News digest 16 September 2013

News digest 16 September 2013

16 September 2013

No single story dominates today’s papers although there is reasonable coverage of the Lib Dem conference being held in Glasgow. The main stories out of Glasgow see the party make a U-turn on nuclear power plants (backing them now) and the leadership was also backed on its stances on supporting the status quo on tuition fees (just plain wrong) and fracking (in controlled circumstances only). But not all is smooth and while there is pressure on Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg – Boris Johnson in the Telegraph calls him an invisible loser – many of the papers report that Clegg and business secretary Vince Cable are at odds over the economy, with Clegg wanting the Lib Dem front bench to back the Con-Dem deficit reduction programme. Cable will instead miss the economy debate as he prepares to address the party today, he is expected to talk about challenging rogue employers over zero hours contacts and looking at the minimum wage, sadly actions speak louder than words and with Cable it is all very much lots of words and no action…

Then again the Lib Dems may well be obsolete. The front page of the Indie offers a ‘reality check’ with poll results showing that 59 per cent of voters say the party is worse now than in 2010 with just 9 per cent thinking that party has improved, both the Tories 37 per cent think improved) and Labour (38 per cent improved) fare better, and the Indie is not the only paper with polls. The Mail and Mirror report that Labour has now established a 13 per cent lead with women voters while the Express notes that a surge for Ukip could actually put Labour leader Ed Miliband in Downing Street.

Until then  the Tories will continue to govern for the few not the many, the front of the Times reports that there is to be another crackdown on benefit fraudsters with the government saying benefit cheats could face 10-year jail terms for flouting the system,. Although there is some talk of this being also targeted at the middle classes, the reality is the rich will continue to evade the tough stance, after all a couple of the papers report that G4S and Serco can bid for some £800 million worth of contracts with the Ministry of Justice despite facing alleged fraud investigations over existing deals. One rule for them and one for the others?

And the FT also covers concerns following a back office deal for civil servants at three departments who could see their jobs offshored as a result of being transferred to a French IT contracts as part of the cost saving programme. Up to 1,000 jobs could be in danger of being shipped overseas.

And if you want to see what happens from a shift in ownership then look no further than the Mail which reports on a revolt over a change to Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bars, which have not only lost their classic rectangular shape but also gotten sweeter, owner Mondelez says it has not changed the recipe, but the proof is in the pudding to mix metaphors. What is not in dispute is the fact that the product has not only changed, while the price remains the same, but the bar has also shrunk meaning you pay more for less, sounds like Con-Dem Britain all over…

 Morning Star

  • Bedroom tax campaigners confront Lib Dems at conference (p1)
  • Lib Dems back fracking (p2)
  • Stop the War coalition conference (p2)
  • Ministers push fire-fighters towards strike (p3)
  • Poll: Labour ahead in marginal seats (p3)
  • Hovis strikers backed (p4)
  • CWU challenges Lib Dems over Royal mail sale (p5)
  • Huge crowds pack out assemblies (p5) - Unite/Karen Reay quoted

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Lib Dem battle over party policy (p2)
  • Tory MPs rebel on  troops cuts (p6)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • 10 year jail terms for benefit fraudsters (p1)
  • Cameron urges interns to report exploitation (p4)
  • Cable risks rift with Clegg by missing economy vote (p10-11)
  • Brown’s nemesis has no time for Miliband (p19)
  • Bad behaviour comes back to haunt Barclays (p37)
  • Jaguar boss comes out fighting (p39)
  • Farmers left behind by EU block on GM crops (p43)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Diamond calls for bank rules shake up (p1)
  • Osborne ‘shares for rights’ scheme hits tax snag (p1)
  • Cable looks to tackle rogue directors (p2)
  • Manufacturers echo call for investment (p2)
  • 1,000 civil servant jobs to be offshored (p4)
  • Chrysler goes for IPO as last resort (p19)
  • Vodafone looks for India deals (p22)
  • Smurfit Kappa has seen the future and it’s paper (p24)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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