Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 January 2014
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.
Scotland in Europe: European Union Leaders reportedly say that they would want Scotland as a member in the European Union; however exports reportedly say that the transition would not necessarily be a straightforward one. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Times page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 9, The Sun page 2, The Scottish Daily Mail page 2)
Independence: Alex Salmond has reportedly said that Independence would not solve all of Scotland’s problems and that he does regard himself as British as part of his identity. Alistair Darling has called into question the SNP’s plans for a Scottish currency if Scotland was to become Independent. (Herald page 6, Herald page 7)
Brandon Malone comments that he would not see a problem with a currency union or EU membership, if Scotland was to become independent.
Lobbying at Holyrood: Scotland could reportedly be at risk of a repeat of the cash-for-access scandal at Westminster, if there is not a “crackdown” on it. (Scotsman, page 18)
Labour Party: Alison Rowat comments in The Herald that Ed Miliband has adopted a Blair-lite approach, resorting back to New Labour to win over the middle class.
FMQs: Alan Cochrane comments in The Telegraph on how Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader, was rebuked by the presiding officer at Holyrood for claiming that Alex Salmond had “misled the Scottish public on EU legal advice” and had to rephrase to “unadjacent to the truth” in respect to the legal advice from Alex Salmond.
Defence: David Cameron defends defence cuts following reported comments by the former US defence secretary Robert Gates that Britain is no longer in a position on the world stage to be a “full partner” to the US. (Scotsman page 11)
Missing boy: The police are out searching for a boy of 3, who was put to bed on Wednesday night, but was not there the next morning. The police say that there was no sign of a break in. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Daily Express page 1, Daily Record page 1, The Sun page 1, The Scottish Daily Mail page 1)
Minimum Wage: George Osborne has claimed that Britain can afford to increase the national minimum wage by more than inflation and is considering a rise from £6.31 to £7 an hour. Meanwhile, the Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has reportedly claimed that independence could mean a cut in the minimum wage in Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Times page 5, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Financial Times page 1, The Guardian page 1, Daily record page 8)
Scottish Tourism Increase: Scotland has reportedly enjoyed an 8% rise in foreign tourism. Experts are confident in a good year for Scottish tourism with events such as the Commonwealth games and the Ryder Cup being held. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 5)
Rolls Royce: A Rolls Royce factory near Glasgow has reportedly announced that they will axe 200 jobs from the plant. (Daily Record, page 2)
Speed cameras: £250,000 has been reportedly generated by a mobile speed camera on section of the A9, in the last 12 months. The mobile speed cameras have reportedly generated £2.75 million in the last 12 months compared to £1.5 million by the traditional fixed cameras. (Herald page 3)
Corroboration Law Change: The First Minister Alex Salmond reportedly supports a delay to the change of the law over the need for corroboration. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie reportedly described the plans to scrap corroboration laws as “crackers”. (Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2)
Reoffending and education: Following the lead of North America and helping prisoners with learning difficulties could cut reoffending rates. (Herald page 21)
Police Chief Constable defends the force: The Chief Constable of Police Scotland defends the force following comments by the retired Judge Lord McCluskey questioning whether the force would deal with cases in a “fair and balance way” if corroboration was abolished. (Scotsman page 1)
Police Stop-searches: Police stop-searches could reportedly lead to public disorder as well as infringing human rights according to Edinburgh University research. The stop-searches are claimed to have a “negative effect” on police relations with the community. (Herald page 11)
Foreign students: There has reportedly been a crackdown in foreign students at Scottish Universities, following a crackdown on immigration, with official figures showing a 4% decline. (Herald page 9)
Tuition fees: One of the world’s top European Law experts has reportedly claimed that English, Welsh and Northern Ireland students could sue an independent Scottish Government for charging them tuition fees (Times page 1)
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Campaigners have reportedly claimed that children having a carer up to the age of 18 could be “unlawful” state interference. (Times page 11, The Sun page 2)