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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 26 May 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.

 

Politics

Warning over the Smith Commission: The Jimmy Reid Foundation has warned that Scotland could be locked into a “cycle of economic decline” because the Smith Commission’s proposals are not handing over enough economic powers to Holyrood. The report said that only way to solve the problems that will arise from the Smith Commission is to introduce a Federal UK. (The Scotsman page 4, The Times page 2, The National page 3, Daily Record page 6, Herald page 6, C&A page 14)

 

Alistair Carmichael: New calls for Alistair Carmichael to resign have emerged following his claim that he had not seen the memo that was leaked. The SNP are calling for a formal investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards while Willie Rennie has shown his support for Alistair Carmichael stating that he deserves a second chance. (The Scotsman page 5, The National page 2, The Sun page 2, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 2, The Herald page 1, P&J page 12, The C&A page 13, Times page 7)

Voters should decide on Carmichael: Colette Douglas Home in the Herald comments that the voters should be the ones who decide on the fate of Carmichael. She thinks he should stand down and re-run in a by-election.

Salmond & Mundell: Tories have denied Alex Salmond’s claims that their only Scottish MP, David Mundell, was involved in the leaked Carmichael memo. David Mundell was second in command in the Scottish Office when the memo was leaked and denies any involvement. (The Sun page 2, Daily Mail page 6, P&J page 12)

Tory Revolt: David Cameron may face a revolt from his MPs over his plans to reduce the number of seats in Westminster from 650 to 600. The Tory manifesto promised to cut the total number of seats in the Commons in their pledge to “cut the cost of politics”. (The Times page 6).

French MSP Annoyed:
Christian Allard, a French SNP MSP has attacked David Cameron’s plan of using the election franchise of the UK General Elections. This would mean all EU citizens, bar Irish and Commonwealth citizens, would be barred from voting. The SNP are demanding that the local election franchise be used which would allow EU citizens to vote. (The Scotsman page 8, The Times page 2, The National page 4, The Sun page 4, Daily Record page 2, Herald page 6, P&J page 13, C&A page 15).

Youth EU Vote: Alex Salmond has accused David Cameron of “hokey-cokey” politics by barring 16 and 17 year olds from voting in the EU referendum. (The Sun page 4)

Labour and Youth EU Vote: Labour has been accused of trying to block the EU Referendum bill by backing 16 and 17 year old voting. (The Daily Express page 2)

 

 Pro-EU Camp: Ross Clark in the Daily Express has accused Labour and the SNP of trying to manipulate the voting franchise in terms of youth and EU citizens voting. Their goal, he claims, is to increase the number of pro-EU voting in the franchise.
Quick EU Vote: David Cameron has been warned by his EU advisors not to have a rushed EU referendum as it could undermine his attempts to reform the EU. (The FT page 2)
EU Talks: David Cameron has welcomed talks with EU President Jean-Claude Juncker over his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU. (The Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, P&J page 13, C&A page 15).

Suicide law: Muslim leaders in Scotland have asked Holyrood to block any legislation that would legalise assisted suicide. The Council of Imams Scotland said that such a law is “strongly prohibited under the Islamic law”. (The Scotsman page 10, Daily Record page 10, Herald page 9, P&J page 14)

Cameron & the SNP: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that there may be an independence referendum in this Parliament  if David Cameron does not play it safe with the SNP. In particular he points to the issues arising from an English Out vote and Scottish In vote in the EU referendum.

Labour Leadership Election: Scottish Labour is considering an American-style primary for electing its leader. This could mean that Scots outwidth the Labour Party may have a say in who becomes the next leader. The proposal is a part of the wide-ranging review of Scottish Labour being led by outgoing leader Jim Murphy. (The Times page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph)
Labour in 2016: Former Scottish Labour spin doctor Paul Sinclair has reportedly commented  that Labour will be lucky to get a single constituency seat in 2016. (Daily Mail page 6)

Labour & Unionism: Scott Arthur in the Daily Record has commented that Labour needs to stop being seen as a Unionist party in Scotland and instead be seen as the party of Social Justice.

Scots want energy devolved: Nine out of ten Scots want energy devolved according to Big Energy Switch. (The National page 8)

Scotland faces a ‘plunge’: Michael Gray  in the National comments that Scotland is on the verge of a ‘plunge’ due to cuts and threats to civil liberties. He states that the Tory government’s actions will result in calls for a second referendum.
Economy
Fair Business Pledge: Nicola Sturgeon has launched a new “Gold Standard” test for businesses which rates them on how fair they are with regards to the living wage and contributing to a “fairer society”. (The Scotsman page 1, FT page 4)

Spending per head: A House of Commons Library study has found that Scots received £1,597 per head more than the English. (Daily Mail page 6).

Federal UK: Adam Tomkins in the Daily Mail has argued that the only way to save the Union is to create a “United States of Britain”.
Justice

Police & Private Space: Metropolitan Police Commander Mak Chishty has called on the police and parents to “move into the private space” of children to counteract extremism. He said that Britain was in “uncharted waters” due to the threats of ISIS being able to reach young people over social media. (The Scotsman page 11, Herald page 11)

Tackling Sectarianism: The Scottish government is spending £3m to help tackle sectarianism. (The National page 12, Daily Record page 10, Daily Express page 10, The Herald page 5)

Police Cuts: Police Chiefs were accused of severing links with the local community as following  funding cuts to crime prevention panels which are locally organised groups of residents who work with the police to tackle crime. (The Daily Express page 10)

Privacy Fears: Fears over civil liberties have emerged due to the revelation that thousands of images of Scots have been stored on a facial recognition database used by the police. (The Herald page 1)

Automatic Release Date: Plans to restrict automatic early release of criminals may cost taxpayers £17m in extra prison costs according to Howard League for Penal Reform. (The Herald page 7)

Tory UDI: Tory MP John Stevenson, a Scot representing Carlisle, has suggested that the Scottish Tories should split from the UK party. (The Herald page 7)

 

Education
Education union speak out: Teaching Union EIS has called the SNP’s comments on the standard of reading and writing skills in schools  “wholly unacceptable” and accused the SNP of “selectively misusing data”. (The Scotsman page 6, The National page 6, Daily Express page 4, FT page 2, Herald page 2,  C&A page 14, Daily Record page 1)

 

Local Government
Profits from parking charges: Councils have been accused by the RAC Foundation of making “big money” from parking charges and fines as they made a record profit of £33m between 2013 and 2014. Councils have defended themselves, arguing that the profits go back into transport infrastructure. (The Times page 20)