News digest 7 November 2014

News digest 7 November 2014

07 November 2014

The top story in today’s digest is summed up by that most accurate of papers – the Daily Mail [please note I am being ironic] - which splashes with a headline of “Bonfire Night plot to oust Ed” after reports of a meeting of some Labour MPs in the north west was leaked yesterday. As ever the right wing press seems to have jumped on to the story [which conveniently fits their narrative] and talks of a crisis as two MPs [yes just two] have said that do not have confidence in the Labour leader Ed Miliband [who was not actually elected by a majority of his own MPs remember so one or two may have an axe to grind]. All the papers big up the poor showing in the polls [ignoring the fact Labour is still ahead of the Tories], the bad press for Miliband [the usual and regular right wing hatchet jobs] but there’s no focus on policy [ahem]. While we may be getting used to the daily vitriol directed at the Labour leader it is worth putting in to perspective after all prime minister David Cameron was on the receiving end of a letter from some 30 MPs and two of his MPs have resigned from his party and forced by-elections, so where’s all the talk of the crisis at  the heart of the coalition? As ever this is the right wing press making a mountain out of a molehill to fit their own political agenda…

Speaking of which Unite yesterday reported the Sun to the Independent Press Standards Organisation over an article entitled ‘Unite and take over’ which the paper published on 5 November. Despite 28 mentions of Unite in the article, plus editorial and social media commentary, the Sun made no attempt whatsoever to seek a response to its allegations and Unite claims the report is littered with misleading facts and inaccuracies [typical of most right-leaning tabloid journalism]. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Such are the lengths that the Sun will go to smear Unite that it denies the union even a basic defence. In so doing, this paper once again abuses its position in public life.” Let’s see what the response from Ipso is like? Although it may be worth noting that the chair of the editor’s code committee is none other than Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, and with that paper’s record of accuracy and high standards [yes irony again] we can expect  a full and frank and fair investigation, can’t we…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Rebels in plot to lose their Ed (p2)
  • Skint hospitals handed £511m (p4)
  • Big 4 banks in rip off probe (p12)
  • Morrisons expects merry xmas (p61)
  • Dairy Crest moving out of milk (p61)
  • Pay may inch up (p61)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Secret plan for end of Miliband (p1/8)
  • Britain refuses to pay EU bill (p8)
  • Film scheme saved stars £1bn in tax (p15)
  • Lib Dem wants total control of ministries (p22)
  • Qataris to bid for Canary Wharf (p51)
  • Rolls-Royce acts to boost City image (p53)
  • Astra rubbishes talks of fresh Pfizer offer (p56)
  • Sterling dips (p57)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • UK business urged to speak out against eurosceptics (p1)
  • Call to share benefits of recovery with all (p2)
  • Miliband plays down tumours of plot (p3)
  • Banks competition inquiry (p3)
  • Average pay on the rise but figures hidden by rise in low paid jobs (p4)
  • Germany needs a foreign policy – Philip Stephens (p13)
  • AZ raises US tax rule fears to fend off Pfizer (p17)
  • Siemens battles to close profitability gap (p20)

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