News digest 10 February 2014

News digest 10 February 2014

10 February 2014

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

·                Flooding: Thousands face evacuation - Mail

·                Ministers playing politics with floods, says Environment Agency chief - Guardian

·                Minister claimed expenses to pay illegal immigrant to clean his flat - Telegraph

·                Immigration minister blunder gets £8K payout – Mirror

·                £80 billion bank bonanza – Mirror

·                For millions work is no longer a way out of poverty – John Sentamu - Indie

There’s no single story that dominates the headlines, but floods feature widely across all the papers. In the first instance it seems the government has finally caught on to the fact that vast swathes of the country are under water and that the government may need to respond. Typically the government response is to blame someone else, in this case Pickles says the floods are down to failings at the Environment Agency, although its chair Chris Smith hit back at the accusations highlighting outdated government rules and spending cuts that have impacted the response to the floods. It is worth noting that the Con-Dem coalition cut annual flood defence spending by some £100 million and the agency will have lost a quarter of its staff by the end of the year. As they say you reap what you sow…

Speaking of which the other main story in the paper is the resignation over the weekend of Mark Harper, the immigration minister. The Telegraph headline sums it up most succinctly: “Minister claimed expenses to pay illegal immigrant to clean his flat” and the ex-minister could now face prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 over the case. However, it is not all bad news for him as the Mirror reports that he will get an £8,000 pay off for resigning his position. More rewards for failure.

That brings us nicely to the start of the bonus season for bankers, the Mirror again asks the right questions highlighting the expected £80 billion bank bonanza which has been handed out since the 2008 financial crisis. The Mirror says that millions of families have suffered since 2008, but for high finance it seems to be business as usual. The simple calculation is that every person in the country could benefit to the tune of £1,250 if that bonus pool was properly shared.

Sadly, the top rate tax cut will only benefit the rich as the working poor suffer ever more, the Indie highlights how the working poor are being forced to use food banks during their lunch breaks as the old adage that ‘work pays’ no longer holds true, Britain needs  a pay rise and it needs it now…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • MP expenses paid to illegal cleaner (p2)
  • There’s one thing the Lib Dems are good at – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • Benefits Street final episode (p12-13)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Thames set for huge flood surge (p1)
  • Thousands of rogue bankers sacked since crisis (p2)
  • Minister faces new questions on cleaner (p6)
  • More floods (p8)
  • Chance to bash unions may lure Boris back as MP (p17)
  • Labour threatens all-white FTSE boards with quotas (p37)
  • Crossrail aims for increased property cash (p53)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Let weak banks fail, says regulator (p1)
  • Tube strike adds to Johnson’s pile (p2)
  • Pickles confesses to dredging mistakes (p3)
  • Male and pale boardrooms still the norm, report warns (p4)
  • Housebuilding rebound (p18)

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