News digest 22 October 2012

News digest 22 October 2012

22 October 2012

Saturday’s march for a future that works is splashed across the front page of the Morning Star with a sea of red Unite flags under the headline ‘the people fight back’ as the paper reports on the 150,000 people who are estimated to have marched through the streets of London, Belfast and Glasgow on Saturday as part of the call for a future that works. There’s also good coverage in the Daily Mirror – with Unite banners pictured in a two page spread – but the real message of the day was the call from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey for a general strike. Said Len: “The TUC agreed last month to consult on a general strike. Let’s start that consultation now, are you prepared to go on strike to save our communities and our country from this savagery? Are you prepared for a general strike to stop the cuts?” Len then called fro a show of hands and summed up with the response: “Carried!”  You can watch Len’s address to the rally here. Despite the huge turnout the Guardian’s Jackie Ashley sais the march was the biggest unreported story of the weekend, perhaps news editors need to take greater note of what is actually happening outside their own bubble.

And talking of bubbles in Westminster the talk is of yet another Cameron coalition relaunch after the resignation of the chief whip last week, the shambles of the great train snobbery as chancellor George Osborne tried to get away with being in first class on a standard – or what some called pleb – class ticket. Perhaps most damning is the Telegraph which has a piece by Iain Martin asking if Cameron is out of his depth? Isn’t it obvious especially the front page of the same paper quotes Cameron’s ‘crisis manager’ Oliver Dowden as saying: “I am surprised every day.” So much for Cameron being in control, but then we all know the cuts won’t work – a line highlighted by a piece  headed ‘The austerity cuts are quite unnecessary’ written by William Keegan in the Daily Mail. Governments need to spend in recession not tax more is the argument, although it would be nice if some companies actually paid some corporation tax, if you are already thinking of avoiding Starbucks over its miniscule tax bill, then the latest companies to be added to the list of questionable tax practices are Ikea and eBay so perhaps no buying cheap furniture at Ikea and flogging off your old items on eBay until they pay their fair share of taxes…

Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tories want Boris’ Lynton Crosby for election campaign (p1)
  • No more hugs as Cameron gets tougher on crime (p6-7)
  • Lib Dems used as ‘pawns in Civil Service mutiny’ (p7)
  • Housing benefit hits £23 billion (p14)
  • Britain’s industrial problems: Now in 3D – david Wighton (p21)
  • Kingfisher [airlines] wings are clipped after losing licence (p31)
  • Infrastructure spending can build the road to recovery, says Alexander (p35)
  • West Midlands reaps the benefit as fewer smaller businesses ‘go south’ (p37)





FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Merkel to warn UK on Europe budget veto (p1)
  • Cameron puts focus on law and order (p2)
  • Fears grow of mortgage ‘ticking time bomb’ (p3)
  • Nissan moves to spark electric car sales (p17)
  • Souter anger over Turkish ferry route (p20)
  • Price worries as Windows 8 launch looms (p21)
  • Nationwide eyes RBS branches (p22)
  • Cosworth’s pistons firing on new types of engine (p23)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers


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