What The Papers Say: Scottish political analysis proves elusive

While the public was informed of the release of the parties’ manifestoes for the Scottish election, in-depth reviews of their respective contents proved elusive.

While the public was informed of the release of the parties’

manifestoes for the Scottish election, in-depth reviews of their

respective contents proved elusive.



Coverage of the Conservatives concentrated on its ’apology’ for

eradicating all Scottish Tory MPs in the 1997 general election rout. The

Liberal Democrats relied on its potential as a stable-mate for the

winning party.



The Scottish Labour Party was given the most detailed analysis.

Education, healthcare and welfare policies were set within the context

of a devolved Scotland, viewed as a part of a new ’British Union’ (Daily

Mail, 12/4/99).



Coverage of the SNP was dominated by leader Alex Salmond’s waning

popularity.



The financial realities of independence, combined with Salmond’s

criticism of NATO’s Kosovo bombing, left him with little except

criticism for opponents’ policies.



The Guardian (9/4/99) proposed that the SNP would be best served by

coming second to Labour, allowing them to ’deal with the new Parliament

birth pains’.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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