News digest 30 May 2014

News digest 30 May 2014

30 May 2014

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

·                Clegg told to expel Rennard - Indie

·                From leader in waiting to loser in a week – Iain Martin [on Vince Cable] - Telegraph

·                Miliband: I don’t read papers – Mirror

·                Britain's economic prospects brightest in more than a decade, survey finds – Guardian

·                Fair pay? Fat cats keep creaming off the cash – Paul Routledge – Mirror

·                Britain is still feasting on credit – and the next crunch will hit in 2016 Aditya Chakraborrty - Guardian

The Lib Dems continue to feature on the front pages of the papers today, although the coverage is less widespread in terms of business secretary Vince Cable’s failed coup with the focus instead switching to a so-called apology by Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard to the women he allegedly harassed, it just gets worse for the party. Even so the greatest condemnation is for Cable in the Telegraph which runs with a comment piece titled: ‘From leader in waiting to loser in a week’. Not been a good week for Cable, Clegg and co…

On the Labour side a few of the papers report on the fact that Labour leader Ed Miliband told a US website that he does not read newspapers, preferring to get his information from the internet. While you could argue that means we may end up with policies targeted at cute cats, the Times is most cutting in its headlines with the line: ‘Read papers? Not likely, they’re too hostile’, it’s never a good idea to not have the papers on side…

And could there be some good news for the Tories? Well although rumours are abounding that the Sun is cuddling up to Ukip leader Nigel Farage, the paper has conducted a poll ahead of next week’s Newark by-election which sees Ukip in second place with the Tories expected to retain the seat with a 2,300 majority, that would give prime minister David Cameron a much needed boost, but believe it when you see it.

And talking of boosts, many of the papers continue to try and talk up the recovery. The Express runs with ‘bosses expect a surge in growth’ while the Guardian reports on the same CBI survey which says that ‘economic prospects are their best in a decade’. The question is best for whom? Paul Routledge in the Mirror argues the fat cats are continuing to skim off the cream, while the front of the Indie says debt collectors are hounding the poorest, that’s the reality of Con-Dem Britain, and the recovery won’t soar but probably shrink as a piece by Aditya Chakraborrty in the Guardian notes that the next crunch could come in 2016 as interest rates and rising bills combine with the continued pay freezes to choke off any recovery, that’s why Britain needs a proper pay rise…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Newark poll shows Tory victory (p2)
  • Work for dole plan weeds out cheats (p18) [IDS puff piece]



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Rennard ‘non-apology’ (p1)
  • Labour: Cuts would stay (p2)
  • Read papers? Not likely, they’re too hostile (p6)
  • The crushed Lib Dems have a bright future – Philip Collins (p27)
  • Business lending slumps (p46)
  • Tata grateful for Jaguar ride as Indian sales fall (p49)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Help to Buy 2 helps in lower priced regions (p2)
  • Cable to pile pressure on late payers (p3)
  • Chilcot strikes deal (p4)
  • Centrica sees more execs quit (p15)
  • Takeover lessons for Pfizer (p20)

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