Top news today: Wales, Scotland, Leveson
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Oct 11, 2012
In the news today, more uncertainty about the Scottish referendum deal, more rows over bills passed by the Welsh assembly, and ministers threaten revolt over statutory press regulation.
ROW LOOMS AS WALES OFFICE RAISES CONCERNS OVER ASSEMBLY BILL- Following the legal challenge to the first bill passed by the Welsh Assembly, concerns have now been raised over its second bill, the Official Languages Bill, as it legislates with regard to the English language. Does the Assembly have enough power?
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: CAMERON “JUMPED THE GUN ON BALLOT DEAL” CLAIMS SALMOND- Following reports the deal on the referendum was close, Salmond claims it is “very unwise” to say a deal has been reached.
MINISTERS WILL REVOLT ON PRESS “MUZZLE”- Anonymous cabinet ministers talking to the Sun say there will be a revolt if David Cameron brings in statutory press regulations in light of the findings of the Leveson inquiry. What level of regulation should the state have over the media?
VOTES FOR 16 YEAR OLDS “NOT INEVITABLE”- Even if 16 year olds can vote in the Scottish independence referendum, the government says this right will not lead to this group being able to vote in other elections. Should the voting age be lowered?
Our view: http://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/blog/entry/an-opportunity-to-allow-votes-at-16