Reform Scotland News: 4 July 2014

Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  4 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



Glasgow City Deal: David Cameron said the £500m City Deals fund would create thousands of jobs, improve transport and boost sectors and Glasgow Airport Rail Link. Cynics have claimed this is a “pre-independence referendum sweetener.”  As well as David Cameron’s pledge, the Scottish Government matched Westminster’s funding, bringing the total investment to over £1billion. (Herald page 4 and page 16, Scotsman page 1 and Page 4, Times page 9)


Cameron’s passionate plea: PM says it would “break his heart” to see Scotland leave the UK, and used a visit to announce half a billion pounds extra funding. He also accused the Nationalists of failing to answer basic questions, such as the choice of currency in the event of independence. (FT page 2, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1)


Scottish famers back union: A recent survey showed that 72% of Scottish farmers are backing the union, while only 10% support independence. The rest were undecided. (Times page 9)


Risks of separation far outweigh benefits: Richard Prenter, chairman of engineering firm MacTaggart Scott, which helped build the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft carrier, said the business would like to remain part of the UK, as the MoD does not buy warships from foreign countries and this would threaten their existing contracts. (Telegraph page 2, Times page 9, Daily Express page 2)


Extra public money to be spent in an independent Scotland: The Scottish Finance Minister, John Swinney, reveals that over £3billion will be put into economy over the next 5 years in an independent Scotland. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 9)


Farage plans campaign in support of the Union: UKIP officials are planning a major campaign event in Glasgow this September as they look to play an increased role in the fight against independence. (Telegraph page 4)


Pension fears over plans to split UK: Scots will lose the security of Britain’s pension system if the referendum breaks up the UK, warns Shadow Pensions Minister Gregg McClymont. (Daily Express page 2)


Ian W Thomson comments in The Herald and says that celebrities should stay out of the independence debate as “their opinions add nothing to the price of fish”, particularly those with “no measureable relationship with Scotland and little or no understanding of it”. (Herald page 16)


Senior council official resigns over baby ashes: Mark Turley, director of the council-run crematorium which had buried the ashes of babies without relatives’ knowledge, has resigned from his £123,000 job as it was the “honourable thing to do”. (Herald page 13, Scotsman page 8, Daily Record page 19)


Cameron and Wimbledon: A regular in the past, David Cameron was absent from the Royal Box at Andy Murray’s game at Wimbledon this year, as he was too busy at No. 10. (Telegraph page 10)



Renewable energy subsidies: The First Minister’s hopes that the economy of an independent Scotland could rely on expanding renewable energy generation has reportedly been dealt a blow by a European Court of Justice ruling, whereby no government must pay subsidies to renewable generators in another country. (Times page 1)


Scotch whisky distillery gets go-ahead: A £10m project for the distillery and visitor centre  on the banks of the River Clyde has been goven the go ahead and will sit between the Riverside Museum and Hydro arena in Glasgow. (Herald page 9)


Scottish charities criticise Coalition scheme: The Government scheme for making job seekers do unpaid work has been rejected by Scotland’s charities, as it undermines the “ethos of volunteering being a free-will activity’. (Herald page 22)



Glasgow remains Scotland’s crime capital: Despite a drop of 13% from last year in the latest crime figures, Glasgow remains the “most violent place” in Scotland. However, Fife has overtaken it as the area with the most sex crimes, and Edinburgh with the most housebreakings. (Herald page 3)



Robert Gordon boasts record for graduates: Robert Gordon University has one of the best records in the UK, and the best in Scotland, for getting graduates into further study or a job. (Herald page 4)


£50m funding for school sport: The four year investment in the Active Schools network will see all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities benefit from what the Scottish Government said was the “lasting legacy of the Commonwealth Games. (Herald page 11)


Gaelic school search for head teacher: The head teacher of a Gaelic school in Inverness – appointed just 8 months ago – is to leave, after taking 8 months to fill the post. (Scotsman page 18)



E.coli outbreak in Glasgow: In a report published by the Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, undercooked beef burgers have been named as the cause of the recent outbreak of E.coli at the SSE Hydro. (Herald page 3)


Dr Hamish McLaren comments in The Herald on the need to increase the number of GPs by 50%, as they are currently overworked and at breaking point. (Herald page 17)



Prestwick airport: The Scottish Government was under pressure last night to clarify future plans for Prestwick airport although Ryanair insists it has no plans to pull out of the Ayrshire airport despite already axing routes and announcing new routes from Glasgow. The budget airline’s move will cost Prestwick 300,000 passengers a year. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 9, Times page 5, Telegraph page 10, Daily Express page 5)