News digest 23 June 2014

News digest 23 June 2014

23 June 2014

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

·                Tories put profits before patients: Doctors' verdict on 'damaging' NHS reforms - Mirror

·                Criticism of Ed Miliband amounts to pointless 'Westminster soap opera' – Guardian

·                Lib Dem peer: Clegg is toxic to workers - Mail

·                UK jobs market remains gloomy, report warns - Indie

·                Job creation a Royal con trick – Kevin Maguire – Mirror

·                UK needs its unions to avoid joining US in stagnating real wages mire – Larry Elliott - Guardian

Today’s digest opens with a challenging front page from the Mirror which outlines that millions of people are having their health compromised by the Con-Dem coalition’s costly NHS shake-up, the headline sums up the Tory plan: “Profit over patients.” The BMA will today tell prime minister David Cameron that his attempts to ‘reform’ the NHS have “failed utterly”. A poll by the BMA has shown that just one in every 20 of doctors back the NHS changes, leading the BMA to argue that the Health and Social Care Act must be abolished. Agreed.

And there’s a lot of advice for the party leaders in the papers today. Cameron gets it in the neck over his bid to thwart Jean-Claude Juncker’s election as EU head as Cameron’s public spat with other European leaders leaves the UK prime minister rather isolated. That resulted in work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith wading in saying “if they give Juncker the job it’s like flicking two fingers at the rest of Europe” no doubt he wanted to echo the spirit of Churchill, but as ever he just comes across as nasty and brutish…

Speaking of which the right wing press continues its bating of Labour leader Ed Miliband with the Sun going great guns in trying to attack his leadership, while the Mail reprints coverage from Saturday’s Guardian, although the Guardian has the best summation of the situation: Criticism of Ed Miliband amounts to pointless 'Westminster soap opera’ while the Times simply says that Miliband needs to explain his polices better and the Telegraph says that Labour’s heavyweights have rallied around the leader. All in all it looks more like mischief making in the right wing press and a lack of real news…

Speaking of which, many of the papers also cover Lib Dem leader and [soon to be ex-] deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, with one Lib Dem peer – Lord Storey – saying that Clegg is “toxic” on the doorstep. Surprisingly, this simple platitude is considered news by most of the papers, we’ve know that for ages.

And as Clegg scrambles to find a new job post-2015, it won’t be as easy as the government’s propaganda outlines. Many of the papers report on the TUC report that says job creation has slumped by a fifth across the country and is almost a third down on pre-recession levels in some areas. The report argues that people are clinging on to their jobs, fearful of finding any other employment while job creation remains depressed. Kevin Maguire in the Mirror also slays some of the coalition’s claims noting that the government’s boasts of having created two million more jobs in the private sector included the transfer of 150,000 Royal Mail staff, as ever, there’s lies, damned lies and Tory statements…

What Britain needs is a pay rise, and the way to achieve that, according to Larry Elliott in the Guardian, is for trade unions to have a greater role in society. The alternative is years of stagnating pay or real terms wage cuts with improved productivity benefiting only the bosses and not the workers that delivered it, there’s one way to get a pay rise, join a union and get organised…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (not delivered)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • I’m weak admits Ed (p2)
  • IDS: Backing for Juncker is insult to voters (p2)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • £2bn NHS black hole will cause care crisis (p1)
  • Clegg is toxic for party (p2)
  • Miliband told to explain policies better (p2)
  • Osborne seeks HS3 (p6)
  • Blunkett: Yet another Labour big beast departs – Stephen Pollard (p27)
  • Bank poised for tough line on mortgages (p40)
  • [Private sector ] healthcare shake-up under attack from all sides (p41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Central banks to cut debt holdings (p1)
  • PM takes hard line on Juncker (p2)
  • Labour big guns come out firing in Miliband’s cause (p2)
  • Vauxhall plans to drive up Luton output (p4)
  • CBI warns early rate rise poses threat to exports (p4)
  • Removing Saddam did not cause this crisis – Tony Blair (p11)
  • GE deal victory for role of French state (p17)
  • UK Mittelstand to grow faster (p19)

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