Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 25 August 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

Jeremy Corbyn:
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has commented that he would end the independence of the Bank of England and sack its Governor if he refused to print more money. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, Dan Hodges in the Telegraph, Janan Ganesh in the FT)

Gordon Brown: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reportedly backed Yvette Cooper in the Labour leadership contest. (Express page 2, National page 5)

BBC: Broadcaster James Naughtie has called Alex Salmond “bizarre and weird” over the Former First Minister’s ongoing argument with the BBC over its referendum coverage. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 18, National page 3, Herald page 9, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Telegraph page 6)

Welfare: Iain Duncan Smith has been criticised for suggesting that more people on sickness benefits should work, even for a few hours per week. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 19, Record page 1, Stephen Pollard in the Express, National page 4, Herald page 6, Mail page 8, Courier page 16)

Tories: David Maddox in the Scotsman suggests that a return to the political debate of the 1980s can only be good news for the Tories.

Trident: Scottish Labour is to debate the party’s position on Trident at its October conference in Perth. (Times page 18, National page 5, Courier page 17, P&J page 13)

Ruth Davidson: There is a profile of Scottish Tory leader in the Sun. (page 20)

Broadband: Nicola Sturgeon has launched a £9 million fund to extend broadband in rural areas. (National page 2)

Petitions committee: Only about a quarter of petitions submitted to Holyrood’s public petitions committee are reportedly accepted for consideration.  (Herald page 1, Dorothy-Grace Elder in the Herald)

Companies in the FTSE 100 lost a combined £74 billion yesterday as panic about the economic health of China spread. (Times page 1, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 1)

Local Government
Local taxes:
On the back of Reform Scotland’s “Localising Local Tax” report, the Lib Dems have called for councils to be able to raise as much as 50% of what they spend and the Greens have described the Council Tax freeze as “regressive”. (Herald page 4, Courier page 17)

University funding: In a submission to Holyrood’s finance committee Universities Scotland has warned that Scottish Government plans to reform university governance could mean up to £450 million is lost from universities finances. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 11, Express page 2, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 1)

EMAs: Changes announced by the First Minister will mean that more school and college students from poorer families will receive Educational Maintenance Allowances. (Scotsman page 10, P&J page 12)