Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 14 April 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.



Labour’s manifesto: Labour leader Ed Miliband released Labour’s manifesto for the 2015 Westminster election yesterday. (The Daily Record page 7, The FT page 1, The Times page 6-7, The Herald page 8, The Sun page 9, The Guardian page 6-7)


Miliband says he is ready to be PM: With the release of Labour’ manifesto, Labour leader Ed Miliband has told voters that he is ready to be the next PM after being “tested” for five years in opposition. (The Scotsman page 4, The Daily Record page 6-7, The Guardian page 7)


Ed Miliband attacked over Scottish absence in Manifesto: Critics have attacked Ed Miliband as they claim he ‘snabbed’ Scotland in Labour’s manifesto. They cite the fact his speech only contained six words about Scotland and the manifesto only contained 123 words on Scotland. (The Sun page 8-9)


Jim Murphy and Ed Balls contradiction: After Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy stated on the Sunday’s Daily Politics that Labour would not need to make “further cuts to achieve our spending rules” in the next parliament. Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has contradicted Murphy by stating that he could not “say to Scotland that you’re going to be exempt from spending cuts”. (The Scotsman page 1, The Sun page 9, The Daily Record, page 7, The Times page 1, The National page 1, The Daily Express page 1, The Herald page 8, The Daily Mail page 1-2, The P&J page 10)


Balls claims English taxes could help Scotland: Ed Balls has stated that taxes from England could be used to protect Scotland from cuts. He cited the example of using the Mansion Tax, which would mostly affect Londoners, could be used to help the Scottish NHS. (The Times page 8)
Tactical Vote Guide: The pro-Unionist group Union For Scotland has released a guide to voters on how to tactical vote in their constituency in order to stop an SNP landslide. (The Times page 4)
The Conservatives claim to be the ‘true party of the working class’: David Cameron has said the Conservatives are the party of the working class. He said that this was based on his policies on reviewing the right-to-buy and giving minimum wage earners tax breaks. (The Times  page 1, The Sun page 10-11, The Guardian page 1-2)


Faslane protests: Around 200 protesters attended an anti-Trident demonstration at Faslane yesterday. The Scrap Trident Coalition’s Bairns Not Bombs protesters were able to close down Faslane with 34 protesters being attested by Police Scotland. (The Scotsman page 6, The Sun page 1, The Daily Record page 4-5, The FT page 2, The Times page 15, The National page 10-11, Daily Express page 4, The Herald page 1, The Daily Mail page 6, The P&J page 14, The C&A page 14)


Scottish Lib Dems attacked by Davidson: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has mocked the Scottish Lib Dems, saying they are “finished” and will be reduced to one MP: Alistair Carmichael. The Lib Dems hit back, with a Lib Dem spokeswoman saying “the Conservatives are not at the races in this election”. (The Daily Record  page 9, The Scotsman page 6, The National page 6, Daily Express page 5, The Herald page 6, The P&J page 13)



Full Fiscal autonomy: Peter Jones in the Scotsman has argued that the SNP’s plan for full-fiscal autonomy would only bring about more austerity.


£7.6bn deficit claim: SNP Deputy leader Stewart Hosie has attempted to rebuttal claims that full fiscal autonomy for Scotland would result in a £7.6bn blackhole in public finances.  He claimed that £7.6bn is just a “big scary number” and that it pales in comparison to the UK’s deficit of £75bn. (The Daily Record page 9-8, The Scotsman page 6, The National page 3, The C&A page 15, The Times page 1)


Extra funding for Scotland: The SNP has launched their business platform arguing for faster devolution of Air Passenger duty and more funding for projects. (The FT page 2, The National page 6-7, The P&J page 11)



The true price of cheap alcohol: Barbara O’Donnell in the Scotsman comments that with the NHS’s resources being more strained than ever, we cannot afford more cuts to alcohol duty. Instead we should be thinking about increasing the cost of alcohol to help reduce its consumption and thus alcohol related illness’ harm on NHS resources.