Press Roundup Thursday 14 January 2010

By Press Office
January 14, 2010

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

‘End MPs' secret deals’
Anti-sleaze campaigners called yesterday for an end to secret deals allowing MPs to admit expenses errors without facing public scrutiny.

Police on alert as watchdog fears rise in fraud at general election
This year's general election could be marred by more allegations of electoral fraud than ever before as intensely tight margins of victory give rise to a greater temptation for party members to bend the rules, the election watchdog warns today.

MPs call for curb on top earners after supertax flops
The supertax on bankers' bonuses has failed, MPs warned last night as they demanded curbs on the pay and perks of all top earners, not just those in the City.

Globalisation & Development

World mobilises to provide Haiti aid
Around three million people need emergency help in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, the Red Cross said today.

Comment: A country so poor the people buy mud to eat
The timelines that show the slew of natural disasters to have befallen Haiti in two centuries since it secured independence from France give an indication of the vulnerability of the Caribbean nation to the forces of extreme weather.

Comment: Haiti needs our help
Today's earthquake should focus our attention on this ill-fated nation, where corruption has stopped aid from reaching the poor.

Race & Identity

Asylum seeker policies 'barbaric'
Government policy designed to deter asylum seekers has been condemned as "barbaric" - while new research suggests it has no impact anyway.

Full veil not welcome in France, says Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy last night threw his weight behind moves to ban the full Islamic veil in France, calling for an "unambiguous" parliamentary resolution against an item of clothing he said was "not welcome" in a country which valued sexual equality.

Comment: Media-savvy designer Islamists must not distract us from the real danger
From Denmark to Detroit the threat of violence is ever present. Banning these showmen is not a clever way to tackle it.

Crime & Justice

Government to release secret files that 'prove MI5 colluded in torture of terror suspect'
The Government has been forced to release highly-sensitive intelligence files which are expected to prove that MI5 agents were involved in torture.

Slash prison population, says MPs
The prison population should be cut by a third with thousands of criminals given community punishments in an effort to stop them reoffending, a report by MPs has said.

Peace & War

Taliban 'killing thousands of civilians'
More Afghans are dying in their country's bloody insurgency than at any time since 2001, a new UN report says, thanks largely to the Taliban's use of indiscriminate roadside bombs and suicide attackers.

Comment: Sanitised war coverage on TV reflects our ambivalence to conflict
Britain has become a risk-averse, squeamish society unwilling to face up to the sheer bloody nastiness of fighting wars.

Sex & Gender

Clegg: Faith schools should teach being gay is normal
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was under fire from church leaders last night after saying faith schools should teach that homosexuality is 'normal and harmless'.

Uganda rows back on draconian anti-gay law after western outrage
Uganda has indicated it will bow to international pressure and amend draconian anti-homosexual legislation that includes the death penalty for HIV-positive people convicted of having gay sex.

Ecology & Environment

UN should be sidelined in future climate talks, says Obama official
America sees a diminished role for the United Nations in trying to stop global warming after the "chaotic" Copenhagen climate change summit, an Obama administration official said today.

Education & Culture

Comment: The crusade against faith schools is an attack on our freedom
Ed Balls's drive to control the admissions policies of faith schools robs parents of vital choices, says Benedict Brogan.

Life & Death

Haiti earthquake survivors dig for loved ones with their bare hands as death toll threatens to hit 100,000
Stunned Haitians began stacking bodies on the streets of their devastated capital yesterday as distraught, dust-caked survivors clawed feverishly in the debris of shattered buildings.

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