Reform Scotland News: 11 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  11 September 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.




Financial sector: RBS has announced plans to move its headquarters to London in the event of a Yes vote. Lloyds Banking Group has announced it has contingency plans in place in the event of independence.  (Herald page 1, Times page 1, Express page1, P&J page 14, Courier page 17)


Referendum: The Scotsman and the Financial Times have backed a No vote.


Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Allison Pearson and Peter OBorne in the Telegraph, Nigel Farage in the Telegraph, George Sors in the Financial Times, Kerry Gill in the Express and Seumas milne in the Guardian comment on Scottish independence.


Alex Salmond: Mure Dickie in the Financial Times profiles Alex Salmond.


Independence Poll: A Survation poll has put support for independence at 47%, against 53% for a no vote. (Express page 4, Record page 1, Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 1, Scotsman page 6, Guardian page 1 , P & J page 17, Courier page 18)   


Dundee: Robert Crampton in the Times comments on Dundee, the Yes City.


Serving Soldiers unable to vote: It has been reported thousands of Scottish servicemen and women are going to be unable to vote, because they do not have a registered address in Scotland. (Times page 9)


Salmond and Sillars: Alex Salmond and Jim Sillars have publically drawn a line under their decade lone feud. (Times page 8, Sun page 6, Record page 8, Express page 12)


Trident: Plans to remove trident from an independent Scotland are reported to ‘add a dangerous period of destabilisation’ to the UK’s nuclear defence position. (Express page 7, Scotsman page 7  )


Leading Westminster MP’s Visit to Scotland: David Cameron‘s campaigned in Edinburgh yesterday urged Scots not to use the independence referendum just to kick out the Tories. Ed Miliband appealed to the ‘head, heart and soul’ of voters in Scotland urging them to remain with the UK. Alex Salmond accused the ‘Team Westminster’ of staging a desperate bid to save their own skins following the Yes campaign’s dramatic gains in the polls. (Herald page 5, Express page 5, Record page 6, Sun page 1, Times page 6, Telegraph page 4, Financial times page 3, Scotsman page 8, P & J page 1, courier page 1, Guardian page 8, John Crace in the Guardian, Andrew Nicoll in the Sun, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)


University Poll: The majority of staff at Scottish universities are poised to reject independence in the upcoming referendum next week. Nearly 55% of those asked favoured staying in the union. A survey conducted last month reveals that academic staff are split by discipline, for example those working in the field of science are far more likely to vote No than those in the arts and humanities. (Herald page 6, P & J page 10, courier page 18)




Oil Reserves: North Sea Oil giants BP and Shell warned that Scotland’s future is being put at risk by ‘highly misleading’ forecasts. Sir Ian Wood warned that a slowdown in production means that North Sea reserves ‘will simply not be there in 25 to 30 years’ time’. (Courier page 17 Express page 6, P & J page 15, Record page 4, )


Currency Reserves: Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, warns that Scotland would need to build up large currency reserves to successfully use the pound without any formal agreement with the UK. (Financial times page 4),


Mortgage lending post independence: Yesterday experts warned that mortgage lending could dry up in Scotland were to become independent as major lenders are preparing to restrict lending in the event of a Yes vote. (Guardian page 1, Patrick Collinson in the guardian)



NHS: Staffing shortages at Hospital emergency services have become a primary focus which has led to plans being drawn up to divert patients elsewhere. Official NHS Lanarkshire papers warn that ongoing vacancies and skill gaps mean frontline medical staffing in the region is fragile. (Herald page 8)