News digest 14 April 2014

News digest 14 April 2014

14 April 2014

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

·                Moscow accuses Kiev of issuing 'criminal orders' and warns of civil war - Guardian

·                Fuel duty cuts put £7 billion into economy - Mail

·                Fears of debt boom as economy bounces back - Express

·                Job market instability revealed by surge in self-employment, says TUC - Guardian

·                If real pay is rising what about productivity? – Roger Bootle – Telegraph

·                Worst recovery since figures first collected – David Blanchflower - Indie

·                Another holiday for Cameron - Mirror

Today’s digest opens with a foreign focus with many front pages featuring Ukraine, and most specifically fighting that has erupted across the east of the country. The Times runs with the headline: “This is war” while the Guardian talks of “Fears of a second Crimea” and what we do know is that Kiev has sent armed forces to confront Russian supporters that have stormed police and government buildings and it is all looking like it could get worse, the question now is whether the west will issue a warning or stand idly by…

And still on global affairs, the front page of the FT issues a warning for the world’s middle classes, or more specifically those in the developing world after pressure on incomes has returned, it is part of an FT series looking at the rise of the global middle class, which is now turning into a slide as inequality widens again.

And back in the UK a number of papers are trying to point towards an improvement in pay against inflation. The Mail has a piece saying the cuts in fuel duty have added £7 billion to the UK economy, could there have been some overcharging there? On top of that a number of papers report on figures expected this week which  should show that wage rises will start to outstrip inflation. Chancellor George Osborne wants to use this as ammunition to show that the ‘cost of living crisis’ coined by Labour leader Ed Miliband is over, but are people actually feeling more money in their pockets? The reality is that pay will take many more years to catch up after all the time where inflation rose faster than workers’ wages.

And the Express talks of fears of a debt boom as the economy recovers, while Roger Bootle in the Telegraph talks about the productivity gap, the reality is that pay and jobs remain precarious, the TUC has published a report today that shows almost half of new jobs lack guaranteed pay and that the surge in self-employment is a scourge of a real recovery. David Blanchflower in the Indie calls it the worst recovery since figures were first collected – are you seeing the green shoots of the recovery yet? It does seems that one person is, namely prime minister David Cameron as he jets off for yet another foreign holiday, obviously some are feeling the recovery better than others, but then the Tories only look after their own don’t they…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cameron goes on holiday (p2)
  • Ukraine to send in army (p6)
  • Osborne on right track say GB firms – Trevor Kavanagh (p9)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • This is war, Ukraine tells Kremlin (p1)
  • Osborne paves way for early tax cuts (p1)
  • Labour’s rail plan will halt investment (p2)
  • I didn’t act inappropriately, Evans says (p8)
  • Miliband’s big mistake was his break with the past – John McTernan (p23)
  • End in sight for soaring house prices (p35)
  • TUC warns of rise of self-employed (p37)
  • Wages to outstrip inflation (p38)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Slowdown puts 1 billion middle class at risk (p1)
  • Bloodshed as Kiev fights back in east (p2)
  • Osborne move to extend taxman’s powers faces scrutiny by Tyrie (p1)
  • GP opening hours to be extended (p2)
  • Plans for procuring weapons a mess (p3)
  • Self-employed not creating jobs (p4)
  • Housing bubble fears overblown, says forecaster (p4)
  • The global middle class (p11)
  • The two Eds need a more pro-business tone for Labour to win – Alan Milburn (p13)
  • Protest vote plan over bank salary rises (p19)

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