Press Roundup Friday 30 April 2010

By Press Office
April 30, 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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics

Cameron and Clegg are hailed the winners of final leaders’ debate
David Cameron emerged as the winner from the party leaders' final television debate last night despite a final "trust me" plea by Gordon Brown on the economy.

Tories unveil voters 'contract'
The Tories have unveiled a "contract" being sent to millions of households in target seats in a bid to capitalise on the "momentum" generated by David Cameron's performance in the final TV debate.

Working with Brown 'would be very difficult' for Lib Dems, admits Cable
The Liberal Democrats have piled more pressure on politically-wounded Gordon Brown today by admitting it would be 'very difficult' for them to work with the Prime Minister in the event of a hung parliament.

Taxes 'could rise by 6p in pound'
Taxes could rise by six pence in the pound over the next 10 years to slash public borrowing, an economic forecaster has warned.

Mervyn King: voters' fury will banish winning party for 30 years
Voters will be so angry about forthcoming tax hikes and public spending cuts that the party winning next week’s General Election could end up being thrown out of power for 30 years.

Labour candidate reported to police after putting postal vote results on Twitter
A Labour candidate faces a police inquiry after she revealed the results of a sample of postal ballots one week before the General Election.

Banker's pay 'astonishingly high'
The chairman of part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland has admitted that bankers' pay is "astonishingly high".

Comment: Liberal Democrat leader prevailed over the three legs
More than the other two debates a verdict depended on the voters' attitude towards the parties. Before a word was uttered last night a pattern of sorts had formed in the polls.

Comment: We came, we saw, but what did we really learn?
We can judge whether a leader is a grump-bucket. But on the big stuff they won’t tell us what we don’t want to hear.

Comment: Adopting PR would push Britain to the Right
Andrew Gilligan says the Tories' fears are misplaced – it's the Left that has most to lose.

Religion & Society

Ex-archbishop attacks judges over gay counselling ruling
The former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey today accused judges of moving towards a new "secular state" that would downgrade the rights of religious believers.

Gary McFarlane: judge's assault on 'irrational' religious freedom claims in sex therapist case
A senior judge has launched a dramatic assault on religious faith, dismissing it as “subjective” with no basis in fact.

Cardinal 'did not act' over abuse
The pope's hand-picked replacement to oversee abuse cases at the Vatican did nothing to restrict a California priest after learning in 1995 that the priest had molested a 13-year-old boy a decade earlier.

Comment: If Christians are marginalised, it is not just the fault of secular society
As Gary McFarlane's appeal bid was thrown out of court, I couldn't help noticing the irony that Relate and one of its counsellors had been unable to find a solution to their own conflict without ending up in court.

Comment: Clegg should assert secular liberalism
Nick Clegg has said he favours disestablishment of the church. He should now put the case more explicitly.

Comment: The legal threat to our spiritual tradition
The McFarlane judgment raises fundamental questions about church and state, says Michael Nazir-Ali.

Comment: The church's ethical investments
How do you make money in an ethical way? Investing in naked flesh is wrong, but what about the 3.30 at Newmarket?

Ecology & Environment

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico 'could be worse than Exxon Valdez disaster'
BP struggles to stop crude pouring from well a mile under the sea as growing slick menaces US coastline.

Species dying as fast as ever as 2010 conservation target passes
Life on Earth is being extinguished as fast as ever despite a commitment from world leaders that this year would bring a reduction in the rate of destruction, a UN study has found.

Race & Identity

Belgian MPs vote to ban the burqa
Belgium is set to become the first country in Europe to ban the burqa after the country's parliament voted on Thursday night to prohibit the wearing of the face-covering Islamic veil in public.

Comment: Hideously diverse Britain: Politicians 'get down with the ethnics'
Minorities could sway the vote in 113 seats, but it's not going to be easy for white English politicians to woo them.

Peace & War

US gives Abbas private assurances over Israeli settlements
The US has given private assurances to encourage the Palestinians to join indirect Middle East peace talks, including an offer to consider allowing UN security council condemnation of any significant new Israeli settlement activity, the Guardian has learned.

People & Power

Comment: It's like locking up Burma's Billy Bragg
Aung San Suu Kyi does not stand alone. Let's show our support for Zarganar and the thousands persecuted by a brutal junta.

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