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Scotland’s papers: Scotch whisky ‘bonanza’ and NHS shift payment row

image captionThe Scotsman reports on the US agreeing to suspend tariffs on UK goods including single malt whisky. It means Scotch whisky will now see its tariffs go from 25% to 0%, as will textiles such as cashmere. The tariffs were originally imposed in retaliation over subsidies to the aircraft maker Airbus.
image captionThe i also features the welcome boost for Scotch whisky distillers on its front page. But it leads with the Scottish government confirming it will not match Westminster’s extension to tax relief for house buyers.
image captionThe Herald says NHS bosses have been told all Covid vaccinators should receive the same shift payment after it was revealed nurses were receiving 80% less than more senior medical staff. Dentists, optometrists and pharmacists were said to be snapping up shifts at the higher £66-an-hour rate.
image captionThe Daily Record reports that serial killer Peter Tobin has told a prison inmate he is guilty of many more murders than the three he was convicted of. Tobin is serving life for killing Angelica Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol, but has been linked to a string of unsolved deaths across Britain. However, the 74-year-old is alleged to have told the prisoner he is not responsible for the “Bible John” killings in Glasgow in the 1960s.
image captionThe Daily Express focuses on Nicola Sturgeon refusing to say if she would resign if she is found to have breached the Ministerial Code. It came during rowdy exchanges at First Minister’s Questions, as Ruth Davidson insisted there was “no doubt” that Ms Sturgeon had broken the rules in relation to Holyrood’s botched inquiry into harassment claims against Alex Salmond.
image captionThe Times leads on a UK poll that shows the Conservatives enjoying a significant bounce, despite announcing the biggest tax rises in 30 years in Wednesday’s Budget. A survey by YouGov has the party 13 points ahead of Labour. The paper says the news will raise pressure on Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, with one senior party member describing the outlook as “grim”.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph leads on news that the EU has begun blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as Europe’s leaders admitted they were wrong about the Oxford jab. The Italian government has blocked the export of a shipment to Australia. It means it is the first country to use the bloc’s new regulations allowing exports to be stopped if the company providing vaccines fails to meets its obligations to the EU.
image captionThe prime minister has been dragged into the ongoing row over claims the Duchess of Sussex bullied royal staff, according to the Metro. Boris Johnson’s cabinet secretary, Simon Case, worked for the Royal Family in 2018, when staff are reported to have complained about the behaviour of Meghan. No 10 said reports that Mr Case covered up the bullying claims were “a matter for the palace”.
image captionThe Sun says the row between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family has “gone nuclear”. The Duchess is said to accuse the Royal household of “perpetuating falsehoods” against her and Prince Harry in an upcoming TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.
image captionThe Daily Mail says the prime minister fears the final bill for his fiancee’s “lavish” makeover of their Downing Street flat could be as high as £200,000. The paper says Mr Johnson told aides of his worries in “crisis meetings” on how to pay for Carrie Symonds’ refurbishment.
image captionThe National reports that the SNP have said the Conservatives are responsible for “completely undermining” the Union after the Welsh first minister criticised an “outright hostility” towards devolution.
image captionThe Edinburgh News says doctors and health care workers are being “targeted by thugs” as they turn up for shifts at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
image captionThe Press and Journal has a similar story, with police chiefs in the north east saying officers have been he victims of an increasing number of assaults and hate crimes during the pandemic.
image captionThe Courier leads with the court case of a Dundee City Council worker who has been convicted of stealing thousands of pounds worth of smoke alarms and selling them on eBay.
image captionThe Evening Express reports that council leaders in Aberdeen are looking to make savings of up to £30m. The paper says a “host of city services” face an increase in fees as the target areas for cuts are revealed.
image captionThe Evening Telegraph says a school placement row has left a Dundee teenager with a potential 4,652-mile trip to the classroom.
image captionThe Glasgow Times says residents in the Merchant City and Trongate areas telling how they have become “too afraid” to leave their homes due to drug misuse in the city centre.

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