News digest 19 November 2013

News digest 19 November 2013

19 November 2013

Ahead of tomorrow’s day of action on blacklisting in the construction industry, today’s digest opens with a widening of the focus of the government’s so called review of industrial relations to look at employer blacklists, except the terms of reference make no mention of the fact. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg tried to make the ‘review’ look more balanced, but in reality it can be seen as a blatant union bashing exercise, especially focused on Unite and in fact Clegg just showed himself up at the Lib Dem lickspittle backing Cameron’s dirty dogma driven agenda. What a surprise...

Elsewhere the Mail continues its focus on hateful spin trying to link Labour and the trouble at the top of the Co-op bank running with the front page headline of: ‘Miliband’s meeting with bank boss in drug probe’ and then goes on to highlight 32 Labour MPs sponsored by the Co-op. Leo McKinstry takes it a step further inside calling Labour and the bank both morally bankrupt, pot and kettle springs to mind.

The Mail is also pushing out an attack on the NHS once again, and runs a headline of 50,000 excess deaths under Labour on the front page, and it does not even put that in quote marks. It’s trailing the report into the scandal at Mid Staffs which is due to be debated today, but in reality it is just some more bashing of shadow (and former) health secretary Andy Burnham. There is some good NHS news in the Mirror which reports that health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a U-turn on nurse staffing levels with plans to hire 3,700 more nurses, although that may also be because hospitals are to be made to publish staffing levels so it will show how woefully understaffed some hospitals have become under his watch. But the good news stops there as the Express reports on a Reform report that says patients should pay £10 to see a GP to help raise more money for the NHS. How about stopping giving business to private providers that are driven by profits not patients?

And there seems to be no end to increasing charges for those that can least afford it as the Mirror splashes with a story of the latest plans from the Tory Free Enterprise group – which list treasury minister Sajid Javid among its members – as planning to slap VAT on food and kids clothes and increase VAT on heating to 15 per cent from its current five per cent. Other ideas include abolishing green taxes, air passenger duty and stamp duty on land under under £500,000 (presume that’s for their second homes). Same old Tories as ever, and if you don’t believe that then just look at the front page of the Indie which follows up on the report of River Pound who has been hit by the bedroom tax because he has a room specifically for dialysis, and that is a room he has used for 30 years, it shows why the bedroom tax is just plain wrong…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

 Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ex-MP facing jail for expenses con (p6)
  • Disgraced bank boss revelations (p8-9)
  • Burton’s biscuits acquired (p42)
  • Thomas Cook sells forex business (p42)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Civil service clash looms over jobs for ‘cronies’ (p1)
  • Miliband met bank boss just before he quit (p6)
  • Former Labour minister admits he fiddled expenses (p13)
  • Ukip to use tycoon’s cash on Euro vote (p16)
  • Sketch: Sri Lanka gets lost in north London – Ann Treneman (p16) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Labour mist move on from Falkirk (p17) – Unite cited
  • Hospitals to publish staffing levels (p18)
  • The Eds feud, but their party has moved on – Rachel Sylvester (p27)
  • New head at Sever Trent (p41)
  • BMI prepares for fight over prospect of forced sell-off (p43)
  • Germany pushes women to top with deal on quotas (p44)




  • Patients to be told how many nurses on each ward (p1)
  • Crisis gives graduates 12 per cent pay cut (p2)
  • MacShane faces jail (p5)
  • Publish Falkirk report ‘to show who runs Labour’ (p12)
  • The baffling recovery of Teflon Labour and unpopular Ed – Benedict Brogan (p22) – Unite cited
  • Co-op in root and branch review of way its run (b1)
  • BT’s Garfield to join Severn Trent (b3)
  • Canada takes the biscuit (b3)

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Lost generation struggles to make ground as graduate pay plunges (p1)
  • Tax plans target rich foreigners (p4)
  • Rolls-Royce and Mini look into making SUVs (p18)
  • Capita chief outsources himself (p22)

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