News digest 29 August 2014

News digest 29 August 2014

29 August 2014

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

·                Carswell's Ukip defection puts pressure on Cameron - Guardian

·                Rotherham abuser: I’m living the high life – Mail

·                Malaysia Airlines to slash 25% of staff - Indie

·                Fast food workers fight back - Mirror

·                Demand for more paramedics as ambulance complaints soar - Indie

·                The mother of all marches for NHS – Paul Routledge - Mirror

So the end of silly season comes with a sting in the tail for prime minister David Cameron as Tory MP Douglas Carswell shocked Westminster by announcing he had not only defected to Ukip, but that he will do the honourable thing and call a by-election in his Clacton constituency, where he intends to now stand as the Ukip candidate. Although the news looks like there will be the opportunity for wall to wall coverage of Ukip during the party conference season, there is one spanner in the works, namely Ukip already has a candidate in Clacton, and he is still planning to stand: “As far as I’m concerned I’m carrying on.” said Roger Lord [with that name perhaps Farage could promise him elevation to the Upper House?]. It would be funny if they weren’t such a nasty party, but it bodes badly for Cameron just months ahead of what will be a closely and fiercely fought general election campaign, and all the papers seems to agree...

Elsewhere there’s further coverage of the Rotherham child abuse scandal with the police commissioner still refusing to resign [he should] and victims shockingly still being taunted by their abusers. On the economic front there’s trouble ahead for both Qantas and Malaysia Airlines, the latter planning on sacking 6,000 staff after the two tragedies this year, while closer to home there’s mixed news for the economy as the Times reports that big spenders have returned to the high street [so the 1% are doing fine] but lending to business has fallen again, and the Mirror reports many parents are struggling to survive on poverty pay. The front page of the Morning Star highlights the fight against poverty pay by fast food workers and there is also coverage of the fight to save our NHS, ahead of strike action by Yorkshire ambulance workers today the Indie reports on the shortage of paramedics and a rise in complaints over ambulance services, and the Mirror’s Paul Routledge hails the march for our NHS going from Jarrow down to London, in the words of Nye Bevan: “The NHS will last as long as there are folk to fight for it.” Fight on comrades…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Farage: Labour MPs will join me (p1/6-7)
  • Benefits Street 2 (p9)
  • French whine over 35 hour week (p59) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Rotherham seized files in grooming cover up (p1/8-9)
  • Cameron braced for more Ukip defections (p1/4-5)
  • Banks slowing growth by failing to lend (p43)
  • Big spenders return to high street (p45)
  • IMF to review Lagarde’s position (p46)
  • Record loss sends Qantas in search of a saviour (p46) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron reels from Ukip blow (p1/3)
  • Lending to business declines (p2)
  • Hollande presses for growth summit (p4)
  • Carswell’s defection is a pivotal moment – Janan Ganesh (p9)

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