News digest 20 October 2014

News digest 20 October 2014

20 October 2014

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

·         People’s protest gives me hope – Harry Leslie Smith - MIrror

·         Russell Brand's politics are sexy, but they will fail - Yasmin Alibhai Brown - Indie

·         Coalition’s ‘lamentable’ child poverty failure – Indie

·         Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale? – Ha-Joon Chang – Guardian

·         Ed Miliband needs to give us some white heat like Harold Wilson – Kevin Maguire - MIrror

The top story in today’s digest is the 100,000-strong march on Saturday as people from across the country came together to demand jobs, homes, health and hope under the ‘Britain needs a pay rise’ banner. There’s a top centre spread in the Daily Mirror where 91 year old NHS campaigner Harry Leslie Smith outlines his hopes for the next generation, as well as comprehensive coverage in the Morning Star. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told the crowd: "The achievements of our forefathers and mothers are in our hands - hold on tight to our heritage and don't loosen your grip … keep the faith, keep fighting and victory will be ours." You can watch Len McCluskey's speech in full here: 

There’s also coverage of the march in the Indie, although the focus is more on Yasmin Alibhai Brown attacking Russell Brand for telling people not to vote [she’s right on that count] while John Lydon talks sense in the Sun [and plugs his autobiography] by saying “if you don’t vote, you’ve got no right to complain” [well done John] and registering to vote is simple, go to Votebooster - [do it now].

And if you need a reason to get shot of the Con-Dem coalition look no further than yet more nasty attacks on the vulnerable. As Labour looks to call a debate over Lord Freud’s attack on disabled workers’ wages [he should resign], prime minister David Cameron is to announce he will lower the benefit cap to £23K a year [pushing more people into poverty and the periphery of our cities], plus Cameron is still plugging away at capping the number of migrants coming to the country as a means to neutralise the Ukip challenge. As Boris Johnson in the Telegraph backs the TTIP trade deal [backing his chums in the City as ever] the Mail tries to attack Labour on the NHS with its usual one-sided stance [parroting the line from Tory central office over the NHS in Wales], the reality of just over four years of this coalition shows that rich and poor are ever further apart with a report by Alan Milburn castigating the failure of the three main parties to tackle the reality of poverty in modern Britain and calls for parties to be honest about poverty [what, rather than do something about it?], what we need is action and inspiration, and Kevin Maguire lays down the challenge in the Mirror calling on Labour leader Ed Miliband to give us some ‘white heat like Wilson’, the 100.000+ that marched through London, Belfast and Glasgow on Saturday are demanding it, and the rest of the population will too…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Exclusive energy probe (p1)
  • Freed up Hammond to save our borders – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • If you don’t vote, you’ve got no right to complain - Johnny Rotten (p21)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Police use loophole to hack phones and email (p1)
  • More families to have benefit capped (p8)
  • Labour at odds over fracking (p20)
  • Savers’ cash to push house prices higher (p37)
  • JLR breaks new ground (p39)
  • Greene King makes its move on Spirit board (p40)
  • Election fever to hit recovery (p42)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Treasury’s warning on tax revenues (p1)
  • MoD to sell DSG division (p2)
  • Danger of UK EU exit (p2)
  • Investors fear hung parliament (p3)
  • UK banks should have fewer complaints over more compliance – Philip Auhar (p11)
  • Deals that fail at highest since 2008 (p15)
  • Japan rolls out first commercial het in 50 years (p18)
  • Railways move to digital future (p20)

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