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.
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.
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Honours: Lesley Riddoch in the National comments that the UK Honours system is outdated.
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.
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)
Police Scotland: A new £6 million police IT system has reportedly been delayed further.. (The Herald page 2)