Reform Scotland Media Summary 17 December 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  17 December 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

English votes for English legislation: William Hague yesterday said that new arrangements to allow for English votes for English legislation were a “fundamental issue of fairness”. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 4, Record page 2, FT page 3, The National page 4, Times page 6, Telegraph page 10, Express page 2, Herald page 1)

Home rule: Alice Thomson in the Times argues for home rule in Scotland, including giving Holyrood full tax powers and scrapping the Barnett formula. (The Times page 29)

Alex Massie in the Times comments on the growing similarities between Scottish and Irish politics, with future politics determined by voters’ political affiliations in the referendum. (Times page 16)

Scottish Labour cabinet: Jim Murphy has unveiled his new shadow cabinet. Sarah Boyack and Neil Findlay, who were also leadership contenders, are included in the new team. (Scotsman page 6, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Sun page 4, Record page 9, The National page 6, Times page 16, Express page 2, Herald page 6)

John Wilson: Independent MSP John Wilson, who left the SNP over the issue of NATO membership, has joined the Scottish Greens. (Scotsman page 4)

Eric Joyce: Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been charged with two counts of common assault and one count of criminal damage following an incident in London in October. (Scotsmanpage 4, Sun page 9, Record page 9, Times page 4)

SNP: Allan Massie in the Scotsman comments on how unionists should deal with the SNP’s long-term ambitions.

Referendum good practice: The Electoral Commission has published a report on Scotland’s independence referendum, finding that it contained many examples of good practice which should be taken into account when carrying out similar polls, including on EU membership. A survey by the organisation also found that 42% of those who identified as Yes voters believed that the referendum was subject to electoral fraud, despite a lack of evidence to support this claim. (Times page 16, Telegraph page 14, Herald page 6)

Robbie Dinwoodie in the Herald analyses the wider role of referenda in British politics.

General election: Daniel Finkelstein in The Times comments on the falling membership of the big political parties in the UK, noting that the subsequent rise of Ukip makes it more likely for “unsuitable” candidates to gain political influence. (Times page 27)

Mary Riddell in the Telegraph comments on the role that patriotism and nationhood will play in 2015, and the choice that Ed Miliband must make in order to capitalise on interest in these issues.

Independence referendum: Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour in the Guardian continue their look back at the Referendum campaign.

Inflation: Inflation has fallen to a 12-year low of 1%, and is reportedly set to fall further due to a drop in oil prices. (Scotsman page 10, The National page 27, Times page 4, Herald page 5)

Bedroom tax: Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran will today seek the abolition of the bedroom tax in a Commons vote on the issue. (Herald page 6 )

Smoking in cars: Smoking in private cars in which children are travelling could be outlawed within 18 months under legislation being promoted by Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume. (Scotsman page 19)

Cancer referrals: Over half of health boards in Scotland have missed their targets for treating urgent cancer referrals for the eighth quarter in a row. Labour representatives have blamed the SNP for the numbers, with new health spokeswoman Jenny Marra calling it “unacceptable”. (Record page 8, The National page 11, Herald page 4)

Sex offenders: The number of people convicted of sex crimes has risen from to 864 in 2012/13 to 1,053 in 2013/14. (Scotsman page 7)

Motoring offences: Criminal proceedings against Scots committing traffic offences have risen for the first time in seven years, showing an increase of 4%. (Express page 1, Heraldpage 1 )