News digest 20 September 2013

News digest 20 September 2013

20 September 2013

It’s a condensed digest this morning. The top story is a splash on the Daily Mail’s serialisation of Brown’s former spin doctor Damian McBride talking of a toxic culture of spin, smears and feuding at the heart of New Labour. Really, in politics, well I never…

And from the past to the present and there’s a shock headline in the Sun for the prime minister – one of the many papers to carry the story – saying: “It’s David Cameron in bed… with wife’s sister” but the supposedly ‘sensational’ picture only make it to page 17 and not the front page as it’s no sex scandal just another snap of the snoozy prime minister dozing ahead of his sister in law’s wedding…

From the past and present to possibly the future as a number of the papers focus on the upcoming Labour party conference that starts in Brighton this weekend. There are some concerns about the latest poll which showed labour and the Tories even, but that does ignore the bounce parties generally get from the conference season, the main focus will need to be on setting out a clear agenda for a country that is still reeling from the continued Con Dem cuts and austerity agenda that rewards the rich while the rest suffer…

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Voters rate Ed at new low (p2)
  • Farage is Fuhrer-ious (p2) [denies fascist leanings at school]
  • Cameron in bed with wife’s sister (p17)
  • Airport carousel kills five month child (p27)#
  • £30 billion pension rip off (p44)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Who’s chillaxing? (p1)
  • Smoking to be banned in prisons (p1)
  • Miliband ‘postpones fight’ with unions over reforms (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Ghurkhas vow ‘hunger strike to death’ on pensions (p11)
  • Away day Tory MPs bond over salad and football on the lawn (p21)
  • Labour’s salvation? The hated Lib Dems – Philip Collins (p27)
  • Whitehall urged to get tough with tax-dodging contractors (p32)
  • Carmakers go into overdrive (p51)
  • RBS to offload more Direct Line shares (p37)
  • Don’t box us in, Germans warn Amazon (p59)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • JP Morgan fined (p1)
  • Japanese close to Sellafield deal (p2)
  • Ministers accused of tax ‘double standards’ (p3)
  • Balls to take aim at shares for rights scheme (p4)
  • BP’s Deepwater expenses spiral (p17)
  • Revamped Lot in for long haul (p20)
  • City airport bids to double passengers (p22)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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