Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 21 May 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.
More powers summit: Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael is expected to announce in a speech tomorrow that in the event of a No vote he will invite all political leaders to attend a ‘Conference on the New Scotland’ to devise a package of new powers on which “Scotland an unite”. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Mail page 4)
Scottish tax regime: A report by ICAS has suggested that the cost of setting up a new Scottish tax regime after independence could be £3.25billion, as a result of a one-off transition bill as well as ongoing operating costs. (Scotsman page 4, George Kerevan in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Herald page 6, Express page 2, Telegraph page 16, FTpage 4, Mail page 4, P&J page 13)
Ed Miliband: During a radio interview on BBC Wiltshire, Ed Miliband yesterday appeared not to know the name of the local Labour party leader he was campaigning with or that the council was Conservative-led. Earlier in the day he had been criticised for suggesting his weekly shop for four was between £70 and £80, when the average is £113 per week. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 4, Herald page 5, Express page 4, Telegraph page 4, FT page 4, Mail page 12)
Euro elections: Analysis and coverage ahead of tomorrow’s European elections. (Scotsman page 18, John Curtice in the Scotsman, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Times page 18, Sun page 2, Herald page 2, Ian Bell in the Herald, Express page 4, Telegraphpage 1, Mats Persson in the Telegraph, FT page 2, Mail page 4, Guardian page 1)
Immigration: A survey carried out by Survation has found that 68.4 per cent of Scots surveyed backed policies to impose stricter immigration controls. (Herald page 1, Michael Marra in the Herald )
Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell has claimed that one of the police officers involved in the “plebgate” incident which cost him his ministerial position, spoke of “toppling the Tory Government” over the issue. (Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 3)
Prince Charles: Prince Charles has reportedly likened Vladimir Putin to Hitler, following recent action in Ukraine. (Mail page 1)
Independence: Kevin Pringle in the Scotsman outlines why he believes Scotland should be independent.
Defence: Kieran Andrews, Graeme Ogston and Claire Warrender in the Courier consider questions over defence, the armed forces and EU membership in relation to the independence referendum.
Financial crisis: Professor David Simpson is expected to tell MSPs today that Scots are poorer as a result of Westminster’s handling of the financial crisis. (Scotsman page 5)
New town: Nicola Sturgeon launched the Shawfair development yesterday, a £200 million project to build Scotland’s first new town for half a century. The project is on the edge of Edinburgh. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 10)
No confidence vote: Health secretary Alex Neil is facing a vote of no confidence at Holyrood today over his handling of changes to the provision of mental health services in his own constituency. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 2, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Herald page 4, Express page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 8, P&J page 13)
Child fitness: A report in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health has suggested that children in Scotland are among the least active in the world. (Times page 1, Sun page 4, Herald page 11, Express page 6, Mail page 9)
Sheriff courts: The Law Society of Scotland has warned that proposals to introduce a £150,000 threshold for cases being held in the Court of Session risked over burdening sheriff courts and delaying access to justice. (Scotsman page 13)
Armed officers: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on news that police officers carrying out routine patrols are armed with Glock pistols.