Reform Scotland Media Summary 30 January 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 30 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.

Scottish Labour: Ed Miliband showed support for Jim Murphy during a visit to Glasgow stating that it was right for Scottish Labour to develop policies north of the border. However, Mr Miliband could not rule out the possibility of a deal with the SNP at the General Election. However, he has also claimed that voting SNP could help put the Tories back in power. (The Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 6, The National page 1, 2, The Times page 13, The Telegraph page 12, Scottish  Daily Express page 2, Daily Recordpage 9, The Sun page 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 10, The Courier page 15) Alison Rowat in The Herald argues that the SNP and Labour have plenty in common.

Mansion Tax: Ed Miliband has put his support behind Jim Murphy and suggested that a mansion tax could help pay for 1,000 extra nurses. (Daily Record page 8)

Poll Tax: John Swinney has announced that it would be fair to write off poll tax debt in an effort to make local taxation fairer. The SNP claim that councils are persecuting poll tax rebels (The Herald page 4, The Times page 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 12, The Courierpage 15)

TV Debates: Broadcasters have rejected David Cameron’s call for the debates between political leaders to be moved forward. (The Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 6)

Mohammed Sarwar: The former Glasgow Labour MP has resigned from his position as governor of Punjab in Pakistan after becoming frustrated with corruption and diplomatic failures. He denies he was forced to quit. (The Scotsman page 7,The Herald page 3, Scottish Daily Mail page 4)

Chilcot: Holyrood voted last night for the immediate publication of the Iraq war inquiry report. Nicola Sturgeon said that the failure to state the findings was “scandalous”. (The Scotsman page 7, The Herald page 2, Daily Record page 9)

Gordon Brown: Gordon Brown is likely to oppose English votes for English laws in what is expected to be his last major intervention in the House of Commons before retiring as an MP. (The Scotman page 15, Press and Journal page 19)

Brian Cox: Actor Brian Cox has quit the Scottish Labour Party, lending his support to the SNP. (The Scotsman page 8, The National page 13, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 8, Press and Journal page 18)

Business: Businesses have been advised to scrutinise the policies of smaller parties as they may have significant influence after the UK election. (Financial Times page 3)

Shell: A decision by Shell to axe £10 billion of investment will “inevitably” hit Scotland’s oil and gas industry according to union and political leaders. The cut comes after the dramatic fall in oil prices. Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has appealed to the chancellor to cut tax on profits from North Sea oil and gas. (The Scotsman page 1, 4, 5,The Herald page 1, Scottish Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 2, The Guardian page 31, Scottish Daily Mail page 19 ). Paul de Leeuw in The Scotsman suggests that the industry will be able to learn lessons of previous price slumps to become more efficient.

Exams: The introduction of charges for exam appeals has resulted in a drop in the number being lodged by pupils from state schools. Resulting in an education system favouring private school pupils “more than ever before” according to deputy Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, The Times page 1, The Telegraph page 8, Scottish Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 8, Scottish Daily Mail page 9, The Courier page 15)

Degrees: 26% of Scots are educated to degree standard or higher. This figure is highest among couple family households with no children and falls to 13% in single parent households. (The Scotsman page 12)

University: The number of students applying to Scottish universities has hit record numbers this year. (The Herald page 12, The Courier page 13)

Police: A majority of Scots back the deployment of armed police on routine patrols according to a poll carried out on behalf of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). However, the SPA said the force had “underestimated” the impact of the decision and has failed to engage sufficiently with the public, according to its main public watchdog. (The Scotsmanpage 1, Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 2, The Courier page 13, Press and Journal page 12) Graeme Pearson in The Daily Record argues that the Chief Constable does not have the authority to change the culture of policing in Scotland.

Internal police inquiries: The SNP’s Linda Fabiani has called for a Holyrood probe into how the police investigates its own officers. (The Herald page 5)

Out of hours: NHS Highland will consider using “telebooths” as part of an out of hours service in rural areas to relieve pressure on GP surgeries. (The Herald page 3)
Right to die: Dr Jim Dyer, a leading psychologist who helped shape legislation in Scotland has announced his support for Margo MacDonald’s assisted suicide bill. (The Herald page 9)