Reform Scotland Media Summary 8 January 2015


Reform Scotland 
Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  8 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.

Free speech:  Bill Durodie in the Scotsman, Drew Campbell in the National and Simon Schama in the FT comment on the importance of free speech following the killing of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris yesterday.

Jim Murphy: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald and Torcuil Crichton in the Record (page 10) comment on Jim Murphy’s proposals to pay for additional Scottish nurses from a mansion tax.

Budget: The Scottish Government ended 2014 with underspend of £444 million (The Herald page 2)

Increased powers: Jennifer Dempsie in the Courier (page 31) comments on the likelihood of increased powers for Scottish Government following a strong performance by SNP in 2015 General Election.

Home rule: Alex Salmond has commented that he is now campaigning for home rule instead of a second referendum. (P&J page 1, The Courier page 1)

Oil prices: David Cameron states Scottish independence “misguided”: falling oil prices supports case for union. (The Times page 10)

Coalition: Ruth Davidson yesterday commented that the prospect of a Labour/ SNP coalition after the general election “scares the bejesus out of me”. (Sun page 4, Express page 8, P&J page 20)

Honours: Lesley Riddoch in the National comments that the UK Honours system is outdated.

Driving licenses: Joan McAlpine has reportedly criticised UK Government plans for new driving licenses to include a Union Jack. (Express page 8, Telegraph page 14)

David Cameron: George Parker in the FT profiles David Cameron.

Conservatives in the North: James Kirkup and Christopher Hope in the Telegraph comment on whether the Conservatives can win seats in Northern England and Scotland at the general election.

Oil prices: David Cameron has pledged support for North Sea oil industry as price of oil dropped below $50 a barrel. (The Herald page 6, Mail page 12 Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman)

Vulnerable children: Vulnerable youngsters from Scotland are reportedly being sent to England due to a shortage of beds in secure accommodation. (Scotsman page 14)

English NHS: At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday David Cameron claimed that the NHS in England was better than the NHS in Scotland. (Scotsman page 8)

Obesity: Overweight Scots are reportedly costing the economy up to £4.6bn a year and are a £600m drain on the NHS according to report by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre. (Scotsman page 12, The Herald page 10, The Times page 15, Sun page 8, Express page 2, Mail page 19, P&J page 17)

MND nurses: Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £700,000 funding package to double the number of Motor Neurone Disease nurses in Scotland. (Scotsman page 14, The Courier page 10, National page 9)

Capacity: There are reported concerns raised by healthcare professionals over ward capacity “crisis”. (The Herald page 3, Daily Record page 7, The Courier page 10)

Police Scotland: A new £6 million police IT system has reportedly been delayed further.. (The Herald page 2)