News digest 25 October 2013

News digest 25 October 2013

25 October 2013

Grangemouth once again tops the agenda with Unite and Ineos locked in negotiations for most of yesterday. The front page of the Morning Star sums up the focus of the day: “We’ll do what it takes” saying Unite called the bluff on Ineos’ bosses to make sure that the plant is restarted and has a secure future while the Mirror headline is “bullied into submission”. Ineos is still considering its response about whether it will shut the plant and leave Grangemouth a ghost town or restart it and secure the town’s future.

Otherwise the energy row rumbles on, and adding fuel to the fire – or not as the case may be – was Public Health England who suggests that to save money they should only heat the room they are in, like that will really make a difference, it is no use tinkering around the edges the failed market must be fixed.

And what also looks like a fix is the Royal Mail sale which seems like it was sold off on the cheap to make some nice easy headlines for ministers. The front page of the Guardian says that JP Morgan valued the Royal Mail at £10 billion prior to the sale, but the government seems to have ignored this advice and instead based its value at just £3.3 billion, so there’s over £6 billion lost to the taxpayer. Cable should consider his position.

But then with the announcement of the GDP figures today the government is crowing about the recovery being set. UK economic output rose by 0.8 per cent between July and September, the fastest growth since 2010 or when the Con-Dem coalition came in, but we’re not back to where we started. And what is more the Mail probably sums up the reality of the recovery which seems to place all the riches in the hands of banks and speculators while workers can expect a: “Fifth year of pay rise misery” as wages continue to lag behind inflation, and with the rise in energy bills that gap will only widen. Seemingly it’s a recovery for the rich and nothing is trickling down to those struggling day to day with the impact of the cuts to our communities…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

Morning Star (website not yet updated)

  • Unite : We’ll do what it takes on Grangemouth (p1) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Sheffielders to mark end of Remploy (p2)
  • Activists fight ‘immigration’ bill (p3)
  • Cuts leave NHS care on knife edge (p5)
  • History: Birth of Agricultural Labourers Union (p9)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Power struggle between Cameron and Clegg (p2)
  • Fox’s army fear (p2)
  • UK makes million cars (p20)
  • Debenham’s profits drop (p52)


  • Oil plant rescue bid launched (p5) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Anger over Balls’ blast at recovery (p11)
  • Debenhams eyes global expansion (p65)
  • Unilever’s sales melt (p65)
  • Lloyds set to pitch in with funds firm (p68)


  • Union climb down in refinery dispute (p2) – Unite cited
  • NHS Direct closes (p8)
  • Royal Mail sale probed by watchdog (p10)
  • Newspapers to launch legal challenge against plans to control press (p20)
  • Only heat one room, elderly told (p31)
  • Fifth year of pay rise misery for families (p31)
  • Tory fury at Bercow bias (p36)
  • Co-op facing battle to keep name (p78)
  • Ambitious Aberdeen in move for Lloyds arm (p78)
  • Debenhams counts rising costs (p79)
  • Betrayal of Royal Mail float (p79)

  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • PM aims to halve green taxes on energy (p1)
  • Fox warns over retreat on increased use of army reservists (p17)
  • One in four hospitals rated ‘at risk’ on care (p33)
  • Hidden [green] taxes clobber the poorest hardest – Ross Clark (p36)
  • Emerging markets leave Unilever cold (p57)
  • Fresh turmoil at G4S (p57)
  • Surge in car sales brightens outlook for factory bosses (p58)
  • Hopes revived for Grangemouth (p59) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Santander float plan re-emerges (p60)


  • Truth about health tourism (p1)
  • Patient care at risk in quarter of hospitals (p2)
  • Cameron considers switching energy bill burden to taxpayer (p8)
  • Grangemouth workers backtrack and accepts deal (p9) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Channel Tunnel accused of tax avoidance (p10)
  • Is Simon Stevens the right person to run the NHS? (p21)
  • UK boss exits amid G4S tagging inquiry (p53)
  • Asos vs Debenhams (p54)
  • Aberdeen in talks to buy Scottish Widows (p570



  • Recovery lacks traction (p1)
  • Heat only your living room, elderly told (p1)
  • Patient safety at risk in quarter of all NHS trusts (p8)
  • Grangemouth ‘rescue’ closer (p10) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Morris quits G4S (b1)
  • Union reversal in bid to save Grangemouth workers’ jobs (b3)
  • UK looking up as belief in recovery soars (b5)

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carney tears up rule book on helping struggling banks (p1)
  • Grangemourth’s future still at risk (p2)- Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Labour to consider rail nationalisation (p3)
  • Energy rises feed inflation fears (p4)
  • UK G4S chief steps down (p17)
  • European car industry poised to pull ahead slowly (p19)
  • Stobart wheels out biomass strategy (p22)
  • RBS bad bank to sell property assets (p23)

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