News digest 28 August 2013

News digest 28 August 2013

28 August 2013

Syria dominates the headlines with the bang of the drum calling cruise missiles to rain down on innocent civilians getting ever louder. The UK parliament will be recalled tomorrow and prime minister David Cameron has been in regular contact with US president Obama as they look to respond to the chemical attacks that hit the country last week. While foreign secretary William Hague, writing in the Telegraph, argues that it is the now the duty of democracies to live up to their values, but the real question is why the sudden rush to take action and where is the evidence of who exactly is responsible ?

And while Cameron may like the limelight of being seen as an ‘active’ leader, the Indie calls him the ‘heir to Blair’ arguing that rather than having a compelling case for an attack on Syria, there is a ‘moral’ one and that Britain may not wait for a mandate from the UN Security Council. We all know where that leads. Cameron may however want to look at the poll in the Sun which shows that 50 per cent of the British public oppose missile strikes on Syria, and just one in four would back the government’s position, or he could have a look at events unfolding in Libya and Egypt as the Middle East becomes increasingly unstable.

And Syria is also leading to instability in the markets as gold and oil prices surge and markets have fallen. That could bode problematic for any economic recovery, although there will always be some that do well. As the Morning Star reports on Crown Post Office workers on the picket line the head of the Royal Mail continues to be carpeted about her complaints over her £1.5 million pay packet not being good enough and too much interference in board level salaries in the country. Yes, too much, this lot really do live in a separate world as the papers continue to report on people facing zero hours contracts, offshore oil workers effectively being ordered back on to unsafe helicopters and average pay continuing to slide.

And talking of separation the aim to demonise the poor and unemployed continues. As Jamie Oliver blasts young Brits as being ‘too wet for work’ ex Labour minister Lord Hutton – doing the Con-Dem coalition’s dirty work – condemns the benefits system saying it makes people workshy. Taking him to task Unite’s Steve Turner said: “The man who made a mint chairing a review that slashed public sector pensions now wants a review of all benefit payments. John Hutton fails to understand this country’s problems.”

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Brits say no to war in Syria (p1/8-9)
  • New house price rules will spark boom (p2)
  • Markets hit by fears over Syria (p36)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • West set for missile strike (p1/6-7)
  • Jamie prefers hard working migrants to whingeing Brits (p4)
  • Advance fares ‘to rise by 11 per cent’ (p15)
  • North Sea oil workers face mayhem  after helicopter groundings (p38)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Allies plan missile attack on Syria sites (p1/2)
  • Labour attacks ‘outrage’ of new mums losing jobs (p2)
  • Call for full probe of zero hours contracts (p2)
  • TUC data counter claims of economic recovery (p2)
  • Offshoring goes into reverse (p3)
  • France unveils reform of pensions (p6)
  • Daimler in China expansion (p13)
  • Peugeot aims to extend GM pact (p16)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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