News digest 5 December 2013

News digest 5 December 2013

05 December 2013

It’s the day of chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement where he is due to outline what he considers to be the ‘responsible recovery’, but what in reality is the rich feathering their nests while the rest of us fall by the wayside. Interestingly the Mirror notes that retail giant Tesco has attacked the ‘slow’ nature of the recovery, and as approximately £1 in every £8 is spent in its stores that may be more of an indicator of the reality of the recovery. As ever, the announcements have been trailed for much of the week, and this morning’s papers focus on more cuts of some £3 billion, and pushing back the retirement age, the headline ‘work  until your 70’ is typical, but that fails to note the difference between desk jobs and labour intensive ones, obviously Osborne seems to shy away from ordinary people or he’d understand how hard it would be for a 69 year old nurse to lift a patient, or for a builder to top off a building, as ever Osborne is typically out of touch, not so much 68 is too late, 69 is not fine, but more likely not alive at 75…

And that is if people have jobs, despite Osborne crowing about the recovery there was yet another jobs blow yesterday when HP announced over 1,100 job losses to come in January. Unite national officer Ian Tonks is quoted across many of the papers and  said: “For the last five years HP has been addicted to a culture of job cuts in the UK to such an ex tent that its highly skilled workforce has little faith in the way the company is being managed and will be going forward. Unite will be doing everything possible to mitigate these job losses which are a hammer blow to the UK’s IT sector and very distressing for employees in the run-up to Christmas.”

And while that was a nasty present, there is also scope to help other hard up families suffering as a result of the austerity addiction of Osborne and his ilk, the Mirror continues to promote the ‘Give our kids a Christmas campaign’ as well as #jackspetition calling for an urgent debate on food poverty, over 92,000 have signed the petition so far, if you haven’t added your name, do it now and then donate to the Unite Christmas appeal.

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Work until you hit 70 (p2)
  • Nigella case (p4-7)
  • Chancellor must pave way for tax cuts – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • Wind farms hit by money blow (p12)
  • Banks in £1.4 billion rig wham bam (p50)
  • 1,100 Brit computer jobs to go (p50)
  • Slump at Tesco (p50)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Work until you are 70 (p1)
  • False addresses counter Labour claims in Falkirk (p8) – Unite cited
  • Where’s Gordon [Brown] (p24-25)
  • I am suffering depression, says MP (p40)
  • Services complete growth hat trick to lift Osborne (p51)
  • Babcock’s plans grounded by Glasgow crash (p53)
  • HP reaches for the axe (p59) – Unite/Ian Tonks cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne to herald prospect of first surplus in a decade (p1)
  • Pensions age shift (p2)
  • Osborne faces risk (p3)
  • The young get the worst of the UK’s cost of living crunch – Chris Giles (p15)
  • Eurotunnel delighted by ferry ruling (p24)
  • Tesco and a trolley full of troubles (p24)

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