Reform Scotland News: 22 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  22 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.



Powers for Scotland: Senior figures at Downing Street have tried to reassure people that further powers will be devolved to Scotland whatever the outcome of talks on English devolution. (Herald page 7, Telegraph page 5 , Times page 7, Record page 1, Guardian page 1, Sunday Herald page 4, Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Record page 3, Sun page 6, Courier page 1, Iain McWhirter in the Sunday Herald, Alan Smith in the Sunday Herald, Gerry Hassan in the Sunday Herald)


Ed Miliband has not yet set out support for further English devolution. (Telegraph page 1,

Sunday Times page 2, Sun page 4, Mail page 8)


Gordon Brown has called for the No campaign’s pre-referendum promises to be kept. (Sunday Times page 2)


Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman comments on her opinion that the momentum of the Yes campaign can be used to reduce inequality.


Gus O’Donnell in the Sunday Times comments on the potential problems ahead in the discussion over devolution.


Ferdinand Mount in the Sunday Times comments on the history of calls for home rule being ignored and argues that on this occasion the desire must be acknowledged.


David Davis in the Sunday Times comments on his belief that there should be an English parliament.


Euan McColm in Scotland on Sunday comments on his belief that David Cameron’s policy on devolution will be effective in hurting the Labour party.


Michael Russell in the Sunday Times comments on his belief that the Scottish referendum result indicates a desire for new powers.


Alex Bell in the Sunday Times comments on the ‘state of flux’ that has resulted from the referendum.


Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, comments in the Sunday Times on his belief that Scotland should receive more tax raising powers.


Timothy Garton Ash in the Guardian comments on the need for a British referendum to settle matters of devolution as well as Britain’s place in Europe


The former treasurer of the SNP, Ian Blackford, has called for Scotland to ‘go for home rule’ (Scotland on Sunday page 3)



Independence: Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed that there are many ways to achieve independence, including routes without a referendum. (Herald page 1, Scotsman )page 6, Telegraph page 1 Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Times page 8, Express page 1, Record page 2, Sun page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 1)


Members within the SNP have alleged that the party could hold another referendum within 5 years. (Sunday Times page 1)


Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on both the Yes and No campaign strategies during the referendum campaign.


Brian Ferguson in the Scotsman comments on his belief that the consequences of a No vote for the Scottish creative sector are not yet apparent.


Rona Dennison, of law firm Burness Paul, comments on her belief that a No vote can be a positive thing for the food and drink industry.


Support for both the SNP and pro-independence parties and organisations has increased in the past week. (FT page 3, Herald page 5, Scotsman on Sunday page 3)


Stan Blackley, ex-deputy director of Yes Scotland, in the Sunday Times comments on his belief that the SNP failed to support the grassroots campaign for independence.


Orkney and Shetland could use the aftermath of the independence referendum to push for more powers. (Sunday Times page 5)


Marco Biagi in the Scotland on Sunday comments on his belief that the SNP should now concentrate on being a party of government rather than one of protest.


Peter Ross in the Scotland on Sunday comments on the impact of a No vote on Yes supporters.


Dani Garaveli in the Scotland on Sunday comments on the impact of a No vote on No supporters


Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald comments on the aftermath of Independence.


Carolyn Leckie in the Sunday Herald comments on the future of the Women for Independence movement that she co-founded.


Senior SNP MSPs reportedly want to contest the next General election with the Greens and SSP as the ‘Yes Alliance’ (Sunday Herald page 3)


Labour Conference: Ed Balls will announce today that a Labour Government would cap child benefit rises at 1% for two years, and that ministers’ pay would be cut by 5%. (Scotsman page 1, FT page 2, Sun page 2, Guardian page 6, Mail page 12)


Ed Miliband has argued raising the minimum wage to £8 will save ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ in benefit payments. (Scotsman page 9, FT page 2, Record page 6, Mail page 13, P&J page 14)


Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran will launch Labour’s ‘regeneration’ strategy in Scotland after many of its traditional supporters went against the party’s will in voting for independence. (Herald page 8, P&J page 15)


Shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero has pledged to make public sector employers monitor the social class of their staff, in a move design to improve social mobility. (Herald page 8)


The general secretary of the GMB Paul Kenny has called for a referendum on the EU. Ed Miliband has not yet made this part of Labour policy. (Herald page 8, FT page 2)


SNP Leadership: The possibility of Nicola Sturgeon succeeding Alex Salmond as First Minister has increased after she was backed by several key party figures, including Finance Secretary John Swinney. (Herald page 7, Telegraph page 5, FT page 3, Record page 5, Sun page 7, Guardian page 7, Mail page 7, P&J page 12, Scotsman on Sunday page 2)


David Torrance in the Herald comments on Alex Salmond’s intention to stand down as First Minister.


Gillian Bowditch in the Sunday Times comments on Nicola Sturgeon’s likely ascent to the leadership of the SNP.


Jason Allardyce in the Sunday Times comments on Alex Salmond’s legacy.


Gordon Brown: The former PM has rule out a return to frontline politics. (Express page 5, Record page 7, P&J page 15)


Alastair Darling: The Better Together campaign leader may quit frontline politics. (Express page 5)


Opinion Poll: A Survation poll has found 49% of Scots plan to vote SNP at the 2016 Holyrood election, and 35% at the 2015 UK General election. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 6)


Land Reform: Lewis Kermack, of legal firm Turcan Connell, comments on Scottish land reform.


Scottish MPs: Scottish MPs reportedly claimed on average £10,000 more than their English counterparts in expenses, despite devolution resulting in them having to do less casework. (Times page 7)


Child criminal records: A report by the think tank the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice has argued child and young criminal offenders should have their records wipe sooner to improve their job prospects. (Herald page 3)


Police Scotland Fitness Tests: Police Scotland are to launch an enquiry into accusations that their fitness tests for trainees are ‘unfair’ to women. (Herald page 1)


Employment tribunals: Government research has suggested that 46% of employment tribunal awards in Scotland went unpaid. The figure for England and Wales was 34%. (Herald page 4)



Vocational training: Businessman Jim McColl will this week launch a college designed to give 14-to-16 year olds the chance to receive a tailored vocational education. The college will be the first of its kind in Scotland. (Herald page 10)


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