Reform Scotland News: 4 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  4 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.



Scottish hostage: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has commented that every possible option will be explored to protect a Scottish hostage being held by Islamic State (IS). (Scotsman page 1, Record page 8, Times page 1, Sun page 1, Express page 4, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Courier page 14)


Yes victory: Nicola Sturgeon has commented that the political shift that took the SNP to victory three years ago is happening again and could lead to independence. (Scotsman page 1)


Debt: David Cameron has commented that Alex Salmond’s suggestion that an independent Scotland may not take its share of the UK’s debt as “the most chilling thing” he has heard in the referendum debate. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 15, Telegraph page 10, P&J page 13)


Complacent Cameron: Sir Edward Leigh, Tory MP for Gainsborough, yesterday accused the Prime Minister of running a “complacent” campaign against independence. (Herald page 6)


Political betting: According to William Hill, people in the UK have placed more bets on the outcome of the referendum than any other political event with 80% of the bets on a Yes vote. (Scotsman page 9, Sun page 10)


Daily Record: Alistair Darling is the guest editor of today’s Daily Record. (Record page 1, Bob Geldof, Kenny Logan, Gordon Brown, Adam Tomkins, JK Rowling, Dr Susan Bowie, Ed Miliband)


Labour: Ed Miliband is expected to make a speech in Scotland today saying that “change is coming in the UK” and claim “The Tories are on their way out”. (Times page 1, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 10, FT page 1, Mail page 12, Guardian page 4, P&J page 11)


£480 worse off: A report by Ian McLean, professor of politics at Oxford University, has suggested that every Scot would be £480-a-year worse off under independence. (Express page 6)


Currency crisis: Analysis from Goldman Sachs has suggested the UK could end up in a Eurozone-style currency crisis if Scotland becomes independent. (Herald page 7, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)


PCS: The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has undertaken consultation which reportedly shows strong support for independence. (Herald page 6)


Trident: Severin Carrell in the Guardian comments on the consequences of the referendum for Scotland’s nuclear naval base.


Consensus: Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comments on the level of consensus between the two campaigns.


Working together: Pam Duncan-Glancy in the Herald comments that disabled people can achieve more by working together across the UK.


Yes vote: Bill Leckie in the Sun (Page 10) and Jennifer Dempsie in the Courier (page 29) explain why they are voting Yes.


Financial services: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on the impact of the referendum and on the financial services sector.



North Sea fracking: The N-56 think tank has suggested that an offshore version of fracking could unearth up to 42 billion barrels of “unconventional” crude. (Sun page 8)



Domestic abuse: Domestic abuse victims are reportedly facing court delays of nearly seven months due to a backlog of cases. (Herald page 1)