News digest January 23 2015

News digest 23 January 2015

23 January 2015

Today’s top reads: Stories to share on social media:

·         Daily Mirror: Britain's housing crisis in 6 charts, and 8 worrying facts

·         Morning Star: Tenants must stick together to beat off gentrification’

· petition: Cancel deportation of Rafeeq and Bola

·         Guardian - NHS will need extra £65bn by 2030, say analysts

·         Indie - Give Chilcot a break – he’s probably working on his inquiry into the Battle of Hastings – Mark Steel

The digest opens with coverage of the EU and Brittan. Yesterday the European Central Bank triggered a €1 trillion bond-buying plan in its scheme to revitalise the eurozone economy. The result, the euro hit its weakest level in more than 11 years while stock markets shot up, the real question is whether it will make any difference for people on the ground? Things could all change again on Sunday if Syriza in Greece wins the Greek general election, then perhaps the solution of putting more money directly in the pockets of Europe’s workers would be considered as a better solution to the continent’s woes…

Back in Britain and there’s widespread coverage of the death of former home secretary Leon Brittan, although most of it tainted by the shadow of the child abuse scandal and what was covered up or not. The continuing scandal over royal peccadillos has also seen Prince Andrew speak out to publicly deny allegations of a relationship with an American teenager, he was speaking in Davos where global leaders are trying to reinvigorate the global economy [or probably just make the rich even richer], although UK prime minister David Cameron is not in attendance [that is probably because the Greens aren’t there].

Chancellor George Osborne is in Davos banging the drum for British investment, although the reality is that seems to be for the rich only, but then I suppose he needs to raise funds as the deficit is still high [the Guardian says the deficit is unchanged over the past year] and with vital services in the UK under pressure – the Guardian also reports that the NHS needs an extra £65 billion by 2030 [and that’s not to pay staff more as talks over pay continue today] – but then it’s not just the government that is in debt, mortgage lending has hit a six-year high, but the problem is that the number of young homeowners is falling, as is the amount of social housing, that why Unite Community joined Our West Hendon campaigners to challenge social cleansing in the capital,– there’s coverage in today’s Morning Star - and if you haven’t signed the put our Homes before profit petition, do it now…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror (not delivered)

  • Police to probe Brittan beyond the grave (p1)

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ed turns back on fracking (p2)
  • Prince Andrew breaks silence (p7)
  • Top Tory Leon Brittan dies at 75 (p14-15)
  • ECB rescue plan (p55)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Bonanza for Britain as cash floods in following ECB move (p1/37)
  • Leon Brittan dies (p4)
  • Andrew Goes public on sex claims (p6)
  • Brighton Greens at war over tax rise (p9)
  • Tories split on plain packers for cigs (p17)
  • Ukip election officials funded by Europe (p21)
  • Balfour Beatty badly managed (p40)
  • Trainline float hits buffers (p47)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Markets rally as ECB plan exceeds expectations (p1/6)
  • Coalition struggles to reduce budget deficit P2)
  • Labour chiefs forced to rethink SNP tie up (p3)
  • Cigarette groups to sue over plain packaging (p4)
  • Steel region forges new identity (p4)
  • Balfour Beatty losses swell (p17)
  • Oil price rout takes first toll in US (p19)
  • Hyundai falls after payout plan (p22)

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