News digest 15 January 2015

News digest 15 January 2015

15 January 2015

The front page of the Mirror has the one story that appears in almost all the papers, namely prime minister David Cameron chickening out of the TV debates for the election. It runs with the line that Cameron’s spinelessness has come home to roost, and almost all the papers say that he has the most to lose which is why he won’t take part, Labour leader Ed Miliband tore into him at PMQs. The question is whether the broadcasters will go ahead with an empty chair strategy, and if Roy Hattersley got a tub of lard on Have I Got News For You, may I suggest a silver spoon in place of the PM…

And Cameron must be running scared after PMQs as he has headed all the way to America to meet with US president Barack Obama to discuss cybersecurity and other issues [and also for a convenient phot op]. Back in Britain and chancellor George Osborne sets out his stall for the economy in the next five years. His argument is that the UK will be richer than the US by 2030, that will go down well with Obama, but if we just look at minimum wages perhaps Osborne should look towards Europe rather than America. After all the UK minimum wage is £6.50 while the US minimum wage is just $7.25 (or £4.76) and in France it is €9.53 (or £7.38). But then that sums up Osborne’s aspiration to try and make things better for those in his cosy elite, and that’s one of the arguments outlined on the front page of the Telegraph which states simply: “Entire cities have been cast aside by the coalition” as it quotes the Archbishops of Canterbury and York taking the government to task in a critical assessment of the state of the nation. Archbishop Justin Welby contrasts the City and London with the rest of the country saying simply: “Our economy seems to be a tale of two cities, one growing and constantly improving and the others trapped in apparently inevitable decline.”  So there’s a challenge for the chancellor and for all politicians and business to make sure that they share the wealth more equally rather than just leave it in the hands of the elite…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • NHS helpline blamed for A&E crisis (p2)
  • Labour plots huge wind turbine increase (p5)
  • We will hold TV debates without you, rivals warn Cameron (p12-13)
  • Voters put better pubic services ahead of tax cuts (p13)
  • Markets spooked as copper price slumps (p37)
  • ECB near to QE (p39)
  • RBS: We mis-sold taxpayer backed loans to small businesses (p40)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Oil majors move to slash costs (p1)
  • Cameron to press Obama over security fears (p2)
  • Miliband taunted over falling energy prices (p2)
  • Health chiefs links A&E chaos to advice line (p3)
  • Analytical blunders that discredit Labour’s pitch – Chris Giles (p11)
  • SUV and pick-up sales to boost GM margins (p19)
  • Alfa raises flag on zero to 150,000 sales dash (p19)

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