Reform Scotland News: 29 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  29 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.




New powers: The Conservative and Labour parties remain in disagreement over the timing and scope of devolution, with the Conservatives wanting to link Scottish devolution with change in England and Labour proposing that English reforms be settled in a separate timetable. (Herald page 1, Times page 2, Telegraph page 2, Dave Watson in the Sunday Times page 25, Sunday Times page 1, Scotsman on Sunday page 8, Iain McWhirter in the Sunday Herald)

David Torrance in the Herald comments on similarities between the Scottish referendum campaign and Quebec’s and argues that the aftermath of the latter’s referendum should be learnt from in order to inform the debate over new powers.

Charles Livingston, of Brodies LLP, in the Scotsman comments on constitutional questions.

Jim Gallagher in the Sunday Times comments on the need for unity when pushing for further powers for Scotland.

Sean Connery has claimed nationalist parties will ‘trounce’ unionist parties unless they deliver significant devolution to the Scottish parliament (Sunday Times page 5)

Alan Trench in the Scotsman on Sunday comments on his opinion that further power must be compatible with the decision to stay in the UK


Conservative party conference: George Osborne will today announce the scrapping of the tax on pensions passed on after death. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Sun page 2, Express page 1, P&J page 12, Guardian page 1, Mail page 8)

David Cameron will reportedly use his conference speech to argue that he will take the UK out of Europe if he fails to secure enough concessions. (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 2)

Ken Clarke has called for a proper parliamentary process to solve the West Lothian question. (Herald page 6)

Ruth Davidson has urged those who have voted SNP but voted no in the referendum to ‘come home to the Convservatives’ and commented that the state of the Union had been changed as a result of the referendum . (Scotsman page 7, Times page 2, Telegraph page 1, Sun page 2, Express page 4, Record page 6, Courier page 9, P&J page 13, Mail page 4)


Independence referendum: David Cameron has claimed a Yes vote would have made him want to stand down. (Herald page 7, Scotsman page 6, P&J page 13)

Nicola Sturgeon has claimed one of her biggest challenges will be quelling the demand from new members for another referendum. (Telegraph page 7)

Pat Kane in the Scotsman comments on his opinion that the Yes ‘movement’ should focus on answering concerns raised by No voters as part of a continued push for eventual independence.

Dani Garavelli in the Scotsman on Sunday comments on the reaction of some Yes voters to the referendum result.

Jim Sillars in the Sunday Times comments on his opinion that a large SNP majority in the 2016 Holyrood elections will be sufficient to declare independence without a referendum.


Alex Salmond: The outgoing First Minister is allegedly considering standing as an MP for the Westminster parliament. (Herald page 7)

Police watchdog: Labour MSP Graeme Pearson has called for the police watchdog to discuss key issues, such as the cost of security for the Commonwealth Games, in public. (Herald page 11)

UKIP defections: Conservative party members are reportedly worried about another MP joining UKIP. Those who defected to UKIP reportedly used an anti-EU campaigner within the party to help orchestrate their moves away from the party. (Times page 6, Express page 4, FT page 2, Telegraph page 3 Brian Monteith in the Scotsman, Paul Goodman in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson in the Telegraph, Sunday Times page 1, Scotsman on Sunday page 12, P&J page 12, Guardian page 6, Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the Guardian)

Local income tax: Nicola Sturgeon is set to revive the Scottish government plan to replace council tax with a local income tax. (Express page 2)

Ed Miliband: Adam Boulton in the Sunday Times comments on his opinion that Ed Miliband’s strategy of securing his core vote may not be successful in winning the election.

SNP Leadership: Nicola Sturgeon is set to be elected unopposed as First Minister. (Sunday Times page 23, Gillian Bowditch in the Sunday Times)

Holyrood and gender equality: A cross party group of politicians has called for an equal balance of male and female MSPs, and further gender equality in other areas of Scottish society. (Scotland on Sunday page 1)



Fracking: Ineos has claimed it will give away £2.5 billion from its shale gas business to homeowners and communities close to its wells. (Herald page 5)

Wind Farms: SNP MSP Rob Gibson has gone against his party in backing a 22-turbine wind farm project at Altnaharra in Sutherland.

Scottish Water: 5,000 construction jobs will be reportedly created from Scottish Water’s six year programme to boost its infrastructure. (Herald page 10)

Wages: A survey by the EY ITEM club has suggested wage growth up to 2017 will remain below pre-crisis rates and that consumer spending may slow down in the next two years. (Scotsman page 15, Mail page 20)

Worker visas: Vince Cable has called for a scrapping of the cap skilled worker visas. Business demand is on track to exceed the limit or the first time since it was introduced. (FT page 3)



Defamation laws: The London-based Libel Reform Campaign has joined other groups in arguing that Scotland not following the rest of the UK in reforming defamation laws may lead to more cases being pursued in Scottish courts. (Herald page 4)

Police Scotland: Assistant Chief Constable John Mauger has been put on enforced annual leave after criticising policy and making allegations of corruption against colleagues. (Express page 23, Courier page 9)



Locum Consultants: Labour MSP Richard Baker has called for an enquiry into the use of locum consultants at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s A&E department. (Herald page 11, P&J page 2)



Lecturer strike: Members of the University and College Union in 67 universities will be balloted on whether industrial action should be taken over pensions. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 18, Telegraph page 12, FT page 4)

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