Reform Scotland Media Summary 18 December 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  18 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

Politics
Public inquiry: The Scottish Government announced yesterday that a public inquiry is to be held to investigate historical abuse of children in care. (Scotsman page 10, National page 9, Sun page 2, Times page 27, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Mail page 4)

Jim Murphy: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman comments on how Jim Murphy will fund the general election campaign.

Polling: YouGov polling suggests that the SNP could take 14 Labour and six Lib Dem seats at the general election. (National page 4)

David Cameron has warned Scottish voters against voting SNP as the party would do a deal with Labour. (Herald page 6)

Radio: Lesley Riddoch in the National questions why Scotland only has one BBC radio station (page 10).

Economy
North Sea jobs: Energy minister Fergus Ewing has urged oil and gas companies to avoid cost-cutting by cutting jobs in light of falling oil prices. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 1, Herald page 9, Mail page 2)

Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman and Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comment on the fall in the oil price from $115 a barrel in September to $60 this week.

Royal Mail: A report by Lord Myners on the privatisation of Royal Mail has stated that the £180m more could have been achieved in the sale if the shares had been priced 20-30p higher. (Scotsman page 6, FT page 2)

Land & Buildings Transaction Tax: The Scottish Tories are calling for the new LBTT rates to match those introduced by the UK Government. (Scotsman page 16, Express page 10, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 10)

Unemployment: Youth unemployment fell by more than 25% last year according to official figures published yesterday. (Times page 19, Courier page 2)

Education
Universities:  A study by Research Fortnight has judged 77% of Scottish research to be “world-leading” and placed the University of Edinburgh fourth in the UK. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 5, Alastair Sim in the Herald, P&J page 18)

Health
Midwives: Five justices at the Supreme Court in London have allowed an appeal by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde against a decision by the Court of Session in Edinburgh that ruled that two Catholic midwives were entitled to refuse to delegate, supervise and support staff involved in abortion procedures. (Scotsman page 15, National page 7, Times page 5, Record page 22, Express page 2, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 21, Courier page 11, P&J page 13)

Justice
Drink-driving: There were 30% fewer cases of drink-driving recorded in the first week after the drink drive limit was introduced.  (Herald page 1)

Motoring offences: Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has commented that he does not think collisions are accidents as they are preventable. (Mail page 1)