News digest 6 June 2013

News digest 6 June 2013

06 June 2013

Today’s digest opens with an international focus as attention continues to focus on Syria after government backed forces regained the key town of Qusair from the rebels. The Indie front page argues the cabinet is at war over arming the Syrian rebels, while Peter Oborne in the Telegraph asks Cameron to explain why he has put the UK on al-Qaeda’s side? That’s what happens when you flirt with despots and danger.

And talking of despots and danger protests continue in Turkey when thousands of striking workers yesterday joined demonstrations calling for the Turkish government to respond to their demands. Unite has backed international unions calling on the Turkish government to respect the rights of the demonstrators and told Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to order the immediate release of the trade unionists, journalists and other activists being held in detention. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The way forward must be a constructive dialogue between the government and opposition groups, including the trade unions; with the aim of building a society which respects workers’ rights, addresses economic and social injustices, and strengthens civic society. Unite calls for such a dialogue to begin in earnest immediately.” So far two people have been killed in the unrest and thousands have been injured as demonstrators accuse Erdogan's government of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Away from international affairs and it is not so much One Nation Labour but ‘Hard’ Labour in the headlines. Many of the papers trail Ed Miliband’s speech today where the Labour leader is expected to say he will not reverse some of the Con-Dem cuts and that he will impose limits on welfare spending that does not fluctuate with economic cycle (child benefit is a key example). So unemployment benefit is safe, but does that mean the end of free bus passes for pensioners? Miliband was mocked by prime minister David Cameron at PMQs yesterday and while the Labour party has been on the back foot in terms of winning the economic argument, will moving economic policy towards the Con-Dems help? It remains to be seen although the trails say Miliband will target housing benefit, best way of keeping that down is to introduce a rent cap, that will stop buy-to-let landlords and others charging the earth for under pressure renters in the private and public sector.

And talking of charging the earth today’s centrespread in the Daily Mirror tells the story of Carol Highton, a mother who helped to jail the loan shark who hounded her son to death. It highlights how she set up the Brian Shields Trust – in her son’s name - to challenge illegal loan sharks and how she actually helped bring down a criminal mastermind. Sadly the legal loan sharks are still able to get away charging exorbitant rates of interest, although there has been a ray of light in the fight as yesterday Bolton FC reversed its decision to enter into a sponsorship deal with a payday loan company, good for Bolton on seeing sense, let’s hope many more follow…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Clegg angers Tories by ditching childcare plan (p2)
  • Labour may call Syria vote (p4)
  • I can be tough on welfare benefits too, insists Miliband (p17)
  • Taxman’s plan to stop tobacco smuggling goes up in smoke (p23)
  • War turns Assad’s way (p34)
  • Turkey rejects criticism of police violence (p37)
  • Man Group reveals losses (p41)
  • Co-op bank will not give up social role, says chair (p45)


  • Cabinet at war over arming Syrian rebels (p10
  • Hacking trials still months away (p4)
  • Labour in welfare crackdown (p6)
  • IMF leaders admit they got sums wrong over Greece (p13)
  • EDL graffiti daubed on Muslim centre in arson attack (p21)
  • Latvia to join eurozone (p30)
  • Services surge (p50)
  • Horse meat scandal stalls Tesco recovery (p53)
  • Toyota recall (p55)



 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brussels bid to strip London of Libor role (p1)
  • Miliband to accept spending limits (p2)
  • Brooks pleads not guilty (p3)
  • Services data boost recovery hopes (p4)
  • Focus on Turkish media (p12)
  • Co-op brings in safe hands (p18)
  • Tesco chief says recovery going in right direction (p23)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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