News digest 12 November 2013

News digest 12 November 2013

12 November 2013

There is further wall to wall coverage of typhoon Haiyan in all the papers with the focus now shifting on to the rescue and relief effort. The main problem remains getting the aid through, but donations are still welcome.

On the domestic front the Unite national industrial sector conferences continue in Brighton, and there’s coverage of Unite general secretary Len McCluskey’s keynote address with the right wing papers pushing the ‘Red Len’ line, while the Mirror focuses on the fact that Len argued there would be no retreat from taking on bad bosses and the Morning Star stresses how Unite has delivered change with good employers but will always stand up for working people, Len McCluskey: “Unite is making a difference. We have served notice on the establishment that fighting back trade unionism is back – and the elite don’t like it.”

The Telegraph focuses on the economy with Benedict Brogan arguing that as the UK economy turns the Tories and Cameron should benefit from renewed popularity, however, was there a phase of popularity for the Con-Dem coalition? I think only in the City as the two tier recovery continues, many of the papers report on the RBS banker who complained his £4 million salary was not enough, however it is ordinary working people that are still struggling, with 3,500 more jobs at risk yesterday alone as Flybe announced 500 job cuts and Barratts and Blockbuster went back in to administration. So much for any real recovery.

And so much for Cameron’s pledge to protect the NHS with yet more negative headlines today. Remember, Cameron has pledged to personally oversee the response to any winter crisis but many papers report that some 12,000 people spent 12 hours waiting on trolleys before being admitted to A&E, while there are vacancies for 20,000 nurses as trusts focus on a freeze on replacing staff that leave. As ever, senior management is focused on the figures not the hard working staff making people better, patients before profit must remain the mantra.

And finally another callous Con-Dem policy is being challenged in the Commons today as activists descend on parliament to challenge the hated bedroom tax, otherwise known as Cameron’s poll tax. The simple mantra is ‘axe the bedroom tax’ and there’s a good feature by Real Britain Ros in the Daily Mirror on 25 reasons to tell your MP to axe the tax. Join the action on Twitter today by using the hashtag #BedroomTax and get your MP to vote against the tax in today’s debate…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Red Len’s vow (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • PM eye on A&E shortfall (p4)
  • Typhoon coverage (p10-11)
  • 3,500 jobs under threat as recovery stutters (p40)
  • Banker’s £4 million pay too little (p40)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cash for kidneys offer lures Britons (p1)
  • Cameron ignores Major’s message at his peril – Rachel Sylvester (p29)
  • Barratts and Blockbusters call in administrators (p47)
  • Flybe jettisons more jobs (p49) – Unite cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Witness to devastation (p1)
  • Private hospitals see NHS income rise (p2)
  • Fears aired on rights as PM chases trade deals (p3)
  • Cameron praises help to buy (p4)
  • AstraZeneca to build new UK plant (p21)
  • Flybe sheds jobs (p22)
  • 3,000 jobs at risk at Blockbuster and Barratts (p22)

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