Reform Scotland News: 8 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  8 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.



Independence debate: A YouGov poll has, for the first time, put the Yes campaign ahead of the No campaign at 51% to 49%, with the proportion of women supporting independence increasing from 33% to 47% over the last month. (Herald page 7, Sunday Herald page 1, Scotsman page 5, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Press and Journal page 11,  FT page 1, Sunday Times page 1)


Alex Salmond is insisting that the Yes campaign are still the underdogs, despite the YouGov poll, amid concerns that the poll could scare Scots back into voting No. (Telegraph page 6)


Gordon Brown is to embark on a 6-day whistle-stop tour of Scotland as part of the final push to secure a No vote. (Herald page 5, Telegraph page 6)


According to research by behavioural scientists at Edinburgh University, the more information voters are given in the independence debate, the more likely they are to vote Yes. (Herald page 5, Courier page 15)


At an annual dinner organised by the TUC tonight, Ed Miliband will specifically praise Union leaders who are backing No. (Herald page 6)


According to Palace aides, the Queen is horrified by the possibility of Scottish independence and is receiving daily updates on the situation. (Sunday Times page 4, Daily Express page 5, Daily Record page 4)


Ed Miliband has said that border guards could be introduced if Scotland becomes independent, saying “if you don’t want borders, vote to stay in the UK”. (Daily Express page 5, Daily Record page 4)


A recent TNS poll has revealed that Yes and No voters have very different opinions as to the effect the whole referendum campaign has had on Scotland, with those intending to vote No being more likely to believe that the debate has been damaging and divisive. (Herald page 5)


1,300 figures from the arts and culture scene in Scotland have signed an open letter in favour of a Yes vote. (Sunday Herald page 10)


Mure Dickie comments in the Financial Times that it is too soon for the Yes Campaign to celebrate on the basis of the polls.


Boris Johnson comments in the Telegraph on what a Yes vote would mean for the rest of Britain.


Gillan Bowditch and Jason Allardyce comment in the Sunday Times on the closeness of the referendum.


Alan Cochrane comments in the Telegraph about the why the NHS privatisation “scare stories” are working.


In the Scotsman, Lesley Riddoch comments on the differences in strategy of the Yes and No campaigns.


Larry Elliot comments in the Guardian about the numbers games in the referendum debate.


Ian Macwhirter comments in the Sunday Herald on the latest YouGov poll.


Gillian Bowditch comments in the Sunday Times on how a Yes vote would force Alex Salmond to reveal what he truly stands for.


Brian Monteith comments in the Scotsman on what the No campaign should do now.


In the Sunday Times, David Smith comments on the economic impacts of independence.


Further powers: As they prepare to unveil a last-ditch attempt to woo undecided voters with a united action plan for extra powers, the UK Government has insisted that the No campaign will still win the referendum. Alex Salmond has accused them of “panicking”. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Guardian page 1, Courier page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 1, Daily record page 1, Sun page 1)


Harry Potter author JK Rowling has urged the Labour Party to clarify their position on Devo Max, and put a firm offer on the table. (Scotland on Sunday page 5)


Ian Bell comments in the Sunday Herald on Ed Miliband’s Better Together promises.


In the Herald, David Torrance comments on the proposals for more powers in Scotland.


David Cameron: David Cameron may find himself under pressure from Conservative MPs if Scotland votes for independence, with some saying that the leadership could be “taken out of his hands” as the referendum acts as a lightning rod for discontented Tories. (FT page 3, Telegraph page 6)


Budget deficit: Economic forecasting firm the Centre for Economics and Business Research has warned that an independent Scotland would begin life with a budget deficit three times higher than the UK’s, predicting far greater austerity north of the border than south of it in 2016-2017, and the possibility of relying on the IMF for bailouts. (Herald page 5, Sunday Times page 8)



Aberdeen rail: Steve Harris, head of Aberdeen’s tourist agency has condemned the “third world” rail link to Aberdeen, saying that it is stifling both the tourist industry and opportunities for commercial growth in the North East. (Herald page 3)



NHS holiday pay: The NHS is facing a bill for backdated wages worth millions of pounds as it is revealed that nursing staff have been under-paid holiday pay for several years. (Herald page 1)


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