Reform Scotland News: 18 November 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  18 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.


Trident: A row has reportedly broken out within the Labour Party over Trident. Scottish leadership contender Neil Findlay is in favour of axing the nuclear deterrent, though former frontbench MSP has warned that such a move would be a “massive blow” for jobs. (Scotsman page 1)


FM pension: Alex Salmond has commented that he will donate his First Minister’s pension to a charity for as long as he remains an MSP. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 7, P&J page 13)


Alex Slamond is expected to make his last speech to Holyrood as First Minister today. (Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, David Torrance in the Mail)


Aamer Anwar: Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar is considering standing for the SNP at the General Election against Labour MP Anas Sarwar in Glasgow Central. (Scotsman page 10)


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


Andrew Mitchell: Coverage of the linked libel cases at the Royal Courts of Justice surrounding whether Andrew Mitchell MP called police officers “f****** plebs”. (Times page 11, Record page 19, FT page 4, Telegraph page 7, Herald page 3, Mail page 13, Guardian page 5, P&J page 15)


Opinion poll: A Survation poll for the Daily Record has suggested that just 2% of people in Scotland trust Ed Miliband and the party may only return 5 MPs, down from 41in 2010, at the General Election. (Record page 8)


A Survation poll has suggested that 48% of people think there should be a second referendum on independence before 2024. (Herald page 6, Mail page 4, P&J page 12)


Council tax: Scottish Labour leadership contender Sarah Boyack has called for an overhaul of the council tax system. (Herald page 6)


Borders: Charlie Winter, programs officer at the Quilliam Foundation counter-terrorism think tank, has suggested that British terrorists may using Scottish airports, rather than Heathrow and Gatwick, because their chances of detection are lower. (Mail page 1)


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



Banking: The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has commented that fundamental change was needed, in response to a succession of major scandals showing misconduct within banks was not simply the fault of a “few bad apples”. (Scotsman page 1, FT page 2, Herald page 3, Guardian page 28)

Economic crash: David Cameron has warned that the “red warning lights are flashing” with reference to the international economic situation. (Scotsman page 8, FT page 2, Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph, Herald page 6, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Mail page 20, Guardian page 14)


Tax avoidance: The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report criticising HMRC for being too slow to crack down on tax avoidance schemes. (Herald page 1, Mail page 6)


Hospital food: Plans are reportedly being considered by the Scottish Government for hospitals to be legally obliged to serve nutritional meals to patients. (Times page 1, Express page 2, Herald page 7, Mail page 10, Alex Neil in the Mail)


NHS Grampian: Labour MSP Richard Baker has accused Alex Neil of burying his head in the sand over reported crises at NHS Grampian. (P&J page 1)