News digest 2 September 2014

News digest 2 September 2014

02 September 2014

Today’s top story is the government’s new found focus on dealing with terror. Yesterday prime minister David Cameron outlined to parliament that new powers are needed to seize the passports of terrorist suspects and stop British jihadists from returning to the UK, however within hours of speaking his plans were unravelling as Lib Dem members of the coalition raised concerns about civil liberties and banning returnees from the country.

And talking of forcible returns, many of the papers also feature the shocking case of Ashya, the young boy with cancer, who was taken out of hospital by his parents so he could have advanced cancer treatment in another country. Shockingly his parents have been arrested, separated from their son (who has also been denied access to any of his family) and could be shipped back to England. The Mirror headline sums it up simply as “barbaric” and the simple line is the parents should be at the child’s bedside not in jail.

And while the NHS does not have the facility to provide proton beam treatment in the UK, it may soon cease to exist as we know it. The Mirror and Indie report on the news that the NHS will be at the mercy of predatory US healthcare firms as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal opens the way to irreversible privatisation of the UK’s healthcare services. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Now that the government has finally admitted that the NHS is not exempt from the controversial trade deal called TTIP, Cameron must act on voter’s concerns and get an exemption for the NHS without fail.”

And from trade to the economy and yet more figures highlight that the recovery could have peaked and there may be more trouble ahead. The Mail says how Ebola is hitting interests in industry, while manufacturing growth is at its slowest for 18 months, this is joined by a slowdown in the building sector, and the FT talks of fears for the recovery. Chancellor George Osborne seems to be otherwise occupied as the Times states that he wants ex-education secretary Michael Gove to be at the heart of the Tory general election campaign, not sure bringing in one of the most divisive figures in modern politics will help, especially when you look at the number of MPs considering quitting (the FT and Mail both talk of troubles at the top of the Tory party over Ukip pacts), just two days in to MPs back at Westminster and the nasty party is at war once again…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Scotland vote too close to call (p2)
  • Aysha King case (p7)
  • Location clamp on suspects (p8-9)
  • Tesco shares dive (p41)
  • £72m payday loan woe (p41) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Scotland poll on knife edge (p1)
  • Bercow forced into retreat (p10)
  • Boris Island rejected (p14)
  • Osborne wants Gove ‘at heart of election team’ (p16)
  • Draghi urged to act as eurozone stutters (p37)
  • Finnish delay fuels British reactor doubts (p40) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Airports review to sink Boris island plan (p1)
  • Lawyers question anti-terror powers (p2)
  • Cameron’s uneasy truce on Europe in peril (p3)
  • Fall in output sparks fears for recovery (p3)
  • Financial reforms will make the next failure even messier – John Plender (p11)
  • Lewis pledges to revive Tesco (p19)

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