The week in Scottish politics: 3rd to 9th October 2014

Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 3 and 9 October which are freely available online


Thursday 9th October

Edinburgh: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments that it is wrong to criticise Edinburgh for voting the “wrong way” in the referendum.

By-election: James Kirkup in the Telegraph comments on the potential impact of today’s by-election in Clacton-on-Sea.

 Deficit: Chris Giles in the FT comments that neither the Conservative or Labour parties are telling the truth about the deficit.

Nursery fees cap: Catherine MacLeod in the Herald comments on Johann Lamont proposal for a cap to be placed on the cost of childcare.

NHS: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman comments that the NHS should not be treated as a political football.


Wednesday 8th October

 Tax policy: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments that neither the right or the left of the political spectrum have had anything new to say about tax policy for 30 years.

Kenny MacAskill: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman suggests that Kenny MacAskil could lose his position as justice secretary once Nicola Sturgeon becomes First Minister.


Tuesday 7th October

More powers: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on plans for greater devolution.

Nick Clegg: Janan Ganesh in the FT and Polly Toynbee in the Guardian comment ahead of  Nick Clegg’s conference speech.


Monday 6th October  

Democracy: Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman on the future of democracy in the aftermath of the independence referendum

Scottish Tories: Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman on the potential for a revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Referendum: Jack Boyle comments in The Scotsman on the need for employers to prevent harassment of their employees following the referendum


Friday 3rd October

2015 General Election:  John McTernan in The Scotsman discusses the effect David Cameron’s conference speech will have on the next election.

Devolution: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman comments on the Future of the leftwing movement in Scotland.

Deficit: Simon Jenkins in the Guardian comments on the deficit.

Education Reform: Andrew Denholm in the Herald discusses reform to Schools.

 NHS Issues: Lyndsay Buckland discusses the issues facing the NHS