Reform Scotland News 13th 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



Independence Referendum: Former US Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton has spoken out against Scottish Independence, saying it would be a loss for both sides. (Herald page 1)  


Constitutional law professor Adam Tomkins has told Holyrood that the White Paper is ‘wrong in international law’ with regard to its share of UK embassies, high commissions and consulates.  He has advised that the 267 overseas embassies would become the diplomatic mission of the rest of the UK in the event of independence. (Scotsman page 7) 


The UK government will distribute a booklet detailing the ‘facts’ on Scottish Independence to every household at a cost of £720,000 (Scotsman page 7, Express page 2)


Gordon Brown has written a book: ‘My Scotland Our Britain’ debuting next week, in which he argues for Scotland to remain in the UK and also subtly critiques the No campaign’s strategy. Speaking at St. Andrews University last night, he also warned over the future of public broadcasting, claiming it will suffer after a Yes vote. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6).


Philip Stephens in the Financial Times, comments on the negative aspects of the Yes Campaign, which he describes as ‘Braveheart Nationalism’ and advises that regardless of the outcome, the relationship between England and Scotland will need to be re-shaped and repaired. (FT page 11)


A survey has found that the prospect of David Cameron returning as Prime Minister after the next general election would persuade Scots to back Independence. 54% of those polled would vote Yes if they were certain of Mr Cameron’s continued Leadership. (Herald page 6, Times page 5, FT page 3)


The former Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association has accused senior SNP figures of intimidating business leaders with phone calls about independence (Herald page 6


Alison Rowat in the Herald comments on JK Rowling’s decision to back Better Together and its impact, describing it as a game changer.


Nationalist veteran Jim Sillars and Green MSP Patrick Harvie have warned against the online abuse being directed at JK Rowling following her donation, claiming it could lose the referendum for Yes. (Sun page 6, Express page 2, record page)


Iain Duncan Smith in the Telegraph describes the UK as a Kingdom united by ‘hearts as well as heads’ and urges the rest of the UK to express their emotion about preserving the Union.


Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman critiques Gordon Brown’s recent ‘Vote No for real change’ campaign, claiming the odds against it succeeding are too high.


Campbell Gunn Controversy: Alex Salmond has resisted calls from opposition MSPs to sack his senior adviser after Mr Gunn sent an email making false claims about a woman who spoke out about independence. An official spokesman labelled the email as inappropriate. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Sun page 6, Times page 5, Telegraph page 1, Express page 2) 


John McTernan in the Scotsman, and Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph discuss the Campbell Gunn email controversy and whether he should be sacked.        

A survivor of the Clutha disaster earlier this year has suggested that the woman and the Labour MP involved should be shot for backing the union. (Record page 1)



Interest Rates: Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned households, companies and financial markets that interest rates could rise sooner than expected, owing to stronger economic growth and falling unemployment rates. (Financial Times page 1, Record page 4, Ties page 2, Telegraph page 14) 



Strikes To Affect Games: Transport during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is under threat from a proposed strike by Subway and Bus staff over a pay offer. The results of the ballot will be known 3 weeks before the opening ceremony. (Scotsman page 9, Record page 4) 


Tram Investigation: Alex Salmond announced yesterday that former Lord Advocate Lord Hardie will start work immediately on a public enquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco and said he looks forward to a ‘swift and thorough enquiry’ (Scotsman page 8, Telegraph page 14))



Armed Police: The Highlands’ most senior police officer Ch Supt. Innes has admitted the force did not make politicians aware of a change in policy regarding arming of officers on routine patrols. Highland councillors have described this as unacceptable and that officers carrying automatic pistols should not become commonplace in the region. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 4)




Organ Donation: Dr. Christine Robison will advise the British Medical Association Conference tomorrow that more emphasis should be placed on increasing voluntary donation until there is evidence that an ‘opt-out’ system would be more successful. (Scotsman page 17)