Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 11 March 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.
SNP Taxes: Scottish Labour has claimed that SNP plans for home rule would lead to tax rises in order to cover a £6 billion black hole. (The Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, The Courier page 18, P&J page 13)
New Referendum: Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has claimed that a second independence referendum could happen within five years. (The Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 6, The Sun page 2, The Telegraph page 11)
Immigration: New research from YouGov has shown that Scots have similar attitudes to immigration as the rest of the UK. (The Scotsman page 8, The Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 11, Daily Mail page 1, The Courier page 21, P&J page 12)
Defence Spending: Allan Massie in The Scotsman discusses the possible dangers that can arise from cuts in defence spending.
SNP-Labour Deal: Labour sources claim that most members of the Shadow Cabinet believe that Ed Miliband should publically reject the prospect of a deal with the SNP. (The Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mail page 6)
Devolution: Jim Gallagher comments in the Times that Yes voters who vote SNP may end up with a deal between the SNP and the Conservatives over further devolution. (page 29)
Labour-SNP Spending Plans: New research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggests that plans to cut the deficit by Labour and the SNP are not radically different. (The Heraldpage 6, The Times page 2)
Europe: Ian Bell comments in The Herald that the general election will not resolve tensions over Europe.
TV Debates: Lord Grade, former chairman of the BBC and Conservative peer, has warned the broadcasters to stop playing politics over the TV debates. (The Times page 1)
Cost of EU membership: The Times reports that, before the referendum, SNP ministers were concerned about the costs an independent Scotland would face for its EU membership. (The Times page 12)
General Election: Daniel Finkelstein comments in The Times that negative campaigning will work in the UK if it enforces the status-quo. (page 27)
Future of the Union: Mary Riddell comments in the Telegraph that Labour needs to connect with English voters and inspire them in order to prevent the break-up of the Union.
Austerity: David Eiser comments in The National that criticisms of Nicola Sturgeon’s figures in her argument against austerity amount to splitting hairs. (page 3)
Gender Equality: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh writes in The National that there is still work to do in achieving equality for women in Scotland. (page 10)
Welfare Reforms: Professor Steve Fothergill, Sheffield Hallam University, has told MSPs that welfare reforms have seen Scots in work losing £730 million. (The National page 12)
Tony Blair: Alastair Campbell has called on Scottish Labour to sing the praises of Tony Blair as he is a ‘political winner’. (Daily Record page 10)
Universal Credit: Amelia Gentleman in the Guardian explores the progress of the government’s flagship welfare reform.
Fracking: Grangemouth owner Ineos has acquired the fracking rights for a large swathe of central Scotland in a deal worth £30 million. (The Scotsman page 1, The Telegraph page 1, Daily Record page 4)
North Sea Oil Crisis: The Scottish Government has called on the Chancellor to deliver support in the budget for Scotland’s struggling oil industry. (The Scotsman page 7)
Digital Revolution: A new report has shown that one in twenty Scots work in a role that has been created by technology developed in the last twenty-five years. (The Herald page 8)
A&E Waiting Times: The second set of weekly figures for waiting times has shown a slight increase in the number of people seen within four hours. (The Scotsman page 12, The Times page 21, Daily Record page 6, Daily Mail page 16)
Police Scotland: Chris Marshall comments in The Scotsman that Police Scotland needs to do more if it is to win the hearts and minds of the public.
Transport Police: Scottish Conservatives have attacked plans to absorb British Transport Police officers into Police Scotland. (The Herald page 10, The Sun page 2, The Times page 4, The Telegraph page 2, Daily Express page 4, The National page 7, Daily Record page 2, The Courier page 18)
Education shake-up: Education leaders have hit out at plans from the CBI for a radical shake-up of the way in which education is handled. (The Herald page 1)