The daily digest opens with many of the papers focusing on the latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Yesterday was the bloodiest day so far and saw the death toll rise to 73 after a missile killed a family of 11, including five children, in their home and doctors are overwhelmed by casualties as life-saving drugs run out. Pressure is being applied to halt plans for a ground offensive, but the Israeli government is threatening a major escalation in its attacks as the Middle East becomes ever more unstable and bombs continue to rain down.
Back in Britain and there a series of stories vying for the front pages. The Mirror highlights the dangers of not thinking before you tweet with the news that Lord McAlpine is to sue up to 10,000 twitter users who wrongly accused him of being a paedophile. In addition ITV is expected to be sued for up to £500,000 over presenter Philip Schofield’s stunt of handing a list of ‘suspects’ to prime minister David Cameron live on This Morning.
A few of the papers also look at MPs expenses and sleaze in politics. The Indie interviews sleazebuster Sir Christopher Kelly whose five year term is coming to an end, while the Mirror notes cabinet office minister Francis Maude is embroiled in an expenses row after he claimed £20,000 in expenses for his second home after he said he would not longer claim. The so-called ‘associated expenditure’ should be capped at £2,600 but then again he seems to be more interested in slashing jobs and ‘red tape’ than his expenses.
The Telegraph leads with Cameron’s plans to end challenges to planning rulings amidst a focus on reducing consultation and ‘red tape’ as he calls for Britain to take on a war like approach to getting things done. I know he’s under pressure over the EU budget but let’s hope he doesn’t declare war on Germany…
And from Germany to Australia and the news that David Cameron has appointed Lynton Crosby, the so-called ‘Wizard of Oz’, to mastermind his election strategy. Crosby was instrumental in the plan to get Boris re-elected mayor earlier this year, could he do the same for David Cameron, well it all depends about being in touch with the people and a poll in the Mail highlights the top issues impacting people in Britain, namely 84 per cent worry about their health, 80 per cent about unemployment and 78 per cent about inflation. That’s three things the government has made worse in the past two and a half years, looks like the Wizard of Oz will be proven to be just a man behind a curtain and he can scuttle back off to Sydney.
Finally from Sydney to Shanghai in China and a number of papers note that Jaguar has agreed plans to establish a production plant for Jaguar cars in a joint venture with Cherry Automobile. Let’s hope it does not go the way of Manganese Bronze which suffered after Chinese components were deemed wanting. Unite’s campaign to Save our black cabs continues, have you signed the petition?
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- West warns against [Gaza] ground invasion (p1/8-9)
- Property tax on rich ‘weeks away’ (p3)
- ITV must pay more than BBC for abuse slur, says McAlpine (p6)
- Cameron gambles on Wizard of Oz [Lynton Crosby signed up] (p13)
- Speak up for banks, says Boris (p13)
- Virgin beats Irish to slots at Heathrow (p35)
- 11 per cent of high street shops sit empty (p36)
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- EU looks to bar UK from budget talks (p1)
- City stand-off dents Osborne plan for growth (p1)
- Labour to fight to stay in Europe (p2)
- Cameron hires Australian election guru (p2)
- Employers urge schools overhaul (p4)
- Teesside looks back to future in its industrial roots (p4)
- Maersk to switch away from shipping (p19)
- Further banking job cuts expected (p21)
- Virgin to launch UK short hail (p24)
Edited by Mik Sabiers