News digest 2 December 2013

News digest 2 December 2013

02 December 2013

All of the papers cover the police helicopter crash in Glasgow, at least nine people have died and there are fears there may be more casualties, condolences to family and friends.

The Mirror has a two page spread on its Christmas appeal, working in concert with the Trussell Trust and Unite, the campaign is running under the banner of Give our kids a Christmas and hopes to raise funds to help families hit by redundancy, low wages and soaring bills. Find out more on the appeal and make a donation:

And in a sign that the cost of living crisis is finally beginning to hit home to those at the top, the government has announced that 800,000 people are to be ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty, however the bad news is that the fuel poor – which stands at a staggering 3.2 million people or 15 per cent of households – will be ‘lifted’ out by a ‘fiddling’ of the figures. Typical of the Tories who not so much move the goalposts, but the whole stadium…

There are also some trails for chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement later this week, the first pre announcement has been a £50 cut in fuel bills, but that has been paid by the taxpayer rather than bringing pressure to bear on companies with astronomical profits, with power companies making £63 out of every billpayer surely the government could have added a £50 windfall on top and doubled the cut. Then again it looks as George is on manoeuvres, the Sun notes Cameron is off to China for another trade mission – the Mail is scathing (when is it not) while the Telegraph sums it up as ‘Cameron accused of giving seats on China mission to his cronies’ - and while the cat’s away the mouse will play, Trevor Kavanagh asks the chancellor to show his ideas (rather than steal them from other people), and it seems Osborne is going to try and push a ‘responsible recovery’ but will still stick close to his austerity agenda.

And while we all suffer under that austerity agenda, the City is aflutter with bonuses yet again as many of the papers report that RBS fat cats are in line for a £500 million bonus even though the bank is to be probed about pushing firms into bankruptcy. Remember that most of those with excess bonuses benefited from the top rate tax cut, which sees them gain at least an extra £40,000 in their pay packets.

But at least they pay taxes, Kevin Maguire follows up on the story that Margaret Thatcher may have dodged some £5 million in inheritance tax on her Belgravia property which was sold to an anonymous trust, which somehow let here stay there for some 20 more years. As ever do as I say not as I do, typical Tories…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Tories to give easy ride to tax cheats (p1)
  • Service marks those who died in [helicopter] crash (p2)
  • English heritage sell off touted by culture secretary (p3)
  • 100,000 sign petition for debate on disabled welfare Act (p4)
  • 9,000 fewer beds available in hospitals (p5)
  • Workers should be on company boards – Jim Sheridan (p9)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cameron off to China (p2)
  • Osborne trail for autumn statement (p2)
  • Let’s see your own ideas now, George – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • Helicopter crash (p12-13)






  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Industry near ‘crisis point’ green taxes (1p)
  • Cameron seeks China thaw (p1)
  • Labour’s fears on pay and growth countered (p2)(p)
  • Manufacturers forecast strong 2014 (p3)
  • Avoiding poverty pay is the tonic America needs – Edward Luce (p13)
  • BP expects surge in Deepwater payments (p17)
  • Nestle feels strain (p19)
  • Water prices rises expected to undercut inflation (p22)

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