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.
TV Debate: The TV debate with the seven main party leaders tonight will show Tory leader David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Lib Dem Nick Clegg, Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Green party leader Natalie Bennett. Mr. Farage has been accused of capitalising on English fears about the SNP in the run-up to the General Election. The Euro-sceptic leader will criticise Ms. Sturgeon for being “pro-mass migration, pro-European union” (The Herald page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 4, The National page 5, The Daily Record page 11).
Graeme Archer comments in the Daily Telegraph on the “danger” Nicola Sturgeon represents in the TV debate tonight (page 25).
Business Letter: Labour leader Ed Miliband has pitched the General Election battle in terms of between Labour being on the side of ordinary workers and the Tories supporting solely big businesses and individual tycoons. His pledge follows the rallying of 17 more major business figures who signed a letter endorsing the Conservatives’ economic plans. (The Herald page 6, Daniel Sanderson in the Herald, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The National page 5, The Scotsman page 5, The Financial Times page 1, The Courier page 18, The Scottish Daily Mail page 6, The Press and Journal page 15, The Guardian page 1)
Jim Murphy: Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has promised to provide £1 billion extra for Scotland’s NHS with the help of a mansion tax on 100,000 homes in the South-East of England. He said he would make “no apology” for using the money to fund the additional spending in the next parliament (The Daily Telegraph page 6, The Courier page 19)
Jim Murphy was also accused of hypocrisy yesterday after he claimed that the SNP were acting as “David Cameron’s little helpers” (The National page 2, The Sun page 9, The Daily Express page 5, The Scottish Daily Mail page 1, The Press and Journal page 17)
Paul Kavanagh comments in the National on Jim Murphy’s policies (page 4)
Labour’s policy: Jeremy Warner comments in the Daily Telegraph on how the Labour’s economic plan would bring Britain five years of mediocrity (page 26).
John Macleod comments on Labour’s policies and decline in the Scottish Daily Mail (page 14)
Val Mcdermid comments in The Times on how Labour lost his voters over the last few years (page 31).
Michael Keating in the Herald analyses the phenomenon of devolution in Great-Britain (The Herald page 6).
Devo Max: Business man Jim McColl, one of Nicola Sturgeon’s leading economic advisers, said full fiscal autonomy, the Nationalists’ key election demand, could be phased by 2020 (The Herald page 7)
Nick Clegg’s visit: Lib Dem leader has made his first visit to Scotland for the General Election campaign. It was reportedly overshadowed by the results of a Lord Ashcroft poll which predicted that the Deputy Prime Minister would lose his seat on the 7th of May (The National page 3, The Times page 8, The Daily Record page 12, The Daily Express page 5, The Courier page 18, The Scottish Daily Mail page 8, The Press and Journal page 16, The Guardian page 8).
Mike Wade comments in the Times on how the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is trying to” woo” the SNP voters after a survey puts his own seat in jeopardy (page 9).
David Cameron’s policies: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on the lack of support for David Cameron five weeks away from the elections (page 27)
Scottish economy: The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has confirmed that nearly one million workers will be dragged into the 40p tax under a Labour government, saying that a vote for SNP will “continue the Tories’ austerity policies” (The Daily Telegraph page 6, The Times page 6, The Scotsman page 1, The Daily Record page 13, The Daily Express page 1, The Courier page 19, The Scottish Daily Mail page 9, The Press and Journal page 17).
Immigration: A post-election deal between Labour and the SNP would “destroy” Britain’s immigration controls, creating a “back door” for foreigners according to new report by Migration Watch UK (The Daily Telegraph page 6, The Times page 2)
SNP: The SNP increased pressure on the treasury to stop Scotland’s emergency services paying VAT, because it costs the Scottish services £33 million a year. (The National page 10, The Guardian page 25)
Alan Cochrane comments in the Daily Telegraph on the supporters’ “blind faith” to the Nationalists (page 5)
Alex Salmond’s book: The new book released by the former First Minister faces a split review from the readers, according to the review charts on Amazon, between “high scathing criticism and high praise” (The Herald page 7).
Pound trading: Analysts warned investors yesterday that Britain faces the prospect of a weak ineffective government after a dead-heat election. Forecasters unanimously predicted a hung parliament on the 7th of May, and that neither Labour, nor the Tories would form a stable government (The Times page 1)
Housing developments: Scotland’s local authorities are approving new smaller housing developments faster than ever, whereas large developments are taking more than two years and more to gain planning permission, according to planning statistics published by the Scottish Government yesterday (The National page 7).
Land reform bill: Lesley Riddoch comments in the National on the weakness of the new bill on land reform in Scotland (page 8).
Senior Police chief: Police Scotland Chief Sir Stephen has come under renewed pressure by the politicians, who said “he needs to change his way”. Nicola Sturgeon offered a vote of confidence in him in the face of criticism from the three main opposition leaders. He is facing intense political criticism, especially from the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, over his handling of stop-and-search (The Herald page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The National page 11, The Times page 1, The Scotsman page 1, The Sun page 2, The Daily Record page 4, The Daily Express page 5, The Courier page 19, The Scottish Daily Mail page 1).