News digest 20 May 2013

News digest 20 May 2013

20 May 2013

Another week and another war breaks out as the Tory party continues to tear itself apart. Many of the papers report on the latest row over gay marriage while the fall out from alleged comments about party activists continues. All in all it is not good reading for the prime minister whose hold on power is looking increasingly creaky. It won’t help that Ukip has taken out a full page advert in the Telegraph quoting the Tory co-chair’s line that Tory activists are ‘swivel eyed loons’ while most of the commentators say that prime minister David Cameron is losing his grip on power day by day. Kevin Maguire in the Mirror sums it up as whiffs of failure waft from No 10. The sooner Cameron goes the better, but then there is the question of what is the alternative? Some commentators even say that the Tory party is now unmanageable, but while the Tories focus on fighting one another, away from Westminster the real impact of the Con-Dem coalition’s destructive policies are being felt as thousands are hit by the Con-Dem cuts.

The front page of the FT notes that UK workers are feeling more insecure and under pressure at work than at any time in the last 20 years, and for the first time public sector workers are more worried than those in the private sector. Deteriorating employee relations in the public sector is raised as a key concern, likely to be made worse by the continued denigration from the cabinet office.

And if you want an example of how un-joined up the government’s thinking is simply look at the front page of the Telegraph: Army axes 5,000 soldiers, then looks for 10,000 recruits. Over 5,000 troops that fought in Afghanistan are due to lose their jobs next month even though the army needs to recruit 11,000 a year to stand still, yet another example of the government’s false understanding of economics.

And talking of economics Jeff Randall in the Telegraph also questions chancellor George Osborne’s strategy, while David Blanchflower in the Indie hits more strongly with ‘Austerity’s foundations have crumbled – and its advocates have blood on their hands. As ever, it’s time for Plan B, give workers a bit more pay to boost the economy, build more homes to deal with the housing crisis and renew the country’s infrastructure to make Britain fit to compete with the world’s best.

There are also a more stories on how the Con-Dems are undermining the NHS, the Morning Star reports on last Saturday’s march when thousands took to the streets of London to protest at changes to London’s hospitals, the Mail reports that 50 beds are being axed every week, while the front of the Indie splashes with the line privatised service is failing NHS patients, this time with official confirmation that Harmoni, Britain’s biggest provider of out of hours care, has failed to provide enough doctors to keep patients safe. That’s simple evidence that cost cutting harms patient care, but the NHS cuts will go on until the Con-Dems are ejected.

But while they remain they’ll still feather their nests, believe it or not while most people suffer pay freezes and the public sector is limited to a one per cent rise, there is one group that could be in line for an inflation busting pay award. Many of the papers report that MPs could get a rise of up to £20,000 on their annual salaries, they really don’t get it, time to get out into their constituencies and see what is really happening…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tory rebels to inflict new defeat on Cameron (p1/6-7)
  • Gove accuses headteachers of defeatism (p4)
  • MPs set for £10,000 pay rise (p8)
  • The speech Cameron should give – Tim Montgomerie (p21)
  • High street closures at record levels (p31)
  • Treasury opposes Osborne’s bank share transfer to public (p33)
  • Inflation to stay above target (p36)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron feels Tory rage on gay marriage (p1)
  • Worker insecurity at 20-year high (p1)
  • Apple faces grilling over accounts (p1)
  • PM losing control of his party (p2)
  • Union vows to disrupt Royal Mail sell off (p2)
  • Meth olds outsourcing talks (p4)
  • Surge in truck sales (p19)
  • BAE’s top investors back choice of chair (p22)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

Comment on this story