CHAMP MEETS CHUMP
The main Scottish political news event today will be the meeting in London of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. After Chancellor Osborne and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, it will be the third of three rounds of no holds barred negotiations between the Scottish and Westminster Governments.
Today’s bout features the only First Minister to ever win an overall majority and the guy who sold his party for a mess of pottage – no contest.
It can be taken as read that the FM will not be asking Mr Clegg on advice about running a referendum campaign.
His speech to the Foreign Press Association yesterday went down very well with the hardened hacks from abroad, but Mr Salmond was only warming up for his return to Scotland to lead the debate in Parliament on Thursday. Taking Scotland Forward – it should be required listening.
ASSEMBLY BACK TO TALKING SHOP
The second day of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will feature rather more mundane matters than yesterday’s historic debate on gay clergy. The report on Social Care will highlight how important the Kirk is in Scotland’s system for caring for the disadvantaged.
A curious combination of another Icelandic volcano eruption and unseasonal high winds caused weather havoc across Scotland yesterday.
As always when strange atmospheric phenomena occurs, the broadcasting media and the press homed in on the worst excesses caused by the low pressure storm system which engulfed Scotland.
Death and destruction was wreaked, with one expert pointing out that with the trees in full bloom, they were more susceptible to the gales and that’s why so many fell over.
The Sun and Daily Record reported 114 mph gusts, while the Scotsman claimed the speed as up to 150mph. It was, undoubtedly, a most unexpected and sadly, quite deadly storm.
The volcanic ash heading Scotland’s way from Iceland was the other unsavoury feast dished out by Mother Nature. Flight cancellations are already under way, but most papers predict it will be a short term problem this time.
SAVING RYAN’S PRIVATES
The Herald backs up its sister paper, the Sunday Herald, with loads of attention to the story that Ryan Giggs was the Premiership player at the centre of the superinjunction row. It now seems unlikely that the Sunday Herald will be prosecuted – good.
There is also some sensible, if hardly comprehensive reporting of the General Assembly’s debate on gay clergy yesterday – we think newsnetscotland.com did better, but then we would say that, wouldn’t we?
Stories that tended to get lost in all the weather fuss yesterday included the report that the Edinburgh Festivals are worth £250m to the economy, and the looming clash between teachers’ unions and COSLA over the report that recommends slashing teachers’ holidays – that’s an absolutely sure way to rile our schoolmarms and masters.
The sports pages all look forward to Andy Murray’s first appearance at the French Open. We wouldn’t want to put a hex on our tennis star, but newsnetscotland.com’s communal fiver is on him to reach the semi-final at least.