News digest 6 February 2014

News digest 6 February 2014

06 February 2014

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

·                Aidan Burley to quit parliament at next election after Nazi stag party row - Guardian

·                Commons questions ‘fixed to give PM easy ride’ - Mail

·                PM mocked for woman free bench - Mirror

·                Huge cost of IDS credit hit - £225K per hit - Mirror

·                Tax system ‘punishing success’ - Telegraph

·                Tube strike brings disruption to millions of London commuters – Guardian

·                Boris talks tough but lets bully boys walk all over him – Stephen Glover - Mail

Today’s digest opens with good news as it’s bye bye Burley. With yesterday’s news digest calling for the disgraced Tory MP Aidan Burley to stand down, he actually did as asked and last night announced he would step down at the next election. That’s one less nasty Tory in the house, still many more to go...

It was also a bad day for prime minister David Cameron who was widely mocked for his ‘problem’ with women. As Labour leader Ed Miliband challenged the prime minister over his attitude to equality he noted that there was not a single woman on the front bench accusing Cameron of “running your government like an old boy’s network – that’s why you are failing women across the country.” Cameron had no response.

Speaking of no response, the self-named quiet man continues to be true to his name as Iain Duncan Smith was yet again taken to task over the introduction – or lack of – universal credit. Interestingly the number crunchers have analysed the ‘failed’ project, delayed by years and with major cost overruns, and found that the scheme is costing some £225,000 per claimant to implement, who’s the real benefit cheat here?

From benefits to taxation, and there’s some good news in that Google is being forced to pay more tax, the problem is that it is by France. If Hollande can get a billion euros out of Google then why can’t Cameron?

Perhaps because there’s a concerted push across the right wing press to argue for more cuts to taxation, and in particular the top rate. The Mail reports the top one per cent pay some 27.5 per cent of tax while the Telegraph says the tax system is “punishing” success. No such thing as progressive taxation any more…

And could there soon be no such thing as austerity, the Times says “austerity could end in 2015” while we may live in hope that probably has more to do with the forthcoming general election, expect more cuts from the Con-Dem coalition whatever is promised.

And finally on promises the digest comes to the Tube strike in London. The FT reports that TfL is bullish over the stance it has taken – and the Indie says the Tories are threatening to legislate to ban transport strikes - but the real issue is that Tory mayor Boris Johnson made a pledge to keep ticket offices open, he is blatantly breaking that pledge, Stephen Glover in the Mail castigates Boris for letting ‘bully boys walk all over him’, but for the real facts  find out what the change will mean for ordinary Londoners with this RMT response:, solidarity to striking comrades...

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Mili and his fillies (p2)
  • Universal discredit as £612 million wasted (p2)
  • Nazi stag bash Tory MP quits (p10)
  • RBS will quit Scotland if votes to leave UK (p38)
  • Posties pay rise sorted (p39)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Austerity could end in 2015 (p2)
  • Tory MP in Nazi scandal to quit (p13)
  • The NHS must not slip back into its old ways – Robert Francis (p26)
  • Three cheers for Tory rebels, the real loyalists – Tim Montgomerie (p27)
  • Royal Mail delivers revival for Hargreaves Lansdown (p39)
  • Younger job seekers struggle to share economic recovery (p41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Defence groups urged to back union (p1)
  • Battle for Trident (p2)
  • RBS base would shift if independence goes ahead (p2)
  • Coalition strains widen on economy (p3)
  • Tax cut plans poorly targeted at low paid (p3)
  • TfL bullish over Tube stoppage (p4)
  • Sugar debate turns sour for food groups (p17)
  • CVS quits tobacco in health push (p17)
  • Hester welcomed back to City (p21)

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