News digest 22 August 2014

News digest 22 August 2014

22 August 2014

There’s still widespread coverage of the aftermath of James Foley’s execution, the Indie sums up the line best saying: “US president Barack Obama is calling the jihadists’ bluff” after he launched fresh air strikes against Isis targets while over in the UK prime minister David Cameron is back on holiday, make of that what you will.  But while Cameron enjoys yet another break, the results of his actions can be seen far and wide…

Look at the NHS, supposed to be safe in Tory hands it is anything but. That’s why the March for the NHS is continuing - with further coverage in the Morning Star – but more worrying is the headline in the Sun which says that half of all NHS trusts expect to be in deficit next year, with total debt estimated at £773 million. The Times warn about fears over new medics on the wards who will have had only two rather than seven years training, while the Express follows up on Unite’s call for trusts to stop penalising staff for doing their jobs, namely by charging them for parking. The paper is running a campaign against parking charges at hospitals and quotes Unite’s Martin Wright: “What the South Tyneside management is doing is immoral – the charges are extortionate. It is recycling NHS money from staff to boost the trust’s income.”

And talking of income, Cameron’s failure on the economy is also laid bare, with many of the papers noting that the government’s deficit reduction target is in doubt as tax revenues have come up short. July is normally a bumper month for revenues, but the government was forced to borrow some £239 million and borrowing for the year to date is up on last year, many commentators say the drag on revenues is due to wage freezes, so there’s a strong argument for giving Britain’s workers a pay rise. Don’t hold your breath.

And Cameron’s failure in education was also laid bare as the latest GCSE results saw a record fall in English passes and many schools expected to challenge exam board results due to the wide variation in results, the Times has a catty piece on how disgruntled students trolled Michael Gove on Twitter, but the blame does lie with the now ex-education secretary, with a few of the papers noting that in certain cases students now have better qualifications than their teachers after Gove relaxed requirements…

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel for young workers as the Guardian reports that the number of young people that have been classed as ‘Neets’ has fallen as the labour market improves, but the Morning Star notes that workers under 30 have seen their pay drop by some 10 per cent since 2010. The Guardian says there is some hope for young workers, or not, as the diary notes that if you would like to work unpaid for a Tory MP there are currently a number of vacancies on the website for workers, but these ads are for ‘unpaid interns’ so as ever the Tories are still skirting around the law, and seemingly getting away with it, time for HMRC to get involved in enforcing the law, if there are any staff left that is, but perhaps it could be worse, they could get a role as an extra in the new film planned by Channel 4, it’s been dubbed: Clegg: The Movie and yes the biopic of the deputy prime minister can be expected to be as bad as it sounds, let’s hope they shoot an ending of him losing his seat in 2015 as the Lib Dems fade to nothing…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Schools’ English grades slump (p2)
  • Half of hospitals face debt leaving NHS £773m in red (p7)
  • Lib Dem leader’s life to be turned into movie (p39)
  • Triple whammy for economy (p65) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Fears over new medics trained for two years (p1/4-9)
  • Extra debt may tie Osborne’s hands over election giveaway (p2)
  • Disgruntled students blame poor grades on Gove (p15)
  • MPs unite against Bercow’s choice of clerk (p18)
  • Labour extends lead in crucial Tory battlegrounds (p24)
  • Miliband blamed for high energy prices (p39)
  • Ryanair to ‘rescue’ Cyprus airlines (p42)
  • Bumper JCB payout lifts family fortune (p44)
  • UK wind turbine industry profiled (p46-47) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • BofA settles for record $17bn (p1)
  • Food bills tumble (p1)
  • Uncertainty over Scots public spending plans (p2)
  • Weak income tax contributes to poor receipts (p3)
  • Rail subsidies tumble 40% as passengers pay more (p3)
  • Technology threatens to reshape banking – Gillian Tett (p11)
  • Sanctions hit Rosneft deal (p15)

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