News digest 8 July 2014

News digest 8 July 2014

08 July 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                What have you got to hide? – Mirror

·                Ombudsman puzzled by low level of complaints about payday lenders - Guardian

·                A return to the bad old 1970s with Thursday’s strike – Ross Clark - Express

·                Tories should be defending union rights: capitalism depends on them - Aditya Chakrabortty - Guardian

The top story in today’s digest is once again the storm over claims of child abuse in the heart of Westminster and how they were investigated, or not as the case may be. Under pressure in the House of Commons home secretary Theresa May announced an inquiry into how all child abuse allegations were handled in the past, this Hillsborough-style inquiry will be led by an independent panel of experts on law and child protection but not headed by a judge. May also announced a second panel, to be chaired by the head of NSPCC Peter Wanless, to look at how police and prosecutors have handled information given to them, that report is expected to be ready within 10 weeks. The other independent report is unlikely to be ready before the general election, but an update on progress will however be presented to parliament before May 2015. The headlines do not make good reading with the Mail highlighting how the Home Office gave money to groups linked to paedophiles, while the Mirror asks: “What have you got to hide?” noting that neither inquiry will be led by a judge who would have had the power to summon witnesses, what are they hiding indeed…

From Westminster to Wonga (and other payday loan firms) and a number of the papers report that the number of complaints about payday lenders has doubled in the past year even though the Financial Ombudsman says the ‘shame factor’ puts a number of people off complaining. There is a strong rate of complaints being upheld, with two thirds of cases successful, suffice to say even with the supposed tougher regulations the industry is marred by various scandals from aggressive debt-collecting, fake solicitors, and regular roll overs of loans as well as lending to the most vulnerable. The problem is people don’t have enough money to last the month…

And that is why Britain needs a pay rise, and why the countdown to some two million workers taking action over a paltry pay offer this Thursday. As the unions gear up for action, the right wing press gears up for its assault with the Mail putting its usual jackboot in while the Express reports on a return to the bad old 1970s [yes, that old chestnut again]. It’s left to Aditya Chakrabortty to argue the case for union rights, there’s a good piece in the Guardian: “The Tories should be defending union rights: Capitalism depends on them.” Solidarity to all the striking workers its time for them to get their fair share.

And not so much getting their fair share, but almost everyone else’s the Mirror reports that fat cat bosses have seen a further jump in their already excessive pay, with bosses in the biggest UK firms having seen a rise in pay of some 15 per cent in the last year, as such a FTSE chief earns in two days what the average worker earns in a year. Fair, I don’t think so. If only we had proper progressive taxation, but no, the rich got a top rate tax cut, while the rest of us have to scramble for pennies if we’re lucky…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • MI5 files opened in paedo inquiry (p1/6-7)
  • BA bans flat tech (p2)(p)
  • 3,000 face axe at New Covent Garden market (p41)
  • Nike’s 1% tax bill (p41)
  • Network Rail’s £53m fine (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Biggest ever inquiry into child sex abuse (p1/8-9)
  • Network Rail fined (p6)
  • Civil servants told to say ‘No, minister’ (p11)
  • Our civil servants must not be the masters – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • Vauxhall speeds away from German decline with 550 new jobs in Britain (p36)
  • Starting salary growth at 17-year high (p39)
  • Lafarge Tarmac up for sale (p41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Celebrity investors face tax crackdown (p1)
  • Labour poll lead widens (p2)
  • Tide of anxiety drives reports into high-level child sex abuse (p3)
  • Warning on jobs ‘twilight zone’ (p4)
  • Payday lender complaints soar (p4)
  • Sharp cuts and dull protests augur ill for Labour – Janan Ganesh (p11)
  • Airbus ramps up wide-body challenge to Boeing (p18)
  • Lloyds aims to cast off HBOS housebuilding assets (p19)