News digest 30 April 2013

News digest 30 April 2013

30 April 2013

As Thursday’s local elections come ever nearer the papers focus on the latest battles between the parties setting out their stall. Labour leader Ed Miliband is taken to task by most of the right-wing papers over an interview about what he’d do to cut the budget deficit, if anything it tells you to answer questions clearly and directly. The Mirror has a more positive piece following Miliband out on the campaign trail and a few of the others focus on the rise of Ukip with the Sun reporting that the party has hit a new 14 per cent high in the polls. The Mirror has the darker side of the party splashed on its front page with a Ukip election candidate giving a Nazi salute and many of the papers report on the confused message from the Tories who fear that a surge for Farage’s party will hit prime minister Cameron’s chances. Only two days to go, if you have a vote, use it.

One thing Farage’s party is lacking is any clear policies (apart from the Morning Star reporting on the Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom who said women of child bearing age should not be employed and maternity rights were too draconian, namely they shouldn’t exist), on the Tory side the continuing total dismantling of the welfare state advances. The trial of universal credit kicked off in Ashton-under-Lyne yesterday – as ever any policy associated with Iain Duncan Smith can be expected to be a costly, ill-thought out disaster – the Mail reports that women are being hit ever harder by Con-Dem policies and if you thought the NHS was safe think again. The moves towards the next comprehensive spending review feature in a few of the papers with the FT noting that the ringfence supposedly protecting the NHS should be dismantled with the defence, business and communities’ secretaries arguing the NHS must share the pain of another round of £11.5 billion cuts.

And while we all face the consequences of cuts it looks like the elite continue to enjoy their benefits. The Sun focuses on energy giant Npower which it claims dodged £108 million in UK tax, and the front of the Guardian notes ‘sweetheart‘ deals between the tax man and four companies that generated £4.5 billion in tax. Sounds good, but just imagine what the real figure that could have been claimed was, one rule for them and one for the rest of us…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband is caught out by ‘borrowing hole’ (p1/11)
  • To stop being cranks, Ukip needs a few wonks – Hugo Rifkind (p25)
  • ‘Convicted’ Santander chief walks with €88 million pension pot (p35)
  • Balfour Beatty issues profit warning (p37)
  • AXA faces strike threat (p36/38) – Dominic Hook cited
  • Coca-Cola’s bottler breaks out bubbly (p43)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Drive for NHS to share pain of savings (p1/2)
  • Santander chief resigns (p1/18)
  • Sainsbury’s prepares for King succession (p15)
  • Balfour Beatty in second warning (p16)
  • Rentokil packs off courier City Link (p21)
  • Lloyds in £250 million loss over bank sale (p22)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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