News digest 17 June 2014

News digest 17 June 2014

17 June 2014

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

·                Politicians blames for hostility to migrants - Telegraph

·                Insecure Britain: poll shines light on nation's economic anxiety - Guardian

·                Diary: Piketty’s critique – Mail

·                Pikkety in parliament: The Class liveblog on Twitter: Go @Classthinktank

Today’s digest opens with news on the long awaited economic recovery, so, is the so-called Tory long term economic plan working? Well, the answer is not really, or more precisely just for the rich. Both the Mail and the Telegraph touch on the latest British social attitudes survey which found there has been a hardening of attitudes towards immigration in the last decade. The Telegraph runs with the line that politicians are increasingly out of step with the public, outlining how the research shows a decade of mass migration has harmed the economy (in reality it has contributed more to GDP and growth) and undermined ‘British culture’ with the belief that the 2.5 million more foreign-born residents have changed the face of the country for the other 57.5 million, the findings also show that almost 80 per cent of people support a tightening of rules on access to benefits and curbs on overall immigration. To be honest this sounds more like a line from the right-wing press, so the last decade of their propaganda seems to be working…

Or not. As one of the facts that does seem to be an issue is that many workers feel that they have been undercut by immigration, although it is more employers exploiting opportunities. The Guardian has a detailed survey of its own, but the headline is what sums up the piece: “Majority are left behind in Britain’s uneven recovery” with the paper reporting that fewer than one in five voters say they are benefiting from the recovery. It therefore seems that the recovery has arrived (56 per cent of the population agree), but of those just 18 per cent say it is benefiting their family, and almost half (46 per cent) disagree. What we have is the raw side of capitalism exploiting those with least power and communities looking for scapegoats rather than blaming the real cause, namely greedy employers looking to up their fat cat salaries while squeezing workers…

But surely there’s another way? Well, a few of the papers report on a public talk at parliament yesterday – organised by Class think tank - where economist Thomas Piketty was questioned by Lord Wood about his best-selling book ‘Capital in the 21st century’. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is quoted in some of the papers praising Piketty’s book for challenging the status quo and being bolder. Said Len: “My hope is we put the same kind of effort into making certain Labour’s leaders are bolder and more aggressive ... our prime minister’s message seems to be ‘work harder, get poorer’, from our point of view, we want to challenge that thinking.” It looks like the age of austerity will start to slowly make way for the age of anxiety, time to challenge the Con-Dem coalition and their recovery for the rich alone…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  • Tories’ union attack ‘mean’ (p2)
  • Ed: Justice for Orgreave (p4)
  • Tories trying to shut us up says charities (p16)
  • Mobile libraries plunge 34% (p18)
  • District nurse crisis to hit elderly (p22)
  • EDF workers on strike (p42) – Unite/Onay Kasab cited
  • M&B to buy Orchard group (p42)

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ban on school junk food (p2)
  • Balls employs 4 on zero hours contracts (p8) – Unite/Steve Turner cited
  • Blair rich project (p10-11)
  • Fears for Us economy (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • US turns to Iran over Iraq (p1)
  • Cameron faces bruising defeat over Juncker (p2)
  • Membership slumps in key Tory seats (p20(p)
  • Be bold to win power, union boss tells Miliband (p12) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Save A&Es for the sober (p15)
  • Bank sets course for early rate rise (p35)
  • Wizz Air stuck on runway (p37)
  • IMF takes swipe at US growth prospects (p39)
  • Siemens eyes Alstom counter-bid (p41)
  • Whitbread’s quiet man at the top (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron dealt Juncker blow (p1)
  • Londoner’s more welcoming of immigration (p2)
  • Supermac back to haunt Cameron (p3)
  • Greenpeace loses €4m in dealings (p3)
  • South east urged to build more homes for London (p4)
  • GE moves to fend off rival Alstom bid (p17)
  • How Paris repelled GE from Alstom (p21)
  • Wizz Air scraps floatation (p22)
  • Vodafone’s inroads into car technology (p23)

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