SPORT IN SCOTLAND – DOES IT MATTER?
The main debate at Parliament this morning is on a Government motion about moving “Faster and Further to Secure Scotland’s Place as the Green Energy Powerhouse of Europe.”
This afternoon will see MSPs debate the “Contribution of Sport to Scotland.”
First Minister’s Questions at midday should provoke a further row over the Supreme Court as Nigel Don, SNP MSP for Angus North and Mearns, is to ask him “whether the Scottish Government considers that the High Court of Justiciary should be the final arbiter of criminal cases in Scotland.”
A penalty kick at an open goal for Mr Salmond, we predict.
AUDIT SCOTLAND REPORT SAYS COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS ARE NOT WORKING
A devastating report into Community Health Partnerships by Government spending watchdog Audit Scotland is the lead story in The Herald and features in most papers.
Audit Scotland says that CHPs have ‘largely failed,’ in The Herald’s words, to deliver improvements in community care across Scotland, and has called for a fundamental review of the system, a call backed by the British Medical Association and opposition politicians.
In response, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon says CHPs ‘must change’ to cope especially with ageing population.
The Daily Mail reports on the financial crisis engulfing the giant Southern Cross care home company, a story which features in the Record where Nicola Sturgeon is quoted as saying the Scottish Government will provide a safety net for the approximately 4,000 people in 98 homes owned by the firm in Scotland – a reaction which, funnily enough, is not quoted in the online English version of The Mail
NOT THE TARTAN ARMY
The Scotsman’s main report is on the Ministry of Defence’s apparent plan to double the size of the Army in Scotland in what is seen as a political attempt to scupper the Scottish Government’s claims that Scotland is suffering from defence cuts such as the closure of RAF Kinloss and the planned closure of RAF Lossiemouth or RAF Leuchars, or both.
Some 6,000 troops will eventually be based in Scotland under the new plan which has come about because of the withdrawal of the Army from Germany. Perish the thought, but having all those soldiers about will be convenient if Westminster decides to impose martial law on a country that has just declared independence…but of course, Libya could never happen here, could it?
THREAT TO SCOTTISH JUSTICE
Most papers heavily feature the UK Government’s heavy-handed response to the First Minister and Justice Secretary’s complaints about the UK Supreme Court’s interference in the Scottish criminal justice system.
Tomorrow, Newsnetscotland.com will publish the results if our investigation which proves that the Supreme Court has had a massive effect on the Scottish criminal justice system.
It is not to be missed.