News digest 17 October 2012

News digest 17 October 2012

17 October 2012

Three days to march for a future that works – join us on #oct20

There are a range of different stories vying for attention on the pages of today’s papers, top of the list is a pledge by Unite to challenge Britain’s payday lenders by establishing a nationwide credit union network.  The Guardian cites Unite’s Steve Turner who highlights the recent launch of a Unite-backed credit union in Salford as the model for a nationwide network. He said: "We are in discussions to try to establish a UK-wide credit union that will give access to cheap finance and cheap credit to millions of people. We are trying to get to the point where you can get emergency loans through credit unions, to stop that third week being Wonga week.” The credit union push is part of the economic alternative behind the ‘future that works’ march in central London this Saturday, join us to demand corporations like Starbucks pay their fair share of taxes - Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "It's outrageous that Starbucks can exploit loopholes in the law to legally pay less then one per cent in tax. Hardworking families are being forced to pay-off the deficit while companies like Starbucks laugh all the way to the bank.” Join us on #oct20 and back the demands for a Tobin tax, fair pay for all and an end to tax cuts for millionaires.

From cuts to hacking and for once home secretary Theresa May made a decision that did not roll over to the US as she denied the request for the extradition of Gary McKinnon on human rights grounds. May said she had taken the decision because of medical reports warning that McKinnon, accused of hacking US military computers, could kill himself if sent to stand trial in the US. The decision is rather ironic as May based it on the Human Rights Act, which she has pledged to scrap. So much for joined up thinking, but good for justice.

From justice to economics and there has been another dip in unemployment this morning while yesterday’s latest inflation data sees price rises slowing yet again as the economy continues to slacken. George Osborne’s Office of Budget Responsibility comes under pressures as it admits it has a poor forecasting record, but the main factor is that the September figures are used to set the rise in benefit payments for the coming year. The 2.2 per cent advance in CPI will see a modest rise even if pensioners are guaranteed at least 2.5 per cent. Unite warned that rising fuel prices would create even greater pressure for hard pressed working people, general secretary Len McCluskey said: "These greedy energy companies are recklessly heating up inflation while families up and down the country struggle to heat their homes ... it's high time the government intervened to put a cap on energy prices and tightened regulation to stop this racketeering.” We can but hope.

, it is no more. What was Britain’s fourth oldest pub – built in 1636 - has closed it doors with staff scandalously sacked by text, the pub was the site of the 1651 beheading of the Earl of Derby, maybe Charles should spend more time writing about issues that concern the people rather than his private peccadilloes, but then again don’t get your hopes up…BoltonOther stories see a slide in car sales across the continent, an attack on farm workers as the government consults on abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board by almost demanding it be scrapped, the FT reports Beecroft’s reforms may come in via the backdoor leading to more workplace discrimination and there’s a row over letters and emails. Some papers report prime minister David Cameron held back some emails he exchanged with ex News International chief Rebekah Brooks and the Telegraph splashes on the news – following a seven year Guardian campaign – that the publication of private letters from Prince Charles to government ministers would undermine the ability of the heir to the throne to rule, can you guess what he has been saying? Perhaps he should pay more attention to the real world, for as a final note if you used to frequent Ye Old Man and Scythe in

Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  • Plebgate Mitchell faces new grilling (p2)
  • Old betrayed as pensions rise just £2.69 (p2) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Hard work to find a job (p6)
  • Hillsborough: Inquest for truth (p10-11)
  • Row over PM’s messages to Brooks (p12)
  • Star bucks (p13) – Len McCluskey quoted/pictured
  • 110,000 can’t afford to eat (p13)
  • Notes from Prince Charles to stay private (p16)
  • Mum’s joy as May blocks hacker’s extradition (p19)
  • Last orders after 376 years (p26)
  • Goldman Sachs puts aside £2.2 billion for bonuses (p40)




  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Now Gove rewrites rules on A-levels (p1)
  • McKinnon: US outraged that Britain says no (p6-7)
  • Young people don’t want to work, says firm with 500 jobs (p18)
  • Be warned: Inflation is down but not out (p32)
  • Bidders put cards on table with Sportingbet (p38)



·         Attorney general blocks disclosure of Prince Charles letters to ministers (p1)

·         Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to US, Theresa May announces (p1)

·         Gary McKinnon: how unknown hacker sparked political and diplomatic storm (p4)

·         New primary school plans scrapped in Coventry after academies row (p7)

·         Michael Gove under pressure to allow profit-making in schools (p8)

·         Ryanair boss faces investigation into alleged tax evasion in Italy (p9)

·         UK urged to reform tax rules over profit moving by global firms (p9)

·         BNP divisions exposed as Andrew Brons resigns (p10)

·         Ed Miliband's office intervened to water down health plans at Labour conference (p12)

·         Liam Fox sues over Adam Werritty claims (p12)

·         Unite plans credit union network in challenge to payday lenders (p14) – Steve Turner quoted

·         Thatcher's outsourcing fantasy fails in reality (p15)

·         Tory privatisation plans dealt blow in Cornwall (p15)

·         Rupert Murdoch faces down shareholders at News Corp's AGM (p21)

·         OBR admits poor forecasting record (p22)

·         UK inflation falls to lowest since November 2009 (p22)

·         Treasury could reap profit as RBS plans to exit toxic assets scheme (p22)

·         European car sales fall for 12th month (p23)

·         Greece aid talks break down after Athens rejects further cuts (p23)

·         Sportingbet accepts William Hill's sweetened offer (p26)

·         Voting yes will create a new Scotland – Alex Salmond (p30)

·         My son Gary McKinnon has won justice at last – Janis Sharp (p30)


  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Pandit quits Citi after board clash (p1)
  • Austerity ruled out as main drag on growth (p2)
  • SNP warned of high borrowing costs (p2)
  • Scandal hit bank staff must go (p3)
  • Work harassment law to change (p4)
  • Inflation hits three year low (p4)
  • William Hill offer for rival approved (p18)
  • Coca-Cola sales hit (p18)
  • GKN issues warning (p23)

  Yesterday’s Unite releases

·         Abolishing Agricultural Wages Board hits ‘most vulnerable workers’

·         Strike at Amnesty International’s headquarters

·         Unite calls for price cap as 'greedy' energy companies threaten to fuel inflation

·         Agenda for Change pay agreement ‘under threat’, warns Unite

  Edited by Mik Sabiers

Letter to Nestle over changes to the defined benefit pension scheme (PDF)

Letter to Nestle over changes to the defined benefit pension scheme (PDF)