Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 3 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.
Intimidating businesses: David Cameron has reportedly accused the Scottish Government of using “threats and warnings” to discourage business leaders and the ‘silent majority’ from speaking out in favour of Scotland remaining within the UK. (Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, Daily Record page 2, The Times page 1, The Press and Journal page 13, Sun page 2, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12, Courier page 15)
Corporation tax: Reform Scotland has called on David Cameron to devolve Corporation Tax to Scotland as part of the Conservative’s proposals for more powers in the event of a no vote. (Scotsman page 4)
Holyrood committees: Adam Tomkins, professor in public law at Glasgow University, has claimed that he was “silenced” by SNP MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s external affairs committee when he tried to explain why he believed that the white paper was “legally flawed”. (Scotsman page 4, Sun page 2)
Right to vote: Two convicted murderers have lost a legal bid in the Court of Session to secure the right to vote in the referendum. (Scotsman page 11, The Herald page 11, The Times page 12, The press and Journal page 12, Express page 2, Mail page 13)
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.
Work for lawyers: Alasdair Douglas, chairman of the City of London Law Society, has suggested that independence would generate a decade’s worth of work for lawyers in the City and in Scotland. (FT page 2)
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.
House prices: House prices rose by 11.8% across the UK year-on-year last month, though the increase in Scotland was 5.4%. (Scotsman page 21, The Herald page 8, Express page 4, Courier page 19)
Budget Plan 2019: Alex Salmond challenges the Conservative claim that the UK’s financial black hole will be wiped out by 2019. (The Herald page 6)
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.’
C difficile cases: Cases of Clostridium difficile in Scottish hospitals have reached a record low. (Scotsman page 10)
Antidepressants: More than £40m was spent on prescribing antidepressants in Scotland in 2013/14, more than £10m more than the previous year. (Scotsman page 13, The Herald page 8, Daily Record page 18, The Press and Journal page 11, Sun page 14, Express page 9, Mail page 1)
NHS Fund Cuts: Family doctors are reportedly receiving smaller shares of the total NHS funding available. (The Herald, page 11 )
Ryanair plans: Ryanair has announced major plans for new routes from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports causing reported concerns for government owned Prestwick airport. (The Herald page 1, The Times page 2, Sun page 4, Express page 7, Mail page 8)