News digest 7 August 2014

News digest 7 August 2014

07 August 2014

You can tell we’re in the midst of silly season when the top story in way too many of the papers is the announcement [or should that read U-turn] by London’s Tory mayor Boris Johnson that he not only thinks he can do his elected day job as mayor, but also add to his workload by becoming an MP once again (notwithstanding his £250,000 pay cheque for his weekly Telegraph column). While there is comprehensive coverage of Johnson’s announcement and speculation of where he may stand [Uxbridge is high on the agenda] one of the key factors missing is his achievements which in political terms can only be considered invisible. Johnson is a man of bumbling words and comical pledges, but not delivery, where’s the living wage for London’s workers, agreement with Tube workers [representatives of whom he has refused to meet], longer Tube opening hours, cutting pollution, green buses, improved cycle safety and more? If Johnson gets back in to parliament it will be the next step on his assault on the prime minister, but what is most telling is how much it highlights Tory thinking that prime minister David Cameron will lose the 2015 general election, let’s hope…

The other political news is thinner on the ground, as the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding the Warsi resignation is having less of an impact, although she has been backed by ex-whip Andrew Mitchell and the Times reports that Labour leader Ed Miliband could face a rebellion over the arm sales ban.

On the economic front the news is more mixed, the Guardian reports that the NIESR says the economic recovery is slowing after weak manufacturing figures, the FT talks of a lopsided recovery while Hamish McRae in the Indie sums it up as: “We aren’t far away from the next downturn.” Things could get tricky.

Talking of tricks, and the front of the FT says Europe’s health groups have been hit by US tax inversion doubts after the White House threatened action. This comes as Alliance Boots was snapped up Walgreens which has now pledged not to change its main tax base, looks like the will try other ways of saving costs, expect job cuts to be high on the agenda, as ever the workers always come last…

And from Boots pharmacies to healthcare and the Mirror reports on a poll that says the next battle may be on TTIP. Fears that the £120 billion deal would not just open up the NHS to full blown competition, but allow firms to sue the government if it tried to take privatised services back into public ownership, so not only would we get worse services, but we’d be stuck with US style healthcare, don’t say you weren’t warned…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • BoJo’s chosen his seat (p1/4-5)
  • New diesel campaign (p1)
  • Warsi: I won’t kiss n’ tell, PM (p4)
  • Housing: Is it time to sell? (p47) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Enter Boris (p1/4)
  • Miliband faces rebellion over Israeli arms sale ban (p8)
  • Salmond hits back after TV bruising (p11)
  • David Miliband profiled (p16-17)
  • Dave desperately needs Boris – Tim Montgomerie (p25)
  • UK trade performance worsens (p35)
  • Boots perfect fit for Walgreen (p37)
  • SABMiller hires Rio Tinto boss (p42) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • European health groups hit by US tax inversion doubts (p1)
  • Boris’ bombshell lights up Westminster (p1)
  • Weak data underlines lopsided recovery (p2)
  • Another BoE official resigns (p3)
  • Fairer fixes for the public purse lost in chancellor’s drawer – Nicholas Stern (p11)
  • Wargreens eyes retail makeover (p16)
  • Apple & Samsung truce (p18)

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