News digest 31 October 2014

News digest 31 October 2014

31 October 2014

Today’s digest opens with more calls for action. Yesterday Picturehouse cinemas caved in under pressure over its plans to not only not pay a living wage, but also to sack the staff that took action, the message is taking a stand makes a difference. That’s why St Mungo’s Broadway workers yesterday announced another 10 days of action in their bitter dispute with greedy management over their pay and attempts to establish a two-tier workforce; the 10 day strike starts on 5 November. Unite’s Nicky Marcus said: “The fact that our members are prepared to take 17 days of strike action shows the complete failure of the new management … if Howard Sinclair and his team seriously wish to resolve this dispute, they need only pick up the phone or arrange a meeting with the conciliation service, Acas.” Let’s see who blinks first…

On top of that the country’s 1.45 million NHS workers announced a further round of strike action as the demand for a proper pay rise in contrast to health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s veto of even a minimal increase continues. Members of 11 health unions – including Unite - will take action on 24 November. Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “It is crystal clear that Jeremy Hunt and his government have pulled down the shutters on talks to improve the ever-eroding incomes of the 1.35 million-strong NHS workforce. It is a snub to the dedicated and hardworking health professionals that sustain the NHS day in, day out, 365 days-a-year, as demand for services soar.” The NHS is not safe in Tory hands…

And also seemingly not safe is Labour’s position in Scotland after polls showed that the party could face a wipeout of MPs at the next election. On top of that yesterday the party’s Scotland deputy leader also resigned adding a deputy leadership election to the current leadership one, many of the papers look at the leadership contenders with the Guardian profiling Jim Murphy and asking can he save Scottish Labour [well judging from the fact that it looks like Labour in Scotland needs policies from the left to challenge the SNP you do the math]. 

It’s also not plain sailing for Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg as he was slapped down by prime minister David Cameron over drug laws [although the Indie reports many MPs are calling for legalisation], but it is not so good for the PM as Isabel Hardman in the Telegraph says Tory malcontents will make matters worse [hope that Ukip didn’t win the PCC election yesterday], while Andreas Whittam Smith seems to see a change in UK politics arguing that “Nastiness thrives in Tory Britain, but voters won’t put up with it” [agree with the former, not so sure about the latter] and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey writes a guest column in the Mirror and sums up the Tories as “all tricks and no treats” [unless you’re one of Cameron’s City chums], but the taking the biscuit award goes to Russell Brand who was labelled “the world’s biggest hypocrite” by Tory MP Philip Davies [takes one to know one?] after the Sun and Mail report that “Bank hating Brand’s film about himself is funded by banks“ enticed by generous tax breaks, maybe he’s trying to destroy capitalism from the inside…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Fear of Labour wipeout in Scotland (p2)
  • Brand’s a right banker (p9)
  • Farage is no joke – Micky Flanagan (p25)
  • Cops arrest drunk pilot (p27)
  • Barclays spanked (p54)
  • Housing is Tory threat (p54)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Wipeout for Labour looming in Scotland (p1)
  • Poll for police chief hits record low (p8)
  • Tax havens ‘will be wiped out in 5 years’ (p19)
  • Give patients tax cuts for going private (p25)
  • Austerity is over – and that’s a big mistake – Tim Montgomerie (p31)
  • British banks among City’s worst payers (p47)
  • NAB moves nearer to British exit (p49)
  • Lufthansa shares nosedive (p55)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Sanctions probe blow for StanChart (p1)
  • Labour faces Scots wipeout (p2)
  • Alarm at race to lower corporation tax (p3)
  • PM’s spending cuts claim criticised by IFS (p3)
  • Unpublished public finances present a moral challenge – Martin Wolf (p13)
  • VW profits up (p20)
  • Former Alstom boss to be charged (p22)

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