Press Roundup Thursday 6 May 2010

By Press Office
May 6, 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

Tories race 8% ahead of Labour in the final poll
The Tories were tantalisingly close to victory last night, according to the final round of opinion polls.

England held to ransom: Tories could win the most seats but be at mercy of Scottish and Welsh MPs
Scottish and Welsh MPs will be able to hold England to ransom in a hung Parliament, experts are warning.

Comment: Cameron's self-serving electoral reform plans
Shock news: David Cameron is committed to electoral reform. His "reform" is to cut the number of MPs by 10 per cent and introduce fairness into the system by equalising the number of voters in the 650 constituencies.

Comment: A bracing reminder of the price we pay for political freedom
Benedict Brogan takes a step off the campaign trail - and is confronted by the true meaning of democracy.

Religion & Society

Archbishop Vincent Nichols praises MPs’ expenses investigation
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has cited The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into MPs’ expenses as an example of the media acting for the good of society.

Comment: The politics of faith
A comparison of Clegg and Attlee shows how bland politics has become. Leaders should be able to speak out on belief.

Comment: The ultra-Orthodox face up to abuse
Catholicism doesn't have a monopoly on child abuse scandals, as the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has discovered.

Peace & War

Lib Dem's policy of scrapping Trident 'shows naivety'
Getting rid of Britain’s Trident nuclear programme would place this country in danger, senior military figures argue in a joint letter to The Daily Telegraph.

Israel accuses Palestinian leaders of deliberately stalling peace process revival
Israel has accused the Palestinian leadership of deliberately frustrating US attempts to revive the peace process after indirect negotiations between the two sides failed to start.

People & Power

Iranian civil rights protester is spared deportation
An Iranian civil rights activist who feared for her life after being told she would be deported won a last-minute reprieve today and was released from detention.

Comment: Don’t write the Restoration out of history
The 350th anniversary of the return of the monarchy must not pass without celebration.

Race & Identity

Fight breaks out between BNP councillor and local teenagers
The British National party's already troubled election campaign descended into violence tonight when one of its councillors was caught on camera getting into a fight with a group of Asian youths.

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