Reform Scotland News: 1 October 2014


Reform Scotland


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  1 October 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.



More powers: Gordon Brown has attacked Conservative proposals to devolve all of income tax to Holyrood, saying it would “put the Union at risk”. He has also called on Scots to sign a petition demanding UK parties “keep their promises with no strings attached”.  However, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said that devolving complete control of income tax was her “top priority” and she would not accept any watering down of her party’s devolution proposals. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 8, Express page 5, Herald page 7, Times page 1, Record page 7&8, Joan McAlpine in The Record, Telegraph page 1, FT page 4, Mail page 8, Guardian page 15, P&J page 12, Jenny Hjul in Courier)

Smith Commission: Lord Smith has invited groups who campaigned on both sides during the independence referendum to contribute to the commission tasked with agreeing more powers for Holyrood (Herald page 7)

David Cameron: The Tory leader is due to give his conference speech today. (Scotsman page 4, Sun page 2, Stephen Pollard in the Express, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 2, Guardian page 1, P&J page 12)

Extremism: Home Secretary Theresa May announced that new Banning Orders and Extremism Disruption Orders would be in the Conservative’s manifesto for the 2015 General Election. (Scotsman page 7, Express page 4, Telegraph page 4, FT page 2, Mail page 6, Guardian page 6)

SNP deputy leader: Angela Constance is expected to launch her campaign today for the position of SNP deputy leader. (Express page 2, Herald page 7, Record page 2, Courier page 13, Mail page 2, P&J page 17)

SNP membership: Kate Higgins in the Scotsman comments on the increase in SNP membership.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has said that Nicola Sturgeon will be the most left-wing First Minister Scotland has seen (Times page 8, Record page 8, Courier page 21)

Politicians: Allan Massie in the Scotsman comments on Alex Salmond’s strategy of trying to depict ‘Team Scotland’ against ‘Team Westminster’.

George Osborne: Ian Bell in The Herald comments on the Chancellor’s speech

Scottish Conservatives: Alex Massie in The Times comments of the prospects of the Scottish Conservative Party.

Johann Lamont: The Labour leader has commented that campaigning jointly with the Conservatives on the Union was ‘the right thing to do’ (Record page 7)



Stamp duty: £6.5 billion was raised in Stamp Duty over the past year, a 32 per cent increase on the previous year. (Express page 2, Telegraph page 9)

Council Tax: Councils have been warned that plans to use voter registration information gathered during the independence referendum to collect unpaid council tax ‘will harm democracy’ as private firms may use the same information to collect on debts. (Herald Page 1, Times page 2, The Courier page 13)



Cancer targets: 92.9 per cent of patients started treatment for cancer within two months of being urgently referred with suspicion of cancer between April and June this year, against a target of 95 per cent. (Scotsman page 10, Sun page 6, Record page 2, Courier page 18, Telegraph page 8, Mail page 17, P&J page 2)

Anti-depressants:  Approximately one in seven people in Scotland are being prescribed antidepressants. (Scotsman page 10, Express page 7, Mail page 7)

Health Costs: SNP MSPs have been accused of using their majority on the Health Committee to block former auditor general Robert Black from giving evidence on NHS budgets. (Herald page 1)

Hospital Performance: More people are reportedly being admitted to hospital than ever before but the numbers of available beds have dropped (Herald page 8, Courier page 18)


Forced marriage: It has become a criminal offence to force people into marriage in Scotland. (Scotsman page 9)

Prison habits: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on the problems of alcohol and drug addictions in prison.




Road tax: Paper road tax discs will be abolished from today and replaced by a digital system relying on road cameras. (Telegraph page 1, Mail page 3, P&J page 20)



New Highers: A poll of more than 1,300 teachers found that 44% were ‘not at all confident’ that the new Higher qualifications would be successfully introduced in 2015. (Herald page 9)

Sex Education: Jackson Carlaw MSP and Free Church of Scotland Minister Rev David Robertson have raised concerns about proposed changes to Scottish sex education. (Herald page 9, Times page 5, Courier page 14)