Reform Scotland News: 29 May 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  29 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
Nick Clegg
: Lord Oakeshott quit the Lib Dems yesterday after it emerged he had commissioned polling which indicated that Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander could lose their seats at the General Election.  Lord Oakeshott commented that the party was “heading for disaster” under Nick Clegg and urged his former colleagues to change leader before the election. (Scotsman 
page 1, Sun page 4, Times page 8, Record page 9, Herald page 1, Herald page 2, Express page 2, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 1Steve Richards in the Guardian, P&J page 14, Courier page 14)
Independence & UK dividends: Alex Salmond said yesterday that every Scot could be in line for a £1,000-per-year “independence bonus” in 15 years time.  This was in contrast to Westminster claims that every Scot is better off by £1,400 per year by being part of the UK. (Scotsman 
page 1John McLaren in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Andrew Nicholl in the Sun, Times page 4, Peter Jones in the Times, Record page 8, Herald page 6, Express page 1,Kerry Gill in the Express, FT page 3, Telegraph page 1Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 1, John McTernan in the Mail, Guardian page 2, P&J page 12,Courier page 13)
Racial prejudice: According to the NatCen British social attitudes survey, one in four Scots admit to being racially prejudice. (Scotsman 
page 19, Record page 2Allison Pearson in the Telegraph)
Cinema adverts: Cineworld, Vue and Odeon have reportedly banned adverts from the Yes and No campaigns in the run up to the referendum. (Sun page 2, P&J page 13)
BBC: Lord Coe is reportedly the frontrunner to take over as chairman of the BBC Trust. (Times page 1, Telegraph 
page 10, Mail page 8)
Boardroom quota: SNP Councillor Gregor Murray has dismissed his party’s plan for a 40% female quota in boardrooms as “tokenism”. (Herald 
page 8)
Ian MacWhirter in the Herald outlines what an independent Scotland could learn from Norway as the referendum approaches.
Catherine MacLeod in the Herald comments on Ukip’s results in the European elections in Scotland.
Oil revenue forecasts
: The Scottish Government has downgraded the five-year outlook for oil revenue in Scotland from £45.9bn to £34.3bn, under its “central scenario”.  However, the Office of Budget Responsibility has put the estimate at £16bn. (Times page 1, Herald 
page 6, Express page 5, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 7, Courier page 13)
Migration: Alex Salmond commented yesterday that an independent Scotland would try to attract 24,000 migrants a year to help increase the working-age population in Scotland. (Times page 5, Herald 
page 1,Telegraph page 4, Mail page 6)
Shopping bags: MSPs have backed regulations which will see the introduction of mandatory charging of at least 5p for single-use carrier bags from October. (Record page 2, Herald 
page 5, Express page 15)
Interest rates: Martin Weale, an external member of the Bank or England’s Monetary Policy Committee has commented that the UK needs to start raising interest rates sooner rather than later if it wants to avoid sharp and painful rate rises. (FT 
page 1)
Elderly care
: Ranald Mair, the chief executive of Scottish Care, has urged the Scottish Government to look into the support pensioners receive in their home amid concerns they are receiving “care on the cheap”. (Herald 
page 1)