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Reform Scotland News: 14 February 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.

 

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News

 

Politics

Currency: Business leaders and pro-UK politicians have called on Nationalist leaders to come up with a new currency policy. The First Minister Alex Salmond reportedly dismissed George Osborne’s statements as “bluff, bluster and posturing”. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 3, Daily Express page 1, Sun page 10, Daily Record page 6, Daily Record page 8)

 

A Treasury analysis paper has reportedly concluded that there is “no evidence” that a currency union between an Independent Scotland and the UK could work. (Scotsman page 6)

 

Nicola Sturgeon has maintained that Scotland should be able to maintain the pound, if Scotland were to go Independent. (Herald page 7)

 

Alan Cochrane comments, on page 6 of The Daily Telegraph, on the decision of all three major parties not to approve a currency union and Alex Salmond’s response to this.

 

Kerry Gill comments, on page 12 of the Daily Express, that Alex Salmond’s currency miscalculation could have a severe political cost.

 

Independence referendum: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has reportedly said that the pro-Union parties will wait until after the independence referendum to try and strike a deal on more powers for Holyrood. (Scotsman page 5)

 

According to the ESRC Centre for population change, the number of immigrants coming to Scotland could increase with Independence. (Herald page 6)

 

Nuclear Graveyard: Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire has been named on a shortlist of potential sites where nuclear waste from out of action submarines could be stored. (Scotsman page 14)

 

Economy

Donald Trump: There are reportedly fears that environmentally important stretches of Scottish coastline have been “needlessly sacrificed” following the withdrawal of the planning application for a £750 million golf course by the Trump organisation. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 3, Daily Telegraph page 7)

 

Whisky: David Frost, the new chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, has reportedly warned that international negotiations could be damaged with a break up of the union. (Scotsman page 11, Daily Telegraph page 6)

 

Local Government

Edinburgh’s budget: A 20p rise in parking charges as well as £9 million being spent on Leith Walk, following the abortion of the trams, are part of Edinburgh’s approved £1 billion budget. (Scotsman page 16)

 

Education

Zero hour contracts: Colleges in Scotland are under scrutiny following the discovery that reportedly over 1,000 staff are on zero hour contracts. (Herald page 3)

 

Teacher workload: The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has reportedly claimed that a lighter workload would give teachers more time to prepare students for the new national exams. (Herald page 4)

 

Health

Smoking: Health campaigners in Scotland have reportedly claimed that giving up smoking has a clear link to improved mental, as well as physical health. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 9)

 

E.coli at the Hydro: An additional six cases of E.coli have brought the total to twenty one cases which are reportedly linked to the SSE Hydro entertainment venue in Glasgow. (Herald page 2)

 

Justice

Police Scotland: The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, has reportedly accused Police Scotland of “asset stripping”, following the announcement of the closures of 61 police station desks around Scotland. (Herald page 10, Sun page 2)

 

Knife crime in Glasgow: Crimes of handling an offensive weapon have reportedly dropped by two thirds in Glasgow. (Herald page 4, Scotsman page 2, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 2)