Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 14 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.
Labour leadership: Former Home Secretary Jack Straw has added his voice to those of senior party figures concerned that a Jeremy Corbyn leadership would threaten Labour’s ‘survival’ by confining the party to ‘perpetual opposition’. In a hard hitting speech, Yvette Cooper focussed on the feminism of her policies, saying that Mr Corbyn is relying on ‘old answers’ which are ‘not radical and not credible’. (Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 2, Herald page 2, Record page 8,Times page 17, Mail page 18.)
Corbynmania: Jeremy Corbyn hit back at opponents who he claims are ‘nervous about the power of democracy’ and has said that he would work with the SNP in opposition, in a speech yesterday. Campaigners believe that ‘Corbynmania’ has seen a surge in support from previous SNP ‘Yes’ voters. (Scotsman page 1, Courier page 1, Times page 1, P&J page 1, Express page 2, Record page 9.)
Scottish Labour: Voting closed today for the party leadership election between Ken Macintosh and favourite Kezia Dugdale. Both candidates made final appeals for votes, as Ms Dugdale was criticised for backtracking on her attitude towards Jeremy Corbyn.
T in the Park: Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has joined the cronyism row over a Scottish Government donation of £150,000 to the T in the Park festival. (Telegraph page 1, Times page 1, Express page 2, Scotsman page 6, Herald page 4, National page 4.)
Tax avoidance peer: Bra tycoon Michelle Mone, who is expected to be nominated to the House of Lords, has been accused of using a legal tax avoidance scheme George Osborne described as ‘morally repugnant’. (Mail page 1, Record page 2, Times page 6.)
SNP policies: Jenny Hjul on page 13 of the Herald discusses the economic consequences of the SNP’s rejection of GM crops and fracking.
Smoking ban: Scotland’s health minister has rejected calls by the Royal Society for Public Health to extend the smoking pan to public areas, saying that this would ‘discriminate’ against smokers. (Herald page 8.)
Localism: Patrick Harvie on page 12 of the National speaks in favour of decentralising more powers to councils.
Tram inquiry: Edinburgh City Council has rejected a Judge’s calls that it fund the legal representation of transport executives as part of the public inquiry into the trams fiasco. The council has said this would be an unjustifiable expense. (Times page 6, Scotsman page 8, Herald page 7.)
Tram success: Edinburgh’s tram system saw passenger numbers 8% above target levels in their first year of operating, meaning the airport link required one quarter less subsidy than expected. The link is expected to take three years to begin making a profit. (Scotsman page 8.)