News digest 14 October 2014

News digest 14 October 2014

14 October 2014

Today’s digest opens with continued coverage of yesterday’s solid strike by NHS workers across the country with all the papers highlighting the depth of despair at the government’s poverty pay policy for NHS workers. Quoted in many of the papers, Rachael Maskell, Unite head of health, said: “Across England and Northern Ireland NHS workers took to picket lines for the first time in 30 years to demand fair NHS pay. We urge Jeremy Hunt to heed his responsibility to the NHS workforce and patients and to start talking with the unions to discuss fair pay for the vital staff who would rather be caring for patients than having to fight their own poverty. Health professionals are especially concerned that the health secretary implies that fair wages for them mean job losses, but he does nothing to curb pay excess by corporate chief executives or the horrific £3 billion cost of this government’s useless reorganisation of the NHS.” With even Bryony Gordon in the Telegraph backing the strikers, it’s time for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to get around the negotiating table and deliver a proper pay rise for all NHS staff or face more strikes.

Elsewhere in other political news MPs yesterday backed the recognition of a Palestinian state [although not all tuned up], while Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed his parliamentary party over the poor polls [although Labour has actually regained the lead], there’s woe for prime minister David Cameron who is pictured in many papers with ‘blacked up’ Morris dancers [and Cameron used to be in PR – sheesh!] and the PM is also under pressure over the TV debates [he’s running scared from debating with Nigel Farage who was in parliament to see his first Ukip MP Douglas Carswell sworn in [or perhaps to use the subsidised bars]…

On the economic front the main focus is on Carney’s blast at bankers [he’s right], but there’s trouble for the economy as tax revenue may be lower than expected [meaning even more cuts for us], but the oil price fall may make it easier for drivers, still on transport and there are concerns over flogging off the state’s share in Eurostar, the Indie has a handy guide to what else chancellor Osborne is trying to flog off [most probably on the cheap] while there’s some positive news on jobs as the number of people in work is back to pre-recession levels, the trouble is the type of work, namely poorly paid and generally insecure, and as many papers report that Amazon is to hire 1,000 more staff, what’s the bet they are on zero hour minimum wage contracts, welcome to the recovery Con-Dem Britain style…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Mili does the Ukip shuffle (p2 [shadow cabinet reshuffle])
  • ‘Halt bid to Eurostar sale’ (p2)
  • Nurses on strike (p6) – Unite/Rachel Maskell cited
  • Price fall sparks petrol hope (p41)
  • Carney’s blast at bankers (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Ebola crisis ‘ion same scale as Aids epidemic’ (p1)
  • Miliband says stop infighting (p2)
  • Future of NHS (p6) – Unite cited
  • Unions threaten winter strikes (p7) – Unite/Rachael Maskell cited
  • Labour backs call to recognise Palestine (p10)
  • Cameron runs risk of rebellion (p14)
  • NHS question is no longer head v heart – Rachel Sylvester (p27)
  • Oil price slides (p39)
  • Mixed signals on Eurostar sale (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Alexander calls for funds injection to avoid NHS crisis (p2)
  • Income tax shortfall could see more cuts (p3)
  • Contest starts for HS2 contracts (p4)
  • Amazon to create 1,000 jobs (p24)

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