Reform Scotland News: 4 November 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  4 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.



Campaign for Scottish Home Rule: The Campaign for Scottish Home Rule was launched yesterday.  The group, which includes individuals from the five main Scottish political parties as well as others from business and civic society, is calling for an effective, sustainable and productive Home Rule settlement for Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, Scotsman editorial, Times page 1, Record page 8, Mail page 6, Herald page 6, Herald editorial, Telegraph page 7, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Courier page 15, P&J page 1)


Barnett Formula: Lord Barnett, who devised the system for allocating public spending to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, has died. (Scotsman page 10, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Express page 21, Mail page 6, Alex Massie in the Mail, Mail page 6, Courier page 15)


EU: A spokesman for Angela Merkel has confirmed that she opposes any proposal to renegotiate free movement of labour within the EU, despite David Cameron wanting to examine this. (Scotsman page 12 , Sun page 2, Express page 1, Mail page 12, Herald page 6, Charles Grant in the FT, Mary Dejevsky in the Guardian)


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


Labour leadership: A poll of 5,000 Unite members in Scotland has found that 78 per cent believed that an MSP should lead the Scottish Labour Party.  Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale are reportedly the current favourites for the post of leader and deputy leader. (Times page 2, Mail page 6, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Telegraph page 15, P&J page 12)


Virtual ID: Everyone in Britain is reportedly going to be offered a government-backed virtual ID to store personal data online. (Times page 1)


SNP Coalition: Alex Salmond yesterday reportedly suggested that if the SNP gain enough seats at the General Election, it could do a deal with Labour. (Express page 8)


Smith Commission: Kerry Gill in the Express comments on the Smith Commission (page 12)


Yes Campaign: Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has reportedly commented that independence was rejected at the referendum because the Yes campaign focused on unconvincing economic arguments as opposed to national identity. (Herald page 1)


Norman Baker: Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister, commenting that working with Theresa May was like “walking through mud”. (Herald page 6)


Academies: Alex Massie in the Times comments that Scotland should look to England’s academy revolution to end the divide between those attending the best and worst performing state schools in Scotland. (page 27)


Red tape: Education Scotland has said that its staff would highlight unnecessary bureaucracy when they visit schools. (Herald page 5, Bill Maxwell in the Herald)



Dangerous roads: A ten-mile stretch of the A809 in Glasgow and an eight-mile section of the A937 at Montrose are among the ten most dangerous in the UK, according to the Road Safety Foundation. (Scotsman page 1)