A week in Scottish politics: 16th May to 22nd May 2014


A week in Scottish politics:  16th May to 22 nd May 2014

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 16 and 22 May which are freely available online.


Thursday 22nd May2014

Euro elections: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald and Steven Glover in the Mail comment on today’s European elections.

Unionist parties: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman comments on the lack of an agreement amongst the unionist parties to come up with a proposal for further devolution prior to the referendum.

Interest rates: Chris Giles in the FT comments on news that some members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee have reportedly indicated that they are ready to vote for an earlier than expected increase in interest rates.

Nicola Sturgeon:  Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on Nicola Sturgeon’s reaction in the Chamber to criticism of Alex Salmond and Alex Neil.


Wednesday 21st May 2014

Scottish tax regime: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the opportunity for tax reform after independence.

Euro elections: Allan Massie in the Scotsman and Mats Persson in the Telegraph comment ahead of tomorrow’s European elections.

Independence: Kevin Pringle in the Scotsman outlines why he believes Scotland should be independent.

Armed officers: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on news that police officers carrying out routine patrols are armed with Glock pistols.

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Scotland in Europe: Peter Jones in the Scotsman argues that the British economy would suffer greatly if outside the EU. Jones highlights that EU membership is of huge importance to overseas traders as EU regulation is necessary for ease of trade inside the union.


Monday 19th May 2014

Devolution: David Torrance comments in the Herald on how Alex Salmond is stuck in the past, still using the example of Mrs Thatcher not delivering further devolution in 1979 as evidence that Independence is the only way for Scotland to get more powers, despite all the major parties now being on board for further devolution in the event of a No vote.

Audit Committee: Brian Monteith comments in the Scotsman that the Public Audit Committee (PAC) of the Scottish Parliament, once hailed as one of the most successful parts of Scottish devolution for bringing accountability to the parliament, has now lost its credibility because the SNP majority can now control what is published in any of its reports.

European elections: Macer Hall comments in the Daily Express on how UKIP has the potential to rewrite the electoral map after Thursday’s European elections.


Friday 16th May 2014

European Elections: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman discusses predictions for the upcoming European Elections based on opinion polls and notes the different level of success UKIP is experiencing in England as opposed to Scotland.

Research: Andrew Denholm in the Herald discusses the psychology of the referendum debate and the future of university funding through UK-wide research councils. 

Alison Rowat is the Herald discusses the merit of Prime Minister’s visit to Glasgow yesterday and whether Cameron is an ‘asset’ or a ‘liability’ to the No Campaign.

Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph discusses Alex Salmond’s reluctance to sack Alex Neil and states that the Minister must be held to account for his actions.