News digest 23 October 2013

News digest 23 October 2013

23 October 2013

Today’s digest opens with coverage of the energy sector starting with the LabourList blog by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey which outlines why the energy market is broken and is followed up in a few of the papers, the focus is that regulation is not enough instead the market needs greater intervention, it also looks like former prime minister may have been reading some details as he called for a windfall tax on the utilities, effectively backing the policy of the party that ousted him, an intervention that is in no way helpful to prime minister David Cameron (although some conspiracy theorists think it may be a Tory testing of the waters).

And talking of intervention, Ineos continues to stay in the headlines with the workers this morning hearing what the plans are for the refinery, at the time of writing the details had not yet been revealed, but there’s a good summation of the dispute by Andy Bell in the Herald Scotland. The best line is: “Grangemouth says two things. First, that there is no "balance" between employers and employed when a big company decides to treat the concept of industrial relations with such contempt. Secondly, that ownership of strategic national assets is not something that can be left to the markets, far less to individuals with big money and small ideas. Mr Ratcliffe has a stake in a site and no stake in a country.”

  +++Breaking: Ratcliffe shows closure of the plant was his agenda all along - Ineos to close its  petrochemical plant hitting jobs and the local economy – time to nationalise Grangemouth?+++


 Morning Star

  • Tories rush through anti-migrant law (p2) – Unite/Steve Turner cited
  • Ex-Remploy jobless rate at 70 per cent (p2)
  • No apology for racist vans (p3)
  • Ineos ‘hiding true value’ of refinery (p5) – Unite/Pat Rafferty cited
  • Agricultural workers take pay fight to rights court (p4) – Unite/Diana Holland cited

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Major rethink on energy tax (p2)
  • Pubs chiefs attack crippling energy price rises (p38)
  • I’m clear in errors at Co-op says boss (p38)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Crisis at centre of policing laid bare (p1)
  • Hit energy companies with a windfall tax, says Major (p8) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Closure of Scottish refinery could put 10p on litre of fuel (p9) – Unite cited
  • Whatever Ed says, his big idea won’t work – Daniel Finkelstein (p29)
  • Hunt misses the real NHS challenge – Gaby Hinsliff (p30)
  • Salmond has a duty to save 10,000 jobs – Magnus Linklater [on Ineos] (p30) – Unite cited
  • Don’t blame me for Co-op shambles, ex-chief tells MPs (p41)
  • ‘Locust’ gets biggest chunk of Royal Mail sales (p44)
  • Tunnels rising numbers offer a vision of recovery (p44)
  • Metro bank to float? (p47)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • TCI stake stirs Royal Mail furore (p1)
  • Major presses PM on energy bill rises (p2)
  • Miliband warns of ‘big fight’ with Fleet St (p3)
  • BA set to stay at Heathrow (p3)
  • Co-op bank restructure is a ‘tragedy’ (p15)
  • French unions back plan to slash costs at Peugeot (p16)
  • Scottish Power fined for mis-selling (p21)

  Edited by Mik Sabiers

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