Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 1 July 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.
Spending: A report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (Cipfa) has suggested that although an independent Scotland would face a shortfall in spending of about £4bn in its first year, Scotland would be in a healthier position than the UK as a whole. (Scotsman page 12, Courier page 16)
Business for Scotland: The pro-independence group Business for Scotland has published research which indicates that about £3.5bn of savings could be made by Scotland leaving the UK. (P&J page 12)
McConnell & Wallace: Former First Minister Lord Jack McConnell and Deputy First Minister Lord Jim Wallace have commented 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. (Herald page 1, Jack McConnell & Jim Wallace in the Herald, Sun page 2, Record page 2, P&J page 13)
Douglas Alexander: Labour MP Douglas Alexander has commented that a ‘Yes’ vote would be a snub to the UK’s shared history. (Sun page 2, Mail page 19)
MoD report: An investigation into a mid-air collision over the Moray Firth in 2012 highlighted that the MoD had repeatedly delayed placing the collision warning system on the planes. (Herald page 6, Times page 14, P&J page 8)
Opinion poll: A YouGov poll has put ‘Yes’ on 35%, ‘No’ on 54% and ‘don’t know’ on 9%, with 2% saying they would not vote. (Times page 1)
Benefits sanctions: A study by Citizens Advice Scotland has suggested that the loss of income brought about by sanctions “is putting tenancies and debt repayments at risk, and in some cases, is having a severe impact on claimants’ health and wellbeing”. (Record page 2, P&J page 18)
Voting rights: The UK Government has reportedly scrapped plans to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs. (Express page 10)
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.
Shale gas: According to the British Geological Survey report, Scotland’s Central Belt is sitting on billions of barrels of shale oil and trillions of cubic feet of gas. However, reserves are thought to be “modest” compared to England’s. (Scotsman page 1, Ken Cronin and Mary Church in the Scotsman, Herald page 4, Sun page 2, Record page 8, Tom Fullerton in the Express, Express page 14, Telegraph page 10, FT page 2, Mail page 14, P&J page 11, Courier page 25)
Aberdeen development: Conservationists have raised concerns about the Marischal Square office, hotel and retail scheme for Aberdeen for offices. (P&J page 1)