News digest 5 June 2014

News digest 5 June 2014

05 June 2014

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

·                Queen’s speech: 11 months to go – Morning Star

·                A welcome brake on legislation – Leo McKinstry - Express

·                Queen's speech: Boys swoon as a nation snores – Guardian

·                The coalition can be compared with our greatest governments – Peter Oborne - Telegraph

·                Queen's speeches are usually weird. But this one was weirder than usual - Guardian

Today’s digest is all about the Queen’s speech or the last stab of a downtrodden government, devoid of any real ideas and out of touch with what ordinary people want and need. As the final Queen’s speech before the election the Con-Dem coalition trailed its supposed bold vision which boiled down to a smattering of bills that will make little difference for the man or woman walking down the street. The papers’ views vary, Peter Oborne in the Telegraph is suitably oleaginous saying the coalition is one of Britain’s ‘greatest governments’ while Leo McKinstry  in the Express highlights the lack of bills calling it a ‘welcome brake on legislation’. The Guardian sums it up as boys swoon as a nation snores, and the much trailed 11 bills to set the political agenda for the coming year included:

·         Two pensions bills (which contradict one another as one pools funds and the other individualises)

·         A childcare payments bill (new tax-free childcare subsidy worth up to £2,000 a year per child)

·         A recall of MPs bill (allows constituents to force a by-election – but not really)

·         An infrastructure bill (essentially a licence to frack where you want, plus some building projects)

·         A small business, enterprise and employment bill (new rules on minimum wage abuses and zero hour contracts as well as an end to revolving door redundancy payoffs [bit late after all the job cuts])

Labour leader Ed Miliband gave a strong speech highlighting what was missing from the legislative programme, action on the NHS, high rents and the cost of living crisis while prime minister David Cameron decided to play union leader bingo again, arguing Miliband had a "rag bag, pick-and-mix selection of statist 1970s ideas" describing them as a "revival of Michael Foot's policies paid for by Len McCluskey's money." Yes, once again he name-checked the general secretary of Britain’s biggest union.

Responding, Len argued the speech was the product of an exhausted government, lacking in the people’s trust and skirting around the big issues of the economy, depressed incomes, unemployment and the housing crisis. Said Len McCluskey: “Ministers, devoid of imagination, are limping towards next year’s general election with no real solutions to tackle the big issues that matter to working people and their families. With 11 months to go, the people of this country, impoverished by policies that have seen the greatest fall in living standards since the 1870s, can look forward to a legislative programme tinkering around the edges of the big issues, there are no initiatives to tackle the cost of living crisis, bring work to the jobless and embark on a massive house building programme … we have had four years of painful austerity for all – but the only beneficiaries have been the rich and wealthy who have gained from George Osborne’s tax regime.” Enough said. People won’t forget, this government is not on their side…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Queen’s speech: A taxing day (p2)
  • Is the bag tax fair? (p8)
  • Farage’s denial (p7)
  • Tesco’s terrible results (p47)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Angry Cameron rebukes rivals as Tory rift widens (p1)
  • Farage abandons troops in Newark (p2)
  • Gove under fire (p8)
  • Queen’s speech: Cameron focuses on re-election with tax cuts for the lowest paid (p14)
  • IDS attacks Big Issue in row over benefits (p18)
  • The Tories triple whammy - Tim Montgomerie (p27) [Rory manifesto]
  • Draghi’s last chance to save the eurozone (p37)
  • Miners at turning point (p44-45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tesco chief dashes revival hopes (p1)
  • Gove-May feud at tipping point (p2)
  • Terminal 2 takes off (p2)
  • Queen’s speech: Business welcomes focus on recovery (p3)
  • Skilled workers opt for home comforts (p5)
  • Tesco seeks its place in changed landscape (p19)
  • GM braces for damning report (p20)
  • Siemens rides to Alstom’s rescue (p20)

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