Pick of the Press: The Independent

Although there is a saltire placed above the masthead of The Independent, no-one buys the paper in Scotland for Scottish news. It is bought, instead, for the sorts of stories that make not only page one of today's edition of the paper, but pages six and seven and a fulsome editorial.

Says a large group of scientists, the worst case scenario that had been painted, regarding climate change, is going to come to pass. In the space of seven years, since when things could have got better – as far as one of the contributory factors, carbon dioxide emissions, is concerned – they have actually got worse: three times the rate of the 1990s.

The story, by environment editor, Michael McCarthy, is backed by a comment by science editor, Steve Connor – plus trademark powerful images: pics and graphics.

Compared to possible world catastrophe, Scottish tales probably seem like small beer; which is probably just as well since the closest a story gets to having any Tartan hue to it is page 33 and a column by financial journalist, Hamish McRae. Not that he is a Scot – to the best of allmediascotland.com's knowledge – but at least he sounds like he should be.

But that's not to say there's not lots of good other stuff, instead. There's a double page spread on Irish republican, Marian Price – who, 36 years ago, tried to blow up the Old Bailey as part of an IRA bombing campaign – being arrested by police investigating the death, earlier this year, of two soldiers outside their barracks in County Antrim. There is also a full page review of playwright, Alan Bennett's latest offering, The Habit of Art.

And with a place at stake in next year's football World Cup, Egypt and Algeria play each other this evening – thus bringing together supposedly the most violent of rivalries among the respective sets of fans. Daniel Howden writes of mutual antipathy perhaps stoked by Egypt's alleged failure to assist their neighbours shake off French colonial rule.

Columnist, Mark Steel, meanwhile, accuses Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, of wavering in his justification for keeping an UK military presence in Afghanistan. “Bit by bit,” he begins, “as happened in Iraq, the reasons for staying in Afghanistan slide into gibberish.” On the same page, to the side, Alex James muses about his pheasants and fruit trees, in his rural notebook.

So, thank goodness, then, for the sacking of Scotland football manager, George Burley. Former Hibernian boss, John Collins, emerges – on page 65 – as a possible successor. It's not much, but at least it's something.

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