Press Roundup Monday 10 May 2010

By Press Office
May 10, 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

David Cameron and Nick Clegg meet for crunch talks on coalition government
Negotiators for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will meet today for a crunch meeting to spell out their demands for a deal which could see the parties form a coalition government.

Newly-elected Parliament ‘does not reflect society at large’
Politicians have become less representative of society, with more than a third educated privately and almost three in ten being graduates of Oxford or Cambridge, research shows today.

Cameron is urged again to go it alone: Now senior backbenchers follow Tebbit's call not to give in to LibDem demands
David Cameron has been urged to go it alone and lead a minority government by one of his senior backbench MPs.

Voting system review demanded by Electoral Commission
The head of the electoral watchdog tonight called for urgent parliamentary time to reform the voting system in the wake of last week's problems at the polls which excluded thousands of would-be voters.

Polling station lock-outs force re-runs for up to 20 MPs
Up to 20 MPs could have to fight the election all over again after the voting shambles that left so many unable to vote, an expert suggested yesterday.

Comment: Forget these shabby back-room deals. Cameron must have the guts to go it alone
Coalitions mean backstairs deals which are not transparent at all and weak governments held to ransom by tiny political parties.

Comment: Fiasco that would shame the third world
From widespread allegations of postal-vote fraud, to the hugely unreliable electoral register, to the scenes of mutiny outside polling stations that were closed before hundreds had been able to vote, this was a disgrace to the democratic process.

Comment: PR won't improve our government or our democracy
The voters get stuck with the same set of politicians and policies, writes Alasdair Palmer.

Comment: Reform begins with referendums
It would be absurd to hold a referendum on electoral reform and not on the bigger question of European Union membership.

Comment: Building bridges is the way to the future
We need to look beyond modern parties to cleanse the political system of its toxins.

Comment: MPs' expenses: New expenses rules will clean up the Commons
Abuse of the old system caused huge damage, but now MPs have a chance to put things right, argues Ian Kennedy.

Religion & Society

Church faces turmoil over plans for women bishops
Traditionalist Anglicans have warned that new proposals to pave the way for women bishops would force them to leave the Church of England.

Vatican hit by sex scandal as Cardinal is accused of 'covering up' sex abuse case
A senior Vatican cardinal has rocked the scandal hit Roman Catholic Church with an unprecedented attack on a fellow cardinal accusing him of ''covering up'' a sex abuse case.

Brazilian archbishop: all teenagers are 'spontaneously homosexual'
A Brazilian archbishop said adolescents are "spontaneously homosexual" and in need of guidance.

Ecology & Environment

Gulf of Mexico oil slick: containment dome problems could take days to fix
It could take two days to find a solution to the failure of the first attempt to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP officials said.

Life & Death

Mugabe opponent facing execution over terror charges
An opposition politician and hate figure for the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, will learn tomorrow whether he must answer terrorism charges that could result in the death penalty.

Peace & War

Israelis and Palestinians resume peace talks
The Israeli and Palestinian leaderships resumed peace talks for the first time in 17 months in an atmosphere poisoned by mutual recrimination and distrust.

People & Power

Comment: Without discussion, democracy is doomed
As people across the world rally against elites, our elected politicians must show strong leadership to regain respect.

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