Scottish news bulletin: 4th December 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.

Data courtesy of Reform Scotland


Repossessions: Gordon Brown yesterday announced that victims of the economic downturn can have their mortgage interest payments delayed for up to two years to help avoid repossession. (Scotsman page 1, Ross Lydall in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Sun page 8, Guardian page 1, Express page 1, Leo McKinstry in the Express, Telegraph page 1, Mirror page 6, Times page 1, Patrick Hosking in the Times, FT page 1, Alex Barker and Jane Croft in the FT, P&J page 1, Mail page 1, Record page 2)

Interest rates: Forecasters expect interest rates to be cut to 2% later today. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 33, Guardian page 36, Mirror page 6, Anatole Kaletsky in the Times, David Wighton in the Times, FT page 1)

Planning permission: Builders’ representatives have warned that allowing home improvements, such as large extensions and decking, without planning permission could result in more ugly improvements.
The Scottish Government yesterday announced the proposed changes to the planning system which would cut the number of planning applications by 35% with householders saving an estimated £1.4m in fees. (Herald page 4, Express page 17, Mail page 6)

Capitalism: Iain Martin in the Telegraph (page 23) comments that a culture war has been launched against free markets and capitalism.

Scottish job security: Finance Secretary John Swinney has claimed that 4,000 jobs will be secured in Scotland through £260m to be spent on public projects, including improving the A9. (Courier page 7, Sun page 4, P&J page 1, Mail page 19)


Mentally ill prisoners: The Chief Inspector of Prisons has said that there is a shortage of services for prisoners with serious mental illnesses. Dr Andrew McLellan’s report suggests that at least 5% of inmates are seriously mentally ill and should not be in prison. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 8, Sun page 12, Courier page 9, P&J page 10, Record page 15)


General Teaching Council: A disciplinary sub-committee for the General Teaching Council for Scotland has struck a teacher for incompetence - the first time this has happened in Scotland. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 5, Sun page 28, Express page 11, Courier page 1, Times page 9, P&J page 1, Mail page 11, Record page 7)


Right to die: Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Margo MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, discuss the MSP’s right to die in a television interview to be screened on Monday. (Express page 39)

NHS challenges:
A financial overview of the NHS in Scotland by Audit Scotland shows the health service’s financial position is improving, though health boards face challenges from pay deals and rising drug and fuel costs. (P&J page 9, Record page 12)


Queen's Speech: Coverage of yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. The Scottish Secretary has announced that all 11 pieces of legislation outlined in the Queen’s Speech will apply to Scotland, though five will need permission from Holyrood. (Scotsman page 4, Jim Murphy in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Sun page 8, Guardian page 6, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, Jackie Ashley in the Guardian, Express page 15, Telegraph page 4, Mirror page 7, Courier page 1, Times page 32, Peter Riddell in the Times, Angus Macleod in the Times, FT page 2, P&J page 5, Mail page 8, Edward Heathcoat Amory in the Mail)

Forestry Commission: The Scottish Government is considering leasing a quarter of state owned forests to private firms. (Scotsman page 10, Jim Hume in the Scotsman, P&J page 15)

Damian Green: Further coverage of Damian Green's arrest. It has emerged that police raided his House of Commons office without a search warrant or permission from the Speaker. (Scotsman page 13, George Kerevan in the Scotsman,
Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Guardian page 8, Michael White in the Guardian, Telegraph page 1, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, Mirror page 4, Courier page 16, Times page 6, FT page 3, P&J page 8, Mail page 12, Record page 4)

Sterling: Lord Mandelson has admitted the Government has a long term objective of joining the Euro, while the pound fell to a 13-year low yesterday. (Express page 2, Times page 60)

Football: MSPs have backed a possible bid by Scotland and Wales to host the 2016 European football championship. (Courier page 13)

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