News digest 16 June 2014

News digest 16 June 2014

16 June 2014

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

·                We will defend our lands, pledge Shias outraged at mass killings in Iraq – Guardian

·                Slaughter that shames Blair – Mail

·                Michael Gove ally Dominic Cummings in personal attack on David Cameron - Guardian

·                Cameron tells Tories to raise £100K a day to keep Ed out - Mail

·                End blunders or resign, Labour's Tom Watson tells Miliband press aides – Guardian

·                Why Class is hosting Thomas Piketty – Class

·                Len McCluskey on the People’s Assembly - Tribune

The front pages of the vast majority of the papers are focused on the ongoing crisis in Iraq with coverage of what appears to be the humiliation and execution of Iraqi soldiers by Isis militants in the north of the country. As the international community looks to consider a response, the Mail argues the cause of the crisis is laid squarely at the feet for former prime minister Tony Blair after Blair denied that the sectarian violence tearing Iraq apart has nothing to do with his own actions in supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Robert Fisk in the Indie sums up the issue best: “It’s a mercy that Barack Obama does not listen to the likes of Tony Blair.” Go back to advising the banks and the lucrative lecture circuit Tony…

On the domestic front the Trojan Horse affair hits the front page of the Times – and is followed up in many other papers – after a former adviser to education secretary Michael Gove called prime minister David Cameron “a sphinx without a riddle” who is surrounded by sycophants over his blocking of the Gove changes. Ex-aide Dominic Cummings also went on to condemn the operation of No 10 as “there’s no grip, no focus” which kind of sums up the Tory approach to this term with a slash and burn administration destroying all in its wake with five failed years of U-turns, cuts and calamities under Cameron…

But it looks like Cameron will do he can to cling on to power, a number of the papers report on the latest fundraising by the main parties. Official figures for the first quarter of this year show the Tories received £6.6 million, Labour £4.4 million, and someone still likes the Lib Dems as they got £1 million. The Mail reports the Tories are trying to build up a £30 million war chest, odd since general election spending is capped at £20 million, expect them to get down and dirty. There’s also more advice for Labour leader Ed Miliband after his ‘schoolboy error’ over posing with the Sun last week. Labour’s Tom Watson says his advisers need to up their game, avoid any more gaffes and start to outline a coherent alternative…

And there is an alternative, Author of best-selling book Capital in the 21st century Thomas Piketty will be addressing the House of Commons later today at an event hosted by think tank Class while, writing in Tribune,  Unite general secretary Len McCluskey outlines why people should join the People’s Assembly demo this Saturday. Get set for more action and help build an alternative to austerity, demand a new economic settlement of decent jobs, homes and hope…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Tories £30 million to destroy Miliband (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Savagery of Isis murder squads (p10-11)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Gove ally savages No 10 on schools  (p1)
  • Syria joins Iraq in battle to halt rebel march on Baghdad (p1)
  • Tax avoidance advisers 'should be prosecuted' says Tory MP




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Iraq militants’ advance slows (p1)
  • Blair links schools ‘plot’ to rebels (p2)
  • Labour interest in ‘paternity boost’ (p2)
  • Rise of the machines – robots in industry (p21)
  • GSK spin-off eyes listing for painkiller (p23)

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