News digest 28 May 2014

News digest 28 May 2014

28 May 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                EU power struggle as Cameron tries to stop Juncker getting top job - Guardian

·                Cable ally’s botched coup against Clegg - Indie

·                5 million children face life of poverty - Indie

·                What will we do about poverty? – Paul O’Grady - Mirror

·                Osborne’s moggie goes wandering - Mail

There’s still widespread coverage across most of the papers of the EU elections and the resultant furore over the ‘supposed’ Ukip ‘earthquake’ (which was really nothing of the sort if you look at the detail) and what that means for the main parties. Ukip leader Nigel Farage is still flying high, but prime minister David Cameron faces a stark challenge with the front page of the Sun saying he can no longer ignore the issue of immigration, the Express also joins in complaining about how £30 million in benefits is being sent abroad, while the Mail asks if Labour leader Ed Miliband is finally getting it on immigration (a positive story for Miliband in the Mail – what a surprise), no one really cares about Nick Clegg (although there is some coverage of the supposed coup which much like Lib Dem policies has fizzled out and resulted in business as normal, well until the Lib Dem wipeout at the next general election).

But another year of Con-Dem policies and the country will be in an even sorrier shape. Many of the papers report on the soaring number of children living in poverty across the country which is expected to top five million by 2020. Research by Save the Children lays the blame at rising food prices, energy bills and poor pay, if ever there was a case for a pay rise for ordinary Britons this is it. There is a strong piece from Paul O’Grady in the Mirror arguing what are we going to do about stemming the rise, but the reality is the Con-Dems are happy to see society rent asunder, except when it is for their benefit…

And speaking of benefits, chancellor George Osborne has come under fire for his austerity after he benefited from the services of Thames Reach’s London Street Rescue. After the chancellor’s cat went missing yet again (surely that says something about the callous chancellor), homelessness worker Freya Jones found the missing moggie in Vauxhall as she was trying to help 24 people who had been sleeping rough, and Ms Jones tweeted a picture of Osborne’s missing cat with a message – “George: Please stop cutting homeless services.” Will he listen to the words of wisdom and stop the cuts, will he…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (not delivered)

  • State rail firms eye up British franchises (p1)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Immigration warning to PM (p1)
  • Clegg coup plot (p2)
  • 343 days to save the EU (p6-7)
  • TSBeware – no dividend until 2018 (p38)
  • Carney in attack on capitalism (p38)
  • CEO pay tops £6 million (p38)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • More Lib Dem infighting (p1)
  • Employers struggling to finds work-ready graduates (p4)
  • Election coverage (p8-9)
  • Cabbies plan go-slow protest at app (p12)
  • Fraud inquiry over Glaxo bribe claims (p37)
  • TSB parks tanks on big banks’ lawn (p39)
  • Collapse of Tesco’s Turkish merger (p41)
  • Pfizer’s attack on takeover rules rejected (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Lagarde warns banks over delaying tactics on new rules (p1)
  • SFO launches GSK probe (p1)
  • EU election coverage (p2-3)
  • Banks pressed on business loans (p4)
  • Lawyers seek judicial review of legal aid (p4)
  • Pfizer case spurs Labour push for takeovers reform (p4)
  • Siemens prepares Alstom bid (p15)
  • TSB ready to step out of Lloyds’ shadow (p21)

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