Reform Scotland News: 12 June 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  12 June 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


Political adviser: The First Minister is reportedly facing calls from opposition parties to sack his adviser Campbell Gunn.  Mr Gunn made inaccurate claims about Clare Lally after she spoke out against independence.  He has since apologised “unreservedly”, though Ms Lally has rejected the apology saying she only received it because he was caught out. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 3, Sun page 4, Herald page 6, Express page 2, Kerry Gill in the Express, Record page 6, Telegraph page 1Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 1, Courier page 17, P&J page 12)
Better Together donation: JK Rowling has donated £1m to the Better Together campaign. (Scotsman 
page 5Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Sun page 1, Herald page 1, Express page 1, Record page 1, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 4, Guardian page 11, Courier page 18, P&J page 1)
Social media and independence debate: 
Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman discusses comments being made on social media about the independence campaign.
Iain Macwhirter in the Herald comments that it is the choices Scotland could make to improve quality of life that are the great opportunity of self-government.
Martin Kettle in the Guardian comments that the nations of the UK should engage with federalist opinions before the referendum, because if there is a no vote they will have to engage with it afterwards.  
Cost of independence: The Scottish Government has reportedly commented that it will not set out the costs of establishing an independent state before the referendum because such a figure would be “meaningless”. (Scotsman 
page 6, Times page 2, Herald page 6, Express page 2, Mail page 7, P&J page 11)
Opinion poll: A Survation poll has put Yes at 38.8 per cent and No at 44.4 per cent.  However, when people were asked how they would vote if they were sure David Cameron would remain Prime Minister after the next election, the figures change to Yes 44 per cent and No 38 per cent. (Record 
page 8)
Passports: The Prime Minister yesterday admitted that about 30,000 straightforward passport applications had been with the Passport Office for longer than the three week target and that emergency measures had been taken by the Home Office to try and deal with the backlog. (Times page 20, Sun page 2, Herald 
page 5, Express page 4, Record page 2, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, Courier page 2, P&J page 16)
Military cuts: Almost 1,000 full time soldiers are to be made redundant today. (Times page 21)

Employment stats: Official statistics have shown that the number of women in work in Scotland is at an all time high.  The Scottish unemployment rate has also fallen and is level with the UK rate of 6.6 per cent. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 8, Sun page 2, Record page 2, FT page 2, Courier page 20)
Oil & gas: Danny Alexander is expected to announce today that the Oil and Gas Authority, aimed at securing the long-term future of the industry, is to be created in Aberdeen. (Scotsman page 7, Record page 2, Courier page 15)

Civil cases: Scottish ministers are to lower the proposed threshold in the Court Reform  (Scotland) Bill for civil cases appearing in sheriff courts from £150,000 to £100,000. (Herald page 1)

Local government
Social care: Audit Scotland has warned that while self-directed care could transform social care, demand might exceed supply and councils needed to take action to lessen the risks of overspending. (Herald page 2, P&J page 16)

Alcohol: The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has revealed an increase from 34 per cent to 39 per cent in the number of people who thought it was easier to enjoy a social event if they had a drink.  The survey also showed that 41 per cent were in favour of minimum pricing with 35 per cent against. (Scotsman page 19)
Agency staff: The NHS is reportedly preparing to spend up to £9m a year on agency staff as 1,500 permanent positions remain vacant. (Herald 
page 10)