News digest 25 March 2014

News digest 25 March 2014

25 March 2014

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

·                Missing flight MH370 lost in southern Indian Ocean, says Malaysian PM – Guardian

·                Bob Crow funeral: thousands pay respects to RMT leader - Guardian

·                Miliband isn’t working - Dan Hodges - Telegraph

·                The left has united behind Ed Miliband. Now he has to be bold – Polly Toynbee - Guardian

·                Boris: Old fools can eat dog food - Mirror

Today’s digest opens with a foreign focus as the mystery of what happened to flight MH370 was apparently solved. Malaysia Airlines and the country's prime minister Najib Razak said the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight was that the plane – missing since 8 March - crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board, apparently families of the missing passengers were told by text message.

Over in Russia, the continuing skirmishes around the future of the Crimea, Ukraine and the desire of western leaders to garner support for action against Vladimir Putin’s regime saw international leaders meet in the Hague to discuss their response, one of the first snippets was the cancellation of the June G8 meeting planned for Sochi in Russia. While pushing for sanctions on Russia, US president Barack Obama is also occupied with the giant mudslide in Washington state where an estimated 176 people are missing after Saturday’s huge landslide due to recent heavy rain.

On the domestic front there are two key stories that feature across the papers, the first is the funeral of Bob Crow where there are multiple tributes to the ‘firebrand’ trade union leader as the FT puts it, Unite political director Jennie Formby is quoted in the Guardian: "He demonstrated what you could achieve for workers through solidarity and by standing up for workers. That his members were the best-paid is testimony for everything he stood for." Well said.

The other main story is the press starting to try and start an Ed Miliband in trouble bandwagon. Much of the right-wing press focused on the fall in Labour’s lead in the polls after chancellor George Osborne’s budget last week, although the Indie still has labour five points ahead. The Mirror reports that the Labour leader admits that there is a tough fight ahead of the general election, while Dan Hodges in Telegraph espouses his usual ‘Miliband isn’t working’ mantra. Interestingly, Polly Toynbee sums up the fears of the right (both in traditional terms and within Labour) by arguing that the left has united behind Ed Miliband, now he must be bold. What is guaranteed is the right will continue to keep up the pressure as Miliband has hit home on the bedroom tax, the attack on disabled people, freezing energy bills and the top rate tax cut, there’s more to be done, but the key message is Labour can afford to be bold and lay out a coherent and challenging alternative to the status quo of Con-Dem cuts in the midst of an austerity addiction.

And if you want to see what the right wants to offer the nation, just look at that other challenger to the prime minister, London mayor Boris Johnson. Commenting on Osborne’s budget and the danger that people may spend their money on Lamborghinis the top Tory joked that it will be people’s own fault if they end up “living in rusty Lamborghinis and living on dog food” if they waste their pension pot. Reading between the lines that shows the long term plan is for the withering away of any level of state support, and if you look at the level of Con-Dem destruction to date, just imagine how bad it would be with Boris in change, not even crumbs from the table, just the prospect of pet food for the poor…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Farewell comrade (p1-3) [Bob Crow funeral]
  • Lambeth college staff back strike (p2)
  • Asda shake up to cost 200 jobs (p5)
  • Return of the slumlords – Glyn Robbins  (p8)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Labour Ed-ache (p2)
  • Farewell to Crow (p2)
  • Mystery plane (p6-7)
  • Labour jobs for the boys (p8)(p)
  • Putin flexes his muscles (p12-13)(p)
  • Co-op needs more (p41)
  • Turbines windfall (p41)
  • 200 Asda jobs face axe (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Putin frozen out (p1)
  • Split in Labour ranks (p2)
  • Workforce of carers under stress (p2)
  • MH370 is lost (6-7)
  • Cameron rethink on death duties (p8)
  • The coalition must fight fear with progress – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • Wind farm promises 1.000 jobs (p35)
  • RBS in talks over US sale (p38)
  • Trade wart and UK exports (p40-41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron revives Tory inheritance tax pledge (p2)
  • Farewell to firebrand (p2) [Bob Crow funeral]
  • Labour MPs urge Miliband to change tune (p3)
  • Russia faces G8 suspension (p8)
  • Use a bank tax to make the financial system fairer (p13)
  • Co-op bank wants more money (p18)

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