News digest 8 September 2014

News digest 8 September 2014

08 September 2014

Today’s digest opens with wall to wall coverage of the Scottish referendum after a poll at the weekend showed the ‘Yes’ camp with a marginal lead. Many of the papers run with the headline of “10 days to save the union” and while there is a lot of consternation of what it will or could mean for a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, it is just one poll and it does seem that the press is talking up the issue, even so that has seen sterling fall and politicians from all major parties pro the union coming out and making extra promises, although the front page of the Mirror splashes on a picture of the Queen with the line: “Don’t let me be the last Queen of Scotland.” As said, in 10 day’s time we’ll have an idea of what is happening…

And from the possible break up of Britain to broken Britain, and the TUC Congress continues in Liverpool with unions laying out how to fix the one sided economy and ensure a fairer, just, more equal and tolerant society. As David Blanchflower in the Indie outlines how growth and living standards under the coalition have been “abysmal” Unite outlined the call at conference to challenge the plans to shackle union rights. Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said “We can’t address wealth and income inequality without having strong trade unions, employment rights and effective collective bargaining.” There was also strong condemnation of the contrast between pay rises for different public servants, namely a 1 per cent pay rise for NHS staff and the 10 per cent rise for MPs – although at least the party leaders have argued the pay rise for MPs is not justified [sadly they’re a bit more silent on demanding more pay for the rest of the public sector]. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is also cited in the Guardian and Morning Star demanding that the government takes action over the TTIP trade deal which could effectively end the NHS as we know it, and while the NHS march from Jarrow to London ended last Saturday [well done to all who joined in] the battle to save the NHS continues as there is more evidence of how the cuts are undermining services, with key cancer specialists saying the NHS shake-up has impacted treatment for cancer across the country.

And finally a few transport related stories feature across the papers, the Telegraph talks of the fight back by Heathrow over the plans for a third runway, Richard Branson’s Little Red [domestic] airline looks like it may be under threat of closure [he’s obviously not getting enough publicity], but perhaps the best example of how the Tories can’t be trusted is seen by a case in chancellor George Osborne’s own constituency. After saying that rail fares will be capped in real terms earlier this year, rail passengers in the north of England are facing increases of up 162 per cent after Northern Rail withdrew its off peak tickets and instead plans to charge peak evening fares on trains from today. So much for Tory promises, it’s time to get rid of the Con-Dem shower, but that can only be done by the ballot box, and that is why Unite has joined with the Mirror to push the No Vote No Voice campaign to register one million voters before the next election, get registered, and vote them out…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (no links web not updated yet)

  • Thousands greet NHS People’s March heroes (p1)
  • TUC campaigns to stop zero-hour contracts (p2)
  • TUC Congress 2014 – O’Grady on union rights (p3)
  • TUC Congress 2014 – diary (p3) – Mohammed Taj mentioned
  • Yes and no campaigns neck and neck (p5)
  • The time for change is now – Len McCluskey on TTIP (p15) 

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Scots vote chaos (p1/4-5)
  • Unite to put bite on firm (p24) – Unite cited 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Parties Unite in last ditch bid to save the union (p1/8-9)
  • Labour plan to cap tuition fees ‘being blocked by Balls’ (p2)
  • Strikes may continue until general election (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Osborne challenges 10% pay raise for MPs (p2)
  • New rail fare cap fails to stop 160% ‘stealth’ rise (p17)
  • Labour can be party of voters’ dreams – Damian McBride (p25)
  • Little Red could be thrown to wolves and shut by ruthless Virgin (p39)
  • Low paid workers put more into pension saving (p43) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Pro-union camp in chaos (p1/3)
  • UK wades into BP fight over payouts (p1)
  • Rail fare freeze fails (p2)
  • Industry still wary to invest (p4)
  • Vodafone to launch payments plan in UK (p17)
  • Few jobs come back to US via reshoring (p18)

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