News digest 10 October 2014

News digest 10 October 2014

10 October 2014

Today’s digest opens with two by-election results. As expected Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell comfortably won the Clacton by-election gaining almost 60 per cent of the vote, the Tories came second, Labour third with the Greens polling more than the Lib Dems who once again lost their deposit. The real face of the party that wants a flat tax, to scrap the NHS and maternity rights as well as get rid of paid holidays and sick pay was shown by coverage of Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s latest call which is to keep migrants who have tested HIV positive out of the country, a truly nasty party, sadly with one MP and likely to get another. The other by-election saw Labour increase its share of the vote with Liz McInnes elected although there was a surge for Ukip which came a very close second, for once the Lib Dems managed to keep their deposit, but all in all not a good night for any of the main party leaders, prime minister David Cameron will be nursing a sore head that could get another battering when the Mark Reckless Rochester by-election is called, Labour leader Ed Miliband will face calls to outline more concrete policies rather than a steady-as-she-goes 31 per cent strategy, while Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is toast, but he just won’t admit it. What is most disconcerting is the fact that Farage - the public school educated ex-City trader - manages to come across as an outsider, time for more scrutiny and for people to understand the reality behind what a vote for Ukip really means…

Away from politics and many papers say the UK economy could go back into recession as the eurozone slows [that’s chancellor George Osborne getting his excuses in early], BAE announces 440 job cuts, the Royal Mail has settled a deal with the French authorities, but the Guardian still says the sale was flawed [it was], payday lenders are still under scrutiny [but not enough], and activist investor Carl Icahn says Apple is massively undervalued [maybe Osborne should invest in Apple shares?], but there is some good news for trainmakers as a new Hitachi rail deal is on track.

Finally, the NHS continues to feature widely in all papers. the Guardian says NHS care is ‘going into reverse’ [no surprise there under the Con-Dems], Andy Burnham is interviewed in the Indie about why the health service ‘must expand to survive’ and pledges to do whatever it takes for a ‘free health service’ [start by taking private health out of the equation], but the best message is Paul Routledge in the Mirror who highlights the reality of government policy on the NHS and its workers, they’re taking action on Monday to demand fair pay, and it’s a battle the workers must win of the NHS as we know it will be gone, and gone forever [and that is exactly what the Tories want]…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ukip set for first MP (p2)
  • Take That: Fans don’t care if we dodge tax (p7)
  • Ebola UK nightmare scenario (p12-13)
  • Public sector pension gap (p22)
  • Eurozone slump fear (p59)
  • Check on Wonga (p59)



  Times (not delivered)



           ·         Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage (p1)
    ·         Gove considered removing Wilshaw as Ofsted chief, memo reveals (p1)
    ·         UK to introduce Ebola screening as death of Briton reported in Macedonia (p1)
    ·         Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV (p2)
    ·         Advances in NHS care ‘going into reverse’ (p6)
    ·         Police ‘got away with’ Hillsborough safety before disaster, inquest told (p10)
    ·         Tesco ditches plans to build huge superstore on Margate seafront (p11)
    ·         Party conference season: the highs, the lows … and the policy proposals (p14)
    ·         Boris Johnson’s haste for water cannon under fire as lack of bids revealed (p17)
    ·        Potentially driverless tube trains unveiled as union suspends strike (p17)
    ·         George Osborne: eurozone risks slipping back into crisis (p22)
    ·         House prices will rise by 30% in five years, Rightmove says (p32)
    ·         Germany needs ‘small miracle’ to avoid recession after exports fall by 5.8% (p32)
    ·         IMF chief: eurozone showing symptoms of Japan’s chronic economic ills (p32)
    ·         Froth goes, but Royal Mail sale was flawed (p32)
    ·         UK PPI claims trigger National Australia Bank profits warning (p34)
    ·         FirstGroup wins Great Western contract extension (p34)


  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brussels in crackdown on ‘double Irish’ tax loophole (p1)
  • Spending cuts spark cull of civil servants (p2)
  • Extra checks for Ebola (p6)
  • Watchdog presses payday lenders to compete on price (p17)
  • Royal Mail settles French case (p23)

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