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Reform Scotland News: 11 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.  

Politics
Emergency security legislation: Kenny MacAskill has criticised the emergency legislation at Westminster that will give security agencies the power to look at private emails and other data.  Mr MacAskill has said that the law will “impinge” on the Scottish legal system, which is the responsibility of Holyrood. (Scotsman page 1Graeme Pearson and Sara Ogilvie in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Times page 7, Record page 2, Mail page 10, Guardian page 1, P&J page 18, Courier page 18)

Dalgety Bay: The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it plans to clean up radioactive particles at Dalgety Bay. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Times page 8, Record page 4, Telegraph page 5, Mail page 19, P&J page 13, Courier page 14)

Strikes:  About one million public sector workers reportedly took part in industrial action yesterday, including 28,000 in Scotland. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, Times page 10, Record page 2, Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph, Mail page 6, Guardian page 4, P&J page 1, Courier page 19)

EU membership: Jean-Claude Junker has indicated that he agrees with the previous European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, that it could be difficult for an independent Scotland to gain entry into the EU. (Times page 1, Mail page 2)

The Economist: The Economist publication has come out in support of a ‘no’ vote in the referendum. (Times page 2)

Westminster: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman accuses Westminster of being a place of elitism and cronyism.

Voting no: John McTernan in the Scotsman outlines why he is voting ‘no’ in the referendum.

TV debate: Alison Rowat in the Herald comments on the TV debate on independence between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

Not so different: Douglas Alexander in the Mail comments that the Scots and the English aren’t so different.

Economy
North Sea oil
: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has revised its predictions to suggest that about £39.3bn will be raised in North Sea revenues between 2019/20 and 2040/41, a fall of £12.6bn on last year’s prediction. (Scotsman 
page 6, Herald page 2, Record page 9, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12, P&J page 12, Courier page 19)

Royal Mail: The business select committee at Westminster has said that taxpayers lost £1bn over the sale of Royal Mail because the government underestimated the demand for shares. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 1, Times page 6, Mail page 18, Guardian page 9, P&J page 14, Courier page 23)

Pensions: Nicola Sturgeon has commented that pensioners would be £5-a-week better off in an independent Scotland. (Times page 8, Courier page 8)

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has commented that increasing the state pension age for future workers is the key to clearing the current generation’s debts. (Telegraph page 1, Mail page 22)

Education
University applications:
 The number of people living in Scotland and applying to study at a Scottish university has reached a record high of 43,170. (Scotsman 
page 9, Herald page 4, Times page 14, Courier page 14)

Justice
CCTV:
 Several trials have reportedly been postponed because Police Scotland is having major issues with the production of CCTV footage. (Scotsman 
page 12, Record page 2, Courier page 24)

Health
Obesity: 
 One hundred Scots a month are reportedly having limbs amputated as a result of obesity.  (Scotsman 
page 21, Herald page 8, Times page 4, Record page 10, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 26, Guardian page 2)

Sam Galbraith: The former Labour health minister Sam Galbraith outlines why he believes a ‘no’ vote is best for the NHS. (Record page 16)