Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 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


Scotland Bill: The Scottish Government has commented that it “will not hesitate” to block additional powers due to be devolved under the Scotland Bill if the financial settlement and changes to the block grant are deemed to be too harsh and therefore prevent ministers from effectively using the new fiscal powers. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 12)

A report commissioned by Sir Tom Hunter has suggested that the Scotland Bill will place an “administrative burden” on Holyrood and taxes may have to rise as a result. Sir Tom also commented that it was time to “move on” from the independence debate. (Express page 5, Herald page 1)

Labour has called for all VAT collected in Scotland to remain in Scotland. (Courier page 13)

PMQs: Comment and analysis following Jeremy Corbyn’s first appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 4, National page 1, Lesley Riddoch in the National, Record page 1, Herald page 7, FT page 2, Guardian page 6, Courier page 14, P&J page 12)

Jeremy Corbyn: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Allister Heath in the Telegraph, Seumas Milne in the Guardian and Michael Savage in the Times comment on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader.

Second referendum: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Bill Leckie in the Sun and Kenny Farquharson in the Times, comment on the potential of a second independence referendum.

Independence: Joe Pike in the Herald and Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph reflect on the impact of last year’s independence referendum.

Labour donor: Assem Allam, the owner of Hull City Football Club and one of Labour’s biggest donors, has reportedly suggested that he would fund any Labour MPs who wanted to launch a centrist party or defect to the Lib Dems. (Times page 1, David Aaronovitch in the Times)

Home rule: Former Scotland Office director Alun Evans has commented that it was time to make a “big, bold and generous offer to Scotland” and devolve full powers over tax and spending in order to save the Union. (National page 4, Sun page 2, Express page 5, Herald page 6, Mail page 5)

David Mundell: Scottish Secretary David Mundell is expected to make a speech today arguing that independence is not inevitable. (Express page 1, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1)

EU: Jeremy Corbyn has commented that he could not envisage the circumstances where he would campaign for the UK to leave the EU. (Guardian page 1)


Fracking: A new group, SNP Members Against Unconventional Oil and Gas, has been created to convince the Scottish Government to back an outright ban on fracking. (Times page 1, National page 11, Herald page 3, Courier page 17)

Employment: Employment in Scotland fell by 12,000 to 2,612,000 between May and July this year, though it is still 4,000 higher than the same time last year. (Express page 5)

Corbnomics”: Mark Craney, governor of the Bank of England, has suggested that Jeremy Corbyn’s economic proposals for quantitative easing and removing the independence of the bank of England would lead to an increase in inflation which would hurt the poor and elderly. (Telegraph page 1)

Local government
Edinburgh council: Edinburgh City Council is reportedly proposing to cut more than 3,000 jobs and privatise services in order to save £140m. (Herald page 4)

University governance: The Scottish Government has rejected claims that it will have any “direct involvement or control” over universities as a result of new governance proposals. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 27, Herald page 10, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Telegraph page 2)

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 September 2015 20mph speed limits are to be introduced on main roads in five towns in Scotland for the first time as part of a new road safety experiment. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 5, Mail page 1)s