News digest 10 July 2013

News digest 10 July 2013

10 July 2013

It is yet another clean sweep for Unite with all the papers covering the Ed Miliband speech on recalibrating the relationship between the Labour party and the trade unions. Kevin Maguire in the Mirror runs with the line that ‘the fight may cost [Miliband] dear’ while the Times runs with the headline ‘Unions to be sidelined if they stall Labour reform’ on the front page and the Sun says ‘Ed bottles battle with barons’, but the Guardian probably sums up the main thrust with ‘Unite backs Miliband over party funding plans’ although Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said the union needed to look at the detail. Many of the papers question how strong the Miliband ‘reforms’ will be – former Labour general secretary/ex T&G assistant general secretary Lord Ray Collins will draw up the finer points of the plans – but perhaps the best line is from Seumas Milne in the Guardian who talks on the need for a counterweight to the closed circle of corporate power and notes: “The real problem is unions aren’t influential enough” that sounds more like it to me…

Elsewhere on the political front, after Theresa May managed to ‘get rid of’ Abu Qatada over the weekend another ruling on whole life terms from the European Court of Human Rights has many of the red tops questioning the rights for victims as the court said 155 killers in UK prisons can’t be told they’ll die in jail because it would be a breach of their human rights. Cue many Tories saying the UK should leave.

More shocking is the Mubenga inquest. Jimmy Mubenga - who was forcibly restrained by G4S security guards on a British Airways flight bound for Angola – was unlawfully killed according to the jury. Prosecutors will now reconsider whether to bring criminal charges against the company.

From law and order to the economy and there could be some good news for the chancellor as the IMF has revised upwards its forecasts for the UK economy to a grand 0.9 per cent this year, up from previous forecasts of 0.6 per cent. However, confidence may not be that great as investors are continuing to dump the pound which fell to a three year low against the dollar last night, there may be trouble ahead…

And finally the move to selling off more state owned assets continues as the Royal Mail privatisation nears. Many of the papers report that there are fears that the sell-off could result in strike action, but the government is trying to bribe the workers with shares of up to £2,000 to back the flotation, not sure that will make up for the expected extra hours, cuts to wages and more as the bosses cream off the profits and the workers and customers suffer from a service bound to be asset stripped…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Unions to be sidelined if they stall Labour reform (p1) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Britain could quit human rights court (p4)
  • Is this New Ed we see before us (p6) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • I’m ready for more questions, says Murdoch (p10)
  • We need a directly elected PM – Daniel Finkelstein (p21)
  • Editorial: Trades dispute (p24) – Unite cited
  • IMF gives thumbs up but investors dump the pound (p33)
  • Flotation of Royal Mail ‘will lead to strike action’ (p33)
  • Shell finds safe pair of hands (p36)
  • Bondholders fight over Co-op rescue (p39)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • IMF lifts British growth forecast (p1)
  • Labour reforms to boost union coffers (p2) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • MPs seek to quiz Murdoch (p2)
  • Whitehall tensions high (p3)
  • Miliband’s battle for Labour’s future (p8)
  • Shell names veteran as chief (p13)
  • M&S upbeat even as clothing sales fall (p18)
  • Competition Commission approves Britvic merger (p18)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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