Pick of the Press: The Courier

Given its claim on the Kingdom of Fife, as well as its native Dundee, it’s no shock that The Courier leads today on Gordon Brown’s call for MPs to take the prescribed medicine and cure Parliament from the plague of expenses abuse. The Prime Minister’s assertion, that the Kelly Report cannot be cherry-picked from, is backed by a number of MPs from Tayside and Fife, the paper reports.

Remaining in the Kingdom, a former open cast mine in Kelty is to be the subject of a “monumental public artform on a scale as yet unseen in Scotland,” the Courier reveals. Designed by land artist, Charles Jencks, the project aims to bring tourism and other economic spin-offs to the area.

“The design for the site uses the overburden from the coaling operations to create four large-scale distinctly shaped landscaped features visible from the M90—one conical, one triangular, one rectangular and one horn-shaped,” Scottish Coal manager, Theo Phillip, said.

There are further calls for a direct rail line into St Andrews, with increased support shown in a new local survey. Campaigners argue that the existing bus link from Leuchars is inadequate and that there is backing from residents and visitors for train services to be established.

Perth Council is urged to get tough on housing developers to ensure that there is less flooding in the area in the future. The paper calls for the planning system to be used to stop building in at-risk areas.

Scotland’s rugby squad were training in St Andrews yesterday with coach, Andy Robinson, apparently convinced of his decision to name Chris Cusiter and Mike Blair as co-captains after “seeing them knock seven bells out of each other on the training field.” Still no mention of armbands, however.