News digest 25 July 2014

News digest 25 July 2014

25 July 2014

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

·                Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded - Guardian

·                Jet vanishes above Sahara – Express

·                Another UK growth forecast, another dollop of egg on the face of the IMF – Guardian

·                My days with peace camp protesters, by Tory minister - Telegraph

·                Unmatched Marx in his own words – Morning Star

Sadly, despite calls to end the bombardment from around the world, the killing in Gaza goes on with the latest Israeli strike hitting a school that was being used as a refuge. UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon said he was ‘appalled’ by the attack, but the attacks continue and over 750 Palestinians have now been killed in the conflict. The calls for a ceasefire are being repeatedly ignored by the Israeli forces, so the killing goes on.

There’s less coverage of the MH17 disaster as the bodies return to the Netherlands, but the aviation industry saw yet another crash yesterday after an Air Algeria plane with 116 aboard  came down over the Sahara, the plan is believed to have got into trouble due to heavy sandstorms in the area.

On the domestic front the top story of the morning is the latest UK GDP figures. Many of the papers highlight the revised forecasts for the UK economy by the IMF which predict that the UK will have the fastest growing economy of the world’s developed countries. And this morning the latest figures showed the UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2014, meaning the economy is now 0.2 per cent ahead of its pre-crisis peak, originally reached in the first quarter of 2008. So six years to get back to square one. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey warned the government against crowing that its stewardship of the economy has been a success: "Working people are doing the heavy lifting in our economy. They are working harder but getting poorer so if the economy is growing, it is not them who are feeling the benefit. Let's be clear: There has been no economic miracle performed here … two features of this so-called recovery ought to be ringing alarm bells in Number 10: the wage siege combined with an investment freeze.  Basically, working people's graft is not being rewarded in their wage packets but banked by businesses which are hoarding millions. What is needed is some action to get businesses to invest in their workforce.  People want secure work and money in their pockets - and until they are delivered we cannot claim to be out of the woods." Put simply, Britain needs a pay rise and the people need it now.

Elsewhere in the news the reality of the recovery is laid bare, the Indie front page splashes on how council tax rises are hitting the poorest hardest, the Mirror has a piece on how self harm among young people has risen by 40 per cent due to the impact of austerity, and many of the papers report that the government’s £1bn flagship plan to tackle youth joblessness has been scrapped as it has been an abject failure, well it was championed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg after all. The Mirror also reports on woes for Tory minister Esther McVey, who apparently racked up serious debts to bail out a firm she set up before becoming an MP, banks would not lend the company money so she borrowed personally to keep it afloat. Did someone say the Tories had a problem with women? There was also more trouble for the party after it was revealed that MP David Ruffley had assaulted his ex-partner, it emerged he was cautioned in March. It’s all in the hands of the whips now, and as the Tory chief whip is Michael Gove, expect him to get off with an erudite talking to…

And finally for the Tories the Telegraph follows up on the story of the Tory cabinet minister that chanted anti-Thatcher songs, sadly it was only when Liz Truss – now the environment secretary – was a child, her views on Thatcher have changed, apparently she converted to Conservatism while at university, obviously had the wrong tutors, perhaps she should read the Morning Star’s suggestion on David Harvey’s online lectures…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Looters in MH17 swindle (p1/6-7)
  • Israel shells Gaza school (p2)
  • UK economy grows (p2)
  • £1bn youth jobs scheme axed (p2)
  • Big Six big fix claims (p32)(p)
  • Unipart falls apart (p57)
  • Alstom faces SFO charges (p57) 


Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • UK’s recovery outstrips world (p1)
  • House prices cool (p2)
  • Biomass power plants less green than coal fired (p4)
  • Massacre of families taking shelter in UN school (p30-31)
  • Construction giants set for £3bn merger (p37)
  • Royal Mail taps bond markets (p40)
  • Unilever’s forecasts hit by Russian political tension (p43)
  • Wheels fall off Unipart car parts (p43)
  • easyJet shares tumble (p43)
  • Big Six must explain rising fuel bills (p47) 




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Investors call time on junk bond bull run (p1)
  • Lloyds agrees to pay £300m fine (p1)
  • IMF raises UK growth forecast (p3)
  • Watchdog to investigate energy prices (p3)
  • Youth jobs scheme cut short (p4)
  • Car manufacturing on road to 10-year high (p4)
  • £1bn docks plan wins go-ahead (p4)
  • Fiat and Peugeot eyes tie up (p17)
  • Alston unit faces corruption charges (p18)
  • Rolls-Royce adds thrust to jet engine profitability (p21)
  • Unilever hurt by slowdown (p21)

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