News digest 24 January 2014

News digest 24 January 2014

24 January 2014

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

·                Shrewsbury 24: Open the files – Morning Star

·                Cameron hails start of recovery – Daily Mail

·                10 million on the breadline shows Britain needs a pay rise – Daily Mirror

·                Flagging up the importance of industry – Ruth Sutherland – Daily Mail

·                Nigel Farage disowns Ukip's entire 2010 election manifesto - Guardian

Today’s digest opens with good news for the Shrewsbury 24 campaigners after yesterday’s backbench debate in the House of Commons voted by 120 to three to demand that the government release the files on the innocent trade unionists that were jailed on trumped-up conspiracy charges. Actor and former jailed picket Ricky Tomlinson pledged to follow up on the MP’s decision and fight hard “to bring this to a conclusion.” It’s a strong step forward, but there’s a need to keep the pressure on until the final publication of the files…

The other main story of the day is the dividing lines being drawn up about the recovery. In a sure sign that prime minister David Cameron has been rattled by Labour’s argument of a cost of living crisis for ordinary people, the government has published data saying that take home wages have risen for 90 per cent of the population, and it is only the richest 10 per cent (those who supposedly needed a top rate tax cut obviously) that have faced pressure on their take home pay. If you believe that then you’ll believe anything, how about challenging Cameron to do a straw poll on a typical street, bet the answer would be the opposite, as ever, there are lies, damned lies and [government] statistics.

Unite accused the Tory-led government of complacency and twisting the figures over the claims. Branding the Tories as ‘out of touch’ Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "What planet are the Tories on? The mountain air of Davos must have gone to Cameron and Osborne’s head. Far from preaching at people that they are better off, they ought to be doing more to help ordinary people to make ends meet … the cost of living pressure on people is immense, yet the City, whose recklessness caused the crash, sits atop a multi-billion pound cash pile and next week the banking elite will be feted with mega bonuses. This government's complacency on the real hurt to incomes is insulting ordinary people. Ministers are in denial about the crisis in living standards and that for many the recovery is passing them by. So let's hear no more lectures from Cameron. Let's have some real action to help people, like a £1.50 an hour hike in the minimum wage now.” Now that would make a real difference to take home pay…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Happy pays are here again (p2) [government figures on pay]
  • Lib Dem meltdown (p15)
  • Energy profits up eight per cent (p16)
  • Financier insults country: Will bankers never learn (p24-25)
  • easyJet shock at sharp fall over losses (p42)
  • Interest rates panic (p42)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Doctors blamed for elderly cancer deaths (p1)
  • Standard of living on rise say Tories (p1)
  • Don’t meddle in markets, Labour adviser tells leader (p2)
  • Farage blunders on policies (p8)(p)
  • Lib Dems fight to hide sex claims (p15)
  • Retailers have sinking feeling (p41)
  • Carney refuses to pull trigger on rate rise (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carney set to ditch policy linking rate rises to jobs (p1)
  • Temp agencies to face probe (p2)
  • Pay-offs to gag staff outrageous (p3)
  • South African miners strike (p17)
  • Defence cuts weigh on Lockheed (p20)
  • SSE price rises spark customer defections (p23)

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