Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 27 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.

: The First Minister has called for radical reform of the BBC, including the creation of a new Scottish TV channel and a second Scottish radio station. (Scotsman page 1, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Alex Massie in the Times, Herald page 1, National page 7, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 10, Guardian page 5)

Women only train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned by other Labour leadership contenders for suggesting that women only carriages on trains should be considered to combat harassment. (Scotsman page 5, Times page 9, Express page 2, Herald page 6, National page 13, FT page 2, Telegraph page 14, Emma Barnett in the Telegraph, Mail page 19, Guardian page 8, Courier page 21)

Liberal Lords: Eleven new Lib Dems will join the House of Lords today, including Sir Malcolm Bruce and Sir Menzies Campbell. (Sun page 2)

The Government is expected to announce more than 40 new appointments to the Lords, with reports that seven nominees were turned down by Whitehall’s appointments commission. (Telegraph page 1, Stuart Wheeler in the Mail)

Housing: The Scottish Household Survey has suggested a fall from one in three households being rested at a low cost from councils in 1999 to one in four households in 2014, leading to demands for more affordable homes. (Herald page 1, National page 7, Mail page 19)

Political parties: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald comments on the growing number of parties planning on contesting list seats at the Scottish elections.

Benefit sanctions: There is reportedly a postcode lottery in the way benefits sanctions are handled across Scotland. (National page 1)

T in the Park: John Swinney has been drawn into the row over T in the Park being given £150,000 of tax-payers money. (Herald page 1, Mail page 1)

Scottish budget
: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments that Scotland needs a means to monitor and control the effects of new tax and spending powers.

The latest Scottish Household Survey has suggested that the level of satisfaction with Scottish education has fallen. (Scotsman page 1)

: Scottish ministers are considering proposals to track sex offenders with GPS technology. (Sun page 2, National page 11)

Local Government
Former MSP Frank McAveety is the favourite to replace Gordon Matheson as the leader of Glasgow Council following Councillor Stephen Curran’s decision to pull out of the race. (Herald page 6)

Local taxes: Reform Scotland’s director, Geoff Mawdsley, comments in the Herald on the need to give Scottish local authorities greater control over raising their own income.