Scottish news bulletin: 5th January 2009

  • 5 January 2009

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.


Euro: The First Minister has asked businesses all over Scotland to accept the euro this year to help boost the tourist industry. He also said there was a strong argument for joining the euro on a permanent basis. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 2)

Recession: Scotland is set to plunge into recession as a report shows slump in turnover. Credit Crunch is predicted to last two years. (Scotsman page 25, Herald page 28, Times page 13, Daily Record page 2, Press and Journal page 10, Daily Mail page 6, The Sun page 4, Daily Express page 5, Courier page 9)

Banking: Gordon Brown yesterday played down the possibility that the UK Government may have to pump more public funds into the banking sector to stimulate borrowing. (Herald page 1, FT page 2, Daily Telegraph page 33, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Express page page 1 )

Migration: 150,000 come to Scotland from the rest of the UK. (Herald page 13, Daily Record page 2)

Scotland Magnate for Job Seekers: The onset of the recession has led thousands of expatriates to look again at pursuing careers in Scotland. (FT page 4)

Sterling: Sterling’s fall, not a stimulus, can save Britain. Peter Oppenheimer comments in FT. ( page 11)

Oil prices: The oil price fall could ease inflation, by helping consumers feel they are better off. (FT page 2, Daily Telegraph page 35, Press and Journal page 16)


Criminals: Former criminals will no longer be able to cash in with lucrative autobiographies and paid appearances under new plans to be unveiled by the Scottish Government this month. (Herald page 13, Daily Express page 7)

Cost of Translators: The cost to taxpayers of providing court translators for people accused of crimes in Scotland has more than trebled in six years, costing over £3million since 2003. (Press and Journal
page 1)

Re-offenders: The number of prisoners freed early from jails, then sent back to prison within months has soared to record levels. (Daily Mail page 1)


Forth Road Bridge: Major government projects, including schools, hospitals and transport schemes could be delayed or cancelled because of the dispute over funding the new Forth road bridge. (Scotsman page 6, page 20, Herald page 10, FT page 2, The Times page 3, page 21, The Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Record page 2, Press and Journal page 9, Daily Mail page 10, Daily Express page 4 , Courier page 1)


NHS DVT: Improvements to the way NHS boards look after patients at risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) are yet to be introduced across Scotland, a year after managers were told to take action as a matter of urgency. (Herald page 1, page 9)


Greener Schools: Measures aimed at making Scotland’s schools greener were announced yesterday by Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop. The initiative hopes to boost the use of renewables in schools and also improve energy efficiency. (Herald page 13, Press and Journal
page 7)

Maths: Children who fail to master basic maths cost society up to £44,000 by their late thirties, a report by KPMG concludes. (Times page 15)

Second Chance Units: Liz Smith MSP said it is time for the Scottish Government to publish annual statistics on verbal and physical abuse in classrooms. The Conservative schools spokeswoman believes that ‘second chance units’ should be introduced. (The Courier page 6)


Gaza: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urges halt to fighting to allow humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians. (Herald page 5, Daily Record page 9)

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