News digest 8 December 2014

News digest 8 December 2014

08 December 2014

It’s a them and us digest today as many of the papers splash on the poverty that is stalking the country with more than four million people – including 500,000 children – going hungry due to benefit sanctions and corporate greed that denies people a proper wage and even meal on the table. Many of the papers cover the findings from the church backed report led by Frank Field MP and the bishop of Truro Tim Thornton. The report sums up the situation simply by challenging the political parties to confront “the simple but devastating fact that hunger stalks the country” and calls on politicians to build a network of state-backed food banks, a fairer benefits system, a national living wage and a clampdown on rip off phone, energy and credit charges. All very good, the question is what are our politicians up to? The answer if you look at the front page of the Sun is playing computer games at committee meetings [Tory MP Nigel Mills is pictured with a focus on Candy Crush rather than the committee proceedings] while the front of the Mirror reports on pampered peers who have refused a cut to their catering budget as they feared it may mean they have to drink cheaper champagne, yes really. Not so much taking the biscuit as peers taking the fizz, but that sums up the backwards steps that Britain is taking under the Con-Dem coalition, time to kick them out…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (some behind paywall)

  • Clinton class bigots (p1)
  • Clegg spin won’t wash with voters (p2)
  • Spurs park protest with plans to raze 3,408 homes (p2)
  • Over one million now depend on food banks (p3)
  • Findlay will hit ground running (p4)
  • Class ceiling causes poor kids to fall, behind in early life (p4)
  • Cuba and the Miami 5 injustice – Steven Walker (p9)
  • Which union officials were complicit in blacklisting? (p13) – Unite cited ($)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • MPs hush hush Candy Crush (p1) [Nigel Mills playing games at committee meetings]
  • Thatcher snatchers (p2)
  • Farage in jam on immigrants (p2)
  • BBC must back spending cuts – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)
  • Poverty rap (p9)
  • Britain First profiled (p12-13)
  • Lords in Tizz over Fizz (p23)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Middle classes facing catastrophe of rate rise (p1)
  • Lib Dems all over the place warns Cameron (p2)
  • Minister rejects Church’s call for more food banks (p2)
  • Farage blames migrants for traffic jams (p8)
  • Unite & Labour (p29) – Pat Rafferty cited
  • Bank of America caught in tax raid (p37)
  • Bankers fear danger from stronger dollar (p40)
  • Premier Foods ditches pay to stay deals (p40)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • BoE: Borrowers could cope with rate rises (p1)
  • Labour uses common ground to reach out to business (p1)
  • Food bank report adds to tensions in coalition (p2)
  • Provincial airports see take-off in long-haul flights (p3)
  • Resurgence of dollar is threat to emerging market debt (p19)
  • Uber driver arrested in India (p20)
  • FirstGroup promises discipline (p24)

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