Daily Scottish political media summary: 14th November 2008

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Economy

RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland is to axe 15% of its global banking markets workforce, around 3,000 jobs, although it is not expected the redundancies will affect people in Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Peter MacMahon in the Scotsman, Herald page 2)

Recession:  Further comment and analysis on the recession as further job cuts are announced, including a cut of 10,000 jobs from BT’s workforce. (Scotsman page 29, Alf Young in the Herald, Courier page 3, P&J page 14, Sun page 18, Times page 15, Mirror page 9, Express page 1, Mail page 20, Record page 2, Guardian page 30, FT page 2, Martin Wolf in the FT, Telegraph page 4, Jeff Randall in the Telegraph)

HBOS: Alex Salmond has accused Labour politicians of undermining attempts to secure an alternative takeover deal for HBOS by “leaking and briefing”. (Scotsman page 8, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, Courier page 12, P&J page 14, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Peter Jones in the Times, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1)

Post Office: The UK Government yesterday announced that the Post Office network had retained a contract to pay pensions and benefits which effectively will save a number of branches from closure. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6, Courier page 1, P&J page 7, Sun page 2, Times page 25, Express page 21, Mail page 6, Record page 6, Guardian page 7, FT page 2, Telegraph page 6)

Tax cuts: Further comment and debate on the merits of tax cuts during a recession as Gordon Brown calls on the world’s wealthiest economies to cut taxes. (Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 2, Telegraph page 4)

House prices: The Scottish House Price Monitor published today has shown the biggest fall in house prices for at least 16 years. (Herald page 2, Express page 14, Mail page 1)

Sterling: The pound fell again against the euro yesterday as well as reaching a 6-year low against the dollar. (Herald page 32, Telegraph B1)

Bank bail out: Sir Philip Hampton and John Kingman, the two men charged with managing the Government’s investment in UK banks, have said that the Government will have no direct boardroom representation and the part-nationalised banks will be held at arms length. (FT page 1)

Crime

Knife crime: An investigation by the Sun (page 8) reveals that children as young as nine are out on Scottish streets with knifes and ten-year olds have been found carrying knifes to school.

Transport

A9: Politicians were yesterday increasing pressure on the Government to dual the Inverness to Perth stretch of the A9 after it emerged that more than 200 people have died on the road since 1985. (P&J page 1)

Disabled parking bays: Holyrood’s local government committee has backed a member’s bill to introduce £60 fines for able bodied people who use disabled parking bays. (Record page 37)

Education

School buildings:  Councils in Scotland have said that they have been unable to go ahead with new school building plans for the past 19 months as the Scottish Government tries to set up its Scottish Futures Trust, despite 832 school buildings being designated as poor or bad meaning they need refurbishment or replacement. (Scotsman page 6, Record page 2)

Teacher recruitment:  Research carried out by Glasgow University has concluded that the recruitment crisis facing newly qualified teachers in Scotland is damaging their professional development. (Herald page 12)

Health

Alcohol: The SNP are pointing to research done on the impact of two tax increases on alcohol in Alaska which led to a drop in alcohol related deaths as evidence to back their proposals to tackle Scotland’s alcohol culture through policies such as minimum prices. (Scotsman page 11)

Local Government

Aberdeen Council: Aberdeen City Council has been condemn for failings in its child protection system in a report by HM Inspectors, which states that vulnerable youngsters are being left in high-risk situations. (Herald page 11, Courier page 11, P&J page 12, Sun page 12, Times page 19, Mirror page 6, Express page 9, Mail page 34, Telegraph page 16)

Politics

Politician of the year: Nicola Sturgeon was named politician of the year and debater of the year at last night’s annual awards. Alistair Darling won best Scot at Westminster. (Herald page 1 and page 8)

Data courtesy of Reform Scotland.

Reform Scotland is an independent, non-party think tank that aims to set out a better way to deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the traditional Scottish principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility.

www.reformscotland.com

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