News digest 11 July 2014

News digest 11 July 2014

11 July 2014

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

·                #j10 | Just the beginning – Morning Star

·                Biggest strike in three years sparks furore over Tory plan for ballot law – Guardian

·                £1bn Royal fail - Mirror

·                Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter – Indie

·                MPs’ expenses: Clipping cheek Cameron – Mirror

·                Church takes money out of Wonga - Telegraph

·                Portuguese bank crisis stokes fear in Europe - Telegraph

So a million joined the day of action and all we could hear from the government was nothing on pay, just gripes about ballots and thresholds. And without a hint of irony members of the cabinet lined up to condemn the strikes as lacking support because they did not meet the Tories ‘artificial threshold’ where even prime minister David Cameron [who does well in contrast to his cabinet chums - what a surprise] only managed to get 43 per cent of the vote at the last election. Chancellor George Osborne squeezed by on 38.5 per cent while Welsh secretary David Jones achieved just 27.3 per cent, don’t hear any complaints about them, or many local councillors or even the many police commissioners across the country elected with less than 15 per cent. Said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey: “It is utter hypocrisy for the government to talk about mandates for trade unions when not a single member of the present cabinet would have been elected using the same criteria. The fact is not a single councillor in England has won 50 per cent of the electorate, not a single MEP has reached the 50 per cent threshold, Boris Johnson scraped in with just 37 per cent in 2008 and the government’s flagship Police Crime Commissioner election gained a risible 17 per cent of the vote. This government has no mandate to attack trade unions or the workers who have been forced to take industrial action today in their fight to end poverty pay.” So on one side you have an out of touch cabinet of Cameron and his lickspittle Lib Dems and on the other millions of workers, I know who has the better judgement and the understanding of what is happening in the country today…

In other news there are a range of stories floating about, for a quick catch up here’s some details:

Royal Mail sale fail: Many papers report on the confirmation that business secretary Vince Cable’s handling of the privatisation of the Royal Mail cost the taxpayer £1 billion. Is his resignation letter lost in the post?

Snoop laws stitch up: Looks like emergency laws allowing the security services to snoop on ordinary citizens will be rushed through, let’s hope the sunset clause sticks or everything you say or write will be recorded…

NHS waiting lists at six-year high: The NHS is not safe in Tory hands, although some good news is that under a new NHS obesity plan, thousands more people will get free surgery on the NHS, the drawback is probably the rest of us will have to pay for all the other NHS services soon enough…

MPs expenses revealed: They’re still on the take with even millionaire PM David Cameron claiming 8p for a box of paperclips, yes really. There’s more coverage of claims in the Mirror…

Church of England waves goodbye to Wonga: Church finally severs link with payday loan company…

Bank going bust? And finally are we about to enter a new contagion? The FT splashes on fears over debts and one of Portugal’s biggest banks which led to sharp sell offs in financial markets across Europe yesterday, wither bury your head in the sand or be very afraid, but the recovery may have already passed its peak…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • #J10 Striker light (p2) [Sun says turnout small but shows pic of packed Trafalgar Square!]
  • CofE out of Wonga (p4)
  • Snoop law plan to keep UK safe (p6)
  • Leader: Day of inaction (p8) – Unite cited
  • M&S chief quits for Tesco (p55) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Obese to get free surgery on NHS (p1)
  • Taxpayers lost £1bn on Royal Mail sale (p6)
  • Unions threaten more strikes (p10) – Unite cited
  • Team Cameron needs the reshuffle – Francis Elliott (p25)
  • Fears for bank send Eurozone tumbling (p37)
  • Fears over strong pound (p41)
  • Flights expected to double by 2033 (p43)
  • Post Office in crisis over falling income (p44) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Portugal woes spark sell off (p1)
  • Lender cast out (p1)
  • Royal Mail sale panned (p2)
  • Tories push for strike ballot as workers walk out (p2) – Unite cited
  • NHS waiting lists at six year high (p2)
  • Small business owed £40bn in late payments (p4)
  • Tesco poaches M&S finance chief (p19)
  • Jet engine makers take technology fight to skies (p22)

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