News digest 20 June 2014

News digest 20 June 2014

20 June 2014

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

·                Miliband fails to win fans with benefits speech – Morning Star

·                IDS should pay for fiasco with his job – Ros Wynne-Jones – Mirror

·                JLR invests £200m for new model - Telegraph

·                Teachers' union calls strike in pay and workload dispute - Guardian

·                Fury as tourism minister says: If passport is held up, stay at home! - Mail

The digest opens with coverage of the IPPR report and Labour leader Ed Miliband outlining plans for young workers. There’s wide coverage in the press, with the FT saying business likes the idea, while the Morning Star says Miliband has failed to win any fans with his plans. Commenting on the proposals for means testing of unemployment support for young people and for eligibility for benefits being tied to training, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner – quoted in the Mirror, Indie, Telegraph and FT - said: “The recognition that young people need access to education and training is welcome. But the Tory rhetoric of sanction and punishment is not a message that Labour should be taking to the country ... our young people did not cause the economic crash and shouldn’t be made to pay for it. Any idea that they want a life on benefits is risible when all they want is a decent job and a future. Labour should stay true to itself and its beliefs, and build a positive future for Britain and give our next generation hope.”

From Labour and benefits to the Tories and benefits and there’s yet more bad coverage for work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith after his plans for welfare reform were damned by MPs for driving people to food banks and into the hands of pay day lenders or worse. Enormous backlogs means people have had to wait six months for Personal Independence Payments which are designed to help disabled people cope with extra living costs. Ros Wynne-Jones sums it up best in the Mirror: “IDS must pay for the shambles with his job.”

And celebrating more jobs are workers at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood which is to see a £200 million investment by the company which will build its newest model – the Discovery Sport – at the Merseyside plant. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “The UK car industry has gone through a renaissance in the last decade and is once again at the forefront of British manufacturing, producing high quality vehicles, many of which are exported abroad. The bedrock of this achievement has been the good working relationship that the trade unions and employers have built up on the industrial relations front.” Just goes to show the results of working with unions rather than against them, there’s a lesson for all…

But one the Con-Dem coalition is ignoring. Many of the papers report on the news that teachers  will join the proposed 10 July walk out by local government and education workers to challenge the changes to pay [for that read cuts]. The Con-Dem coalition continues to ignore the reality of what is happening on the ground…

And you want to know how out of touch the coalition is, well the passport fiasco hits the headlines again, but this time home secretary Theresa May is not the centre of attention, instead it is tourism minister Helen Grant who says that if people haven’t received their passport that they can just holiday at home. Grant is currently in Brazil bringing the best of the Con-Dem coalition’s luck to the England team no doubt, judging by her comments (and yesterday’s match) perhaps she should just go away, permanently…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • IDS is hit by ‘fiasco’ (p2)
  • Virgin’s West Side glory (p61) [train deal extended]
  • Jaguar job boost (p61)(p)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Business chiefs cast doubt on No 10’s Juncker tactics (p2)
  • Tories urge Lib Dems to end coalition (p2)
  • I can defy odds an win election, says Miliband (p5)
  • Air fares may rise to cover claims (p16)(p)
  • Disabled and dying left to wait ion benefits fiasco (p21)
  • Threat of strong pound to exporters (p39)
  • Ofgem threatens Npower (p41)
  • Investors set for bigger slice of TSB (p42)
  • GE offers Alstom alliance (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Ministers warn of paralysis after ‘shambolic’ Whitehall IT shake-up (p1)
  • Business praises Miliband plan (p2) – Unite/Steve Turner cited
  • Halewood to build sporty Land Rover (p2)
  • East Coast next stop for Virgin (p3)
  • Disabled let down by benefits fiasco (p4)
  • GE bends to France on Alstom (p15)
  • Fiat targets increased liquidity (p16)
  • Buyback plan lifts Rolls-Royce (p22)

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