Daily View 2×2: 7 October 2009

Two big stories

Cuts are in the air this conference season, but none of the parties are calling for these ones.  The BBC reports that British Airways is cutting 1,700 jobs and introducing a two-year pay freeze for cabin crew.  Evidently asking employees to work for free, as the airline did a few months ago, didn’t do the trick.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that little seems safe from the Conservatives attempts to out-cut Labour and the Lib Dems.  Ministers’ pay to be cut.  MPs’ jobs to go.  All but the lowest paid civil servants to have their pay frozen.  Tax credits for the wealthy to go, along with expensive pensions for top civil servants.  But is it savage?

Two must-read blog posts

Cicero offers up the spectre of Latvia’s economic woes, and its apparent inability to deal with them, damaging economies across northern Europe, including dear old Blighty.

The issue of the Tory Party’s less-than-cuddly Polish friends just isn’t going away.  Stephen Fry, Patrick Stewart, Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand, amongst others, have signed a letter about it (and they aren’t in favour, in case you were wondering), as reported by Stephen Glenn on his Linlithgow Journal.

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