News digest 29 January 2015

News digest 29 January 2015

29 January 2015

It’s a transport themed start to the digest with news that London’s bus network will once again come to halt in the dispute over pay disparities after another three days of strike action was announced for the 5, 13 and 16 February. Unite regional officer Wayne King said: “We have been working tirelessly in our efforts to bring the employers to the table to discuss a solution to this dispute. "We firmly believe that there is a simple solution to be had but sadly the refusal by the operators to engage in collective talks is risking the inevitable disruption that strike action will bring to passengers. Bus passengers pay one fare, so why don’t bus drivers get paid the same rate for doing the same job?” The Sun’s coverage sums it up simply as “Bus stop”, it’s time for London’s bus operators to see sense. 

From buses to rail and the national network is creaking, the FT has a piece looking at the lack of impact of some £25 billion of infrastructure spending with the result that the public backs renationalisation, the FT argues ‘what has gone wrong?’ but surely nationalisation is the best approach. And that could help to do something about the rip off prices as many papers report that rail prices are rising at treble the rate of inflation, so state subsidies and higher prices go into profiteers’ pockets not the network…

From trebles to doubles and the Mirror reports that welfare cuts will be twice as bad as what the government has admitted, although the Telegraph reports that the benefits bill has actually not been cut as the rise in paying pensions and housing benefit [which goes to the landlords remember] has cancelled out cuts on the poorest and most in need. And talking of need the Mirror also highlights the latest row over the NHS [and no that does not mean Labour sniping from ‘Tory collaborator’ Alan Milburn although he is mentioned by the paper], but the fact that not only have there been changes to the way ‘major incidents’ are declared it seems that means staff are now being gagged. Solidarity to the NHS staff striking in Northern Ireland…

And chancellor George Osborne may want to gag the Bank of England governor Mark Carney who has come out against austerity [admittedly only in the eurozone – but it’s s start]. There’s still also comprehensive coverage of the Syriza victory in Greece. The right seems frightened so have a number of attack pieces, but both the Guardian and Morning Star show how Syriza’s rise to power was driven by hope, let’s hope others learn the lesson of that message…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Benefit bashing story (p1/4-5)
  • Bus stop (p2) – Unite cited
  • Anger at Mili’s Sinn Fein talks (p4)
  • Qatar buys Canary Wharf (p47)
  • Severn’s bills cut (p47)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Bank chief condemns austerity (p1)
  • Stop the sniping, start uniting Kinnock tells warring Labour (p9)
  • Voters happier than ever with the NHS (p15)
  • Holyrood blocks fracking (p23)
  • Greece is another false dawn for the left – David Aaronovitch (p25)
  • Nick Clegg is the unsung hero of our time – Tim Montgomerie (p27)
  • Markets panic over Greek default (p37)
  • Tesco closes 43 stores (p40)
  • Shell commits $11bn to Iraqi project (p44)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Greek banks battered (p1)
  • Carney urges common eurozone policies (p2)
  • Report crime online to save time, says May (p2)
  • Labour grandees take Miliband to task over NHS (p2)
  • Finance delays hit scrutiny of Hinkley Point project (p3)
  • Railways stuck in transit (p4)
  • Mixed messages for Britain’s central bankers – Chris Giles (p11)
  • Canary Wharf sold (p15)
  • Apple sky high (p17)
  • Tesco jobs axed (p20)

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