A Week in Scottish Politics: 31 Oct to 6 Nov 2014


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 31 October and 6 November which are freely available online.


Thursday 6 November


Rail Improvements: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman that the £250 million contract to electrify and improve the main Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line is encouraging, but has been a long time in coming.



Wednesday 5 November


George Kerevan in the Scotsman debates the future of the Barnett formula and devolution reform.


Allan Massie in the Scotsman discusses why Alistair Darling’s decision to leave the Commons is to be regretted.


Ian Bell in the Herald comments on EU membership, trade and migration, suggesting that recent arguments put forward “defy logic.”


Neil Fraser comments in the Scotsman on the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s landmark decision ruling that overtime hours must be included in holiday pay


Tuesday 4 November


Campaign for Scottish Home Rule: Peter Jones in the Scotsman and Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comment on the launch of the Campaign for Scottish Home Rule.



EU: Charles Grant in the FT and Mary Dejevsky in the Guardian comment on Conservative proposals to try and renegotiate free movement of labour within the EU.


Jim Murphy: David Maddox in the Scotsman comments on Jim Murphy’s bid for the Labour leadership.


Red tape: Bill Maxwell in the Herald comments that Education Scotland has said that its staff would highlight unnecessary bureaucracy when they visit schools.


Monday 3 November


Labour Leadership:

David Torrance comments in The Herald on the challenges facing Jim Murphy as a prospective leader of Scottish Labour.


Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman endorsing Sarah Boyack to be the next leader of Scottish Labour.


EU: Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman about how Scots might not be as pro-EU as some have claimed.


Friday 31 October


Scottish Labour Leadership:

John McTernan in the Scotsman argues that Jim Murphy is the strongest contender for the position of Scottish Labour Leader.


Alison Rowat in the Herald discusses the difficulty Jim Murphy might face in becoming Scottish Labour leader.


Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph argues Jim Murphy might be the only person able to reverse Labour’s decline in Scotland.


More Powers: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman discusses problems post-referendum.


Referendum Campaign: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have been criticised for their referendum campaign tactics during a House of Lords debate. (Herald page 6)


Scottish Government Cabinet: Scott Macnab in the Scotsman discusses the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle when Nicola Sturgeon becomes First Minister.


Glasgow City Council Budget: Gerry Braiden in the Herald discusses the difficulties Labour may face with cuts to Glasgow City Council’s budget.