A week in Scottish politics: 27th June – 3rd July 2014



Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 27 June and 3 July which are freely available online.


Thursday 3rd July

Independence referendum:

Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments that for many Scots the referendum is not a choice between ‘us’ and ‘them.


Tom Brown in the Daily Record expresses his views on independence for Scotland.


Alex Massie in the Times states that the SNP must answer every question regarding the future of Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon in the Courier outlines how independence would help Scotland.


Referendum roadshow: Kieran Andrews in the Courier outlines the results from the Courier’s referendum roadshow.


EU Membership post independence: Charles Kennedy in the Herald comments that greater attention and consideration need to be given to the role and future membership of the EU if Scotland becomes independent.  


Police: Willie Rennie in the Herald has warned that the routine arming of police is evidence that the public has been conned over the creation of a single force. In accordance with issues of centralisation of the police force Willie Rennie also states that ‘barely a month goes by when SNP reassurance on their centralisation plans doesn’t come unstuck. 


Wednesday 2nd July

George GallowayGeorge Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on George Galloway’s role in the ‘No’ campaign.
FederalismIan Bell in the Herald argues that there is no demand for federalism.
Independence & EUJoanna Cherry in the Herald outlines why Scotland would be able to remain in the EU after independence.
MonarchyAlan Cochrane in the Telegraph considers the role of the monarchy in the referendum campaign.


 Tuesday 1st July

McConnell & Wallace: Jack McConnell & Jim Wallace in the Herald comment that Scotland has become “healthier, cleaner, more just and more confident” since devolution and that “home rule inside the UK” was the best option for Scotland.


BBC and independence: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on the protest at BBC Scotland’s headquarters over allegations of one-sided coverage of the referendum debate.


‘Don’t know’: Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell in the Guardian examine the importance of undecided voters. 


Monday 30th June


Mure Dickie comments in the Financial Times on the Bannockburn festivities and on how, with the referendum coming up, Scottish people are currently more concerned with policy and economic issues than with history and identity.


Leslie Riddoch comments in the Scotsman that, whatever the result of the referendum in September, we have won because the resulting debate is crossing class, community and religion, and the whole country is better for it.


Federal UK:

David Torrance comments in the Herald that the UK has been devolving power for a century, and the idea that federalism is beyond its competence isn’t a strong one.


Brian Monteith comments in the Scotsman that the notion of a federal United Kingdom may gather real support, and that now is a good time to be thinking of ways to make the countries of Britain more equal.


Sunday 29th June

Federalism: Iain MacWhirter comments in the Sunday Herald that there is no chance of the UK becoming a federal state as there is no demand for federalism in England, where 90% of the population reside.


Alistair Darling: Ian Bell comments in the Sunday Herald on whether Alistair Darling has anything to say in the referendum campaign other than no.


Friday 27th June


Professor Iain McLean in the Telegraph critiques Professor Dunleavy’s report on independence costs and argues that the costs are likely to be more than claimed by Nationalists. 

 Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman dismisses recent comments that Scots considering voting Yes are doing so because they’ve been blinded by the romantic notion of Braveheart. She argues that to become the largest party in parliament, the SNP had to ‘drop the Bannockburn rallies and start talking about schools, hospitals and jobs’.