Reform Scotland News: 10 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



Gas & electricity market: Britain’s single market for gas and electricity should remain if Scotland gains independence. The Expert Commission on Energy Regulation is expected to insist upon the continuation of the single market as this is suggested to be the best outcome for all consumers and investors. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6)


Business intimidation: The head of the Scotch Whisky Association counters the claims made by David Cameron that business leaders have been intimidated by the Yes campaign regarding the independence of Scotland. (Scotsman page 11)


TV debate: The date of August 5th has been agreed for the TV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. (Herald page1, Record page 10, Telegraph page 1, Express page 2)


EU membership: Jean-Claude Juncker, new President of the European Commission, has stated that he will respect the result of the referendum however Scotland will have to apply to become a member of the EU and will not receive automatic entry. (Herald page 6


Referendum comment :

Former Scottish First minister Jack McConnell in the Sun shares his views on the upcoming referendum.


Iain Macwhirter in the Herald comments on the progress of the independence debate.


Dr Philppa Whitfold in the Daily Record said that ‘in five years, England will not have an NHS ans in ten years, if we vote no, neither will we.’


Kerry Gill in the Daily Express comments on Scottish independence.


Keith Aitken in the daily Express comments ‘So here’s the story of about dodgy donations. Both sides are at it. ’


Sir Micheal Atiyah in the Times announces that he will be voting Yes in the upcoming referendum. ‘Yes vote will free us from nuclear reliance’ (page 23


Martin Kettle in the Guardian argues that  the problems facing Scotland are essentially the same problems facing most developed liberal democratic economies in Europe which will only be addressed by democratic reforms across national borders, not behind them


James Forsyth in the Mail argues that regardless of the impact of a yes vote on Scotland, it would not be good for the rest of the UK.



Prioritising Town Centres: Councils and other public bodies are being urged to sign an agreement that will take in to consideration and prioritise Scotland’s town centres when making decisions about moving facilities. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 5)



Union Strikes: Public services today are likely to face disruption as thousands of civil servants strike over pay. (Herald page 3, Record page 1, Mail page 4, Guardian page 1, Courier page 20)


Sexism: Tanya Gold in the Guardian comments on Harriet Harman’s speech on sexism within politics.



Rangers Tax Battle: HMRC has lost its court battle with former Rangers Owner Sir David Murray over claims of the use of employee benefit trusts. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 1)


Post Independence: Economists at Swiss bank UBS predict that Scottish depositors may decide to transfer their money south of the border if there is a Yes vote following the referendum. (Financial Times page 4, Times page 1)


Unemployment: Thousands of middle-ages Scots are reportedly missing out on the economic recovery with more over 50s in Scotland are finding it impossible to gain employment. (Times page 10)


The High-end Property Market: Buyers are reportedly putting of buying homes in Scotland until after the referendum due to uncertainty about employment and the lack of clarity over Scottish currency. (Scotsman page 11, Telegraph page 9)


First time buyers: The demand for property in Scotland continues to outstrip the supply available despite first time buyers struggling to borrow enough money. A study by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors found a net balance of 32% of charted surveyors reported a growth in new-buyer inquires. (Scotsman page 17)




GP Surgeries: GPs have admitted that surgeries are failing to provide adequate care for their patients due to the poor standards of their facilities, often being small and outdated. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 4, Record page 11, Telegraph page 11, Express page 4, Times page 20)


Sunscreen Prescriptions: GPs are reportedly handing out prescriptions for sunscreen in Scotland. (Express page 4)


Statins: More than 750,000 Scots are reportedly already taking and new guidance on the drug could see the figure increase to a million. (Mail page 1)




Police: The Commonwealth games in Glasgow, due to start in a couple of weeks, calls for the police to take on extra hours to provide sufficient levels of security, which has caused anger among police officers. (Scotsman page 8)


West Coast Disruptions: Passengers using the west Coast main line yesterday faced considerable delays after significant damage to overhead power cables. (Herald page 1)


Glasgow City Cycle Scheme: Glasgow’s cycles are reportedly being used more frequently than those for hire in London. (Herald page 9 )