News digest 4 June 2014

News digest 4 June 2014

04 June 2014

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

·                ‘This is no zombie government’ - Telegraph

·                Queen's speech: coalition aims at united front with range of reforms – Guardian

·                Cameron and Clegg make nice - Indie

·                Clegg has drink with ‘mate’ Cable – Morning Star

·                Axe the bedroom tax Cameron – Real Britain Ros - Mirror

The main focus of today’s papers is on the final Queen’s speech before the election,. A lot of the content has been trailed and the argument boils down to whether the government has run out of steam - something 50 per cent of the population agrees with according to a recent YouGov poll – or not. The Mirror follows the Labour party line arguing that the Queen’s speech will not usher in a ‘brighter future’ but is instead a coalition out of ideas, while the Sun bangs the Con-Dem coalition drum talking of a packed legislative agenda and 17 bills which are set to target floating voters. It may be worth noting only 11 of the bills are new ones, the others are carried over from the previous session.

All will be revealed properly in about an hour, but the bills are expected to include pensions reforms (again), childcare subsidies (but probably not enough to make a big difference), action on zero hours contracts (but no change really), recall of MPs, freedom for frackers and a 5p fee on plastic bags, something the Mail is particularly pleased about. There’s also the  proposals to help pub landlords (many papers feature excruciating pictures of Clegg and Cable sharing pints - probably of bitter - in a pub). I’m not sure that sounds like a proper programme for the last days of the coalition, but at least there’s no sign of a scorched earth policy, although you could argue they have already done that with the NHS under threat, tax cuts for the rich while the poor pay more, the hated bedroom tax and benefit reforms, let’s hope we can apply the recall bill to the Con-Dem coalition as the sooner they are kicked out of power the better…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Bid to give Lagarde top EU job (p1)
  • 17 bills in Queen’s speech (p2)
  • Clegg: I’m not bitter (p8)
  • Pub landlords wins on pint rates (p44)
  • Interest rates worry (p44)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cabinet at war over extremists in schools (p1)
  • Merkel turns to Lagarde for next leader of Europe (p5-6-7)
  • Fancy a pint? Nick or Vince didn’t (p15)
  • Labour questions BBC licence fee (p18)
  • ECB called on to offer stimulus (p37)
  • Café Rouge to offload 40 restaurants (p38)
  • Three cash bonuses to wind down failed banks (p41)
  • More jobs needed to prevent recovery going to waste, execs warn coalition (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Deflation fears for Draghi (p1)
  • RBS caps mortgages amid London fears (p1)
  • Queen’s speech trail (p12)
  • Supply bottlenecks hit builders (p4)
  • GM shines (p17)
  • Vale steels itself for changing times (p21)

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