News digest 27 January 2015

News digest 27 January 2015

27 January 2015

The digest opens with a sombre note as the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is marked with Holocaust Memorial Day services around the world today. The Morning Star centrespread has comprehensive coverage of the horror that was the world’s most notorious concentration camp.

Elsewhere the focus is on elections, namely the success of Syriza in Greece and the countdown to the UK general election in just 100 days. There’s widespread coverage of the Syriza victory with Unite general secretary Len McCluskey quoted in the Morning Star, Mirror and Guardian saying: “This stunning election victory is a tribute to the Greek people who have now firmly rejected the disastrous austerity policies imposed on them … the fight of the Greek people against austerity is the same fight that British, Irish and millions of other working people across Europe are waging against the failed politics that protects the rich and well off at the expense of the poor.” And a group of Labour MPs has taken note with the Times and Morning Star reporting on the letter that calls for the Labour party to swing left [although the Times calls them the awkward squad], but the real question is what will happen in 100 days. A number of the papers have polls which put the Tories and Labour within spitting distance of each other, the Indie calls it a health versus wealth election but the lines seem to be focusing with Labour vowing to save the NHS, the Tories vowing to cut benefits more [and give the money to the rich], the Lib Dems not being listened to, the Greens finally being included in the debates and Ukip changing policy, positions and members day in day out. Prime minister David Cameron is still chicken over the debates, now that it seems the Greens may be allowed he wants the parties in Northern Ireland to join in too, but the real measure of whether society is better of poorer after five years depends on your situation. If you are rich, your are fine, but the impact of the Con-Dem coalition has been to make the poorest poorer, do you really want another five years of that? In 100 days we’ll find out what the nation says, but first make sure you are registered to vote. Register here:

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Sun manifesto (p1-5)
  • PM warns Greek leader over debts (p6)
  • Children of Auschwitz (p8)
  • BA hikes bid for Aer Lingus (p41)
  • SSE joins price cut (p41)
  • 120,000 in IBM cull (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Labour MPs inspired by Greek victory (p1)
  • Election to be fought on Twitter (p2)
  • Ukip defector’s £8k bill (p4)
  • Applause for female bishop (p7)
  • Voters reveal reasons to be fearful (p8)
  • Fracking banned in beauty spots (p14)
  • Starbucks urged to keep tax promises (p17)
  • Two tribes go to war over Labour’s future (p25)
  • Greek radicals take power (p31-32)
  • Greek bank shares crash (p37)
  • Aer Lingus keeps Walsh waiting (p40)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Greece and global creditors dig in for struggle over austerity (p1)
  • Tories seize on Greek poll result (p2)
  • Ministers agree controls on fracking (p3)
  • 100 days to UK election (p4)
  • Austerity will break any Labour government – Janan Ganesh (p11)(p)
  • Unions suffer from lack of killer app (p12)
  • Opposition grows to latest IAG bid (p15)
  • Finnair risks being frozen out of European tie-ups (p18)

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