Press Roundup Friday 25 September 2009

By Press Office
September 25, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Economy & Politics

Hired guns take aim at target Tory seats
Dozens of Conservative parliamentary candidates are working in the lobbying industry that seeks to influence their party’s leadership.

MPs would question Lord Mandelson and Lord Adonis under reforms
Lord Mandelson and other ministers in the Lords are to face questioning by MPs under changes planned by the Commons Speaker to increase the power of backbenchers.

Comment: The Supreme Court - which, within days, will hold sway over British law - is a constitutional disaster in the making
A few days from now, a major constitutional innovation will take effect.

Comment: We need to completely rethink our foreign policy
As a dynamic and threatening new world order evolves, the country is drifting, says David Howell.

Peace & War

Barack Obama's resolution aimed at nuclear-free world approved in UN
The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons at a summit-level meeting chaired by US President Barack Obama.

China maintains opposition to Iran sanctions ahead of crucial meeting
China today maintained its opposition to further sanctions on Iran, disrupting western attempts to present a united front at a critical meeting next week.

Comment: We're sleep walking into unilateral disarmament
From the mid 1950s until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the British independent nuclear deterrent was one of the most divisive and hotly debated political issues in the country.

Comment: Barack Obama's deal won't be enough to stop Iran getting the atomic bomb
Handshakes in New York won't change the realities in Moscow and Tehran, says Con Coughlin.

Ecology & Environment

Obama to press G20 leaders to cut fossil fuel subsidies that benefit big business
Barack Obama will press leaders at the G20 summit tomorrow to end the billions of dollars of subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels around the world and help drive climate change.

World consumption plunges planet into 'ecological debt', says leading thinktank
Rich consumers are still voraciously gobbling up the world's resources, despite the worst recession in a generation, with their appetite pushing the planet into "ecological debt" from today , according to a report by think-tank the new economics foundation.

There's only one area British voters trust the EU - on the environment
Ask Britons what they like about the European Union, and right at the top of a minuscule list comes its impact on environmental policy.

Globalisation & Development

Africans resigned to long wait before drugs are available
The news of progress in medical trials in Thailand was greeted in Africa with a combination of excitement and resignation yesterday.

UK spending on Fairtrade products rises despite recession
British consumers are continuing to buy "fairtrade" products despite the financial pressures of the recession, new research reveals today.

Comment: We must stop these games of let's pretend
To the great surprise of the organisers of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi is not at all like Melbourne or Manchester.

Community & Family

Half of babies now born outside marriage
Almost half of all babies are born outside marriage, official figures have revealed.

High court ruling looms on scrapping mandatory retirement age
Campaigners against laws which allow employers to force their staff to retire when they turn 65 will today find out if they have been successful in their bid to have the legislation scrapped.

People & Power

Suu-Kyi backs US move to open talks with junta
The US is set to engage directly with Burma's military rulers in an effort to push for democratic reforms while maintaining sanctions – a move that has the support of the imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ehud Olmert to become first former Israeli PM to appear in court
Ehud Olmert will become the first former prime minister of Israel to stand trial when he arrives at a Jerusalem court on Friday to answer corruption charges.

Race & Identity

Britain walks out of Iran's Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic speech at UN
Britain walked out of a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran at the United Nations on Wednesday night in protest at anti-Semitic remarks.

Civil servant fined for racist outburst against Jews
Rowan Laxton, a Foreign Office civil servant, has been found guilty of shouting '******* Jews'' while he exercised in a gym.

Crime & Justice

Law chief: too many people are locked up
New head of Supreme Court blames Government for overcrowded prisons.

Education & Culture

Paedophile fears are 'driving male teachers from primary schools'
More than a quarter of state primary schools have no male teachers, partly because they have been deterred from working with young children for fear of being labelled paedophiles, an expert claims.

Religion & Society

Comment: The return of the pope
Pope Benedict's visit next year will highlight the decline of the Church of England.

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