News digest 20 August 2014

News digest 20 August 2014

20 August 2014

Today’s digest starts with a focus on foreign affairs and it is grim reading as most of the papers report on the video released last night showing the beheading of an American journalist by an Islamic State militant. The victim James Foley – a kidnapped US journalist who had been in captivity for two years - was executed as a warning to US president Barack Obama. Another US journalist also remains in the militants’ hands. As the situation across the Middle East worsens, on top of the fighting in Syria and Iraq, the truce in Gaza has broken down once again. Back in America and the demonstrations and rioting in Ferguson continues, with another young black man having been shot dead by police overnight. In all cases it looks like the situation is no closer to a solution, but Obama is at least taking issues seriously.

Back in the UK the prime minister David Cameron has decided now is the perfect time to have yet another holiday with the Mail and Express questioning his judgment, sadly only on his sartorial dress sense rather than his policies. Cameron has just announced he is taking a break from his break to come back to London, does this mean parliament will be recalled? Probably not, don’t want to tire poor Dave out do we…

But let’s hope he booked his train ticket early, because the cost of traveling is to go up again. Yesterday, the latest data showed that the annual rate of UK inflation rate fell more than expected in July as the cost of clothing, footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks eased. CPI dropped from 1.9 to 1.6 per cent, while RPI came down to 2.5 per cent. The first impact on people’s pockets was shown in the planned fare rises for next January, fare rises will rise have risen by 25 per cent over the course of the parliament, while average earnings have only risen by 10.7 per cent. Many papers take the government to task, especially the rail minister Claire Perry who said “the fare rises were fair” [what planet is she on]. There’s further coverage of the Action for Rail campaign day of action challenging the jump in rail fares and calling for not only a freeze on fares, but the nationalisation of the network, said Unite’s Tony Murphy: “Twenty-one years of privatised rail has failed Britain’s travellers at every level. Soaring rail fares and overcrowding have been the price of privatisation for commuters, but while the public suffers, taxpayer subsidies have helped many private companies cream off very big profits. Until the railways are brought back into public ownership private companies will continue to milk the paying public for all it’s worth.”

Many of the papers looks at the inflation figures and argue that the data means there will be a delay to any rise in interest rates, however there are also concerns that wage rises will be a long way off, the Guardian sums it up simply as: “say goodbye to your pay rise” and local government workers are taking action today as part of the #YesToFairPay campaign calling for a proper pay rise, find out more,  sign the petition calling on local councils to give workers a decent pay rise and email local councillors from the Unite website: YesToFairPay

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Beheaded by Brit (p1)
  • For sale: 7 prisons (p2)
  • Fare rise rail fury (p9)
  • Missouri burning (p15)
  • Trucker arrested on Tilbury crate death (p23)
  • House prices up 10 per cent (p45)



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Not delivered 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • BHP split calls time on mining boom years (p1)
  • Inflation falls as ticket prices go off the rails (p1/2)
  • Coalition fails to rebalance economy away from London (p2)
  • Obama exercises caution on Ferguson (p4)
  • Keep rates low until the hidden jobless return to work – Adam Posen (p9)
  • Carillion sweetens Balfour bid (p13)(p)
  • Unrest in Iraq hits Imperial Tobacco (p17) 

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