News digest 8 January 2015

News digest 8 January 2015

08 January 2015

The papers are dominated by coverage of the attack on the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including 10 journalists. Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, as well as the magazine’s editor, were among those killed, two police officers also died. French police have launched a major operation to find the gunmen who fled the scene by car. Thoughts with the family and friends of all those killed and read Left Foot Forward’s blog: No excuses – just murder.

Back in the UK and the scandal of the rising pressure on the NHS still features widely especially after a heated PMQs when prime minister David Cameron resorted to complaining about the language Labour leader Ed Miliband was using, rather than trying to defend the government’s polices [probably because they are indefensible]. Unite’s Rachel Maskell said: “The Tory-led coalition has totally failed the NHS. It’s a depressing litany of mismanagement, with funding cuts to ambulance services along with the private sector stripping out the high volume, low risk work to make easy profits leaving intensive care and A&E to face intense demand. The crisis in A&E departments is a microcosm of what is happening in our National Health Service. The coalition government has acted like vandals with our NHS.” With even the Sun commenting on the fat cat NHS chiefs at crisis-hit hospitals who are paid more than the PM, Seumas Milne in the Guardian takes the government’s NHS privatisation plans to pieces highlighting how it will lead to the wholesale destruction of the service.

And from queues at A&E to the lack of them on the high street as retail sales continue to be under pressure. All the major supermarkets highlight the pressures facing the area with poor sales, while Tesco this morning announced a series of store closures. So much for the recovery there.

However there is some good news on the transport front, with the price of oil dropping petrol prices continue to go down [although not fast enough], oddly there are no commensurate falls in energy bills [so much for Osborne’s call yesterday], but the manufacturing sector is still in good sorts, or at least luxury car manufacturing which has hit record highs [thanks to the efforts of the workers]. The aviation sector is also in the papers with the head of Heathrow talking up expansion of the airport [and having a go at Gatwick] in the Mail, but the top aviation news is that IAG may be looking to go ahead with its bid for Aer Lingus, cue more money for fat cats …

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun  (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • 12 die in Paris mag shooting (p1-7)
  • Crisis hospitals run by fat cats who earn more than the PM (p10-11)
  • Sainsbury’s worst Xmas for a decade (p47)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Attack on freedom (p1-7)
  • 11 hour wait for pensioner in ambulance (p10)
  • Merkel backs welfare reform (p11)
  • Ukip woman had a ‘problem with negroes’ (p15)
  • Office staff and fireman to rescue in A&E crisis (p20)
  • Cameron should aim high, not bore for Britain – Tim Montgomerie (p29)
  • Whitehall ignores own rules on payments (p39)
  • Aer Lingus big as wings (p42)
  • Sainsbury’s worst Xmas for a decade (p44)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • France in mourning (p1)
  • Whitehall under fire for paying bills late (p2)
  • Cameron’s style irks party ideologues (p3)
  • Tories on defensive over NHS (p4)
  • Bumper year for luxury car production (p4)
  • TUC urges stiffer penalties for flouting minimum wage (p4)
  • Cut the banks down to size – John  Gapper (p13)
  • Ford fights to survive (p18)
  • Pharma takeover battle boosts FTSE100 (p22)
  • Festive prices leave Majestic Wine with hangover (p23)

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