Caron’s Sunday Selection: Must-read articles from the Sunday papers

sundaypapsHere’s today’s picks, guaranteed to inspire, infuriate and amuse you. The first one will make you cry, though.

The first puts all the others into perspective. The Independence Referendum is the only game in Scotland at the moment, with dedicated people working their socks off on both sides. One of the key players in the Better Together campaign, Gordon Aikman, has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He writes in Scotland on Sunday about how he has coped with this shocking and terminal diagnosis. It’s a real, candid and moving piece.

When you are told you are dying you face a choice: you can wallow in self-pity, get angry, seek answers where there are none – or you can make the most of what you’ve got.

Now I have a new outlook on life. I’ve reassessed my priorities. While I am powerless to the disease that is taking over my body, I am now more in control of how I spend my days than ever before. I don’t do anything that I do not value or enjoy. That is exciting, liberating, empowering.

When a clock is ticking down above your head, every moment becomes precious. I now live from day to day, week to week. I don’t get too far ahead of myself: who knows how long I will be able to walk, feed myself and breathe unaided?

And if you are moved by what he writes, you might want to help him raise money for MND Scotland.

The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley writes about how Labour is preparing for continuing austerity in Government, with their Shadow Secretary to the Treasury challenging the Shadow Cabinet to identify further cuts. Let’s hope they tell us about them in advance, then, given that they got away without having to specify them last time and spent three years whinging about every single coalition cut.

Many Labour people would rather not worry about what may face them in government until they are there. Says one of his colleagues: “It is Chris’s job to scare the shit out of us about what we will face if we win the election and the sort of decisions that we will have to take very shortly after moving into office.”

Following on from the sexual violence summit this week, The Observer looks at the reality of sexual violence and how its survivors are being helped and perpetrators brought to justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In discussing her decision to testify against the soldiers who raped her, another survivor said: ‘Yes, it’s dangerous, but everything is dangerous. If we go to the fields to get food, we get raped. If we go to the river to get water, we get raped. Now we get raped in our own homes’

Spare a thought for those suffering domestic violence today – as the Independent reports, the World Cup that cases can increase by 11% after England matches.

Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats are opposing Tory plans to stop Trade Union subs being paid at source from civil servants’ salaries, according to the Independent.

The Sunday Times (£) claims to know Nick Clegg’s dissolution honours plans although it seems a little confused as it implies that Cllr Richard Kemp has lost his seat when he hasn’t. The report suggests that Sir Alan Beith, Sir Menzies Campbell, Sir Malcolm Bruce, Sir Graham Watson and Don Foster are set to receive peerages, alongside Chris Fox, the former Chief Executive. This article has all the hallmarks of being a shot in the dark. If Clegg produced a list with not one single woman on it, the party would not be happy. I would suggest that a balanced list is much more likely.

One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen is the Telegraph diary item reporting that the Tories are trying to get two Liberal Democrat MPs to defect. That they think they have something in common with Jeremy Browne is not a surprise, but Steve Gilbert? Really?

What’s interested you from the Sundays today?




* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Shaun Cunningham 15th Jun '14 - 12:26pm
  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 15th Jun '14 - 1:08pm

    Shaun, it was already in there..

  • David Evans 15th Jun '14 - 1:25pm

    A peerage from Nick for Richard Kemp? I hope that this wouldn’t influence any voters in Liverpool for the Leadership vote.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 15th Jun '14 - 1:38pm

    David, given that the Liverpool meeting happened yesterday, and this story appeared today, and seems to have been based on nothing but thin air, I think you might be bit off here.

  • Steve Comer 15th Jun '14 - 1:41pm

    I love the Telegraph diary item, typical ‘polly filler’ type lazy Journalism!
    Jeremy Browne? well he’s a usual suspect when defections to the Tories are mentioned, but whatever we think of his politics in Lib Dem context, I very much doubt he’d be welcomed by the sort of backwoods Tories you find in abundance in Somerset!
    And Stephen Gilbert? Just because he’s not been selected yet? They must have either been scraping the barrel or distracting by the build up to the England match in the Torygraph offices last night! (If he even thought about defecting I expect the Cornish Liberals would stretch his entrails from St Austell to Newquay….)

  • David Evans 15th Jun '14 - 2:00pm

    Caron, Thanks. Just askin’.

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