News digest 22 January 2014

News digest 22 January 2014

22 January 2014

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

·                Police clear Ineos ex-convenor Deans – Morning Star

·                Despite IMF boost, Balls still talks down recovery – Daily Mail

·                Only the wealthy are feeling the effects – Hamish McRae [on the recovery] - Independent

·                Osborne sidekick: Our party is full of hate – Daily Mirror

·                Tory MP Aidan Burley ruled 'stupid' but not anti-Semitic for Nazi stag party - Guardian

·                “Is it made up or is it Ukip?” – Daily Mirror

Today’s digest opens with Falkirk back in the headlines. Yesterday Police Scotland announced that there was ‘no evidence of any criminality’ in the cache of emails on the work computer of Stevie Deans and the story is followed up by the Morning Star, Express and Telegraph. The emails were leaked to the Sunday Times and subsequently handed to Police Scotland by Deans’ former employer Ineos, where he was a Unite convenor until his forced resignation. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite has been vindicated in consistently saying that no wrongdoing or criminality has taken place and welcomes Police Scotland’s conclusion. It is shameful that the police’s time has been wasted by vexatious complaints and their attentions diverted from catching real criminals and solving real crimes. Stevie Deans is a decent and honourable man who has been smeared and hounded with a callous disregard for him and his family by those who should know better. The anti-union hysteria whipped up by certain sections of the media and their friends to pursue a spiteful agenda, has been shocking. Their witch-hunt has been exposed to be without foundation and a lie.” Time for prime minister David Cameron to issue an apology after he referred to the issue in a previous PMQs, will there be any word from him today? As if…

And from Cameron to Osborne, and with another dip in unemployment some may say that George Osborne could be singing in the bath, but even with the revised growth figures from the IMF yesterday – which now expects the UK economy to grow faster than any other major European economy this year advancing by an estimated 2.4 per cent– the reality on the ground is different. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The IMF’s findings may show parts of the economy are moving again after this government’s self-imposed deep freeze, but it should not start champagne corks popping at No 11. Too many people in this country are not experiencing any form of `recovery’ – for them such growth is a mirage. While people suffer wage depreciation that takes them back a decade, and the government argues over a few pence on poverty pay, millions of pounds in personal debt have been reported in just two days to the StepChange debt charity.” Len summed up the situation in simple terms: “This economy is broken and we cannot rely on this government of millionaires to fix it.” Too right.

It does however seem that ‘hate’ is the only thing you can rely on the Tories for after the Mirror reports that one of Osborne’s sidekicks, Nicky Morgan who works at the Treasury, made a direct attack on the Con-Dem coalition’s message saying: “Our party is full of hate” which was in part also seen as an attack on the right wing election guru Lynton Crosby. And as if by magic there’s also coverage of the Aidan Burley ‘Nazi stag party’ case in many of the papers, the notoriously anti-union Burley was not considered to be racist, but the Tory party’s Lord Gold - who investigated the allegations for an internal party report - summed Aidan Burley up as “stupid and offensive” so why is he still an MP?

And talking of offensive, as the Express looks to be leaning ever closer to Nigel Farage and supporting Ukip, there’s an op-ed today where Farage claims to want to continue to talk ‘common sense’, not sure he ever started, but even more fun in the Mirror which has a quiz on: “Is it made up or is it Ukip?” It’s hard to tell.

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • ‘Nazi’ Tory (p2)
  • Npower: High bills your fault (p4)
  • UK beer sales bubbling (p36)
  • Deal for Lloyds a stich up (p36)
  • Unilever euro woe (p36)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Energy bills to hit £1,500 (p1)
  • Tories must avoid being party of hate (p3)
  • Nazi stunt costs Briton his job (p7) [Burley MP Nazi party case ]
  • Voters tell Rennard to walk away (p9)
  • Miliband in ‘fudge’ to curb union power (p14) – Unite cited
  • Dave and Nick, time to prepare your divorce papers – Daniel Finkelstein (p21)
  • Sunderland celebrates new Qashqai (p35)
  • Unilever lifted (p39)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Bankers urge closer ties with Brussels (p1)
  • Levene says politics blocked his Lloyds sale bid (p2)
  • IMF warns on ricks to global recovery (p6)
  • Phones4U lines up IPO (p17)
  • Unilever and SABMiller ease slowdown fears (p18)
  • RBS flexes housebuilding arm (p23)

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