herald page 13, Courier page 19)

£200 incentive for mothers to breastfeed: Matthew Sinclair of Chief Executive of the Taxpayers Alliance has called a plan to offer an incentive of £200 in shopping vouchers to encourage breastfeeding as “nanny state interference” (Record page 2, Times page 9)


Social Mobility: John Major has argued that too many of the top jobs available are taken by those who have attended private schools (Scotsman page 14, Record page 7, Telegraph page 8, Telegraph page 18, Times page 31, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Mail page 8)

Local Government

Edinburgh saunas: Licensed sex premises in Edinburgh may lose their licences from February 2014 (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 4)

Council Pensions: Council workers are set to move to a new pension scheme which will benefit people at the lower end of the pay scale (Scotsman page 9, Record page 2, Herald page 3)


Third Class Travel on East Coast Line: Third Class travel has not been ruled out on the East Coast Main Line (Scotsman page 19)