News digest 9 June 2014

News digest 9 June 2014

09 June 2014

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

·                Michael Go – Mirror and Is the Trojan horse row just a witch hunt triggered by a hoax? - Guardian

·                Tories fight unions to keep hardworking Britons down –Kevin Maguire – Mirror

·                3.5 million predicted to be in poverty by 2020 – Indie

·                Ministers reject food bank 20 million figure – Mail

·                Council urged to act over 'inhumane' use of spikes to deter homeless - Guardian

Today’s digest opens with the latest on the row between education secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Theresa May with mixed reporting for both politicians in the papers. The Mirror runs with the headline ‘Michael Go’ arguing that Gove’s actions and inflammatory language over ‘Trojan Horse’ schools feared to have been infiltrated by hard liners (no, they are not talking about Thatcherites) should see him sacked from the cabinet, but then goes on to argue that May should also be axed. Most of the other papers lay the blame more squarely at the feet of May, and in particular her adviser, although Andrew Pierce in the Mail has a suitably sexist headline titled: “How No 10 brought Theresa to heel” par for the course for that paper. What does seem to be the case is that both Gove and May have been machinating for the potential Tory party leadership if Cameron falls under a bus (or more likely is pushed), that’s probably one of the reasons why Leo McKinstry in the Express has a strong puff piece for Cameron, but Kevin Maguire sums up the Tories most effectively in the Mirror with his piece titled: “Tories fight unions to keep hardworking Britons down – that’s why many will never vote for them.” Expect the forthcoming reshuffle to be ruthless…

And speaking of that, one minister that should be culled is the hapless Iain Duncan Smith. Many of the papers report on the latest on child poverty, with the government’s goals considered ‘unattainable’. That means that 3.5 million children will be living in poverty in 2020, so much for a positive future under the Con-Dem coalition. This comes at the same time as the Mail and Morning Star report that ministers have rejected figures related to food bank use arguing that the 20 million total is too high. It is too high, but only because that is the real number of hand outs from food banks, that’s yet another scandal due to the callous Con-Dem coalition.

And finally a number of papers report on a set of spikes that have cropped up outside a luxury block of London flats, they’ve been put there to deter rough sleepers. Sadly spikes seems to be the preferred option rather than trying to help the homeless, there’s obviously no such thing as society for those luxuriating behind the gates, fearful of the poor people that just want a place to shelter, the sooner we’re shot of the Con-Dems the better…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ofsted to raid ‘Trojan’ schools (p1/2)
  • Clegg bid for revival (p2)



  Times (not delivered)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Swedes hit Juncker’s hopes for Brussels job (p1)
  • Cameron acts on schools furore (p2)
  • Fight against Uber stepped up (p2)
  • PM faces day of reckoning over Juncker campaign (p3)
  • 100 days to independence vote (p4)
  • The rich have advantages that money cannot buy (p13)
  • Immigration will not split the Labour party – John McTiernan (p13)
  • TSB set for below par valuation (p19)
  • Hostile bid at 14-year high (p19)
  • Shell’s search for chair underway (p20)
  • Co-op’s ethical values revamp (p23)
  • Pension fund giants accused of tax avoidance (fm p1) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited

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