News digest 11 June 2014

News digest 11 June 2014

11 June 2014

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

·                Two million decide on 10 July strike – Morning Star

·                An $18bn valuation for Uber taxi app looks absurd - Guardian

·                Boris Johnson to buy three water cannon for Metropolitan police - Guardian

·                Fresh doubt over Gove’s version of ‘Trojan Horse’ affair – Indie

·                Merkel to Cameron: Don’t threaten me - Mirror

·                Dear energy fat cats – it’s time to cut bills - Mirror

Today’s digest opens with the start of the ballot over public sector pay. The front page of the Morning Star highlights that up to two million public sector workers are to be balloted on taking strike action over the continued Con-Dem attack on their pay which has seen a real terms pay cut of some 15 per cent in recent years for some of the lowest paid workers who keep councils and the country working. Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Anger is mounting among the people who deliver the services we value every day. Faced with belligerent employers and a hostile government driving down pay, it’s time to take a stand.” There’s a simple solution, vote yes for action and yes for a proper pay rise…

Also taking action later today are London’s taxi drivers who will hold an afternoon of action over the Uber app which threatens to undermine the legitimate taxi trade. There’s coverage in both the Indie and Guardian with the Indie doing a test between the two services (something the Guardian did last week). The crux of the matter is whether London mayor Boris Johnson is fulfilling his duty of care to the travelling public or whether he ignoring the threat to public safety by allowing Uber and potentially other rogue booking apps to be licensed (clue: it’s the latter). Suffice to say the drive slow kicks off in central London at 14:00 with similar protests in Berlin, Madrid, Milan and Paris, expect delays ahead as Boris won’t bother to wade in…

And that could be because Boris is busy working on his other project, namely attempting to wrestle the leadership of the Tory party. The front page of the Times notes that the Tory mayor’s purchase of water cannon for London’s police is a direct challenge to home secretary Theresa May who has yet to approve their use on the mainland. Boris joins Gove on manoeuvres meaning May is not having a good week…

And talking of education secretary Michael Gove there is continued coverage of the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal with the education secretary seemingly not just knocking May for six, but also getting the Ofsted chief to admit that he apparently vetoed the idea of dawn raids. The Indie disagrees, saying there are fresh doubts over Gove’s version of events, and to be honest who would give Gove the benefit of the doubt? This story will run…

And finally, while the government is at war and the cabinet increasingly clueless, prime minister David Cameron is off gallivanting to try and get Juncker vetoed as head of the European Commission, however many papers today report that Germany has hit back with chancellor Angela Merkel warning Cameron over his ‘threats’, it’s not a good time to get on the wrong side, but at least it keeps Cameron away from domestic affairs as the headlines in many papers undermine his pledge to reduce gas prices as Ofgem looks like it will take the Big Six energy firms to task for not cutting bills, seem to remember that Cameron said he would get bills cut, as ever the only cuts Cameron does deliver cause misery…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Big Six blasted on bills (p1/8)
  • Gove ‘blocked raid on failing schools’ (p4)
  • Economy back on track (p46)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Boris targets May over leadership (p1)
  • Ofsted chief admits he vetoed dawn raids (p7)
  • Juncker: The embodiment of outdated ideas – Daniel Finkelstein (p23)
  • Energy bills must be cut, says Ofgem (p35)
  • Industrial production adds force to economic revival (p37)
  • Britons saving more for retirement (p41)
  • Bank criticised for using jobless figures (p41)
  • Lockheed puts Britain firmly  in its sights (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Energy Big Six feel heat on prices (p1)
  • Recovery shows signs of broadening (p2)
  • Report reveals political grip on NHS (p3)
  • Watchdog delays army cuts report (p4)
  • Merkel warns UK on ‘threats’ (p6)
  • Malaysia Airlines has a year’s cash (p19)
  • Imperial to spin off logistics unit in IPO (p22)

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