News digest 7 June 2013

News digest 7 June 2013

07 June 2013

Despite all the quite negative trails in the press, yesterday’s speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband actually showed the start of a thought-out strategy and shift in policy that offered hope of an alternative to chancellor George Osborne’s austerity addiction with a strategy for jobs, growth and a fairer society. Miliband argued Labour wants to restore 'dignity of work' and insisted the cap on welfare spending was not a political game. Responding, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Ed Miliband's speech offers hope … millions of people do not earn a wage that can keep them and their families, yet they work the longest hours in Europe. They are thoroughly fed up with the lack of decent, secure work in this country and detest the waste of talent that sees one million young people wasting their talents on the dole. They want a government that will roll up its sleeves and do something about this. The jobs guarantee, action on demeaning, insecure work and a drive to embed the living wage are a good start.” Len concluded positively: “If Ed Miliband continues in this vein, then he will win working people back to Labour.”

There are a number of other political stories kicking around, chancellor George Osborne is putting pressure on Miliband over the £1.5 million donation of shares, although the Mirror sums up the story as ‘Labour tycoon’s £1.5 million ‘tax break’ donation broke no rules’ so it within the sprit of the law, unlike a lot of the sweetheart deals signed under Osborne’s watch, but party funding still remains an issue.

And the coalition is also taken to task for its legal reforms, this time from the government’s own lawyers. 145 barristers have written to the attorney general to say that the changes will create an underclass with no access to justice. Sums up the Tory approach to people rather well.

There has however been one possible shift as health secretary Jeremy Hunt has buckled under days of pressure over the crisis in NHS accident and emergency wards. Hunt sought to defuse the row by announcing a fundamental review of emergency care and conceded that the government had failed to give the public confidence in GP surgeries and A&E departments, let’s hope that puts a stop to the many planned A&E closures across the country. Perhaps if Hunt listened a bit more to health workers and a little less to the private companies trying to profiteer from our NHS, its future would be a bit more secure.

Hunt needs look no further than the dispute at the Yorkshire ambulance service where workers will walk out at noon today over patient safety and derecognition of the workers’ union, Unite. Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe is quoted in the Morning Star: “We call, yet again, on the blinkered, hard-line management to enter into meaningful talks.” the fight to #SaveourNHS continues…  


Morning Star

 Daily Mirror


  • Bed plan for NHS (p2)
  • M&S isn’t rosy (p46)
  • Eurotunnel ordered to ditch boats (p46)
  • Shell has nothing to hide over price fixing (p46)
  • Rail debts hit £30 billion (p46)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband and Osborne trade insults (p6)
  • MPs to get free vote on arming Syria rebels (p8)
  • Uproar at £1.3 million pay for bank’s PR chief (p17)
  • This slow march will get Miliband nowhere – Philip Collins (p27)
  • Commission scuttles Eurotunnel’s ferries (p39)
  • G4S firm against wall of protests (p42)
  • National Rail debt rockets (p45)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Labour split on Miliband’s cuts (p4)
  • Cameron forced to allow free vote on Syria (p4)
  • Editorial: Making welfare work for Labour (p12)
  • Plans to shift Libor heart to Europe (p19)
  • Airbus to step up Boeing battle (p20)
  • Virgin Rail take legal action over punctuality (p23)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

Comment on this story


  • Krystyna Boswell6/7/2013 10:58:03 AM Len McClusky is right when he states that people "are thoroughly fed up with the lack of decent, secure work in this country and detest the waste of talent that sees one million young people wasting their talents on the dole". However, please don't forget the significant number of older people who are suffering in this way - people with talent, experience and integrity who have lost their jobs - many like my husband, who is 54, having been made redundant from the voluntary and community sector that the current government have decimated, and who have no hope of another job until Labour are returned to government. After 12 months of fruitlessly searching for work, he obtained just one interview and as a result is now a 7-hours a week school crossing attendant. His £200 a month hardly replaces a £28k a year job that he loved so much, and it is people like him - and their families - who are struggling so badly under the current regime. Labour's pledge for full employment is fundamental to rebuilding the UK and, with it, people's confidence and feelings of security. We must all stand together and unseat this uncaring, 'master and servant' regime that currently rules the UK.