News digest 21 August 2014

News digest 21 August 2014

21 August 2014

It’s more grim reading in the papers as the murder of US journalist James Foley fills many headlines with the hunt for his killer ongoing, the Express sums it up as: “World’s most wanted man” while the Telegraph notes there’s: “Another life in British jihadist’s hands” it is however left to the Indie to highlight what next, its front page has a map of the Middle East with the simple question: “Where do we go from here?” Indeed.

Elsewhere in the Middle East the bombs and rockets are falling in Gaza once again as the truce breaks down, in Africa the Ebola crisis continues (amid reports of a quarantining in Berlin), but at least  there seems to be some positive movement in Ferguson in the US although the situation remains fluid with 47 arrests last night.

Back in the UK and there’s a guest column from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey in the Mirror challenging TTIP, calling for the return of Alan Johnson to Labour’s shadow cabinet, and praising grassroots football and communities clubbing together. Len also slates Tory MP Mark Simmonds who resigned over his poor pay packet, while hoovering up loads of taxpayer cash.

And talking of cash the Mail has an interview with Simon Walker, the head of the Institute of Directors, who says he is on a quest to drive down excess pay, let’s see some action rather than just words, after all the piece is on the same page as a story about Ladbrokes boss Richard Glynn who being given £1m in shares despite a fall in profits [yes, more rewards for failure].

Away from executive pay and there are fears over interest rates and in particular rises, the FT’s front page says a split in the Bank of England’s policy making committee over interest rate rise “signals the end of the ear of low rates” as two of the nine MPC members voted for a rate rise, the Mail says any “rate rise would be  a catastrophe for millions” but you can see fears that the economy may be less robust than thought with people worried about pay (and the lack of any rises in wages] and jobs [and security in particular]. Many of the papers report that the number of self-employed people in the economy is at a 40-year high (it has soared to 4.6 million), but the reality of the recovery is shown by a piece in the Indie that says the pay for self-employed workers has crashed by more than a fifth, Britain needs a pay rise and it needs it now.

At least Labour is looking to leave a little more money in our pockets, shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint will today outline plans to revoke the licenses of energy companies if customers are mistreated [why not apply that to all businesses, especially investment bankers?] although Ukip try to trump the major parties by saying it plans to cut taxes for the rich and poor [but not explain how it will pay for it] and the Lib Dems are left floundering as the readmission of Lord Rennard to the party fold is likely to alienate what few [women] voters are left backing the party. However, the biscuit for stupidity has to go to a young Tory called Rupert who is castigated in the Indie after reports of his attempts to infiltrate a Labour party event were laid bare, the poor scale of his attempts led to the punchline: “I don’t think MI6 will be wanting to recruit him.”

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • The Ali G jihadi (p1/4-7)
  • Poll: Ed’s Labour gains (p2)
  • Rail minister drives to work (p2)
  • Labour: Shut off power (p8)
  • Missouri: Arrested for standing still (p30)
  • Fury over pair backing rate rise (p49)
  • Carlsberg crisis (p49)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Hunt for journalists killer (p1/4-9)
  • Labour would pull plug on rogue energy companies (p2)
  • Ukip will cut taxes for rich and poor (p3)
  • Former ministers pile pressure on Bercow over choice of clerk (p2)
  • Rennard’s accuser says Lib Dems no place for women (p13)
  • MPs rebuke Carney over conflict fears (p39)
  • Third snub by Balfour (p41)
  • Brewers find glasses half full (p41)
  • Osborne declines to share Co-op details (p49)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • BoE split signals end of era of low rates (p1)
  • Cameron targets British jihadis (p2)
  • Labour warns energy companies (p2)
  • Self-employment soars to 4.6m (p2)
  • Ringfence MoD budget say defence experts (p2)
  • Carillion abandons Balfour deal (p13)
  • Carlsberg takes sobering look at Russia (p16)

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