News digest 7 October 2014

News digest 7 October 2014

07 October 2014

With less than a week to go before NHS staff take strike action in the continuing dispute over the non-existent pay rise, many of the papers touch on pressures on the NHS, with the Indie front page citing a ‘NHS timebomb’ amid warnings that hospitals will have to charge patients for ‘hotel costs’ if the ‘looming’ financial crisis is not addressed. The Indie warns of £75-a-night charges to stay in hospitals meaning a worker on the minimum wage would have to work more than 11 hours just to stay overnight, so much for free at the point of need. The Indie goes on to list a litany of woe for the NHS with GPs gone, little time for patients and a £2 billion shortfall to maintain current services, let alone deal with the ageing population. Andrew Haddenby in the Telegraph says “better care, rather than more money” is the solution, while the FT says some charges may be needed, but better ways of caring could make a significant difference. The reality is that under the Tories the NHS is under threat and what is needed is more money, the question is where should that come from? Well. Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian argues that welfare should be cut, but he cites corporate welfare and the £85 billion of public money that is given to businesses, there’s a great line about Disney receiving £170 million or literally ‘taking the Mickey’, but there are loads of other companies at it, quelle surprise…

In other corporate news there’s coverage of Lloyds having gone back on its promises with yet more job cuts [so much for believing what senior bankers promise], Rio Tinto is looking to take over Glencore [meaning more moolah for the City], Hewlett Packard is to split [after a failed merger], Richard Branson’s Virgin will scrap its Little Red domestic airline [the Guardian profiles some of Branson’s other failures], but there’s good news from the automotive sector as new car sales are at a 10-year high [although the FT says VW is plugging gaps in its workforce with robots], just as politicians are saying that workers will need to work longer before getting their pensions [not so easy in insecure Con-Dem Britain].

On the political front there’s coverage of the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow with business secretary Vince Cable attacking the Tories [ignoring the fact he is in government with them] while Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wants to start cutting income tax for poorer workers in contrast to prime minister David Cameron’s [uncosted] pledge to cut taxes for middle income earners. The Lib Dems also accuse chancellor George Osborne of lying over the need to not raise taxes [we know he will], but then coming from the Fib Dems that’s a bit rich. Finally, it’s not so good news for Labour leader Ed Miliband with the right wing press trying to get the ball rolling on ‘plots’ to oust Miliband after some polls showed Labour had lost its lead over the Tories, perhaps more worrying is that the Guardian reports that Cameron and Osborne remain most trusted about the economy, so perhaps a review of polices looking at an end to the cuts, a proper pay rise for Britain’s workers and a cap on corporate greed and hand-outs could help to swing the balance, we can live in hope…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Clegg’s on the attax (p2)
  • Cops snooping on journos ‘unacceptable’ (p8)
  • Pressure on Miliband after poll blow (p9)
  • HP to split (p41)
  • New Tesco directors appointed (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Grandees turn on Miliband (p1)
  • Lib Dems warn Clegg over EU vote (p14)
  • New car sales at 10-year high (p19)
  • Bank to ring-fence balances up to £1m (p39)
  • Farmers turn on Morrisons over milk process (p41)
  • Nuclear reactor’s future in doubt (p42)
  • Employers snub Cable’s pay rise apprentices (p42)
  • Little Red waves white flag (p44)



·         National Crime Agency director general: UK snooping powers are too weak (p1)
·         Disneyland Paris forced to ask for €1bn emergency rescue (p3)
·         Voters trust Cameron-Osborne most with the economy, poll finds (p8)
·         Lib Dem conference diary: footsoldiers saving the world, one issue at a time (p8)
·         Lib Dems split over tactics to use for referendum on EU membership (p9)
·         Regenerating Southwark: urban renewal prompts social cleansing fears (p10)
·         MPs demand action on ‘copycat’ websites targeted at driver services (p12)
·           Newham mayor says sorry for treatment of E15 housing campaigners (p12)
·         LSE launches inquiry into misogynist and homophobic rugby club leaflet (p12)
·         Bank of England proposes savings protection limit of £1m (p20)
·         Tesco turns to Ikea and Compass to beef up board (p20)
·         Hewlett-Packard announces plan to split company in two as layoffs continue (p20)
·         Virgin Atlantic scraps Little Red domestic services (p21)
·         Sir Richard Branson’s setbacks: from Virgin Cola to Virgin Brides (p21)
·         Rio Tinto shares rally on rumours of Glencore takeover bid (p21)
·         Labour MPs to demand greater pensions scrutiny (p22)
·         Rio Tinto looks out of Glencore’s reach (p22)
·         September’s new car sales race to ten-year high of 430,000 (p22)
·         Start telling the hard truth, Nick Clegg – there is no free lunch – Polly Toynbee (p31)
·         Cut benefits? Yes, let’s start with our £85bn corporate welfare handout - Aditya Chakrabortty (p33)


  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • China changes course with huge bet on European assets (p1)
  • Gove ruffles civil service feathers (p2)
  • Cable takes swipe at Osborne pledge (p2)
  • Trade: Toxic talks (p13)
  • Britain’s health service needs honest treatment (p14)
  • HP deal making on cards (p19)
  • Uber aims to steer off collision course (p22)
  • VW to fill gaps with robots (p22)
  • Virgin pulls plus on Little Red (p24)

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