News digest 17 March 2014

News digest 17 March 2014

17 March 2014

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

·                Missing jet could have landed - Mirror

·                Flight MH370: Four unanswered questions – Guardian

·                Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrate landslide vote for return to motherland - Guardian

·                Families driven out of Syria by civil war - Mirror

·                40p tax storm rocks Tories - Mail

·                Average family is £54,000 in the red - Express

·                Five richest families worth more than UK’s poorest 20 per cent – Mirror

·                Osborne keeps us locked into austerity – Kevin Maguire - Mirror

Today’s digest is all about multiple mysteries. It opens with continued speculation about what has happened to the missing Malaysian airliner which has vanished without trace with 239 people on board. It now seems that the plane’s communications were disabled manually and there were ‘pings’ which placed the jet on the ground rather than the air, the question is where? As investigations continue there are now some 20 nations trying to find out what happened…

And what could happen in Ukraine is also exercising the international community. After voters in the Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine the international community (read western governments) called the poll flawed and said they would not recognise the result, although they do seem to recognise the government which overthrew the sitting president in a coup. It seems all depends on who your friends (or enemies) are? What next is anyone’s guess…

Let’s hope it does not go the way of Syria and civil war. Quite a few of the papers return to Syria three years after the war broke out and there are millions of people displaced, hundreds of thousands of deaths and still no solution despite all the money thrown at the opposition by the west, although the Sun says charity funds are ending up in questionable hands...

And talking of questionable hands the mystery of chancellor George Osborne’s latest budget on Wednesday dominates the domestic agenda. With talk of the squeezed 40p tax rate  payers on the front page of the Daily Mail the right is again looking for tax giveaways, however the reality is that those at the top are doing very well and this as the Express reports that the average family is in debt to the tune of £54,000. At the same time many of the papers report that the five richest families in the country actually own more than the poorest 20 per cent, that is five families have amassed more wealth than 12.6 million Britons put together. While some may salute their success, the reality is that is excess and progressive taxation should be used to make Britain more not less equal, sadly there’s no mystery in Tory polices driving the rich agenda, the mystery is why we put up with it? It’s time for a budget that delivers jobs, homes and hope…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Charity chief and AK-47 fighters  (p1)
  • Budget countdown (p2)
  • Top 5 Brits have as much as 13 million poorest (p4)
  • Lost flight (p6-7)
  • Benn was the real [anti-EU] voice of Labour – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • Putin grans Crimea (p15)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Putin defiant (p1)
  • Stamp duty new stealth tax (p2)
  • Cutting HS2 cost would be irresponsible (p10)
  • Ed’s business charm offensive (p14-15)
  • Boris and I get on fine, says Osborne (p18)
  • [Party funding] cash freeze shows Tories given up on north (p19) – Unite cited
  • Reform or be disbanded, Co-op board warned (p37)
  • Tesla on collision course (p42)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Crimean poll isolates Russia (p1)
  • Forecasts of slower growth to temper budget largesse (p1)
  • Ghost gazumping haunts London buyers (p2)(p)
  • Death of engineering graduates poses threat to recovery (p3)
  • Hunt for missing jet expands (p5)
  • Syria: No end in sight (p9)
  • China clamps down on agency staff (p20)

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