A week in Scottish politics:  14th – 20th November 2014


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 14th and 20th November which are freely available online.

Thursday 20th November

Nicola Sturgeon: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman and Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comment on Nicola Sturgeon’s election as Scotland’s first Female First Minister yesterday.


Scottish Tories: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on Ruth Davidson’s intention to offer “alternative” vision of Scotland that transfers power from the state to families and communities.


Ukip: Peter Oborne in the Telegraph Two comments on the impact Ukip is having on the Conservative Party.


Retail prices: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on supermarket price wars.


Wednesday 19th November


Alex Salmond: George Kerevan in the Scotsman analyses Alex Salmond’s transformation of the SNP.


Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on how tributes to politicians, such as those dedicated to Alex Salmond, “show parliaments at their worst.”


Radical Independence Campaign: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the rise of the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland, and considers the potential for the movement to launch a new political party.


Labour: Ian Bell in the Herald comments on Labour’s “diminishing congregation” in Scotland.


With Ukip battling for a second MP in Rochester and Strood, Rafael Behr in the Guardian comments that Labour can combat the party by appealing to “quiet voters.”


John Major: Allan Massie in the Scotsman comments that former Prime Minister Sir John Major could be an asset for Britain in Europe.


Tuesday 18th November


Alex Salmond: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on Alex Salmond’s last speech to Holyrood as First Minister.


Income Tax: Peter Jones in the Scotsman argues against complete devolution of income tax.


EU: Alistair Darling in the Guardian argues in favour of EU membership.


Economic crash: Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph and Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comment on David Cameron’s warning that the “red warning lights are flashing” with reference to the international economic situation.



Monday 17th November


Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman on the challenges facing the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon.


David Torrance comments in The Herald on Alex Salmond’s farewell speech at the SNP conference.


Rosemary Goring comments in The Herald on why Nicola Sturgeon’s rise is a positive thing for women.


UK General Election: Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman on how the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives might relate to each other in the 2015 UK General Election.




Friday 14th November


Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond in the Daily Record says that Scotland cannot continue as a wealthy country for the few.


Alison Rowat in the Herald looks ahead to First Minister’s Questions without Salmond.


Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph criticises Salmond’s record as SNP leader.


Martin Kettle in the Guardian discusses the SNP without Alex Salmond as leader.


Nicola Stugeon: Nicola Sturgeon in the Courier discusses her plans as SNP leader and First Minister.


Scottish Labour Leadership: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman discusses the Scottish Labour leadership contest as an opportunity for re-evaluation.


Ed Miliband: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman says Ed Miliband has much to be positive about.