News digest 25 September 2014

News digest 25 September 2014

25 September 2014

Today’s digest opens with the close of the Labour party conference and there is mixed coverage after Labour leader Ed Miliband’s admission that he forgot sections of his keynote speech covering the economy and immigration. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is quoted on the front page of the Telegraph as well as in the Mirror, Express, Mail and Guardian summing it up simply as a “glaring omission” and the Mail headline is grim with Miliband supposedly saying ‘I wish I could make the speech again’ but the Indie is most damning and probably a tad unfair as it calls conference “Miliband’s worst week” but the Times is probably closer to the truth with its headline: “Miliband’s inner circle in line of fire.” And from a bad memory to bad memories and conference was moved to tears by what the Morning Star dubs the hero health warrior – and no that was not shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s speech which went down well with delegates – but 91-year old Harry Smith who outlined how growing up without an NHS he saw the reality of healthcare only affordable by the select few and remembers poor people – like his own sister - dying because they could not afford to see a doctor or pay for medicine, his simple warning: “We must never let the NHS free from our grasp, because if we do, your future will be my past.”

Other stories in the headlines are that parliament will be recalled this Friday, but not for Cameron to apologise to the Queen for his “purring” indiscretion, but for what could be approval for Gulf War 3 [here we go again sadly], on the economic front Tesco still remains in trouble over its finances [where was the board?], there are calls for a probe into the Phones 4u collapse [too right – and the private equity parasites in particular], business secretary Vince Cable admits he has not been able to make the banks lend to small business [has he done anything right], MPs plan to hold an inquiry into the Royal Mail’s delivery obligations [ditto], on the transport front as the Tube is planning 24-hour service, East Midlands train workers are to stage a one week strike over pay, while Monarch airline workers have accepted pay cuts to keep the company afloat. But the one idea that has got a lot of the press animated is the fact that Virgin boss Richard Branson has introduced a new holiday policy where workers can take as much holiday as they like, he says it’s the future, but what’s the bet that with the cult of presenteeism people will actually take less than they are entitled to? Typical Branson get good publicity for something that is not actually as good as it seems in practice…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Isil attacks planned (p1/6-7)
  • Mili: I regret forgetting (p2) Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • PM grovels to Queen (p5)
  • Quit calls hit Tesco chairman (p49)
  • RBS yank in £1.8bn (p49) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cracks appear in mansion tax plan (p1)
  • Cameron’s call to arms (p1/6-7)
  • Miliband inner circle in line of fire (p12-13)
  • Ed wouldn’t say the D-word. The Tories must – Tim Montgomerie (p29)
  • RBS chief switches to Glaxo (p39)
  • Tesco faces downgrade (p41)
  • Pressure on banks failed, says Cable (p41)
  • Airbus chief resigns (p44)
  • Fury as cap on courtesy car costs dropped (p45)
  • Pilots bailing out from Ryanair for rival airlines (p46) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Euro weakness strengthens ECB hand (p1)
  • Miliband’s memory lapse (p2)
  • Jamboree fails to enthuse delegates (p2)
  • 24 hour Tube on way (p4)
  • Blackberry goes square (p20)
  • RBS to sell further stake to Citizens (p21)

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