News digest 11 September 2013

News digest 11 September 2013

11 September 2013

Today’s digest opens with a focus on TUC Congress which draws to a close today. The top story yesterday was Labour leader Ed Miliband’s address where he outlined his vision for the country as well as his plans for links between his party and the union movement. While coverage in the press is mixed, Miliband pledged to deliver a recovery that works for all working people, giving people job security, confidence and ending exploitation. Many of the papers continue to focus on his plans to recast the relationship with the unions, and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called it a gamble worth taking: “Let's face it, the status quo was not working. Labour lost five million voters at the last election; it was not the relationship with unions that turned these voters away but a loss in faith in the party itself. Miliband now has the chance to tackle this head on, developing policies that will bring people back to our party. Miliband understands that the social achievements that have made this nation a better place – from founding the NHS to fairer wages, even the weekend – come from working people and their unions.” Setting out future steps Len continued: “We ought now to stand proud behind our achievements, to draw strength from these to create a modern-day offer as courageous, as ground-breaking, as life-enhancing for this country's people as what went before.”

And the Con-Dem coalition’s policies were not only under the spotlight at TUC, many of the papers report that a UN investigator has slammed the hated ‘bedroom tax’ as eroding human rights, UN special rapporteur on housing, Racquel Rolnik, damned the government’s bedroom tax after speaking to dozens of council housing tenants, something the coalition has plainly not done. There’s no other argument, abolish it now.

And yet another example of the contempt the coalition has for ordinary people was shown by education secretary Michael Gove who yesterday sparked outrage after suggesting hard up families only had themselves to blame for their financial troubles due to “decisions they have taken”, would that be decision to be given a zero hours contract, or decisions to be paid just the minimum wage not a living wage, or decisions not to work the extra hours that they really want or need to make ends meet? Last year 350,000 relied on food banks, up from 129,000 the previous year, how out of touch is Gove, very.

But soon we may not be able to criticise the coalition. As the gagging bill continues its progress through parliament the latest opponent to the bill has come out, Tory MP David Davis has urged the Lords to tear out the section of the bill that would crush campaigners’ rights to free speech. Let’s hope the Lords are listening…

 Morning Star

  • Free jailed Huber (p1)
  • Miliband wastes latest opportunity (p1) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • People’s Assembly ‘the way to smash the right’s grip’ (p2)
  • Tories told to keep their hands off Royal mail (p2) – Unite/Tony Burke quoted
  • Davis: Tear up lobbying bill (p3)
  • Wales Assembly announces ban on blacklisting (p4) – Unite cited
  • JLR reveals 1,700 new jobs (p4) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Eagle convinced on rail renationalisation (p5)
  • Labour and trade unions – it doesn’t have to be this way – Jim Sheridan (p9)
  • The other 9/11 – Pinochet’s brutal putsch (p10)

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Unions bash Miliband (p2)
  • Caviar comrades (p2) - Unite/Len McCluskey pictured
  • Gove insult to broke families (p6)
  • West gives Syria weeks to comply (p10)
  • How betting shops can revive ghost towns (p29)
  • Dyson sues Samsung (p40)
  • Whitbread hot as sales drop (p40)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall) – not delivered




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Financial tax plan hits wall (p1)
  • Miliband contests Tory victory claims (p2) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Unions’ voting powers safe, says Labour (p2)
  • HS2 fight back (p3)
  • Coalition urged to stick ton industry strategy (p3)
  • Frankfurt motor show (p19)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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