Sunday Paper Review: May Under Pressure Over Syria
Unsurprisingly, the US and British air strikes on Syria feature prominently in this week's papers in Scotland , with many of the papers questioning whether President Trump's proclamation of “Mission accomplished” might be slightly premature.
Scotland on Sunday in particular questions Trump's phrase of "Mission accomplished", at a time where both Syria and Russia have promised retaliation for the air strikes. It also reports on growing pressure by Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon for a full debate on Syria when parliament meets again.
The Sunday Mail's lead is over fears of 'retribution' from Russia in the aftermath of the air strikes, and whether the Prime Minister Theresa May now has to worry about fury from some MPs' when Parliament reconvenes on Monday.
The Observer also leads with questions over what effect the decision to bypass Parliament will have for Theresa May, with the leaders of the main opposition parties all opposing the strikes before Parliament had a chance to debate them.
The Mail on Sunday's headline of “Mission Accomplished?” speaks for itself. Calling the strikes"Trump's Tomahawk Onslaught", it quotes the Russian Foreign Minister's remarks that Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.”
The Sunday Telegraph reports on President Trump threats of further military action if chemical weapons are used again in Syria. It also carries a column by Boris Johnson arguing that even if the strikes do not end chemical weapons use, they show Britain standing up for “civilised values”.
The Sunday Herald's main story concerns sexual abuse in college and university campuses in Scotland. It tells that students have been put off reporting serious misconduct due to concerns over the "academic consequences" of reporting it to the authorities. It also reports on the calls by former Labour First Minister, Henry McLeish, for an independence referendum in the next five years.
The Sunday Post leads with a story on a Freedom of Information request, showing that checks on that sex offenders have been relaxed, despite previous concerns from Police Scotland and victims.