News digest 21 October 2014

News digest 21 October 2014

21 October 2014

The top story in the news today is not in any of the papers, namely the sentencing of Oscar Pistorious to five years for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, shockingly he is expected to end up serving just 10 months in jail with the rest under house arrest [words fail me].

Elsewhere the UK political focus remains on Europe and migration with prime minister David Cameron talking tough on telling outgoing Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso to stop pushing him around over the EU question and on capping migration [the Times cartoon notes drily that that’s now Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s job], but the real issue is that Cameron has failed to communicate with his EU counterparts, the Guardian sums it up well: “     One problem for David Cameron is that nobody in the EU knows what he wants.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband has also been focused on Europe with a mini reshuffle last night seeing Pat McFadden given the shadow Europe minister’s job, while shadow chancellor Ed Balls seems to be rowing back a bit on the party’s ‘mansion tax’ proposal saying houses below £2 million will not be included [that will mean even bigger bills for the richest], if they are not avoiding taxes, and that takes us back to the government which the Express says is starting an[other] ad campaign to shop ‘benefit cheats’ [perhaps it should start with the corporate tax avoiders]. And the Express also seems to be in a bad mood with the government today [could it be leaning towards backing Ukip?] with a front page splash on government advice over energy prices, the headline sums it up: “ Government advice to elderly for winter: Heat one room only.” And that may not only be due to the cost of energy [remember it’s gone up 50% in 10 years], but the fact that we could be facing blackouts if there is another power station fire [there’s lots of coverage of the aftermath of the Didcot power station fire].

And from a power network under pressure to the NHS under pressure. The Mail continues its attack job on the NHS in Wales [or the let’s tarnish the service as much as possible plan], but the reality is that the NHS needs bigger budget rises to stem a ‘perfect storm’ this winter [and that comes from an NHS watchdog], the reality of the NHS shows the mixture of creeping privatisation and the impact of cuts on services with a number of papers talking about the rise of private ambulances [the bills for which have doubled to £67.5 million] while the current fleet is left to fester as the Mail highlights the sad death of one woman in west London after the tail lift on an ambulance failed and medical staff were unable to remove her from the vehicle. The Tories can’t be trusted with the NHS…

And finally if the Tories can’t be trusted, then Ukip look like they have a new charm offensive, with all the focus on the offensive side after ex Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has released a calypso single backing Ukip leader Nigel Farage including cod-Caribbean accent, I would say words fail me, but - after Cameron was photographed partying with ‘blacked up’ Morris dancers recently - they seem to be outdoing each other in how tasteless they can be [the answer is very]…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ed backs Blairite in reshuffle (p2)
  • Balls retreat on mansion tax (p2)
  • Amazon’s Xmas job deliveries (p18)
  • BoE pay system crashes (p43)
  • Spirit and Greene King to merge (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Paralysed man walks again (p1)
  • Power outage problems ahead (p2)
  • Owners could pay up to £30K a year under mansion tax plan (p11)
  • Cameron is heading for a big fall over Europe – Rachel Sylvester (p25)
  • Carney orders review after payments crash (p37)
  • Greene King’s offer floors its rivals (p40)




  • Homes used as cash machines (p1)
  • Follow Thatcher, not Ukip, urges Barroso (p1)
  • Recall bill may see light of day (p2)
  • One more powers station gone and we face blackouts (p6)
  • Racism row over Ukip calypso (p11)
  • We are facing the price of power failure – Brian Wilson (p20)
  • Meltdown of UK payments system (b1)
  • Greene King makes £723m takeover bid for Spirit pubs (b3)
  • Lower profits will lead to City pay cuts (b5)

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • IBM profits tumble over cloud issues (p1)
  • Bankers pay is ripe to be cut, argues BoE deputy (p21)
  • Low paid find jobs ladder harder to climb (p2)
  • Ukip sets trap for Cameron on migration pledge (p3)
  • Business airports sue RAF Northolt over civilian flights (p4)
  • Miserablism risks causing Britain serious harm – Janan Ganesh (p15)
  • Green King offer (p25)
  • Rolls-Royce tries to rebuild investor confidence after second profit warning (p27)

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