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.
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)