News digest 12 March 2014

News digest 12 March 2014

12 March 2014

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

·                Bob Crow obituary: "He had skin of a rhinoceros, but a heart of gold - Mirror

·                A geezer with a Millwall scarf – Barrie Clement [on Bob Crow] - Indie

·                Bob Crow leaves behind a union movement fighting for survival – Mary Riddell - Telegraph

·                Bob Crow was a daily reminder that workers can win – George Galloway – Guardian

·                New law will help Hunt axe hospitals – Mirror

·                Hunt gains powers to shut good hospitals without consultation – Indie

Today’s digest starts on a sombre note with the news of the untimely death of RMT general secretary Bob Crow, who died early yesterday morning of a suspected heart attack, aged just 52. Unite sent its heartfelt condolences to Bob Crow’s family and the RMT, and general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Everyone at Unite sends their heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and to all the members of the RMT. Bob was a life-long, and highly successful fighter for the interests of his members and for working people as a whole. I am sure that is the only epitaph he would have wanted.” RIP comrade.

The other top story of the day was the passing of clause 119 after a long debate, for most of which health secretary Jeremy Hunt was absent. Even with a mass lobby outside parliament, advans touring the capital and challenging the wrecking ball that prime minister David Cameron and his Lib Dem lackeys are aiming at the NHS the move to curb the health secretary’s powers to close local hospitals failed. A planned rebellion against the so-called hospital closure clause fizzled out after health minister Dan Poulter offered the Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow (who had tabled the amendment) a position as chair of a committee drawing up guidance on closing hospitals. So that’s all right then? No, it isn’t. Unite’s Rachael Maskell said: “This is another dark day for our NHS under this government. It has seized extraordinary powers to close hospitals  forbidding communities to mount any defence of the services they rely upon. Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs should be thoroughly ashamed of their conduct. They colluded to take away our voice, but come the next election we will make sure it is they who lose not just their voice but their seats. Every time that clause 119 is abused, Unite will ensure that the voices of the people and their health professionals are heard, and that voters understand exactly who betrayed the NHS." They have been warned…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Bob Crow: Loved by workers, feared by bosses (p1-5)
  • Faslane workers walk out (p6) – Unite/Ian Waddell cited
  • Cameron invited to see cuts devastation (p6)
  • Health activists rally against clause 119 (p7)
  • Women shut out of top paid positions (p7)
  • Co-op bank chief quits (p9)
  • TUC Women’s conference: Why are we the ones paying – Diana Holland (p12)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Miliband in Brussels fudge (p2)
  • One Direction in foreign aid plea (p3)
  • Co-op chief quits (p4)
  • Bob Crow obituary (p8-9) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Taxman to raid dodgers’ accounts (p19)
  • Carney hitman to nail forex fixers (p42)
  • Tesco on slide (p42)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Million more pay 40p tax (p1)
  • Capitalism is driven by greed, claims Timms (p2)
  • Lies and abuse forced me out, says NHS whistleblower (p7)
  • Enemies unite in applause to Crow (p13) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Tories want Boris to lead in 2020 (p13)
  • Tories fear Ukip threat (p16-17)
  • Chief walks away from Co-op (p37)
  • Sky’s the limit for Flybe chief (p38)
  • Lloyds staff furious as bank cuts pensions (p40) – Unite cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband rules out early EU poll (p1/2) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Bob Crow obituary (p2)
  • Reshoring offers 200,000 jobs (p4)
  • Payday lenders face early visit from new regulator (p4)
  • Nestle cuts chief’s pay (p19)
  • Lloyds caps pensions (p20) – Unite cited
  • Co-op rescuer lost mutual respect (p21)

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