News digest 11 September 2014

News digest 11 September 2014

11 September 2014

It’s still the Scottish referendum or what the Indie sums up best as the “Scramble for Scotland” dominating the headlines. As a poll puts the ‘no’ campaign back in the lead – albeit within the margin of error - prime minister David Cameron is quoted as saying: “Don’t punish us effing Tories” while deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband join the unprecedented show of unity. First minister Alex Salmond accuses Westminster of panic, but the latest poll shows that hundreds of thousands are still undecided. Perhaps the most concerning issue for the ‘Yes’ campaign is the threat from the country’s biggest banks with Lloyds and RBS saying they would quit Scotland, and fears over the amount of oil and the economy, the Mirror headline is: “Seven days to save Britain”, so just one more week left to go now…

Elsewhere and the banking theme continues with Ana Botin anointed as the successor for Santander’s top job after her father died earlier this week [looks like banks and royalty are getting mixed up], the Mail has an interview with Barclay’s Ashok Vaswani which looks like IT is taking over the banks future plans [what does that mean for jobs though?], while Kevin Maguire in the Mirror talks to Dennis Skinner where he argues he won’t accept a pay rise until the workers get one too. Sadly that does not seem to be on the horizon as the FT has a piece highlighting how unemployment has come down in Japan, but wage rises have not resulted. Could what is happening there occur here [under the Con-Dems most definitely]? The Mail does however say that Britain should be back in the black by 2018, it fails to mention if we’re stull governed by the Tories we’ll have no services left anyway. A few of the papers also talk about a rather rowdy Tory party after police were called twice to the party hosted by Theresa May’s aide George Hollingbery MP for his daughter and some 300 guests which was so bad that even “classical music would not drown it out” according to the Mail. Perhaps he should have checked the time on his watch, although if he was left handed and using the new Apple watch he would run into trouble as the tech company has failed to consider that left handers may like to use the watch, a few of the papers have a laugh at the fact Apple has not made a left handed version and have instead told people to flip the watch over, thanks Apple, very helpful…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Lloyds & RBS: We’ll go (p1/8-9)
  • Surge in 18-24 voters (p2)
  • Juncker hands EU job to Brit (p6)
  • Apple watch only for right handers (p13)
  • New chief at B&Q (p49)
  • Booty for Sports Direct staff (p49) [unless you on zero hours contracts as 90% are] 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Financial turmoil hits Scotland (p1/6-11)
  • Backlash as English & Welsh MPs demand own devolution (p8) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Top Brussels job given to Briton (p4)
  • Serving up success in a craft pint (p45) [craft brewers]
  • Kingfisher makes French connection (p48)
  • Daughter takes over Santander (p51)
  • Bombardier job cuts (p56)
  • Diageo in the black (p56) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Juncker’s olive branch to Cameron (p1)
  • Scots referendum (p1-4/11)
  • Questions over Cameron’s [Scots] concessions (p4) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper – David Pilling (p11)
  • Santander keeps all in family (p17)
  • Laury has work cut out as Kingfisher chief (p20)

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