Scotland

The papers: Could Scotland be the new Denmark?

Image caption The i leads with the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission report, due out on Friday. It is expected to say an independent Scotland should embrace high levels of immigration and taxation to grow its economy as it seeks to emulate countries such as Denmark. But it also says bringing Scotland's performance up to the level of other small countries would take "over a generation".
Image caption "Independence could provide a boost to Scotland's finances worth £4,100 per person", says The National, exploring the same report. The paper calls it a "game-changing" declaration made within the SNP's new economic prospectus.
Image caption Also leading on the Growth Commission report, The Herald expects the document to say an independent Scotland can emulate the world's 12 best-performing small economies, with the potential to be as successful as Denmark and New Zealand.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail has a less positive spin on the finance report, claiming 150,000 Scots have "never done a day's work", saying the figure has grown since the SNP came to power.
Image caption Ahead of the launch of the Growth Commission report, The Scotsman claims emergency measures to tackle a "Scotland-specific economic shock" are to be triggered if growth continues to lag behind the rest of the UK. The paper says the procedure is included in the Fiscal Framework that accompanies Holyrood's new income tax powers. When implemented, it will unlock extra borrowing powers of £600m to "bail out" any shortfall in tax receipts.
Image caption The Daily Record leads with a "shocking" photo of a senior Scottish government employee taped to a chair and gagged after complaining of a racist and sexist culture within her office. It follows a BBC investigation into the treatment of Marine Scotland fisheries officer DeeAnn Fitzpatrick. Her experience has sparked calls for the first minister to step in over the issue.
Image caption In The Times, we learn of a German bid to block the UK from a crucial defence plan. A German-backed "clique" in the European Commission has allegedly created a rift between Brussels and Paris with its plan to exclude Britain from the Galileo satellite project.
Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's trip to Northern Ireland could be overshadowed by comments he made in support of Irish republicanism, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper focuses on the fact that in October 1984, two weeks after the Brighton bomb killed five people at the Conservative Party conference, he invited two former IRA prisoners to the House of Commons.
Image caption The Daily Express reports on a trial involving a man allegedly linked to a plot to "poison" Prince George. A man claims police failed to disclose texts that could have proved he was falsely accused of crimes including rape. Robert Adlington said he spent eight months in jail before his trial was dismissed after the texts were eventually disclosed.
Image caption The Daily Star also leads with the ongoing trial over an alleged plot against Prince George.
Image caption In Thursday's Courier, police are probing allegations a woman "dressed like a witch" attempted to abduct a young child on a Dundee residential street. The "disturbing" incident was said to have happened in front of the four-year-old girl's grandmother.
Image caption The Press and Journal leads on criticism of a hospital in Elgin that has been ordered to apologise to the family of a dying man. The paper claims health bosses took five months to answer a complaint and showed a "lack of concern" about the patient.
Image caption And the Scottish Sun front page tells the story of a man who stuffed a gecko into his pocket at a pet shop — then tried to sell it to a rival store. Alistair Sorrie took the £35 creature from its tank during the bizarre reptile raid in Aberdeen.

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