News digest 4 July 2014

News digest 4 July 2014

04 July 2014

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

·                Len McCluskey: No merger for Unite and PCS – Morning Star

·                Europe big hurdle for Labour, says Burnham - Telegraph

·                Osborne gets times tables mixed up – Mirror

·                PM accused of misleading parliament over A&Es – Indie

·                Name and shame Tory MPs, not doctors – Paul Routledge - Mirror

So today is the final day of the Unite police conference in Liverpool and it has been an eventful week with a focus on demanding a voice for working people and a challenge to the addiction to austerity and the status quo. There’s still coverage of the Unite call over an EU referendum with a splash on the front page of the Telegraph where Andy Burnham is quoted as saying the issue is still a big hurdle, and Labour leader Ed Miliband saying he has ruled that option out, elsewhere this morning’s debate touched on pensions before delegates retire homeward bound  to enjoy the weekend after a week of hard work. Well done all.

Not so well done is chancellor George Osborne, who yesterday said he wished he had done more for the economy, sadly he’s not talking about priming the economy, but more cuts. It does however seem that cuts at HMRC have taken their toll as many of the papers report that the tax take that was claimed was some £2 billion lower than achieved. And it is not just HMRC, Osborne got his sums wrong after he was asked about his times tables, he refused to answer a maths question from a seven year old, saying: “I’ve made it a rule of thumb not to answer maths questions.” Well long division can be problematic, but the humdinger thrown at him was: “What is 8 times 7?” The answer is 56 George! No wonder the debt keeps rising, the deficit is not sorted and the cuts are causing a catastrophe.

But then at least Osborne was honest in not answering the [too tough for him] question, that is in contrast to prime minister David Cameron who was accused of lying to parliament over waits at A&E departments. A blog post in the Commons library said that Cameron’s claims at Wednesday’s PMQs were not true and there had been no reduction in waiting times, rather the reverse was the case. Oddly, the critical blog was taken down a few hours later, and no that was not due to the new right to forget rule [to get around that go to rather than], but rather because it was difficult for the Tories who fear a coming NHS crisis will prove toxic at the polls, you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS where the focus is putting profits and privatisation before patient care, Cameron should apologise to the Commons and the nation for his claims and his call that he would cut the deficit [he hasn’t] not the NHS [which he has]…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Osborne and Umunna: Having a gaffe (p2)
  • Asda axes 1,360 (p57)
  • Pay hope after UK June lift (p57)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Race to find plane bomber (p1)
  • Don’t demonise big business, BAE chief warns Miliband (p2)
  • I wish we had cut more earlier says Osborne (p16)
  • Max exodus of GPs (p24)
  • Dow at record high (p41)
  • Balfour shares at 11-year low (p43)
  • MPs to question chief taxman (p44)
  • House price rises threaten recovery (p47)
  • Ryanair to take off for Scotland (p49)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Amazon drawn into EU corporate tax clampdown (p1)
  • US jobless fall raises pressure for rate rise (p1)
  • Tories raise cash and laughs (p2)
  • Boost for mansion tax plan (p2)
  • HMRC miscalculated targets by £2bn (p4)(p)
  • Wonga’s investors face an uncertain payday – Jonathan Ford (p11)
  • Budget airline flies solo (p17)
  • Balfour warns on profits (p21) 

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