News digest 3 June 2014

News digest 3 June 2014

03 June 2014

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

·                Reign in Spain has lately been a pain – Mirror

·                Childcare battleground as parties compete for working parents’ vote – Indie

·                Nick Clegg eager to underscore his party's influence on Queen's speech – Guardian

·                Farage loses momentum – Mirror

·                The earthquake is over, but the Tories are still on shaky ground – Benedict Brogan - Telegraph

There’s a regal theme to today’s digest as most of the papers cover the abdication of King Juan Carlos from the Spanish throne after nearly 40 years as King, he will be replaced by his 46-year old son Crown Prince Felipe once a new law is drafted to allow the transfer of power. Quite a few of the papers highlight how King Carlos helped the transfer to democracy, but of late his rule has been somewhat tarnished with a series of scandals related to corruption, lavish holidays and private affairs, so typical of most royals really …

And from kings to queens and there are a few trails for tomorrow’s Queen’s speech although it seems the government is holding its cards close to its chest as not much is discussed apart from what the Indie calls as competing for the working parents’ vote. It’s probably more likely to be the fact that the government has run out of ideas, we’ll find out tomorrow…

And the potential usurper to prime minister David Cameron’s crown - Ukip leader Nigel Farage - looks to be a bit like Prince Charles in that he never quite gets his way or the seat he is after, many of the papers report on the latest Lord Ashcroft poll which shows the Tories increasing their lead in the Newark byelection. The vote takes place on Thursday and that might buy Cameron some respite from his restless backbenchers.

But those backbenchers may not remain restless for long as the European question is raising its head once again. After Cameron said he would aim to veto having Jean Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is not best pleased, and if Cameron’s Tories join an alliance with Germany’s anti-European A4D party it could get quite difficult with Cameron isolated on the European stage, then again, it’s just 11 months to the election and the way the polls are going he’s a goner anyway, as one king may have said heads will roll, so it’s either come the revolution or roll on 7 May 2015…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Plain packaging cigs move considered ‘daft’ (p2)
  • Merkel’s snub over EC boss (p4)
  • Factories fuelling recovery (p42)
  • Balfour Beatty pockets £51 million profit (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Europe tells Britain to raise taxes (p1)
  • Spanish king resigns (p1-30-31)
  • Power companies double profits on dual fuel deals (p2)
  • Tories on course to win Newark (p6-7)
  • Slavemaster granted legal aid despite £3.6 million fortune (p17)
  • Pensions expert line up slam plan (p37)
  • Tesco reshuffles its pack (p39)
  • Rolls-Royce shifts up a gear (p39)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • US banks widen pay gap with Europe (p1/19)
  • King Juan Carlos resigns (p1/7)
  • Tory EU rebels prepare to defy Cameron (p3)
  • Ukip has exposed the tension in the Tory soul (p13)
  • Block Juncker to save real democracy in Europe – Gideon Rachman (p13)
  • One day, two revolutions and uncertain destinies – Timothy Garton Ash (p13)
  • Watchdog to probe G4S roles in Israel (p18)
  • Morrisons in grocers’ code breach (p22)

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