Reform Scotland News: 21 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  21 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.



Union: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on how the economic system across the UK works.


Opinion polls: A series of YouGov polls have reportedly suggested that Labour’s support has fallen to 28% in Scotland, a level which could lead to MPs such as Alistair Darling and Anas Sarwar losing their seats to the SNP. (Sun page 2, Express page 2, Record page 2)


Nick Clegg & Alex Salmond: Nick Clegg has reportedly likened Alex Salmond to a Japanese Second World War soldier fighting in the jungle once the war is over. (Herald page 1, Record page 2, Telegraph page 1)


More powers: The SCDI has called for the Scotland to have “the right levers at its disposal to be a thriving economy for the long term”. (Herald page 6)


Jack McConnell has commented that the new powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament should not be a fudged compromise based on the different parties’ proposals, but should start from scratch to find a lasting settlement. (Times page 1)



Heating: Official advice to struggling older people reportedly recommends heating only one room in winter. (Express page 1)


Oil figures: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on the latest oil figures.



Assaults on teachers: 14 of Scotland’s local authorities reported an increase in assaults against teachers between 2011-12 and 2013-14, though the overall total was down. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 8, Record page 4)



Alcohol: Up to 225 children aged ten or under needed treatment in hospital after a drink related incident in the past three years.  5,000 children aged ten to 18 also needed hospital treatment. (Sun page 2, Herald page 3, Express page 8)


Stalking law: Author Janice Galloway has called for the law to be changed after Graeme McNaught walked free from court despite being found to have actied in a threatening and abusive manner. (Herald page 1)