News digest 9 September 2014

News digest 9 September 2014

09 September 2014

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

·         TUC leader Frances O’Grady speech on class system cut off by royal baby newsflash - Indie

·                Tories compared to TV show toffs - Mirror

·                The Bullingdon is the least of our problems – Harry Mount – Telegraph

·                Poverty pay isn’t inevitable. Look to the cleaners of New York - Aditya Chakrabortty- Guardian

Almost all the tabloids (and the Telegraph) lead with the story - to paraphrase Private Eye – of “Woman to have another baby” as the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. The announcement came in the midst of the keynote address to TUC conference by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, contrasting the tale of two Britain’s under the Con-Dem coalition, namely the rich royals and their million pound kitchens (paid for by the taxpayer) and private hospital treatment (ditto) and the rest of us struggling to get by in what Unite general secretary Len McCluskey – quoted in the Morning Star, Mirror, Times and Guardian – called: “A greedy pig society” where “every measure David Cameron and George Osborne take is designed to increase the squeeze on workers’ living standards and widen the already scandalous inequality gap.”

The other key story in the papers is the Scots referendum with the concerns over the ‘Yes’ poll seeing a collapse in sterling, a dip in the oil price and a freeze on job hires to name just a few of the repercussions. The Indie says the Tories are ducking the fight, but notes how former prime minister Gordon Brown has stepped into the breach, while the Telegraph says current prime minister David Cameron is urged to get the Queen to intervene as the surge in support for independence is confirmed in further polls. We’ll know how it pans out in nine days’ time…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (web not updated)

  • Threaten our pay and we’re out (p1) – Unite cited
  • Miami 5 Gonzalez refused entry (p2)
  • Morning Star fringe (p2) – Unite Len McCluskey cited
  • McCluskey: Our support for Labour is not unconditional (p3) - Unite Len McCluskey cited
  • Call for judicial review of legal aid cuts (p4)
  • Labour promises to scrap tribunal fees (p5)
  • Acas announce new chief (p5) 

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Kate pregnant (p1/4-5)
  • Brown power for Scotland in days (p1/8-9)
  • Unions in ‘subsidy’ (p2) [facilities time attack]
  • Ryanair jet war (p45)
  • RBS try raise £2bn selling off US arm (p45) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brown leads union fight after poll shock (p1/4-11)
  • Rich union bosses under fire for attack on ‘Downton elite’ (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Employment tribunal fees would be cut by Labour (p2)
  • There’s a negative mood behind the Yes surge – Rachel Sylvester (p27)
  • Jaguar’s new baby fuels floatation hype (p41)
  • Whitehall ‘made housing crisis worse’ (p43)
  • German economy picks up (p44)
  • Ryanair’s $22bn order to double in size (p47) 




FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Scots vote fears hits sterling (p1/3)
  • Hiring freezes up (p2)
  • Union split puts Miliband in difficult position (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Benefit reform flawed, says study (p4)
  • Defence spending blow (p4)
  • RBS values Citizens at $14bn (p17)
  • Malaysia Airlines tackles woes (p20)
  • Ryanair signals expansion (p22)
  • De La Rue closes BoE print deal (p22)

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