Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 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.
Opinion polls: A number of new opinion polls have been published. With undecided voters discounted, ICM, Opinium and Survation all put ‘No’ on 52% and ‘Yes’ on 48%. (Scotsman page 1, John Curtice in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 11, Courier page 14)
24 hours to go: Comment and analysis ahead of the referendum tomorrow. (Sun page 1, Alex Salmond in the Sun, Gordon Brown in the Sun, Record page 1, Ian Dewar in the Record, Ricky Ross in the Record, Tom Brown in the Record, Magnus Linklater in the Times, Alex Massie in the Times, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Alice Thomson in the Times, Ruth Davidson in the Express, Ann Widdicombe in the Times, Ian Bell in the Herald, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Meg Henderson in the Scotsman, George Kerevan in the Scotsman, Alan Taylor in the Herald, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Steve Forbes in the Telegraph, Ewan Morrison in the Mail, Alistair Darling in the Mail, Guardian page 1, James Naughtie in the Guardian, Linda Colley in the Guardian, Billy Bragg in the Guardian, George Monbiot in the Guardian, P&J page 12, Courier page 1)
Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond has published an open letter calling on voters to seize the opportunity and “wake up on the first day of a better country”. (Scotsman page 6, Record page 2, P&J page 1, Courier page 15)
Ed Miliband: Ed Miliband has accused the ‘Yes’ campaign of “ugly” tactics after protesters from both sides clashed when he toured St James Shopping Centre in Edinburgh yesterday. (Scotsman page 8, Sun page 6, Record page 3, Times page 6, Express page 5, Herald page 8, Mail page 4)
Mary Riddell in the Telegraph considers whether the Labour Party has the nerve to deliver an English version of devo max.
Business comment: The heads of the CBI’s regions and nations council network and the organisation’s president have argued that the UK is the best way to grow the economy and boost jobs. (Scotsman page 10, Express page 3, Herald page 7, Mail page 8, Sir Ian Wood in the Mail)
NIESR: The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has commented that if Scotland did not take its share of debt, the country could be frozen out of the EU and international markets. (Express page 1 , Herald page 8)
St Andrews University: The First Minister reportedly tried to force the principle of St Andrews University, Louise Richardson, to tone down warnings she made about the adverse impact of independence and instead criticise the UK Government. (Telegraph page 1
Bookies: Bookies have reportedly started paying out on a ‘No’ vote. (Express page 5)
Terrorism: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments that independence won’t save Scotland from the threat of extremists.
Labour Party: Cailean Gallagher in the Herald comments on the impact of the referendum on the Labour Party.
Quebec: Michael Ignatieff in the Times comments that bitterness from the 1995 Quebec referendum is still present today.
House prices: According to figures from the Office for National Statistics that average property price in Scotland is not £198,000, an increase of 7.6 per cent on last year. (Herald page 4, Courier page 21)
NHS cuts: A leaked report has reportedly suggested that the NHS in Scotland is facing a funding shortfall and that changes are needed for health boards to break even. (Record page 4, Times page 9, Herald page 7, Mail page 10, P&J page 18)