News digest 20 February 2014

News digest 20 February 2014

20 February 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Thousands take killer Atos to task – Morning Star

·                Women in work hits record high - Indie

·                Underemployment scourges Britain – Morning Star

·                The reality behind the jobs stats – Owen Jones - Indie

·                27 bishops slam David Cameron's welfare reforms - Mirror

·                Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to 'tough up', phone hacking trial told - Guardian

Today’s digest opens with actions across the country against Atos, the company doing the government’s ‘dirty work’ and penalising a whole swathe of people by arbitrary assessments. With almost 160,000 wrongly assessed as being fit for work it is plain that Atos assessments do not work, and that’s why Unite Community members joined protests outside Atos work assessment centres up and down the country yesterday. Watch and share this short video of one demo at Ealing, West London -

Talking of work, the government yesterday hailed the latest unemployment figures and many of the papers report on the record number of women in work, it is the front page of the Times which looks like it auditioning for a job as the government’s cheerleader, the impact of the cuts on women has been one of the key themes of the last four years and a key failure for the Con-Dems, it does however seem that women are being forced to work after the paltry rise in wages means budgets have been hit hard. The Morning Star also brings the issue into perspective highlighting the continues issue of underemployment, and also looking at the figures is Owen Jones in the Indie, he notes the rise in people who are now self-employed, as ever the devil is in the detail and behind the figures the reality is a recovery that does not benefit ordinary people.

From the devil to the church and the front page of the Mirror splashes with a strong story on the coalition’s brutal welfare changes. After prime minister David Cameron claimed ‘cuts give people hope’ in yesterday’s Telegraph, 42 senior clergymen have condemned the welfare reforms for hitting the poor. A total of 27 Anglican bishops and 15 faith leaders accused the prime minister of creating ‘national crisis of hunger and hardship” and said that there was a “moral duty” on Cameron to alleviate the suffering. Like he’s listening.

And while Cameron is unlikely to heed that advice, one former prime minister – Tony Blair - has been embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal after it emerged yesterday that he gave ’advice’ to then News International boss Rebekah Brooks on how to deal with the fall-out from the phone hacking scandal. Words fail me, but Mark Ferguson sums up many people’s response on Labour List: “We need to talk about Tony…”

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Chunky chancellor battles pounds (p1)
  • Unemployment falls (p2)
  • Benefits ban ‘illegal’ (p2)
  • Blair hack link  (16p)
  • Peugeot saved by Chinese (p42)
  • BAE jobs success (p42)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Women at work in record numbers (p1)
  • Recovery still at risk, warns Osborne (p2)
  • Blair advised brooks (p7)
  • Flood victims get rebate on council tax (p12)
  • Some wages start to overtake inflation (p37)
  • Sports Direct staff close to £77,000 bonus (p39)
  • RBS suspends senior trader (p41)
  • BAE secures higher Eurofighter price (p42)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Blair offered advice to Brooks (p1)
  • Jobs data add to interest rate caution (p2)
  • BAE strikes Eurofighter deal (p2)
  • Benefits curb plan risks breach of EU law (p4)(p)
  • Third RBS trader suspended (p17)
  • Peugeot needs drive (p19)

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