Reform Scotland News: 17 November 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  17 November 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.


Labour Leadership: Neil Findlay has said that, under his leadership, Scottish Labour could adopt radically different policies from the UK Labour Party. The MSP has included the scrapping of Trident, the nationalisation of the railways and the end of private contracts in the NHS as possible policy positions for Scottish Labour. Mr Findlay has also announced his intention to force an inquiry into the events of the 1984 miners’ strike if he is elected as the next Scottish Labour leader. It has also been suggested that proposals for gender equality will be an important component of the contest to be the next Scottish Labour leader. (Scotsman page 1, 4&5, Herald page 6, Record page 2, Times page 2, Telegraph page 2&9)


Smith Commission: Scottish Labour interim leader Anas Sarwar has accused the SNP of betraying the Smith Commission by not acting in good faith. (Herald page 1&6)


SNP: The current Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney is expected to be appointed as Nicola Sturgeon’s Deputy First Minister within the next week. Nicola Sturgeon has also warned that removing Trident from Scotland would be a condition of any possible coalition between the SNP and Labour following the 2015 General Election. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, Express page 1&4, Financial Times page 2, Sunday Times page 1)


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.


Stewart Hosie: The newly elected deputy leader of the SNP has said that there would be ‘no contradiction’ between his party battling Labour in Scotland and entering into a coalition with them after the 2015 General Election. He also said that he would not be prepared to deal with the Conservatives. He has also said he would “love” Alex Salmond to return to Westminster in 2015. Mr Salmond has also said that the prospect of independence is not over. (Telegraph page 11, Sunday Times page 4, Scotsman page 4, Sun page 1, 8&9, Record page 8&9, Sunday Times page 25)


Independence: 1 in 4 Scots would like to see another independence referendum according to a poll. (Record page 11, Alex Massie comments in The Sunday Times)


Europe: Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has expressed concerns that the UK would face a “lesser future” if it decided to leave the European Union. A poll has also shown that Scots are split over the issues of immigration and leaving the EU. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 6, Record page 11,Times page 4, Financial Times page 4)


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.




Inequality: A study by economists has found that the UK Coalition Government’s policies of welfare and tax have moved money from the poorest to the more well off. (Scotsman page 5)


Retail: Scotland’s retail sector continues to outperform the rest of the UK. Footfall for retail in Scotland grew by 0.5% in October while it fell by 0.8% in the rest of the UK. It has also emerged that the cost of buying the average Christmas dinner will be lower this year due to increased competition between supermarkets. (Scotsman page 9)


Debt: Households are risking debt problems by underestimating their main expenses by an average of £770 per year. (Scotsman page 12)


Police: Police Scotland have expressed concerns over a proposed march by the far-right Scottish Defence League which could aggravate racial tensions in Glasgow. (Herald page 5)


Bed Shortages: Nursing leaders have condemned a bed shortage in the NHS. It has been argued that the shortage puts up to 3,300 patients at risk. (Herald page 1)


Methadone: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that thousands of drug addicts should be helped with their recovery and not simply ‘parked’ on methadone. (Herald page 6)


Local Government

Power to local authorities: Jim Murphy comments in The Sunday Times on the need to empower local authorities to help promote public services in Scotland. (Scotsman page 25)