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News digest 28 AUgust 2014

News digest 28 August 2014

28 August 2014

The Rotherham child abuse scandal continues to dominate the papers, with the Sun featuring the harrowing testimony on one victim who has waived her anonymity to speak about her ordeal. The Telegraph front page sums it up best with the headline: “Chiefs who ignored child abuse must quit”, no argument there, but they’re a number of senior staff and politicians hanging on.

And talking of public life many of the papers cover the publication of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report – chaired by former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn – which has found that a ‘cosy club’ of private educated people from public school and Oxbridge have come to dominate the key tiers of British society. In what sounds like a superb plug for Owen Jones’ new book on ‘the Establishment’ the report found that 71 per cent of senior judges, 62 per cent of senior armed forces, 55 per cent of Whitehall permanent secretaries and 43 per cent of newspaper columnists were all privately educated. In politics 50 per cent of the Lords, 36 per cent of the cabinet and a full third of MPs were all privately educated. Just seven per cent of the population go to private school, as Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said before: “In modern Britain our kids have more chance cleaning the Commons than being elected to it.” Sadly that stands.

And sadly it looks like it won’t change under the Con-Dem coalition, only with a more radical approach will the Commons (and Lords) look like the population it is supposed to represent. And many in parliament have their heads in the sand to the reality of what is happening in Britain, while chancellor George Osborne crows about the recovery – although the Mail reports that UK growth could be ‘a flash in the pan’ and about to go backwards – the reality in many of the papers is seen from a YouGov poll which says that one million working parents go without food to pay the rent, while a separate report found that England is ranked ninth of 11 countries for children’s wellbeing while the Star reports on how the TUC has exposed bleak spots for women workers. In Britain the line is now unless you are part of the Oxbridge educated elite you will be working harder and getting poorer, but there is scope for change and the Guardian has a good feature on the latest Unite Community office in Barnsley which is bringing hope to the local community, by working from the ground up there is a chance to change Britain for the better, the opportunity is there, it’s time to stand up to deliver change, get involved, get active and get rid of the Con-Dem coalition…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Rotherham scandal (p1/4-6)
  • Brit elite still grab top jobs (p2)
  • 1 in 3 slash meals (p16)
  • Ryanair’s business class (p28) 

Express

Mail

Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron risks split with US on airstrikes (p1)
  • Old girls and boys still take top jobs (p7)
  • Rotherham coverage (p8-9)
  • Speaker faces defeat over clerk (p12)
  • Top Tory pledges change on British human rights law (p18)
  • Ryanair targets business (p20)
  • Tesco woes deepen (p35) 

Indie

Guardian

Telegraph

FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Lagarde under investigation (p1)
  • Ryanair aims to land share of business class (p1)
  • Bercow faces battle to split clerk’s duties (p2)
  • Ukip has Rotherham in its sights (p2)
  • The German locomotive is Europe’s liability – Marcel Fratzscher (p9)
  • RBS fined (p14)

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