News digest 10 April 2014

News digest 10 April 2014

10 April 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Maria Miller quits, leaving PM weakened by sleaze row - Guardian

·                Myners quits - Mail

·                Pearson and BP face pressure over bosses’ pay – Indie

·                RBS dividend deal – Telegraph

·                The working classes don't want to be 'hard-working families' – Selina Todd - Guardian

·                NHS spending on private ambulances doubles - Telegraph

There’s more coverage of Maria Miller’s resignation and what is generally considered to be a shambles of a mini reshuffle. After being taken to task at PMQs, prime minister David Cameron was forced into further changes as the new women’s minister was barred from also taking on the equalities brief due to her opposition to gay marriage, there was also the issue of her reporting to the new culture secretary – a man – which rapidly was changed to a direct report to Cameron and a seat around the cabinet table, but hang on, not with voting rights. And if you are still following this, party vice chair Michael Fabricant was sacked for his ‘uncontrollable behaviour’ on Twitter including one saying “about time” when Miller finally went. Surely that was what most people were thinking? Interestingly there is one winner from the reshuffle, and that is chancellor George Osborne – widely seen as the one driving Miller’s resignation – who now has another placeman in the cabinet, Sajid Javid is the new culture secretary, an ex-banker he is the first Muslim MP in cabinet, but worryingly Tim Montgomerie sums him up with the line “the first of Thatcher’s children has arrived”, oh dear…

Talking of bankers, the Co-op has been plunged back into more turmoil as Lord Myners has quit over a  rebellion at his reforms, there’s also a row brewing over at RBS which is looking to get a bar on dividend payouts for shareholders removed, seems they’re trying to get back to normal business (and bumper bonuses) once again. And it looks like companies in the City are going the same way after the Indie reports that Pearson and BP face pressure over bosses’ pay after shareholders tried to limit the gulf between the pay in the boardroom and shop floor. And pay remains an issue for young graduates starting out in the world of work, with many of the papers saying three quarters of graduates will still be paying off student loans in their 50s. Remember, you have Nick Clegg to thank for that, and there’s a good piece in the Guardian by Selina Todd who outlines why the working classes don't want to be 'hard-working families' while arguing that a good dose of solidarity does deliver change.

And we need that change, as the government looks to also get back to business as usual, a few of the papers report that G4S is now allowed to bid for government work again, but beware the private sector in public services, today’s digest ends with a Telegraph story that says safety fears are rising as spending on private emergency ambulances doubles, a comment from the College of Emergency medicine sums up what that means saying the routine use of private firms is “incredibly wasteful and potentially dangerous”, if ever there was a motto for the Con-Dem coalition that’s it…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Kick out dodgy Dave and his gang (p1)
  • IDS faces activists anger over tax (p2) – Unite/Steve Turner cited
  • Unis refuse to reveal bosses pay rise (p2)
  • Zero hours contract workers paid £4 an hour (p4)
  • Toyota recalls 35,000 cars (p5)

  Daily Mirror

  • Out of office and out of touch (p4-5) [Miller resignation]
  • Toyota recalls 27 models (p11)
  • House prices to surge until 2020 (p22)
  • Graduates face lifetime of debt (p29)
  • Next in living wage pay row (p58)
  • Myners quits Co-op (p58)

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Expenses shame minister walks (p2)
  • Labour: Count out migrants (p4)
  • Red Len ‘may quit before vote probe’ (p16) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Co-op boss walks out (p16)
  • Toyota recall (p46)
  • RBS pays £1.5 billion to go private (p46)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne led revolt to force Miller out (p1/6-7)
  • Labour to jail mean bosses (p2)
  • The first of Thatcher’s children has arrived – Tim Montgomerie (p31))
  • Co-op in turmoil as Myners quits (p41)
  • Ofcom steps into Royal mail’s fight with rivals (p43)
  • A poll of lawyers not the best way to judge justice reforms (p53) – Unite cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron seeks to restore authority (p1)
  • G4S bar lifted after £110 million settlement(p)
  • Graduates face decades of debt (p4)
  • Oversize oil workers barred from helicopters (p4)
  • Employers in dark on pension charges (p19)
  • RBS deal paves way to resume dividends (p20)
  • European steelmakers in hothouse (p21)
  • Fresh blow for Toyota (p23)

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