Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 June 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.



SNP poll surge: Support for the SNP has increased since the General Election in May. A TNS survey found that 60 per cent of Scots over 16 who expressed a party preference would support the SNP. (The Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 1, The Times page 7, The Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 2, The National page 3, The Sun page 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 5, Press and Journal page 17, The Courier page 17)


George Osborne: The Chancellor will introduce a “fiscal settlement” to ensure that the country will permanently run a surplus and always has money to spare in the event of an economic crisis. (The Scotsman page 1, The Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 1, The Guardian page 1)


Alistair Carmichael: In responding to a legal bid to oust him as an MP, the former Scottish secretary has insisted that he “did not make a false statement”: he was found to be behind the leaked memo relating to Nicola Sturgeon’s General Election preferences. (The Scotsman page 4, The Herald page 6, The National page 4, Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 5, The Courier page 17)


Environmental targets: Campaigners have criticised the Scottish Government’s “staggering lack of ambition” in its efforts to tackle climate change after figures revealed government green targets have been missed for the fourth year in a row. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 7, The National page 12, Scottish Daily Express page 4, Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 2, Scottish Daily Mail page 4, Press and Journal page 18)


Nicola Sturgeon: Nicola Sturgeon was likened to Saddam Hussein when appearing on the US comedy show The Daily Show. Host Jon Stewart joked that she would not be satisfied until she had all the votes in Scotland. (The Scotsman page 3, The Herald page 6, The Times page 7, Scottish Daily Mail page 5, Press and Journal page 17)


SNP amendment rejected: The SNP’s amendment to the EU Referendum Bill – to add a “double lock” allowing Scotland to stay in the EU if the rest of the UK voted to leave – was defeated at Westminster, 338 votes to 59. (The National page 3)


Charles Kennedy: Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has claimed that Charles Kennedy would have been a “proud, leading member” of the campaign to keep Britain in Europe. (The Scotsman page 4)


Income tax rise: Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced that he cannot rule out an income tax rise in Scotland after coming under increased pressure from opposition MSPs, including Ruth Davidson. (Scottish Daily Mail page 6)


Local devolution: Alex Massie in The Times argues that events like the Common Riding in Selkirk highlight the vibrant potential of Scotland’s small towns and suggests that local-level devolution could reverse their increasingly diminished state.


Labour in Scotland:  Former Labour finance minister Andy Kerr has warned that the party in Scotland will “die like dinosaurs” unless it makes radical change. (The National page 4)


Classroom politics: Discussing politics in the classroom plays a crucial role in getting young people interested in the democratic process, according to a study by Edinburgh University. Data has shown that had 16 and 17 year olds been eligible to vote at the General Election, two-thirds in Scotland would have done so. (The Scotsman page 16, The Herald page 2)


Scottish Westminster focus: Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph suggests that while in previous governments, the focus of Scottish politics was Holyrood – perhaps making Westminster somewhat irrelevant; the situation is now reversed with the Scottish political focus now on Westminster.


Scotland Bill amendment: The SNP reacted angrily to proposals to amend the Scotland Bill in order to create an impartial commission to investigate the consequences of full fiscal autonomy. Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray said the SNP MPs should have the “courage of their convictions” and back an investigation. (The Telegraph page 11)


Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in The National says that all parties must work together to ensure that the Scotland Bill delivers on the promises made and provides real change for Scottish voters.


Blue Collar Tories:  Andrew Whitaker in The Scotsman questions the Conservative claim of increasing working class support, suggesting this may be wishful thinking and that the evidence in Scotland is that support for the party is continuing to diminish.


EU referendum:  Alex Salmond has warned David Cameron to “lock down” the civil service during the EU referendum so that the Government cannot be accused of “stacking the deck”. (Daily Record page 2)



Cash property sales: Figures have shown that property sales in Scotland that required no borrowed money have soared by 17 per cent in the last ten years as elderly homeowners downsize in order to supplement their pensions. (The Herald page 1, Scottish Daily Mail page 31)


Offshore tax-cuts: The UK Government is on the verge of offering substantial tax cuts to the offshore industry to boost exploration in the North Sea. (Press and Journal page 1)



A&E figures:  Scotland’s newest hospital is the worst-performing for waiting times in A&E according to the latest weekly figures. Twenty patients were forced to wait over eight hours for treatment. (The Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 4, The Times page 4, Scottish Daily Express page 7, The Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 3)


NHS scare statistics: Allan Massie in The Scotsman says that NHS talk of an obesity epidemic is an over-exaggeration. He notes that while obesity rates in Scotland have grown, they have done so at a significantly slower rate than predicted.



Apprentices: Conservatives have claimed that Scotland is lagging far behind the rest of the UK in the number of apprentices entering training. (The Times page 4)



ScotRail: The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has called for an investigation into how a Dutch firm embroiled in a scandal in The Netherlands was awarded a £2.5 billion ScotRail franchise. (The Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 1)