News digest 30 August 2013

News digest 30 August 2013

30 August 2013

“Humiliated” is the word of choice in most of the headlines as the papers rake over the Syria vote. Yesterday’s rowdy recall of parliament saw the somewhat livid prime minister David Cameron attempt to take Labour leader Ed Miliband to task for throwing a spanner in the works of the planned attack on Assad over the use of chemical weapons. Cameron argued the case was not the same as Iraq - namely not based on a specific piece of [false] intelligence - and argued the evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons was "right in front of our eyes" (although whether that is in the public realm is a different matter). Cameron concluded by saying “Britain must not stand aside” so seems to think rushing to judgment without the full evidence was fine. Miliband countered by arguing any decision should be based on evidence and as that was still being gathered to move ahead now would be jumping the gun. Labour's motion was to give MPs the time and space to take a decision after the government has set out a proper evidence-based case for intervention and Cameron had to make "a better case than he did today" said Miliband. However while Labour’s amendment was roundly defeated, worse was to come for Cameron as the prime minister lost the vote on his motion forcing a humiliating climb-down and a ruling out of UK involvement in military action, for now. Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph sums it up well: “Cameron failed the test of trust, and paid the price.”

So Miliband may be walking taller and it could be be taxi for Cameron, but away from politics there’s more problems over pensions with the FT saying the rise in pension age risks widening inequality and many of the papers report on the ‘yes’ vote for strike action over raising the pension age for the country’s firefighters. And on rescue services a few of the papers report on the Super Puma helicopters after a safety body gave the all clear for flights to resume, albeit without passengers, the full reasons behind the crash are still awaited.

And beer drinkers may also need to be patient after drinks delivery drivers came a step closer to taking strike action over changes to their terms and conditions although the Mail reports that thousands of pubs apparently deserve to go bust due to poor service, talk about being between a rock and hard place. Then again it’s almost the weekend, time to get a round in – while you can…

 Morning Star

  • MPs hinder Cameron’s war plan (p1)
  • Workers back demand for offshore debate (p2)
  • Unison calls for sell-off inquiry after police start Serco probe (p2)
  • Fire-fighters back pension strike (p3)
  • Lancashire carers walk out over pay (p4)
  • GMB calls for action on pub closures (p4)
  • More lose homes due to bedroom tax (p5)
  • Beer strikes inch closer (p5) – Unite/Rhys McCarthy cited
  • Payday loan pimps at heart of Whitehall (p8)

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cam down: PM humiliated (p1/5)
  • Cable leadership plot scuppered (p2)
  • Fireman say ‘yes’ to strikes (p2)
  • Savers wiped out to rescue Co-op bank (p8)
  • 2025: World’s end for pubs (p44)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron humiliated as MPs veto Syria strike (p1/6-9)
  • BBC exec quits after payoff scandal (p11)
  • Vodafone to sell US business (p37)
  • Delivery strike may see beer taps run dry (p38/39) – Unite/Rhys McCarthy cited




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Vodafone closes in on $130 billion Verizon sale (p1)
  • Cameron fails in quest for unity (p2)
  • Osborne to lead HS2 fightback (p4)
  • Rise in state pension age risks widening inequality (p4)
  • Lobby bill is big threat to campaigners (p4)
  • Serco vows internal clean-up (p14)
  • Renault’s leader in waiting departs (p16)
  • Pressure at Co-op bank (p19)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

Comment on this story