Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 2 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.
Labour candidate: The Labour candidate for Angus, Kathy Wiles, has withdrawn her candidacy and apologised after tweeting an image of the Hitler Youth in response to the publication of a photograph of children at the pro-independence rally outside BBC Scotland’s headquarters. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 16, Express page 2, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Mail page 4, P&J page 12)
MoD fault: The Ministry of Defence has accepted liability for a fatal mid-air collision between two Tornados over the Moray Firth in 2012. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 12, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 8, Mail page 25)
Trident: A commission set up by the British American Security Information Council has said that Britain should go ahead with the £20bn replacement of the Clyde-based Trident nuclear weapons system because the prospect of the UK falling victim to a future nuclear attack is still “sufficiently uncertain” to make the system necessary. (Scotsman page 10, Record page 8, Herald page 1, Mail page 4, Courier page 13, P&J page 11)
‘Settled will’: Former First Minister Lord Jack McConnell said yesterday that there had been a “degree of complacency” among supporters of devolution which had helped the rise of the SNP. He added that there was “too much talk about the settled will. Nothing is settled”. (Scotsman page 4, Times page 15, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 4, P&J page 13)
Fatal Accident Inquiries: Victims’ families and legal experts have reportedly criticised Scottish Government reforms to the Fatal Accident Inquiry System for failing to bring an end to delays. (Herald page 1, Courier page 19)
Former MSPs: Former Tory MSP, Nick Johnston, and former MSP and leader of the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party, John Swinbrune, were part of a group of cross party former MSPs who backed independence yesterday. (Sun page 2, Courier page 19, P&J page 13)
Opinion poll: The FT’s poll of polls has put ‘yes’ at 37% and ‘no’ at 49% and suggested that ‘don’t knows’ were moving towards ‘no’. (FT page 3)
A poll for the Times has found that 39% would vote ‘yes’ to independence if they thought the Conservatives would win the next election and 56% thought there will “probably” be more powers for Holyrood after a ‘no’ vote. (Times page 1)
Unite union: Trade Union Unite has backed plans to hold a referendum on EU membership. (FT page 4)
George Galloway: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on George Galloway’s role in the ‘No’ campaign.
Danny Alexander: Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, comments on why he believes Scotland should stay in the UK.
Federalism: Ian Bell in the Herald argues that there is no demand for federalism.
Independence & EU: Joanna Cherry in the Herald outlines why Scotland would be able to remain in the EU after independence.
Monarchy: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph considers the role of the monarchy in the referendum campaign.
Renewables: New independent renewable projects in Scotland have seen a 50 per cent increase to generated around £234m of electricity. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 9)
£ & $: The pound reached a six-year high against the dollar yesterday at $1.71. (FT page 1)
Scottish economy: The Bank of Scotland Business Monitor has suggested that Scotland’s economy is back to performing at pre-recession levels. (Herald page 1)
Court delays: The number of criminal cases settled within 26 weeks has reportedly fallen by 10 per cent. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 7, P&J page 22)
HealthSuperbugs: David Cameron is expected to announce that economist Jim O’Neil is to lead an international group of experts aiming to spur the development of a “new generation of antibiotics”. (Times page 1)