News digest 9 August 2013

News digest 9 August 2013

09 August 2013

Today’s digest opens with a number of the papers reporting on the rise in the population, although depending on which paper you read it is either a ‘British baby boom’ or a ‘bounce in migrant babies’ even though it is only one in four babies that are born to foreign mothers. Overall the UK population continues to rise, now hitting 63.7 million, but that does not stop some of the right from banging the ‘racist’ drum. After Ukip’s Godfrey Bloom’s references to ‘bongo bongo land’ earlier in the week it has emerged that Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg addressed the ‘Traditional Britain’ group, a body which is calling for Doreen Lawrence and other black people to ‘return to their natural homelands’, what with the ‘go home’ vans and the border guard checks the nasty party is still hard at work. The other factor raised over the rise in the population is summed up by the FT with its headline: ‘Baby boom bucks trend but sparks calls for cash’, you’d think the rising population would demand more investment in homes, our schools, roads, hospitals et al but in reality the austerity and cuts agenda continues with only a favoured few getting support; the FT highlights the buy-to-let investors expected to benefit from the Bank of England’s low interest rate pledge, but what about all the ordinary people either struggling to find a place to live or get on the first rung of the housing ladder?

There was also some ‘support’ for the NHS, but in reality the money comes from savings elsewhere. Yesterday saw prime minister David Cameron touring TV studios to herald an extra £500 million for under pressure A&E units. The Sun has a puff piece on how privatisation can help the NHS, Unite however is featured on the front page of the Morning Star arguing that the funds will do nothing to reverse the crisis of the Tory-led government’s making, what is needed is a change of policy. Said Unite head of health Rachael Maskell: “The £500 million pound sticking plaster will do nothing to turn back the clock on the damage this government is inflicting on the NHS and A&Es. With waiting lists hitting their highest levels in nine years a temporary fix is not enough. This is an NHS emergency of the government’s own making. The NHS 111 non-emergency hotline debacle shows that cut price competitive tendering leads to complete meltdown. “Is this really the future we want for our NHS? A&E and maternity units forced to close, growing waiting lists, cut price services doled out by global corporate giants more interested in profit than people’s health. “The government’s given us cuts, queues and chaos. Unite is calling on the great British public to join us in Manchester at the Conservative party conference to send a clear message that our NHS is not for sale.” Help #SaveourNHS and pledge to join the rally on Sunday 29 September.

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Migrate Britain (p2) [population boom]
  • Miliband councils use zero hours (p3)
  • You’re useless Carney tells bankers (p6)
  • National Helped Service (p24-25) (privatisation puff piece)
  • Ladbrokes on losing streak (p42)
  • Aviva to ‘run like a clock’ (p42)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Migrant baby boom pushes population to new high (p1)
  • Right wingers urge Doreen Lawrence to return ‘home’ (p4)
  • Senior Tory speaks out over ‘go home’ campaign (p4)
  • We need to frack more, says Cameron (p17) – Unite/Ewa Jasiewicz cited
  • Taxman issues wanted list of fraudsters (p20)
  • Ed [Miliband], you can’t remain a medium-sized beats – Rafael Behr (p25)
  • Housing recovery gains momentum (p39)
  • Aviva gets tough (p43)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carney rate vow to fuel buy-to-let boom (p1)
  • Baby boom bucks trend but sparks calls for cash (p2)
  • Labour proposes curbs on payday lenders (p3)
  • Aviva seeks to reassure over sale of US business (p15)
  • Nestle misses target (p16)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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