News digest 2 September 2013

News digest 2 September 2013

02 September 2013

Syria is still dominating the headlines with many of the papers focusing on US president Barack Obama outlining his next steps, he plans to consult Congress before moving ahead with any action against Assad. On this side of the pond there is still more advice for UK prime minister David Cameron with Boris Johnson in the Telegraph saying the delayed attack on Syria was good for Britain and the prime minister, while ex-foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind writing in the Times tries to up the pressure on leader of the opposition Ed Miliband with a piece provocatively titled: “Our reputation is in your hands” which would seem to imply that the leader of the opposition is calling the shots, that’s probably why chancellor George Osborne is on the attack although it could be the fact that the front page of the Indie reports that the government let a British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria, as ever the devil is in the detail, but the fact that the government granted export licences says a lot about how joined up the approach to the Middle East really is.

Away from foreign news and the domestic front shows the two tier society advancing, as the Morning Star reports that the City is back on a recruitment drive for elite bankers, the Indie reports that new workers are being trapped in low paid, part time work while the Mirror features a TUC backed complaint about the abuse of agency workers under the ‘Swedish derogation’ which sees thousands of agency staff underpaid for doing the same job. On top of that the Resolution Foundation’s latest report says Britain is slipping in to a two tier nation, especially for the young who are increasingly trapped in low paid and part time jobs or facing the fear of not knowing whether they have any work as they languish on zero hours contracts and even those looking forward to retirement won’t fare much better as the Express says millions more will face pension misery.

But soon the TUC and many other bodies will not be able to speak out as the government’s pernicious lobbying bill comes back to the Commons. While Cameron said lobbying was the next scandal waiting to happen, the real scandal is this bill which will let his spin doctor Lynton Crosby continue to lobby – from the heart of government – while groups shouting out for people’s rights will be silenced. And that includes not just trade unions but lobbying groups like 38 Degrees that have taken the government to task over taxation and other issues – no one would be able to speak up on the scandal of the lack of a tax bill for the £85 billion Verizon sale by Vodafone for example – or even Greenpeace on fracking. So much for stifling debate, the lobbying bill would stop any debate, welcome to the wonders of Con-Dem style democracy, or the lack of…

 Morning Star (website due to be relaunched soon)

  • Syria: Fight for peace goes on (p1)
  • Shares for rights plan ‘would strip £1 billion from Treasury’ (p2)
  • Unison riled by bosses pay grab (p3)
  • Darling mocks SNP’s currency plan (p3)
  • Campaign celebrates EDL defeat one year on (p4)
  • City on recruitment drive (p4)
  • Syria: A momentous defeat for the prime minister – Michael Meacher (p8)

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Osborne slams Miliband (p2)
  • 60 per cent say immigrants bad for Britain (p6)
  • 460 ex Remploy staff re-employed (p6)
  • How could Dave trust a man with a knifed brother – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Put Syria action back on table, PM told (p1)
  • Sarin sample puts Assad alongside Hitler, says Kerry (p8-11)
  • Sony agrees to pay up after intern sues (p15)
  • Our reputation is in your hands, Mr. Miliband – Malcolm Rifkind (p23)
  • Postal union has privatisation in its sights with strike ballot (p35)
  • Vodafone ready to ring through US sale (p38)
  • Small stores paying unfair business rates (p40)
  • Factories make strides towards economic recovery (p41)
  • Demand for craft ales catches bigger brewers on the hop (p43)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Vodafone $130 billion Verizon deal approved (p1)
  • US builds case for Syria action (p1/2)
  • Manufacturing hits three year high (p3)
  • HS2 will heal country’s split (p4)
  • Researchers count cost of plans to scrap census (p5)
  • Cameron needs to revive the forgotten art of strategy – Jonathan Shaw (p9)
  • China eyes UK nuclear controls (p15)
  • Medtronic wins key NHS labs contract (p16)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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