Reform Scotland Media Summary 9 January 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 9 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.


SNP: SNP leadership is calling on Westminster to match powers given to Northern Ireland to set corporation tax rates (The Scotsman page 12, The Herald page 6, Financial Timespage 4, The Telegraph page 1).

TV Debates: The SNP have stepped up their drive to be included in the TV debates ahead of the 2015 General Election. David Cameron may not take part without Green Party inclusion. (The Scotsman page 12, The Herald page 2, Financial Times page 2,The National page 6, The Sun page 2, The Telegraph page 16, The Times page 2, Press and Journal page 24,Scottish Daily Mail page 10).

General Election: Robert McNeil in The Herald discusses the Holyrood “bubble” in relation to potential coalitions following the General Election.

Home Rule: Alex Salmond demands home rule for Scotland: all powers other than foreign affairs and defence. (Scottish Daily Express page 2,page 8, TheSun page 2, The Times page 9, The Courier page 19,  Scottish Daily Mail page 10, The Guardian page 33, Daily Record page 8).

Assisted Suicide: The two-week “time limit” proposed by new laws on assisted suicide is being debated by MSPs. Holyrood’s justice committee fears it may put “unintended pressure” on those considering the option to end their lives (The Scotsman page 20, Scottish Daily Mail page 18).


Oil: One in twelve jobs in Scotland’s oil industry are at risk, according to research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, a situation that “could match Ravenscraig” (The Scotsman page 1,The Herald page 6, The National page 8, Scottish Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 2,The Sun page 2, The Times page 2, Press and Journal page 16, Scottish Daily Mail page 10).

North Sea Jobs: Peter Geoghegan in the National (page 9) suggests that the UK government is not acting fast enough to save jobs in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Oil: Pat Kane in the Scotsman suggests a future relationship to North Sea oil in line with proposals to leave hydrocarbons in the ground published in the journal Nature.

Tesco:  The supermarket has been forced to scrap plans to open new stores in Scotland (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 25, The Courier page 15, Press and Journalpage 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 20, The Guardian page 30).


Drink-driving: During the festive period there has been a reported 19% drop in drink-driving when compared to the previous year (The Scotsman page 2, The Herald page 11, The Daily Express page 8,Press and Journal page 21, Scottish Daily Mail page 17).


Organ Donation: The Free Church has opposed an opt-out system for organ donation (The Scotsman page 20,The Herald page 8, Press and Journal page 11).

A&E Planning: The problems in A&E departments this winter could have been predicted and better planning is needed to prevent it happening again, according to experts. (The Herald page 1, Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 2, The Telegraph page 9, The Courier page 7).

Diet Initiative: Official figures show a third of families in Scotland believe it is too expensive or difficult to make healthy meals and are turning to takeaways. Public Health Minister Maureen Watts launched the Eat Better Feel Better campaign in response (The Herald page 3).