Reform Scotland Media Summary 20 January 2015


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 20 January 2015
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

Islam letter: David Cameron has defended a letter urging senior Muslims to help explain how Islam can “be part of British identity”. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 15, National page 11, Express page 2, Telegraph page 4, Guardian page 4)

Votes for 16 and 17-year-ols: The First Minister has pledged to fast-track legislation to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote for Holyrood and council elections. (Scotsman page 12, National page 15, P&J page 15)

Dundee V&A: The Scottish Government has reportedly agreed to pay an additional £10m to help secure the future of Dundee’s V&A museum. (Scotsman page 16, National page 6, Telegraph page 12, Jonathan Brocklebank in the Mail, Courier page 14, P&J page 14)

Trident: A Survation poll for the SNP has reportedly shown that a majority of Scots oppose another generation of Trident being based on the Clyde. (National page 1)

BBC: Richard Findlay, the new chairman of Creative Scotland, has commented that the BBC must review its conduct from the referendum if it is to revive a good relationship with SNP ministers. (Times page 1)

Poll: A Survation poll has suggested that 35 per cent of Scottish voters want to see a coalition government between the SNP and Labour following the general election. (Times page 12, Herald page 1, Record page 6)

Fiscal autonomy: Jim Murphy and Ruth Davidson have reportedly criticised the SNP’s call for full fiscal autonomy, arguing that the falling oil price would leave a black hole in the Scottish budget.  (Telegraph page 1, P&J page 13)

Legal highs: Children as young as 11 are reportedly taking legal highs in Scotland. (Mail page 1, Neil McKeganey in the Mail)

Benefits: Alex Massie in the Mail comments on benefit reform.

Labour school visit: Kezia Dugdale has commented that a visit to her former school, Harris Academy, was cancelled by Dundee council in an “overtly political and completely unnecessary decision”. (Courier page 13)

Gas prices: British Gas yesterday announced a fall of 5 per cent in the average annual bill.  However, politicians and consumer groups have criticised the firm for not making a bigger cut and waiting weeks for the reduction to come into force. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 6, Herald page 3, Express page 4, Ross Clark in the Express, Record page 2, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 2, Courier page 1, Gas page 15)

Oil price: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on the falling oil price.

Drink limit: Belhaven-owner Greene King, which has 200 pubs in Scotland, has commented that the lower drink-drive limit had contributed to slower than expected trading. (Herald page 1, Mail page 4)

Tax: Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comments on the super-rich

Local government
Devolution: Willie Rennie has called on the Scottish Government to devolve more powers to local authorities. (Herald page 6)

Assisted suicide: Charles Warlow in the Herald argues in favour of Holyrood’s assisted suicide bill.

College students: NUS Scotland data has shown that applications for bursaries and childcare allowances from college students has increased by 15 per cent over the past three years, while the amount of money available has increased by 5 per cent. (Herald page 10)