Scottish news bulletin: 11th February 2009

  • Reform Scotland
  • 11 February 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.


Treasury Select Committee: The four former banking chiefs of RBS and HBOS apologised at the House of Commons Treasury select committee yesterday and faced criticism and scrutiny for their roles in the breakdown of the banking giants. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson, George Kerevan, Herald page 1, page 4, Telegraph page 1, FT page 1, Times page 1, Guardian page 6, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Express page 1)

RBS: The Royal Bank of Scotland is to axe 2300 jobs in a restructuring of its business it announced yesterday. (Scotsman page 7, Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 5, Courier page 1)

Graduate Jobs: Job vacancies for graduates are expected to fall this year for the first time since 2003, according to a survey of almost 250 leading employers published today. Graduate vacancies are expected to fall by 5.4%. (FT page 2, Guardian page 15)

Unemployment: Unemployment has now reached a 12 year high of 1.97 million. (Times page 18, Guardian page 15, Daily Express page 3)


Gang culture: Glasgow police may take its flagship programme against gang culture to the south side of the city top tackle violence among young Asian men. This development follows the attack of three white men on Sunday in what is reported to be a racially motivated incident. (Herald page 11)

Female prisoners: Mike Ewart, the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, said that imprisoning people can do some good, but it ‘always does harm’ and that the proportion of women serving short-term prison sentences is too high. (Press and Journal page 6, Courier page 6)

Local Government

Council Tax: Finance Secretary John Swinney is on the verge of securing a second successive council tax freeze over the next 48 hours, as local authorities confirm their budgets. (Scotsman page 11)

Caltongate Development: Developers behind a hugely controversial project in Edinburgh city centre yesterday insisted they were pressing ahead with the venture despite reports that the £300m scheme is on the verge of collapse. (Scotsman page 18, Herald page 11)


Public Inquiry: A hospital where 18 people died during an outbreak of the superbug C diff has made ‘rapid and very significant progress’ an independent report revealed yesterday. But news that the hospital, Vale of Leven in Alexandria, made progress has failed to subdue calls for a public inquiry into the outbreak. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 6, Courier page 9)


Reshuffle: Alex Salmond promoted three of his former political opponents to influential positions within the Scottish Government yesterday, in his first ministerial reshuffle since taking office almost two years ago. Alex Neil, Rosanna Cunningham and Keith Brown are now Communities Minister, Environment Minster and Schools Minister respectively. Mike Russell has been given the role of Minister for Culture, External affairs and the constitution, and Shona Robison is now Minister for Sport and Public Health. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, page 8, Ruth Wishart, Times page 3, Press and Journal page 9, Courier page 1, Daily Mail page 8)

New MSP: Anne McLaughlin, who is due to become the newest addition to the SNP at Holyrood tomorrow, has been reportedly criticised for taking pictures of politicians around Holyrood and posting them on her blog. (Scotsman page 11, Alan Cochrane in Telegraph)

Scottish Questions: Ross Lydall comments on the purpose of Scottish Questions in the House of Commons and whether it is necessary or prudent. (Scotsman page 24)

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