Reform Scotland Media Summary 2 March 2015


Reform Scotland
Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 02 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.

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News.

Offshore Wind Investment:  Nicola Sturgeon has called for UK government investment in offshore wind as figures from the National Grid showed an over reliance on electricity from England when the wind doesn’t blow (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 7, P&J page 14, Courier page 13, Record page 2, National page 10)

Union Flag Row:  Proposals for Union flag plaques to appear on infrastructure funded by the UK government have been branded a “silly gimmick” by the SNP (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 12, Mail page 4, P&J page 1, Courier page 15, Sun page 2, National page 11, Express page 2, Times page 9)

Welfare Reforms:  According to research by Sheffield Hallam University, lone parents with young children stand to lose more than £1800 per year under UK government welfare reforms (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 9, P&J pages 12&13, Sun page 2)

Anti-SNP Alliance:  A new organisation called Scotland in Union, which aims to maximise a pro-UK vote against the SNP in the general election will launch this week, with Labour urging their supporters to reject the campaign (Scotland on Sunday pages 1, 4&5, Times page 20, Telegraph page 8)

SNP:  Andrew Tickell in Scotland on Sunday and Nicola Sturgeon in the Sunday Times (page 21) discuss the role the SNP will play in the UK general election and beyond.

Jim Murphy:  In Scotland on Sunday Dani Garavelli discusses Jim Murphy’s dynamism.

Labour Candidate Row:  Dr Amanjit Jhund, Labour candidate for East Dunbartonshire, has come under fire after it was revealed that his consultancy helped design the Conservative government’s health service reforms (Sunday Herald page 20)

United Kingdom:  In the Herald, David Torrance argues that the UK needs to rejuvenate if it is to survive the 21st century.

Nuclear Power:  Tom Greatrex, Labour’s shadow energy minister, has suggested that the election of a Labour government could see a new generation of nuclear power stations in Scotland (Times page 9)

Votes at 16:  A YouGov poll has shown that youngsters are split over plans to lower the voting age, with 47% opposed and 43% in favour (Herald page 6)

Planning Reform Calls:  Leading heritage and environmental bodies are calling for greater transparency in the planning system (Herald page 9, Times pages 1&9)

Local Democracy:  In the Scotsman, Lesley Riddoch argues for more power for local communities.

Tax Commission:  Brian Monteith in the Scotsman discusses the ITS Tax Commission set up by the Scottish Conservatives.

School Milk:  SNP MSP Dave Thompson has launched a campaign to get free milk back in schools (Sun page 2)

North Sea Oil:  In his last major speech as an MP, Gordon Brown will set out plans to save the North Sea oil industry, including direct public investment (Herald pages 1&4, Scotsman pages 1&5, Guardian page 6, P&J pages 1, 12&13, Courier page 13, Nationalpage 10, Times page 9)

Engineering:  Low oil prices, slow growth in China and troubles between the Eurozone and Russia are contributing to a dip in the engineering sector according to the Scottish Engineering Quarterly Review (Herald page 24, Scotsman page 33)

Zero-hour Contracts:  Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald suggests that zero-hours contracts are a ‘recipe for human misery.’

TTIP:  In the Scotsman Alison Johnstone argues that TTIP will lead to greater financial inequality.

Food Poverty:  Public health experts have suggested food poverty resulting from the UK government’s ‘punitive welfare system’ and austerity policies will mean Scottish children dying younger than their parents (Sunday Herald page 6, Scotsman page 16)

NHS 24:  Professor George Crooks, medical director of NHS 24, has raised concerns about the pressure on the health service helpline, warning that time constraints affect the way staff speak to patients (Herald page 1)

Mesh Implants:  Health Secretary Shona Robison will write to health boards urging them to suspend mesh operations until an independent review into their use has been published (Herald page 8, Scotsman page 5)

Healthy Eating:  Freelance dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton has advised the SNP government to consider offering financial incentives for healthy eating (Sunday Times pages 1&2, Sun page 2, Times page 20)

Modern Languages:  Scottish Ministers have come under fire from other European countries who are warning that current policies will lead to the demise of German in Scottish schools (Herald page 5, Gillian Bowditch in the Sunday Times (page 21)

Tuition Fee Cap:  St Andrews university has warned that Ed Miliband’s plan to cap tuition fees at £6000 could threaten the survival of the institution (Times page 2)

East Coast Rail:  The East Coast rail route will be run jointly by private companies Virgin and Stagecoach after five years under public sector control (Record page 2)