A week in Scottish politics:  7th – 13th November 2014


Reform Scotland’s round-up of comment and analysis pieces we have referred to in media summaries between 7th and 13th November which are freely available online.



Thursday 13 November

SNP: Alan Cochrane has commented in the Telegraph that the incoming First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s long term prospects are dependent upon getting her party to shift its focus from Independence back to ‘bread-and-butter’ policies.


Wellbeing: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman has questioned the definition of the ‘wellbeing’ measure of economic success which is to be introduced by the Scottish Government.


Wednesday 12 November

Catalan referendum: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the recent Catalan independence referendum, and considers the lessons that can be learned in Scotland.


General election: Allan Massie in the Scotsman analyses the upcoming general election, commenting that there are no clear winners as of yet.


European Arrest Warrant:

Ian Bell in the Herald comments on the European Arrest Warrant Vote and what the controversial decision says about the UK Parliament.


Rafael Behr in the Guardian comments on the European Arrest Warrant debate and the “schism” expected within the Conservative party over Europe.


Ed Miliband: Mary Riddell in the Telegraph comments on the recent discussion of Ed Miliband’s capabilities, and blames “Labour agitators” for their failure to support the party leader.


Tuesday 11 November

Smith Commission: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that the Smith Commission appears to be lacking from expert external advice on what will, and will, not work.


Coal gasification plant: Stuart Hazeldine & Lang Banks in the Scotsman comment on news that Cluff Natural Resources is proposing to build the UK’s first underground coal gasification plant under the Firth of Forth.


Ruth Davidson: Ruth Davidson in the Record comments that she is shaming online cowards who have send her homophobic abuse to demonstrate to young people that such attacks are not acceptable.


Legal challenge: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on the legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plan to give every child a named guardian begins at the Court of Session in Edinburgh today.



Monday 10 November


Labour: Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on the future for Ed Miliband, Jim Murphy and the Labour party.


SNP: Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman comments on the SNP’s promise of social justice, and the need to deliver real evidence of change.


EU: David Torrance in the Herald comments on David Cameron’s changing attitude towards EU membership.


Friday 7 November


Miliband’s Leadership: Clive Soley in the Guardian and Joe Haines in the Telegraph discuss calls for Ed Miliband to resign as Labour leader.


Salmond Effigy: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman and Rebecca McQuillan in the Herald use the burning of an effigy of Alex Salmond as part of Bonfire night celebrations in Lewes, East Sussex, as part of a discussion on the state politics.


Post-Referendum Scotland: Scott Macnab in the Scotsman discusses priorities in post-referendum Scotland.


Bank Competition: Martin Flanagan in the Scotsman discusses the announcement that The Competition and Markets Authority is to start an investigation into fair competition over personal banking.


Education Minister: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph discusses failures in education provision.