News digest 15 October 2014

News digest 15 October 2014

15 October 2014

Today’s digest opens with a call for action on housing as hundreds of demonstrators descend on London’s MIPIM property fair to protest over developers, estate agents, landowners and multi-national investors who are “directly profiting from the UK housing crisis” making money out of misery. Unite is joining protesters arguing that urgent steps must be taken by local and national government to address the housing crisis with new sources of finance found for building new council properties. Download the Unite briefing on How global property developers are moving in on our homes and carving up our communities.

Elsewhere the economy remains in focus with surprise at a sudden fall in the inflation rate [primarily the result of it no longer being reflective of reality], and unemployment has again fallen today, but wages still are not rising highlighted by a piece in the Guardian that says the average person is £5,000 a year worse off due to the lack of any growth in wages for ordinary workers and the Daily Mirror has a key piece highlighting how the gap between UK millionaires and those in poverty is widening. The wonders of Con-Dem Britain…

And on the political front, the Tories are trying yet another attack job with the latest update on the Carr report into industrial disputes, most of the right wing papers focus on extreme examples and neglect to look at the other side of lock outs, intimidation and sackings of reps and more [why am I not surprised], and it’s notable that many groups boycotted contributing to the report showing how one sided Carr’s supposed analysis will be. And on the subject of boycotts the Labour party has walked away from talks over ‘English laws’ as prime minister David Cameron tries to make political capital out of the referendum, the right-wing press is still trying to put pressure on Labour leader Ed Miliband over his leadership, but there may be more pressure for Cameron as the Rochester by-election has been called and the question is whether the Tories can see off Ukip’s purple challenge, initial polls are not looking good…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • BBC Ebola panic (p1)
  • Rochester by-election called (p2)
  • Interest rates stay low until June (p7)
  • Tesco could be worthless (p44)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Blair was ‘terror target’ (p1)
  • Boris to ban smoking in London’s parks and squares (p2)
  • Ebola checks a joke (p8)
  • Future of the NHS (p10-12)
  • Labour boycotts talks on English votes (p15)
  • Trade unions accused of dirty tricks (p15)
  • Balls pledges billions to build homes (p23)
  • Chaos fear as Tesco suspends three more (p39)
  • Inflation tumbles (p41)
  • BA sticks with surcharges (p42)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Oil price tumbles (p1)
  • Dublin bows to tax pressure (p1)
  • Cameron tries to calm jitters ahead of poll (p2)
  • Energy: Defence against disruption (p13)
  • Tesco suspends three more (p19)
  • EE agrees to acquire Phones4u mobile unit (p26)

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