Reform Scotland News: 16 December 2013


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 16 December 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



Independence referendum: The No campaign has revealed its financial backers and has reportedly received £1.6 million since April. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 6, Telegraph page 10, Sun page 2, Record page 4, Express page 10, P&J page 14, Mail page 4)


David Torrance in The Herald comments on the culture being more than the result of who rules us.


Brian Monteith in The Scotsman comments on how Scotland’s governance will change in the event of a No vote.


EU Membership: A Holyrood committee will reportedly examine the issues surrounding an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. (Mail page 4


Scottish Peers: Liberal Democrat peer Lord Wallace has reportedly suggested there are plans to keep unelected peers in the House of Lords in an independent Scotland. (Scotsman page 10, Sunday Times page 7, P&J page 14)


Bedroom Tax: Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee has found ‘glaring flaws’ in benefits policy and has called for the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ to be abolished. (Herald page 6, Times page 2, Sun page 2, Record page 18, P&J page 22)


Lockerbie bombing: It has been claimed that an Egyptian terrorist may be named as a likely suspect in the Lockerbie bombing, 25 years after the atrocity in which 270 people died.  Meanwhile, Scottish politicians are joining commemorations in the UK and US 25 years after the bombing. (Scotsman page 15, page 15, Herald page 2, P&J page 13)


Helicopters:  Most of the UK air ambulances suspended after the police helicopter crash in Glasgow have returned to flying. It has also been reported that human error may have played a role in the Clutha helicopter crash. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 3, Sunday Times page 1)


Same Sex marriage: MSPs have been warned by the group Scotland for Marriage that they could lose their seats as a consequence of backing the legislation on same sex marriage. (Telegraph page 1)


Andy Murray: Scottish tennis player Andy Murray was voted BBC Sports Personality of the year last night and Sir Alex Ferguson was given a diamond award. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 1 and page 5, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1 and 3, Sun page 7, Record page 1 and 9, Express page 9, Courier page 1)


Nelson Mandela: The state funeral of the former president was held yesterday in South Africa with South Africa’s president saying that his nation would ‘continue to rise.’ (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 10, Express page 6, Courier page 14, P&J page 18, Mail page 20)



Housebreakers: A Christmas crackdown on housebreakers has been launched by police and prosecutors with those who target properties over Christmas reportedly facing 5 years in prison – five times the current maximum sentence. (Herald page 1, Express page 5, Courier page 2, P&J page 15, Mail page 1)



Supermarket tax: Leading supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda have reportedly admitted to slowing their expansion plans in Scotland due, in part, to the levy introduced last April. (Express page 4, Mail page 2)



Disruptive pupils: Dundee City Council, which has the worst school exclusion rate in the country, has reportedly said that excluded children could be sent to prison to encourage then to behave. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2)