News digest 24 March 2014

News digest 24 March 2014

24 March 2014

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

·                RMT confirms Bob Crow’s funeral arrangements – RMT website

·                The Lamborghini ride that says: Power to the people – Boris Johnson  - Telegraph

·                George Osborne has not won the war – David Blanchflower - Indie

·                Miliband under pressure as Tories surge in polls - Telegraph

·                Ed Miliband told: don't play safe with Labour manifesto - Guardian

·                Half of GPs want to quit over cuts - Mirror

·                NHS fraud equal to entire cancer budget for a year - Indie

Today’s digest opens with two marches, the first was Saturday’s march and rally against racism and fascism where thousands rally to challenge the politics of hate and lambast the Con-Dem coalition’s divisive stance on immigration. There is also a preview of today’s funeral of the late RMT general secretary Bob Crow whose funeral is being held today. A funeral procession will start from Snakes Lane in London at noon, followed by a private funeral for the family, RIP comrade. Both are covered in today’s Morning Star (not online yet).

Many of the papers continue to report on the follow on from the budget, with the press falling in to two distinct camps, those like the Mail and Telegraph that are shouting support for the Con-Dem coalition and the pension changes as a way of freeing up cash (for those rich enough to have large pension pots that will enable them to buy Lamborghinis anyways) and those that err on the side of caution. David Blanchflower in the Indie sounds a note of caution that the budget may not be as clever as Osborne imagines, but could Labour be on a mission to sabotage itself? The Guardian reports an alliance of think tanks have urged the Labour leader Ed Miliband not to play it safe amid some concern over narrowing poll leads, the mail goes for the jugular using the ‘weird Ed’ headline after a poll said 41 per cent of voters thought Miliband was ‘somewhat weird’, then again the figure for Clegg was 34 per cent and Cameron was 27 per cent, then again do we really need identikit politicians spouting soundbites and sticking to safe plans or so we need a bit of a shake-up of the system?

Talking of shake-ups it looks like the future is less than rosy for the NHS. Many of the papers report that half of GPs want to quit the service after all the cuts and the reorganisation, and there is also coverage of the level of fraud with some £5 billion being lost on an annual basis, that does miss the biggest fraud in the NHS, namely the Tory claims it is safe in their hands, all the reports coming out show a service that is struggling under the pain of reorganisation and an ideological attack looking to put our healthcare in private hands, time to organise and challenge the change not only in the NHS, but across the country, that’s the way to win elections…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • M22: Thousands take on bigots (p1/3)
  • University fees could soar (p1)
  • Workers to join Crow’s funeral procession (p2)
  • Chancellor fingered over beer ‘n; bingo poster mess (p4)
  • Top earner pay sprints ahead (p5)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Extinction for GPs (p2)
  • Pensions’ potty Ed [Miliband] (p2)
  • NHS fraud at £5 billion (p4)
  • Vlad’s new land grab (p6)
  • Look at the Welsh NHS before Labour vote – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Obama in crisis talks as [Ukraine] invasion fears grow (p1)
  • Housing boom on Green Belt (p1)
  • Miliband under pressure after Tory bounce (p2)
  • Skimping on GPs a false economy (p6)
  • Asda manager faces axe (p37)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • NHS needs an extra £2 billion, says chief (p1)
  • Top Nato general in Russian troops alert (p10
  • Energy groups oppose inquiry (p2)
  • Cameron attacks Labour over pensions shake up (p2)
  • Female chief numbers increase (p18)
  • Anger at salary openness scheme (p21)

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