Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 11 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.


Reform Scotland

The Thinning Blue Line: Reform Scotland’s latest report, The Thinning Blue Line, highlights the fall in the number of crimes being cleared up per police officer, despite an increase in officers, a fall in crime and 130,000 crimes remaining unsolved last year.  It points to suggestions that police officers are having to do work previously carried out by civilian staff and, as a result, calls on the Scottish Government to review the 1,000 extra officers pledge to ensure the policy is delivering value for tax payers.  The report also looks at how localism can be re-injected into the single force.  (Scotsman page 1, Record page 2, Express page 2, Herald page 10, Telegraph page 13, Mail page 8, P&J page 16)



Fiscal autonomy: The SNP has reportedly commented that the party will lay amendments to the Scotland Bill to push for full fiscal autonomy. (Scotsman page 1 , Record page 11, Herald page 6)


Fiscal rules: The Institute of Fiscal Studies has warned that George Osborne’s proposed new fiscal rules could “take us back to the practice of the second half of the 19th century. (National page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Allister Heath in the Telegraph)


David Miliband: David Miliband has commented that Labour “turned the page backwards” under his brother’s leadership. (National page 4, Jenni Russsell in the Times, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 10)


Scottish Labour: Jack Straw has urged Labour to create a separate party in Scotland in order to help the party rebuild. (Times page 1)


English votes: David Cameron is expected to press ahead with his plans to limit the voting powers of Scottish MPs at Westminster. (Times page 4)


Housing: The Independent Commission on Housing and Wellbeing has warned that nearly a million households in Scotland are in fuel poverty and 60,000 suffer overcrowded accommodation. (Record page 9, Herald page 11, Mail page 4)


Election timing:  The decision as to whether the Holyrood election after 2016 is held three or five years later, to avoid a clash with the general election, will be taken by Holyrood. (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 14, Courier page 17)


Voting age: The Labour Party believes that it can secure votes for 16 and 17-year-olds in the EU referendum. (Herald page 6)



North Sea: Two third of North Sea oil and gas operators are reportedly being forced to cancel projects because of the fall in the oil price. (Scotsman page 4, Times page 6, Record page 2, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 2, Mail page 19)


RBS: In his Mansion House speech last night, George Osborne announced that he will begin selling off the Government’s stake in RBS in the coming months. (Scotsman page 6 , Sun page 2, Times page 1, Record page 4, Express page 5, Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Mail page 2, Guardian page 2, P&J page 14, Courier page 16)


Tax: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman considers the decisions John Swinney will need to make with regard to the new tax powers coming to Scotland.



CalMac: The RMT union has announced that it is considering dates and forms of industrial action within CalMac routes after winning backing for action from members. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 7)



Waiting times: Claims of waiting time manipulation and bullying at Ninewells Hospital are to be investigated. (Scotsman page 13, National page 6, Times page 5, Record page 10, Express page 2, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 7, P&J page 20, Courier page 1)


Alcohol: Magnus Linklater in the Times argues that the Scottish Government needs to do more to tackle the problem of alcohol in Scotland. (Page 27)


Targets: Labour has backed calls from the Scottish Government to revise a series of NHS targets. (Herald page 9)


Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: Pressure is reportedly mounting on the Scottish Government to make public the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) England review of general surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (P&J page 1)