Reform Scotland News: 9 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  9 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.



Devolved Powers: Gordon Brown has set out a timetable for a third Scotland Act which would devolve more powers to Holyrood, ahead of an expected cross-party statement tomorrow. (Herald page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, FT page 3, Record page 1, Express page 1, Courier page 1, P&J page 14, Guardian page 1)
The general secretary of the STUC Grahame Smith has criticised the timing and handling of the announcement of extra powers for Scotland. (Herald page 6, FT page 2)


Opinion Poll: A poll by TNS has suggested that support for the Yes and No campaigns among those certain to vote was level, at 41%. (Herald page 7, FT page 3, Scotsman page 1)


Following recent polls, doubts have reportedly been raised about the reliability of the No campaign’s private polling methods. (Times page 9)


Magnus Gardham in the Herald comments on the mood and reactions of both campaigns following news of tightening opinion polls and a falling pound.


Orange Order and Labour: Northern Irish politician Sammy Wilson of the DUP has alleged that one member of the Labour party was supportive of the Orange Order’s anti-independence campaigning. (Herald page 7)


Financial Markets and Independence: Sterling fell 1.3% against the dollar and Scottish stocks also fell yesterday. The No campaign has alleged that this was a result of the weekend poll which put the Yes campaign ahead for the first time, and the Yes campaign suggested it was due to British government’s refusal to enter talks on a currency union in the event of independence. (Herald page 5, Times page 2, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1, Record page 4, Courier page 14, Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 1)


Independence and the EU: Former EU President Pat Cox said that Scotland could become a member of the EU within the SNP’s 18 month timetable. (Scotsman page 4)


Independence and Business confidence: The Manpower Employment Outlook survey has indicated that business confidence about job prospects has fallen to +3%, down 6pp on the last quarter. (Scotsman page 5)


Independence and Labour: Hugh Reilly in the Scotsman comments on his belief that Johann Lamont is culpable for many of the flaws in the No campaign.


Dan Hodges in the Telegraph comments on his belief that the Labour Party would be at fault if Scotland became independent.


Buchanan Galleries: A report in the Financial Times suggested that the future expansion of Buchannan Galleries in Glasgow could be at risk in the event of independence, as the financial backers are reportedly considering pulling out. (Herald page 5)


Army recruitment: Research by the MoD has suggested that the armed forces recruiters are more likely to visit state schools in more affluent areas than those in the poorest.  The military has been accused of targeting poorer schools. (Herald page 8)


Independence and the Green vote: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on his belief that the pro-independence stance of the Green party is inconsistent with the need to fully exploit oil and gas.


Nato: David Maddox in the Scotsman comments on independence and Nato.


Independence Debate: Harry Reid in the Herald comments on the history of the SNP’s efforts to gain Scottish independence.


Michael Deacon in the Telegraph comments on the atmosphere at Jim Murphy’s pro-Union rallies


Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on the reported relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Alex Salmond


Vernon Bogdanor in the Telegraph comments on the effect a Yes vote could have on English nationalism.


Paul Krugman has commented on the efficacy of a currency union. (Times page 3, Telegraph page 1, Scotsman page 6)


Alex Salmond is to encourage Yes voters to convert their grandparents to their cause. (Sun page 1)


David Cameron has reportedly asked the queen to speak out in favour of the Union. (Telegraph page 4)


More NHS staff have come out in favour of independence. (Scotsman page 8)


Rachel Sylvester in the Times comments on her belief that the Yes campaign has profited from disillusionment with Westminster, in a similar way to UKIP.


Moray McDonald in the Times comments on her belief that her Conservatism and pro-independence stance do not conflict.


Vuk Jeremic in the Times comments on the international repercussions that he believes would result from a Yes vote.


Janen Ganesh in the Financial Times comments on his belief that the rise in support for independence is a result of more deep-seated issues than mistakes by the No campaign.


Royal Baby: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby (Herald page 1, Times page 3, Telegraph page 1, Sun page 1¸ Record page 9, Express page 2, Courier page 2, P&J page 16, Guardian page 5, Mail page 2, Scotsman page 10)



National Insurance: Financial Secretary David Gauke has outlined reforms that would change the way NI contributions are paid by the self-employed. (Herald page 2)


Wind Farms: The Highland Council has refused PI Renewables proposal to build a 14-turbine wind farm in Ross-shire. (Herald page 1)


Universal Credit: Think tank the Resolution Foundation has argued that the government’s proposed welfare reform is ‘flawed’. (FT page 4 )



Foster care: Colette Douglas Home in the Herald comments on her belief that siblings should not be split to be placed in a foster home.


Trams: 1.5 million passengers have used Edinburgh’s trams in its first 100 days. (Herald page 9, Times page 2, Express page 17, Scotsman page 16)
Drink Driving: A joint survey by Direct Line and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has suggested that the number of women convicted of drink driving has risen from 9% of convictions in 1998 to 17% in 2012. (Herald page 8, Times page 20, Telegraph page 1)