News digest 28 March 2014

News digest 28 March 2014

28 March 2014

Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Demo of love for Big [Tony] Benn - Mirror

·                Bedfellows and foes unite at Tony Benn's funeral – Guardian

·                Tony Benn’s funeral - Mail

·                Barristers call off walkout after legal aid cuts suspended – Guardian

·                Atos quits, but IDS stays – Mirror

·                Centrica boss: The blackout blackmailer - Mirror

The digest starts on the widespread coverage of the funeral of Tony Benn in Westminster yesterday, with headlines ranging from ‘A life well lived’ in the Morning Star to the Mirror’s ‘Demo of love for Big Benn’ a line also used in the Telegraph, as ever the Mail is typically nasty in its coverage, but the Times does sum up the day with its headline: ‘Round of applause greets Tony Benn’. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Tony was an extraordinary man. A man who inspired millions, a fighter against injustice, a man of peace who was on the side of the workers. His integrity was unquestionable.” RIP comrade.

Elsewhere the other main news is another government U-turn, this time the good news is the planned cuts to legal aid are to be put on hold, and speaking of cuts and legal aid, hated disability assessors Atos yesterday agreed to terminate their lucrative government contract, while it may be good riddance to them, we still have Iain Duncan Smith in position, so the man with the anti-Midas touch continues to trash our welfare state.  

And there is also the latest news on energy. After Labour leader Ed Miliband hailed the freeze from SSE earlier this week, the big gas companies have hit back with Centrica warning of blackouts. You know that you have hit home when companies start to complain, but then again big business is doing quite well as the FT states that one fifth of big business pay no tax, time to make them pay their fair share? We can live in hope…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • We’ll miss you Tony (p1) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Atos quits work contract early (p3)
  • Privateers lose hospital (p4)
  • Cap on pension profiteers not enough (p3)
  • Energy profits fuel public control calls (p5)


Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Big Six stitch up (p2)
  • Ukip vs Ukraine (p4)
  • 11.000 on dole for five years (p35)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Bank raises alarm over new house bubble (p1)
  • Victory after legal aid changes halted (p2)
  • Round of applause greets Tony Benn (p14)
  • Kew takes axe to staff jobs (p22)
  • Morrisons boss gives up bonus as profits crash (p45)
  • easyJet cleared for takeover at Gatwick Airport (p47)
  • Osborne in spotlight over Co-op’s Lloyds bid (p47)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Berlin gives Cameron boost over EU stance (p1)
  • Pension charge cap set at 0.75 per cent (p2)
  • Centrica delays power investment (p3)
  • One fifth of big business pays no tax (p4)
  • Atos quits contract (p4)
  • Crossrail to Reading (p4)
  • The best of times is making way for the worst – Philip Stephens (p13)
  • New blow to Boeing grip on japan (p20)
  • Shorter breaks hit Thomas Cook sales (p22)
  • Babcock adds copters to boats and tanks (p23)

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