Reform Scotland Media Summary 22 January 2015

Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 22 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.

Politics
Smith Commission: David Cameron will be in Edinburgh today and is expected to unveil legislation based on the Smith Commission. (Scotsman page 1, Daily Express page 4, The Herald page 6, The Times page 6, The Press and Journal page 12, Opinions in the Press and Journal, The Guardian page 2 and page 12)

SNP coalition: Nicola Sturgeon has commented that the SNP would be willing to vote on matters involving the English NHS at Westminster to protect funding in Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, National page , The Herald page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Times page 7, The Scottish Daily Mailpage 1, The Courier page 14,  The Press and Journal page 22)

Super database: The Scottish Government is reportedly planning a new “super ID database” which would be used to keep a record of range of things from medical information to club memberships. (Scotsman page 1, The Scottish Daily Mail page 4)

Land & Buildings Transaction Tax, John Swiney U-turn:  Yesterday John Swinney announced a reduction in the Land & Buildings Transaction Tax rates from 10 per cent for houses between £250,001 to £1m and 12 per cent for higher valued houses to 5 per cent for houses between £250,001 to £325,000; 10 per cent for houses between £325,001 to £750,000; and 12 per cent for houses over £750,001. (Scotsman page 4, David Bell in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, National page 5, Daily Record page 14, Daily express page 2, The Herald page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1 and page 4, Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph, The Times page 1, The Scottish Daily Mail page 6, The Courier page 15, The Press and Journal page 14, Bob Fraser in the Press and Journal)

Poll: An Ipsos Mori poll for STV News has put the SNP on 52 per cent ahead of the election, with Labour on 24 per cent, Tories on 12 per cent and both the Greens and Lib Dems on 4 per cent. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 4)

Chilcot: Tony Blair has reportedly denied any suggestion that he is responsible for the delay in the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war. (National page 1, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 8, opinion in The Herald page 14, The Daily Telegraph page 6, The Financial Time page 2 and page 12, The Times page 18, David Aaronovitch in The Times, The Scottish Daily Mail page 12, Stephen Glover in the Scottish Daily Mail,  The Press and Journal page 16, Simon Jenkins in the Guardian)

Scottish Labour: Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, Jim Murphy, assured his party “is changing” and urged voters to leave the referendum divisions in the past (The Courierpage 15). The party has also unveiled a list of policy objectives it claims could only be delivered if David Cameroun is removed from Downing Street (The Press and Journalpage 18)

Economy
Unemployment: Unemployment in Scotland increased by 7,000 to 158,000 between September and November 2014. (Scotsman page 8, Daily Express page 2, The Financial Time page 3, The Time page 4, The Courier page 16)

Scottish Economy: The Scottish Economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2014 and has been well ahead of the UK as a whole, thanks to a steady improvement as transport stalls and building surges ahead, official figures have shown ( The Herald page 28)

V and A museum: The V and A project museum in Dundee could end up costing as much as the Scottish Parliament (The Courier page 10)

Health
Non-branded cigarette packets: The UK Government is to introduce legislation on non-branded cigarette packaging before the general election. (Scotsman page 10, The Guardian page 4)

Child protection: Jackie Brock, the author of a report into Scotland’s child protection system published in November, has reportedly slammed the Scottish Government for ignoring her conclusions (Daily Record page 21)