News digest 9 December 2014

News digest 9 December 2014

09 December 2014

So the digest starts with a simple call from a Tory for the poor, namely: ‘Let them eat porridge.’ The sad thing is the call came from a Tory peer  - Baroness Jenkin of Kennington – who actually sat on the inquiry team that produced the report, perhaps she should have read it! It is yet another example of how of touch the Tories are, especially as the peer claimed that a bowl of porridge only costs 4p to make – the Indie shows that is definitely not the case as the cost of the most basic ingredients is dwarfed by the costs of the energy to heat it, perhaps the peer has been having too many subsidised lunches in the Lords [she’s also on the committee that vetoed the shift to make savings by having shared champagne].

And in another example of the wrong priorities of the Con-Dem coalition a judge has backed government policy that means the Independent Living Fund will be axed in June, meaning effectively that disabled people no longer have the right to live independently, the ruling means that 18,000 severely disabled people will lose the funding to support independence. This comes as the EU revealed that Britain spends less than the EU average on supporting disabled people even though social security spending is above the EU average, although expect that to fall as yet more government cuts come crashing down on the most vulnerable.

Elsewhere there is more coverage of the Candy Crush playing MP Nigel Mills [although Commons authorities are looking for the whistleblower – rather than admonishing the Tory MP!], a truce is called in the Lib Dem Tory war over the deficit [that means chancellor George Osborne and chief secretary Danny Alexander can go back to fighting over milk instead], but the Guardian warns the Lib Dems will face a bigger wipe out that expected at the general election [what a shame], but there could also be trouble for the Tories which could lose two million voters to Ukip, although Ukip seems to be doing its best to alienate voters with the top story in the Times (and featured in many other papers) of the prospective female Ukip MP who has quit the party over claims she was harassed by Ukip’s general secretary Roger Bird, you couldn’t make it up, but for proof that Ukip is just a bunch of thinly disguised turbo Tories as the Indie reports that the disgraced former Tory MP Neil Hamilton [he of ‘cash for questions’ fame] has been shortlisted to be a Ukip candidate, says it all…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Bid to crush mole who snapped Candy Crush playing MP (p1/2)
  • Ukip star quits over ‘sex pest’ claims (p2)
  • Let them eat porridge (p4)
  • sold off (p41)
  • No rates panic (p41)
  • McDonald’s sales plunge (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Ukip’s star woman quits after sex claims (p1/7)
  • Germany tells Tories to embrace migrants (p3)
  • Wealth gaps stunt economic growth (p10)
  • Peer says sorry for claiming poor can’t cook (p20)
  • Gove’s replacement not up to job (p21)
  • A Tory civil war, not a rift with the church – Rachel Sylvester [on food banks]
  • Oil price tumbles (p37)
  • First moves in Tesco turnaround (p39)
  • Tobin tax to be killed off by EU wrangling (p41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • FCA cancels some bonuses (p)
  • Tories braced for clash on Scots vote reform (p2)
  • More Ukip woes (p4)
  • Payday loan companies trial lower fees (p3)
  • Coalition declares truce over deficit (p4)
  • Food banks a blight on modern Britain (p14)
  • Give up the dogma of the unshrinkable state – Janan Ganesh (p15)
  • Chess moves to transform world politics – Gideon Rachman (p15)
  • Uber banned from New Delhi (p19)
  • Stores warned over supplier payments (p24)

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