News digest 14 May 2013

News digest 14 May 2013

14 May 2013

Today’s digest opens with more hassle for prime minister David Cameron who is probably regretting his trip out to the States meaning he can’t instil discipline over his party, then again even if he was here he’d struggle to do that with senior Tories calling into question his leadership approach over the whole EU question. The latest is that he has now offered to bring forward a law that will guarantee an in-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership before the end of 2017. As ever it looks like his authority is crumbling, and that is marked by two pieces in the right wing press with Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph saying ‘the Tories have gone crazy over Europe and it’s Cameron’s fault’ while Janan Ganesh sums it up for the FT as ‘The Tory party has become ungovernable’. It’s not looking good for Cameron ahead of the vote tomorrow, but then he’ll still be gallivanting around the world – and conveniently avoiding PMQs – rather than trying to save his job, sorry, sort out the mess the country is now in due to the Con-Dem cuts…

And talking of his job a few of the papers report on education secretary – and possible leadership contender - Michael Gove’s latest salvo on the lack of ability of Britain’s schoolchildren. After attacking the lack of pupil’s knowledge it has emerged that he based his comments not on academic research, but a marketing survey and even a UK Gold press release. Not much credibility there, no wonder the Twitteratti took the net with #Govepolls trending. LabourList has put together a good top 10 for your pleasure…

And waving goodbye to his stay at her majesty’s pleasure, former cabinet minister Chris Huhne – released yesterday morning - described prison as a "humbling and sobering experience" before reminding the assembled press that he had only served only part of his sentence and said it was not appropriate to say more. Expect he’s saving the juicy details for the serialisation rights, a few of the papers report his ex-wife Vicky Pryce has already signed a book deal, as I said yesterday who said crime doesn’t pay.

Away from Westminster and it does however seem to be ordinary workers that pay as the latest cuts in the finance sector see workers at insurance firm Aviva accusing the company of betrayal. Earlier this year the company announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs in York, Norwich and Sheffield, but it has now emerged 600 of those jobs are actually required but will be offshored to India. Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: "Aviva is betraying its UK workforce by exporting 600 jobs overseas. Unite is calling on Aviva to reverse this decision and to keep the jobs in the UK. … It's bad enough exporting jobs overseas when the UK economy is strong, but when Britain's economy is suffering it's outrageous that the insurer isn't supporting employment in the UK." As ever the drip, drip, drip of job cuts continues to blight the ever elusive recovery and don’t expect any change when the latest figures are out tomorrow as the TUC has reported that young workers are lacking 400,000 jobs. Sadly expect the out of touch government to continue to focus on total employment levels not on the reality of what is happening in Con-Dem Britain…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tories force Cameron to enshrine EU vote in law (p1)
  • Cash flow (p2) [Labour and unions] – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Gove’s historical accuracy questioned (p8)
  • Five extra months for Helmand forces (p12)
  • Pryce lands book deal (p17)
  • Would be MP stands aside amid dirty tricks claims (p17) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Tata writes down £1 billion (p33)
  • Search begins at Lloyds (p39)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • UK fears over Tata writedown (p1)
  • France plans iTax for tablets (p1)
  • Labour warns on Brics trade focus (p3)
  • Huhne and Pryce released (p4)
  • The Tory party has become ungovernable – Janan Ganesh (p13)
  • Lloyds in difficult search for chair (p22)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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