Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 1 September  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.

Trident: Nicola Sturgeon has called George Osborne “arrogant” over his plans to invest in modernising the UK’s nuclear deterrent, as the decision pre-empts a vote on the future of nuclear weapons.  (Scotsman page 1, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Sun page 6, Record page 2, Express page 5, National page 4, Herald page 6, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 8, Guardian page 4, P&J page 11, Courier page 13)

Legislative programme: Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce her programme for Government at Holyrood today. Proposals will reportedly include giving parents a role in the introduction of new primary school tests. (Scotsman page 15, Times page 2, Herald page 1, Courier page 13)

Travel expenses: MSPs have been claiming travel expenses for journeys of just one mile.  MPs at Westminster cannot claim expenses for journeys to work, though MSPs are allowed to. (Scotsman page 10)

BBC: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that both governments in Scotland and London have it in for the BBC.

English nationalism:  Philip Johnston in the Telegraph comments on English nationalism.

Gas field: A gas field in the North Sea has been given the go ahead to start production.  It is believed that about a quarter of a billion barrels of oil equivalent are in the Culzean field east of Aberdeen.  (Scotsman page 1, David Bell in the Scotsman, Times page 8, Record page 2, National page 1, Herald page 1, P&J page 1)

Living wage: David Cameron has pledged to introduce fines and sanctions for businesses that don’t pay the national living wage. (Times page 1)

VAT: Scottish retailers have reportedly warned the Scottish Government against increasing the Scottish rate of income tax as it would reduce Scots’ disposable income and likely lead to a reduction in VAT returns. (Telegraph page 1)


Police Scotland: Graeme Pearson, Labour’s justice spokesman, has accused justice secretary Michael Matheson of being an “absentee landlord” with regard to the problems facing Police Scotland. (Scotsman page 8, Martyn McLaughlin in the Scotsman, Sun page 13, Record page 7, Herald page 6, Graham Grant in the Mail, P&J page 13, Courier page 14, Graeme Pearson in the Courier)

Police numbers: The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents has reportedly asked the Scottish Government to reconsider the 1,000 extra officers pledge to ease financial pressures. (Times page 1)

Offenders: Criminals who have been freed from jail or living under supervision in the community have reportedly committed 14 murders in 18 months. (Express page 1, Telegraph page 9, Mail page 25)