Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 5 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.
RMT Union: The rail union, the RMT, has become the first industrial trade union to come out in favour of independence after a ballot of its members. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 7, Express page 4, Sun page 9, Record page 18, Courier page 19)
Ed Miliband: On a campaign visit to Scotland, Ed Miliband accused the SNP of attempting to ‘con’ Scottish voters as he increased efforts to persuade Labour voters to reject independence. It was also announced that the Labour leader will share a platform with Gordon Brown at a rally in Glasgow next week. Alex Salmond has accused Ed Miliband of being blind to the ground ‘shifting from under his feet.’ While he has also been accused of opening up a rift in the Better Together campaign by orchestrating a damaging leak about Ruth Davidson to the FT. (Express page 4, Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Times page 4, FT page 2, Sun page 8, P&J page 12, Guardian page 15, Mail page 1)
John McTernan in The Scotsman comments on how Labour can save the Union.
Alison Rowat in The Herald comments on the fact that Ed Miliband’s message may be ‘too little, too late’.
Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond is celebrating 10 years as SNP leader and has set out his vision for Scotland in 2024. He also ruled out standing down if there is a No vote since he has a mandate to lead the country until the next Scottish election. (P&J page 13, Scotsman page 7, Times page 2, Mail page 6
David Cameron: The Prime Minister is reportedly preparing to ‘lovebomb’ Scotland in the days leading up to the poll and is expected to come to Scotland next week. He has also insisted that he will not resign in the event of a Yes vote. (Herald page 6, FT page 2)
Fraser Nelson in The Telegraph comments on the lessons that David Cameron can learn from Canada.
Scottish hostage: David Cameron has ruled out paying a ransom for the Scot being held hostage by Islamic State. It is also reported that the UK is gearing up for a military intervention with airstrikes on Islamic terrorists. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, Telegraph page 1, Telegraph page 6, Times page 6, Courier page 14)
Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman comments on UK foreign policy.
Daily Record: Alex Salmond is the guest editor of today’s Daily Record. Yes Scotland Chiefs have told Labour voters that Scotland’s future is in their hands, while Yes supporter Jim McColl explains how he will be the owner of the last shipyard on the lower Clyde in five days. Consultant paediatrician Richard Hansen explains why he thinks Yes will protect the NHS and Elaine C Smith explains why she thinks independence will lead to a more equal society. (Record page 1, Record page 1)
Johann Lamont: The Scottish Labour leader has said she would back independence if there was ever an attempt to shut down Holyrood. (Herald page 8)
Security risks: John Scarlett, the former head of the UK’s intelligence service, has written in The Times about the secrutiy dangers of a Yes vote. (Times page 5)
North Sea fracking: Fracking in the North Sea could generate £300 billion in tax revenues according to a report by the N-56 think tank although others have disputed this claim. (Times page 1, Sun page 9)
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: NHS Scotland is refusing to publish the findings of a probe into the quality of care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. (Herald page 1)