News digest 8 October 2014

News digest 8 October 2014

08 October 2014

It looks like the right wing press is trying to push leadership crisis talk across the papers as coverage of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s party conference talks of blows to the party leadership over airports [conference voted against the leader’s plans for expansion] and most of the papers talk about further blows to Clegg’s authority [did he have any left] over his business policy, while Unite’s Adrian Weir in the Morning Star takes business secretary Vince Cable to task for his anti-worker endeavours. However, it’s not just the Lib Dems, both the Express and Mail try to heighten the pressure on Labour leader Ed Miliband, with the latter saying ‘Labour rebels’ want Alan Johnson to replace ‘Red Ed’ Miliband, and prime minister David Cameron is not immune as the Clacton by-election birthday present for him tomorrow is expected to see the first Ukip MP elected, even if he is turncoat Tory Douglas Carswell, Labour’s on more solid ground at Heywood & Middleton.

From leadership crises to health crises and the Indie continues its coverage of the ticking timebomb over NHS care with a look at the reality of life in a cash strapped hospital [it’s not good]. The Mirror reports on how the Tories are driving student nurses away from the NHS [64 per cent of student nurses are planning to work abroad] and the Mirror’s Amp3dd team have a handy counter that shows the amount of money that is being siphoned off from the NHS into private hands [clue: lots], let’s just hope the feared for Ebola crisis does not overwhelm the health system...

Elsewhere, on the economic front there is some good news on the economy for chancellor George Osborne with the IMF praising the UK’s growth, sadly that may mean a rise in interest rates [which will probably send the economy backwards], the Express also notes that a fall in high street sales could bode bad for the future, and the Mail says the pressure of debt and no pay rises for ordinary workers sees half of people now shopping at discount stores, Wonga is in trouble over its adverts again [for failing to mention its 5,853% rate} and Tesco has suspended another executive as its woes continue. There’s also welcome pressure on casino capitalists, with James Moore in the Indie saying good riddance to bankers that won’t comply with so-called reasonable requirements, and the EU is finally looking at Amazon’s accounts, can we expect a tax crackdown, we can live in hope…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • United against Isil (p1-7)
  • Clegg snubbed on runway bid (p8)
  • Fear of EU deflation (p43)
  • Amazon in EC tax probe (p43)
  • Walmart slashes benefits (p43)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Europe stalls as booming Britain takes off (p1)
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola, insist NHS chiefs (p9)
  • By-election coverage (p10-11)
  • Lib Dem activists strike double blow to big business (p16)
  • The protest party’s over for chastened Clegg – Daniel Finkelstein (p25)
  • Co-op was in denial (p39)
  • Recovery in doubt amid factories’ slowdown (p41)
  • Flame dying for last cigarette maker (p42)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • City disquiet at tough new rules sparks HSBC board exits (p1)
  • Britain motors ahead (p1)
  • Lib Dems jockeying to succeed Clegg (p2)
  • Watchdog bans second Wonga ad (p4)
  • EU’s Amazon probe (p19)

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