Press Roundup Thursday 17 December 2009

By Press Office
December 17, 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.

Ecology & Environment

Climate talks on brink of failure as time runs out
Gordon Brown was last night engaged in a major round of shuttle diplomacy to try to save the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, which yesterday became bogged down in intense procedural wrangles.

Africa lowers sights to boost hopes of doing cut-price deal in Copenhagen
African nations have reduced their demands for compensation from rich countries for the impact of climate change and suggested a compromise that could lead to an historic agreement at the Copenhagen summit.

Brown wants to cut emissions ten times faster than the U.S
Gordon Brown paved the way for yet more green taxes on families and businesses last night.

Climate change 'lies' by Britain
The Met Office was last night facing accusations it cherry-picked climate change figures in a bid to increase evidence of global warming.

Comment: 50 days to save the world? I might listen to the doomsayers if they weren't such ludicrous hypocrites
Not many people understand climate change. But they can recognise hypocrisy when they see it, and are also likely to count their spoons whenever wild-eyed politicians invoke the impending end of the world.

Comment: Climate change not just 'about maths'
A vital Copenhagen deal is in sight, but the US has to recognise that emission targets must be equitable and socially just.

Crime & Justice

MI6 chief reveals advance warning of Abu Ghraib problems
British officials were aware of possible violence against Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib prison almost a year before revelations of torture and abuse finally emerged, the head of MI6 has revealed.

Comment: Locking up children shames us
The lasting damage caused at Yarl's Wood is apparently not our problem.

Comment: Homeowner jailed while the burglar he attacked walks free: Vigilante? No, a victim of an immoral justice system
The traditional concept of justice has become perverted in modern Britain. The law no longer acts as a bulwark to protect decent citizens.

Peace & War

Brown warns of further sanctions after Iran test-fires long-range missile
Iran successfully test-fired a new long-range missile yesterday in a move likely to increase Western powers' anxiety about its nuclear ambitions.

Comment: Tony Blair’s claims on Iraq invasion ‘very damaging’, says Archbishop of Canterbury
Tony Blair’s claim that Britain would have invaded Iraq even if he had known there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country is “very damaging”, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Comment: Britain needs the Bomb? That was the last war
In the Cold War, Trident was a deterrent. In the War on Terror it is irrelevant. The money would be better spent elsewhere.

Religion & Society

Comment: Where have all believers gone?
The slow decline of organised Christianity continues in Britain. But what replaces it is not organised disbelief.

Comment: The lost Christians have found new homes
People are actually thinking about what they believe and why – which is good news, believes George Pitcher.

Comment: Mutual mistrust won't stop extremism
Muslim communities and law enforcement agencies should follow Virginia's example and work together to stop radicalisation.

People & Power

Prince Charles faces fresh meddling claim over letters to ministers
Prince Charles was tonight facing fresh accusations of meddling in government policy after it emerged that he had written directly to ministers in eight Whitehall departments over the last three years.

Comment: Britain’s power gap and why politicians have to narrow it
If we really want a fairer society, ordinary people need more control over their lives.

Sex & Gender

Storm over BBC poll on 'killing gays'
The BBC was under fire last night for opening a debate on whether gays should be executed.

Comment: A terrible use of the Good Book
The prejudice against gay people among conservative Christians is a cultural attitude not reflected in Jesus' teachings.

Economy & Politics

Comment: MPs toil like lab mice. Often with the same ill-fated result
They shut up shop in Westminster last night for Christmas  -  the earliest, said William Hague, for 31 years. A scandal? Hardly.

Education & Culture

Faith schools 'may face ban on selecting by religion' after court finds Jewish school racially discriminated against applicant
Faith schools could lose their right to select pupils on religious grounds following a landmark legal ruling, it emerged last night.

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