Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 15 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.


Tory anti-SNP tactics criticised: Lord Forsyth has criticised David Cameron’s and other Tory’ attacks on the SNP. Lord Forsyth has called Cameron’s strategy of attacking the SNP as “dangerous” and will “threaten the integrity” of the UK. (The Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 8, The Guardian page 1)


SNP lunch their 2015 Manifesto: The SNP lunched their 2015 General Election manifesto yesterday in Edinburgh. Its key features are opposition to a Trident renewal, an end to austerity with a 0.5% increase in public spending, the return to the 50p rate of income tax for top earners and a £24bn increase in spending on the NHS across the UK. (The Scotsman page 7, The National page 2, The Daily Record page 4, FT page 3, The Sun page 4, The Times page 6, The Daily Telegraph page 10, The Herald page 8, Daily Express page 2, The Guardian page 10, The Daily Mail page 1, P&J page 12, C&A page 16)


Ed appeals to the STUC: Ed Miliband spoke to the STUC yesterday claiming that Labour was on course to win the General Election and that Labour would fight for “working people”. The Scotsman page 8, The National page 6, Daily Record page 8, FT page 3, The Sun page 7, The Times page 8, The Herald page 6, Daily Express page 3, The Daily Mail page 6, C&A page 17)


Lib Dems promise a “decade of opportunity”: Willie Rennie has announced huge reforms in health and education at the lunch of the Scottish Lib Dems manifesto. (The Scotsman page 8, The National page 4, The Herald page 7, P&J page 14)

Can’t trust the SNP with the NHS: Jim Murphy has argued that the SNP cannot be trusted with the NHS. He attacked the SNP’s record on the NHS in Scotland and said that the SNP’s true priority will be another referendum. (The Times page 8)


The SNP and the difficulties of full financial autonomy: Peter Jones of the Scotsman has suggested that the SNP may not want full financial autonomy on account of the economic problems it would bring to Scotland.


Anti-SNP tactical voting won’t work: Academics, including John Curtice, say that the strategy of ‘any-one-but-the-SNP’ tactical voting will not work. The SNP’s lead is too big for tactical voting to have any effect on the results. (The National page 5)


Cameron announces an annual Treasury of devolution: Cameron has announced that his government would have an annual review of devolution to ensure Scotland’s actions do not have a harmful affect on the rUK. John Swinney has attacked this arguing it shows that the Conservatives have given up on Scotland and that they will try to undermine Scottish devolution. (The Scotsman page 4)


The fight for the Kingdom of Fife: Greg Russell in the National comments on the new political reality in the four Westminster seats in Fife. The three Unionist parties have been left fighting it out in an attempt to stave off an SNP victory.


Labour in yellow: Torcuil Crichton, of the Daily Record, argues that the SNP manifesto is simply a copy of Labours but in yellow. (The Daily Record page 4)


Ruth says ‘No Thanks’: Ruth Davidson has began a campaign invoking the Better Together phrase ‘No Thanks’. The campaign is targeted at the SNP’s refusal to accept a ‘once in a generation’ referendum pledge. (Daily Record page 8, The Sun page 7, Daily Express page 3)


John Major warns of the SNP: John Major warns that a Labour-SNP government will create a “weak and unstable” government, with Labour being subjected to a “daily dose of political blackmail”. He warns that Labour will be dragged to the left. (The Times page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Herald page 1, The Daily Mail page 6)


An EU Referendum equals another indy referendum: Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that an out vote in a EU referendum without Scotland’s consent would see a “clamour” to revisit the question of Scottish independence. (The Times page 7)


SNP’s raise to power may become difficult: Magnus Linklater in the Times has stated that SNP will now be subjected to new criticism on its polices and working as a minority partner with Labour while trying to keep its promises. The biggest difficult, he argues, will be the risk of causing a Labour collapse and letting the Torys in through a second referendum. (The Times page 27)


Osborne attacks SNP rail plans: Osborne has attacked the SNP’s plan to start HS2 from Glasgow will cost English jobs. (The Herald page 7)



EU move to put Scottish dairy on the map: The EU is set to give Scottish dairy products that same global status as Scottish Whiskey and Beef. (The National page 14


Long-term growth at risk: The CBI employer’s group has warned that Britain’s lack of investment in innovation and its inability to embrace new technology will harm Britain’s growth. They have already pointed out that new estimate for productivity has fallen for the third year in a row. (FT page 1)



Demo to legalise cannabis: Around 600 cannabis supporters gathered in Glasgow to show their support to the campaign to legalise cannabis. This gathering was a part of the worldwide 2/40 movement that uses the 20th of March as an annual event to advocate for cannabis legalisation. (The National page 13, Daily Record page 22, The Sun page 8, The Times page 24, The Herald page 3, Daily Express page 7, The Daily Mail page 9)


Magna Carta to be sent to schools: In celebration of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, schools across the UK will be sent copies of the document. (P&J page 16)