News digest 25 November 2014

News digest 25 November 2014

25 November 2014

Today’s digest opens with coverage of yesterday’s solid strike action by NHS workers across the country, which is being followed by an ongoing work to rule. Check out the latest video of NHS workers taking action across the country and striking for a pay rise: VIDEO: Fair pay for the NHS. The campaign continues so make sure you sign the pay NHS staff fairly! #NHSpay petition and demand that health secretary Jeremy Hunt gets around the negotiating table and offers dedicated NHS staff a proper pay rise…

Still on the political front and after the Twitterstorm over the Rochester tweet, today the Sun takes aim at so-called Tory bigwig David Mellor who was involved in a foul mouthed rant at a cab driver [typical Tory], but he’s not the only one with a foul mouth as the Sun also reports on the plebgate trial with two Tory MPs casting doubt on the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s recollection of events around the Downing Street gates [the trial continues].

And from foul mouths to foul policies and Ukip leader Nigel Farage is quoted in the Telegraph as saying that ‘women are too cautious to support us’ expect that must be something to do with Ukip policies and name calling both of which are not just demeaning, but full on derogatory. In looking at alternatives the Indie continues its focus on the rise of the Green party while Labour today is accused of class war, although this relates to the classroom rather than the class struggle as shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt outlines plans for private schools to help state schools or risk losing millions in tax relief [sounds fair to me].

Away from politics and it is business as usual for the banks as James Moore says “banking’s new leaders are failing” [just like the old ones then], Serco is [rightly] slammed in the Indie after it retained its deal to run Yarl’s Wood immigration centre even though staff have been accused of misconduct at the site, the Morning Star looks at Maximus taking over Atos’ work capability assessments which looks like  ‘a frying pan to fire’ situation, but the biggest business deal is looking like the re-entry of BT to the mobile phone market as the telecoms giant looks to either buy O2 or EE in a £10 billion push to regain its dominance of the market. It is worth noting that back in 2001 BT spun off its mobile business, wonder if the bonuses paid to bosses for the successful sell-off will be clawed back or as ever will it be business as usual in the City…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Mellor in foul mouthed rant (p1/4-5)
  • Ed ‘gets working families’ (p2)
  • BT eyes £20bn mobile (p6/47)
  • You’re deluded: What Tory MP told Mitchell on plebgate (p14)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Benefits for OAPS cost extra £12bn a year (p1)
  • 1 in 7 jobless after graduation (p8)
  • Ukip is cashing in our obsession with class – Rachel Sylvester (p25)
  • BT to return to mobile (p37)
  • Petrofac issues profit warning (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • BT looking to regain telecoms dominance (p1)
  • Miliband hits out at low pay recruitment from abroad (p2)
  • Cameron urged to clear air on migratio0n (p2)
  • Cameron needs to lift British politics out of its petty state – Janan Ganesh (p11)
  • Aviva slides on Friends Life move (p15)

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