News digest 25 June 2014

News digest 25 June 2014

25 June 2014

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

·                Andy Coulson, the criminal who had David Cameron's confidence - Guardian

·                The most foolish blunder of Cameron’s career – Stephen Glover - Mail

·                Cameron lacks commons sense, taunts Juncker – Telegraph

·                Carney behaving like ‘unreliable boyfriend’ over interest rate rises – Indie

·                Vince Cable moves to ban zero-hours contract exclusivity clauses - Guardian

Oh dear, it’s a very grim day for prime minister David Cameron after a total of 138 days of evidence and deliberation the first verdicts of the hacking trail were delivered. The good news for Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie was they were acquitted, the bad news for Rebekah Brooks’ ex-lover, ex-editor of the News of the World and the prime minister’s very ex-director of communications, Andy Coulson, is that he was found guilty of conspiring to hack the phones of various royals, celebrities and even victims of crime and their families. The jury is continuing to consider misconduct in public office charges against Coulson and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, but the damning evidence is there in that guilty verdict.

Cameron’s attempts to deal with the issue were slim to say the least, making a brief statement to camera (obviously too scared to go to parliament) Cameron offered a "full and frank apology" for employing Coulson at the heart of government and said: "It was the wrong decision and I am very clear about that" adding that he had given Coulson a second chance but then conceded that was the wrong decision. Put simply Cameron’s credibility is shot. Employing Coulson was the wrong decision, wrecking the NHS was the wrong decision, abolishing the EMA was the wrong decision, tripling tuition fees was the wrong decision, the bedroom tax was the wrong decision, the top rate tax cut was the wrong decision, implementing ideological cuts was the wrong decision, and austerity was the wrong decision. Where’s the apology for all those decisions, and what about fuel poverty, rising inequality, the working poor, the rise of food banks, the continued public sector pay freeze and more? If Cameron cared about his reputation why not call an election, the sooner we’re shot of the Con-Dem coalition the sooner we can rebuild the country and deliver equality, justice, jobs, homes and hope for all…

There are a few other stories that get widespread coverage, and again it is not good news for the government. The furore over the possible appointment of Jean Claude Junker to the EU’s top job continues in the headlines. Juncker seems confident of getting the post and many of the papers report that he is ‘mocking’ the prime minister, couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke. It is also bad news for Mark Carney, chancellor George Osborne’s appointment as Bank of England governor, who has been accused by MPs of acting like an ‘unreliable boyfriend’ with his changing comments on interest rates, and finally business secretary Vince Cable has announced that he plans to crack down on zero hours contracts, but much like his campaign to become Lib Dem leader there’s a lot of puff, but not much follow through. Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner is quoted in the Mirror: “Zero hours contracts are a zero sum game for workers struggling to get by. The only winner is the employer and these measures do nothing to tackle the insecurity or uncertainty of zero hours contracts. Rather than giving the freedom to be exploited by a number of employers and not just one, the government should be taking action to create decent jobs and stop the growth of insecure working that is consigning millions to in-work poverty.” As said before, the only way to get real change is to kick out the Con-Dem coalition…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Great day for red tops (p1/4-5) [Brooks cleared]
  • Junker mocking Cameron (p2)
  • Carney’s mixed messages rapped (p44)
  • RBS pays £3.4bn in bonuses (p44)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brooks not guilty (p1-7)
  • Sterling slides over mixed messages on interest rate rise (p8)
  • Hunt vows to punish NHS bullies (p11)
  • First time buyers priced out of 80% of houses (p26)
  • Cameron will pay a price for hiring Coulson – Daniel Finkelstein (p27)
  • Carney urged to bar curbs on home loans (p39)
  • Labour in Whitehall contracts threat (p45)
  • Sainsbury’s bank brings foreign money in house (p47)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Hacking trail, Ex Cameron PR aide guilty (p1/3)
  • New bill targets misuse of zero hours contracts (p3)
  • Nottingham drives east Midlands revival (p4)
  • Juncker management style stirs doubts (p8)
  • South East Asia’s answer to Uber (p15)
  • Chemring picks new chief (p17)
  • Silver lining for Siemens in Alstom bid (p21)
  • Sainsbury’s hires Travelex staff for holiday cash venture (p22) 

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