Reform Scotland News: 28 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



Independence: Standard Life has reportedly warned that a Yes vote could mean the reallocation of parts of the business outside Scotland. The UK government is warning that more companies could follow suit. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 1, Financial Times page 5, Daily Express page 1, Daily Record page 9, Sun page 8)


Peter Jones comments, in the Times page 7, that uncertainty for Standard Life’s customers over what will happen in the independence referendum could have serious knock on effects for the company.


Alan Cochrane comments, on page 7 of The Daily Telegraph, that Alex Salmond still believes a currency union is achievable, to negate the threat of Standard Life moving South, despite it being rejected by Westminster.


Pension Reform: Reform Scotland has urged politicians to make far-reaching changes to the pension system and bring in a Universal Contributory Pension similar to the Australian pension system. (Herald page 10, Scottish Daily Mail page 19, Press and Journal page 22)


Devolution: Labour MSP Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary, will reportedly call for Labour to “act boldly” in plans for further devolution if Scotland remains part of the UK. (Herald page 6, Daily Record page 8, Scotsman page 8)


EU Reform: There was reportedly some relief for David Cameron over EU reform with Angela Merkel reportedly agreeing with conservative criticisms over free movement in Europe (Herald page 2, Scotsman page 12)


Cosla: Glasgow council is reportedly to leave Cosla. (The Herald page 4)


Scottish identity: The 2011 census has shown that one in three of all minority ethnic groups considered themselves to have some Scottish identity. (Herald page 9)


Patricia Hewitt: Patricia Hewitt, former Labour Cabinet minister, has reportedly said that she got it wrong when she ran the National Council for Civil Liberties, in failing to distance the group from the Paedophile Information Exchange. (Times page 9, Daily Telegraph page 1, Sun page 6)



RBS bonus pot: There has been reportedly been anger over the £576 million bonus pot at RBS, despite reported losses of £8.2 billion in 2013. (Herald page 4, Financial Times page 1, Daily Record page 6, Sun page 2)


Scottish Credit Rating: A report by Standard and Poor has reportedly said that an Independent Scotland would struggle to reach the same AAA credit rating as the UK, without a currency union. (Scotsman page 5, Financial Times page 5)



Trams: Trams are being considered by the Glasgow city council to run from the city centre to the airport. (Scotsman page 11)



Corroboration: A vote on whether to remove the reform on corroboration, which sets out to remove the requirement of evidence in Scottish trials coming from two sources, was narrowly rejected yesterday. MSPs rejected the amendment to the controversial Criminal Justice (Scotland) bill with 64 votes to 61, with one abstention. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 2, Daily Telegraph page 5, Sun page 2)


Commonwealth games security: There are concerns over the plans to recruit 600 special constables for the commonwealth games, because only 100 have been reportedly signed up so far. (Herald page 1)



Whistleblower: The police have reportedly met with Dr Jane Hamilton, the psychiatrist at the centre of an NHS gagging row, concerning staff being able to speak out when they believe patients are at risk. (Herald page 3)