News Digest 21 July

News digest 21 July 2014

21 July 2014

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

·                MH17 coverage - Mirror

·                Gaza's bloodiest day as at least 100 Palestinians are killed - Guardian

·                Recovery finally passes pre-crisis peak - Telegraph

·                You won’t hear the chancellor boasting about the biggest drop in living standards since the war – David Blanchflower - Indie

·                Whitehall accused of hypocrisy over living wage for cleaners – Indie

·                Terry Jones tweets support for Ritzy staff – Indie

The MH17 plane crash continues to dominate most papers’ headlines with many pages of coverage looking to apportion blame [mostly directed at Russian president Vladimir Putin], but the real tragedy is the families who are unable to even get the bodies of their relatives back, with many of the families fearing the bodies will be used as a bargaining chip. It’s grim reading, but the political pressure is building, the problem is that there does not look like a simple solution to the stand-off.

And another intractable situation is that in Gaza as the Israeli assault continues. More grim headlines scream of the reality on the ground with the Times summing it up as: “Shelling of Gaza leaves scores dead.” The UN Security Council has now called for an immediate ceasefire as the number of Palestinians killed during Israel's military attack has passed 500, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demand an end to the slaughter, but the Israeli military continues to pound people in their homes. It’s simple, stop the attacks.

Away from international news, the domestic agenda is winding down for the summer holidays. Now that Cameron has had his reshuffle, there are the recriminations with sacked Dominic Grieve saying he was kicked out to placate Ukip voters, while new education secretary Nicky Morgan has said she will be nice to teachers, well she could hardly be any worse than toxic Michael Gove. A shift in focus to Labour leader Ed Miliband’s team sees a call in the FT from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey to bring back Labour’s ‘big beasts’ like Alan Johnson to bring the challenge to the Con-Dem coalition. There’s also coverage of Labour’s National Policy Forum where shadow chancellor Ed Balls has sadly pledged to stick to Tory spending plans.

And talking of Tory spending [or lack of in reality] there may be some good news for chancellor George Osborne in the Telegraph, one of the papers reporting that the UK economy will finally exceed its pre-recession level [how many years did that take – way too many], the reality on the ground is somewhat different. House prices actually fell last month, people are not spending on the high street, and the reason, summed up nicely by David Blanchflower in the Indie is that no one is getting a pay rise. With living standards falling the recovery is not being shared, and that could bode badly for the government.

But then it remains out of touch, the Indie also splashes with a story that accuses Whitehall of hypocrisy over paying a living wage to cleaners in the corridors of power as 12 of 17 ministries pay below the London living wage. Who was it who said the living wage was “an idea whose time has come”, none other than prime minister David Cameron. Time to do the honourable thing and write it into the contracts, and that also stands true for the staff at the Ritzy cinema who continued their campaign and yesterday got the support of Terry Jones from Monty Python, so at least now we know they pay a living wage at the ministry of silly walks…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • West hands ultimatum to Putin (p1)
  • City fears loss of influence in EU (p2)
  • Grassroots ideas brought down to earth (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Unite leader urges return of Labour ‘big beasts’ (p2)
  • Slavery risk with supply chains (p3)
  • Yes or No, change is coming to Scotland (p4)
  • Cardiff pursues extra powers (p4)
  • GM in Europe no-frills push (p19)
  • Champagne on ice for EU carmakers (p21)

 Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Putin boxed in (p1/4-7)
  • Jobcentres face the chop (p2)
  • 100 dies in Gaza (p2)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • US intelligence puts Russia in dock (p1/6-11)
  • British staff quit Brussels (p2)(p)
  • Home prices take a tumble but forecast still up (p15)
  • I’ll be nice to teachers, says Gove heir (p21)
  • Ed is wasting his time at the White House (p26)
  • Shelling of Gaza leaves scores dead (p30-31)
  • Rate rise worries are overdone (p38)Surging sterling takes its toll on dividends (p40)





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