Press Roundup Tuesday 4 May 2010

By Press Office
May 4, 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

Hain offers Lib Dems four-year 'partnership'
Labour today comes the closest yet to suggesting that its supporters vote tactically in constituencies where the main battle is between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

Postal vote fraud: 50 criminal inquiries nationwide amid fears bogus voters could swing election
Voter fraud could determine the outcome of the general election as evidence emerges of massive postal vote rigging.

Gordon Brown uses Bible to bash election rivals
Gordon Brown turned to the Bible as his election campaign moved into the last crucial few days yesterday.

Comment: Postal passport to ballot frauds: A farce that shames our democracy
The integrity of our voting system used to be taken for granted. Whatever their allegiance, voters could have absolute faith in the outcome of a General Election.

Comment: A Lib-Lab coalition is now the best hope for Labour – and for Britain
A centre Left alliance would better reflect the public mood than a Tory victory, says Mary Riddell.

Comment: Off with their heads! Soon the cuts will begin
There’ll be no sigh of relief at Thursday’s result but fury as voters discover how much hot air they’ve been fed.

Peace & War

Iran and US trade nuclear charges
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in a verbal nuclear exchange on the UN stage, where nations gathered for a month-long debate over the world's ultimate weapons.

US has more than 5,000 nuclear warheads
The United States has become the first country to disclose an up-to-date figure for the number of weapons in its nuclear arsenal.

Saudi Arabia delays signing arms contract
Saudi Arabia is waiting for the next British government to take shape before signing a defence contract worth up to £4 billion to the UK economy, The Times has learnt.

Religion & Society

Plans to build 'mega-mosque' scrapped amid furious far-right protests
Controversial plans to build an £18 million "mega-mosque" in a town centre have been scrapped as far-right protesters threatened a week-long sit-in on the roof of the proposed site.

Thou shalt not pray: Atheists' bid to ban prayers before council meetings - because they breach 'human rights' of non-believers
Militant atheists are trying to ban the age-old tradition of councils starting their meetings with Christian prayers by claiming it infringes the 'human rights' of non-believers.

Comment: Bigotry and homelessness
How can a secular utilitarian deal with christians who are socially conservative but socially activist?

Life & Death

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review case of British grandmother on death row
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a British woman on death row in Texas for killing a young mother.

Sole surviving Mumbai gunman must hang, say prosecutors
Prosecutors will today make their case that Ajmal Kasab, the young Pakistani militant notoriously captured on film during the Mumbai attacks, should be put to death after a court found him guilty of 86 charges relating to the assault on the city.

Race & Identity

Fighting the BNP from the ground up – Obama-style
The man who masterminded Barack Obama's online strategy during the US president's election campaign said today that anti-racists fighting the British National party had learned from his successful internet plan.

Comment: Is it impossible to end racism and sexism?
Research strongly suggests that people conform to expectations. Perhaps that's why legislation designed to end prejudice has only had limited success.

Sex & Gender

Gay couples could be allowed to marry under Tory election plans
Homosexuals could be allowed to marry under Conservative plans set out under a new equalities manifesto.

Comment: It's not sexist to accept that biology affects behaviour
Biological determinism has been attacked for underpinning gender stereotypes but this is to misunderstand our work.

Crime & Justice

Ruling due over Guantanamo damages
Three of the country's top judges are set to rule on whether secret evidence can be used by the Government in a damages claim being brought by six former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Ecology & Environment

BP under fire for Louisiana oil slick as Obama demands they pay up
Three corporate fat cats are being blamed for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster which could become the worst environmental catastrophe in history.

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