News digest 29 April 2014

News digest 29 April 2014

29 April 2014

Today’s top stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Teacher stabbed to death  - Mirror

·                Britain pays respect to workers – Morning Star

·                If Pfizer's AstraZeneca takeover succeeds, bad news for UK research – Guardian

·                GE & Siemens in battle over Alstom – Telegraph

·                FCA under fire over Royal Mail floatation - Mail

·                Any talk of economic recovery is pure fiction - Aditya Chakrabortty – Guardian

·                Len McCluskey on Capital in the Twenty-first Century: 'manna from heaven' - Guardian

The top story in most of today’s papers is the coverage of the fatal stabbing of 61-year teacher Anne Maguire in her classroom yesterday, a 15 year old male pupil has been arrested in connection with the incident. It is believed to be the first killing of a teacher by a pupil in the classroom. Thoughts with family and friends.

Yesterday was also International Workers Memorial Day with a series of events around the country to remember those killed at work. No one leaves for work in the morning not expecting to come back and the Morning Star highlights events across the country as people remember the dead and fight for the living.

And there’s a fight in the City as Pfizer looks to get its hands on AstraZeneca. Pfizer renewed its £60 billion bid for AstraZeneca yesterday with Unite calling for guarantees of no job losses and for the protection of the UK’s research and development base in the event the proposed bid succeeds. Unite’s Linda McCulloch said: “News of the renewed bid for AstraZeneca by Pfizer will be very worrying for the UK workforce despite AstraZeneca holding out and urging its shareholders to ignore the bid. It is absolutely crucial that if Pfizer succeeds in its bid there must be guarantees of no jobs losses and the protection of the UK’s research and development base.” There is concern in many of the papers, particularly over the government’s silence with even Alex Brummer in the Mail saying the government must step in to stop the sale of a landmark UK company to an overseas firm. Unlike the Hollande government in France which is working to stop US giant GE taking over Alstom, the UK government has muttered a few words about securing jobs, but pharma remains key to advanced technology so you would imagine he’d be a bit more forceful, but then the government is bereft of ideas and in thrall to big business, how else to explain the ‘criminal’ undervaluing of the Royal Mail sale, well we’ll see if we learn any more when Cable is up in front of the business select committee later today. The clue, it was undersold, massively, Cable should hold his hands up and go…

But then the Con-Dems are really just in it for the super-rich so don’t expect him to have any scruples. That however could be away forward for Labour leader Ed Miliband who Rachel Sylvester in the Times argues could use growing inequality as the key battleground in the election, after all while today’s GDP figures may show an improvement and pay is supposedly rising faster than prices, ordinary workers are not feeling it. And there is another way, just take a look at the bestselling book by Thomas Piketty with a good feature in the Guardian including a piece from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey the book as “manna from heaven.“

Edited by Mik Sabiers

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Garden. Check out the full programme here:

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  • Teacher stabbed to death (p1)
  • Top Tories in train mutiny (p20)
  • Salaries fall £1.8K in year (p17)
  • Astra buyout job axe fears (p50)
  • Co-op fees up (p50)

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Murder in class (p1-3)
  • Ukip MP says its ok to dislike gay people (p4)
  • Astranomical (p40) – Unite cited



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Boy stabs teacher in classroom (p1)
  • NHS figures wrong on waiting times (p16)
  • PM’s brother criticises legal aid cuts (p19)
  • The super-rich could win political gold for Ed – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • Merger mania (p35)
  • France throws full might to halt GE’s Alstom bid (p49)
  • Pfizer may go hostile (p40-41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Battle on for national champions (p1)
  • Cable faces scrutiny (p3)
  • Regulator praises NHS chief (p4)
  • BG chief’s exit sparks bid talk (p17)
  • Former Barclays staff face pay charges (p18)
  • G4S back in favour at Whitehall (p22) 

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