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Scottish papers: Cameron 'gaffe' and JM Barrie blunder

Nicola Sturgeon has "taken flight from reason" after cynically hardening her stance against fracking in a move that will damage the case for Scottish independence and be warmly welcomed by Vladimir Putin, claims a former adviser quoted in The Herald.

The Scotsman leads with the story that David Cameron has called Nigeria and Afghanistan "possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world" ahead of an anti-corruption conference in London later this week.

The Scottish Daily Mail carries the same story and says the Queen was also caught making her own gaffe about a "rude" Chinese delegation.

The National features a striking image of dolphins on its front page and leads with a warning from a Highland businessman who has cautioned against allowing ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfers in the Cromarty Firth because of the risk of a spill.

The Scottish edition of The Times carries the results of a Yougov poll which found that only one in three Labour supporters asked thought the party would be a political force in the future.

A file containing allegations of historic abuse against Sir Cliff Richard has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service by police, reports The Scottish Daily Express.

Devastated brides have joined a Facebook page to share their horror stories of big day misery after a "scheming wedding planner" vanished with their cash, reports the Daily Record.

Former Trainspotting and Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd has said he quit the UK to live in the US because of the bias against working-class actors in Britain, according to the Scottish Daily Express and The Daily Star of Scotland.

The Press and Journal has video footage of a Moray whisky distillery, which was evacuated after a reported chemical spill. Police officers and fire crews attended the Longmorn single malt plant outside Elgin, on the A941 road to Rothes.

An inscription carved into the granite of a Kirriemuir statue of Peter Pan, which Angus Council thought was by author JM Barrie, has turned out to be nothing of the kind and instead comes from a Hollywood film, reports The Courier.

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