News digest 23 October 2012

News digest 23 October 2012

23 October 2012

The top story in today’s digest – with coverage in most papers - is the fate of taxi maker Manganese Bronze which yesterday called in the administrators after the firm which makes London’s iconic black cabs failed to secure the funding for its survival. Unite national officer for the automotive industry Roger Maddison said: "The black cab is part of Britain's car manufacturing heritage and we expect the company and the administrators to do everything possible to secure the future of this Coventry-based company ... Manganese Bronze is the last car manufacturer left in Coventry ….the government should step in to support the company and protect the highly skilled workforce."

Unfortunately ministers are most likely to step into a cab rather than to help, and prime minister David Cameron is still in trouble over his ex chief whip after he said he still backs Mitchell, seems that shouting at police is not a sackable offence in the prime minister’s view.

Cameron was taken to prison yesterday, sadly not due to what he has done to the country with his austerity cuts but to do with another attempt at a relaunch, this time of his crime policy which is now the opposite of ‘hug and hoodie’ but instead ‘cage a criminal’ as he looks to toughen his credentials. And also toughening her credentials is home secretary Theresa May which the Telegraph notes could be the next Tory leader in waiting.

Still on crime and the government has also indicated that it is minded to allow large companies like Serco or the now infamous G4S to take control of a privatised probation service that will be charged with rehabilitating offenders. Suppose that would help G4S find even cheaper labour for its projects, although the company has also come in for criticism after tipping a pregnant woman from her wheelchair during her deportation.

Still with the private sector taking over the public realm and the Sun reports that supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is taking over outpatient pharmacies at Guy’s and St Thomas’ London hospitals, the march of business into hospitals sadly continues.

And talking of marching there’s a letter in the Guardian castigating the paper for its lack of coverage of Saturday’s march for a future that works, and Kevin Maguire in the Mirror also bemoans the fact that legions of police were out in force on Saturday to protect tax dodging shops like Starbucks from damage even though its taxes would barely cover the bill for the police presence, the Mail does at least say that companies are coming under greater pressure over tax, but sadly don’t expect any action from this government.

And talking of government action, that brings us back to the Con-Dem coalition which looks like it is ready for yet another U-turn, this time over the badger cull, sadly the government is not prepared to U-turn on the one issue that would really make a difference, namely its austerity agenda. That could be why the polls are still bad for Cameron, most of the papers highlight the Corby by-election looks like it is going Labour’s way, while the Times shows Cameron got a small bounce from the conference but that is not reflected in the Guardian which reports that the Tories are still eight points adrift, but there are more headaches for the prime minister and his minions as the Sun this morning released a poll showing a 13 point lead for Labour…

Morning Star

 Daily Mirror



·            Millions must work forever [due to pension crisis] (p1)

·            Defiant Cameron in EU showdown (p2)

·            Child benefit chaos looms (p4)

·            Courts to get tough on yobs who dodge punishment (p4)

·            Longer jail terms best way to cut reoffending (p12)

·            Black cab firm crisis (p44)

·            US coup for Rolls (p45) [wins US navy contract]


 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tories bounce back after conference (p1) [LAB 40%; CON 35%; LIB 9%]
  • Black cab faces end of the road (p11)
  • Brussels must loosen its grip on power, says Hague (p17)
  • G4S tipped up mother in wheelchair (p19)
  • Only 10 per cent may plod to polls for police chiefs (p22)
  • Mining strike statements ‘were forged’ (p22)
  • MPs and trains: What first-class nonsense (p25)
  • Bank of England looks to take weight off governor’s shoulders (p39)
  • Germany braces for downturn (p41)
  • Sun sets on Siemens’ solar plans (p41)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Hacking claims launched against Mirror (p1/2)
  • Setback for bank ringfence plan (p4)
  • Hague to audit EU relationship (p4)
  • Cameron signals EU budget deal (p9)
  • Cameron needs to rediscover his political instincts – Janan Ganesh (p13)
  • Manganese in administration (p17/18)
  • Caterpillar backtracks on forecast (p19)
  • Siemens’ unit fails to shine (p19)
  • Inns prove a draw for pub groups (p23)

Edited by Mik Sabiers

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