Press Roundup Thursday 13 May 2010

By Press Office
May 13, 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: from rivals to colleagues
Smiling side by side yesterday, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ushered in an extraordinary era of “new politics” at Westminster.

House of Lords will be swept away in reforms and replaced with elected Senate
Plans to sweep away hundreds of years of history by radically overhauling Parliament were outlined by the coalition government.

Fixed five-year parliamentary term will tie both leaders' hands
Neither the Conservatives nor the Liberal Democrats will be able to force the collapse of the coalition, leading to an early general election, under the terms of the legislation introducing a five-year fixed-term parliament.

Comment: The coalition between David Cameron and Nick Clegg will be difficult - but it is the best start
For many of us in the Liberal Democrats, this is a rather unexpected moment, says Paddy Ashdown.

New Politics is here. Now let’s have new votes
If Labour is serious about renewal it must lead the campaign for electoral reform. More than fairness is at stake.

Comment: New politics? Don't you believe it. Old rivalries will soon be back
The so-called new politics is the logical extension of Blairism rather than a break from it, with both leaders testing their parties' ideological flexibility.

Comment: A new kind of politics? With a top table looking like that?
Nick Clegg trumpets the dawn of diverse, plural government. Cameron promised the same. And look at what they gave us.

Comment: How to avoid another hung parliament: ban all political parties
If normal people can work together to make collective decisions, so could a set of unaffiliated MPs who care about public service.

Peace & War

Afghan war will worsen, warns Obama
President Barack Obama has said he is standing by his plan to begin pulling US troops out of Afghanistan next year despite coming months in which US and allied troops are expecting some of the hardest fighting of the almost nine-year-old war.

Forgiveness cannot be demanded, says Tutu
People living in immense suffering cannot be forced to forgive their enemies, but helping them do so is the best way to bring about lasting peace, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said yesterday.

Comment: A war that nobody wants
You don't have to be a fan of Dr Strangelove to recognise that wars can start by accident – that if the tinder is properly laid, a small spark can set off an uncontrollable blaze.

Religion & Society

Pope warns against weakening ideals as he blames Church for sex scandal
The Pope today warned priests against “activities which do not fully accord with the ministry of Christ” after he arrived at Fátima, one of Christianity’s most popular shrines, on the second day of his four-day visit to Portugal.

Comment: Women bishops, for real
The Church of England has spent decades in a state of calculated ambiguity about women. Now that ends.

Sex & Gender

UK lags behind on women in cabinet
David Cameron has failed to break the mould in his leading government appointments, with his cabinet containing fewer women than other major democracies.

Comment: Few women in the Cabinet, beyond Theresa May. Does this matter?
Theresa May is the new home secretary, but beyond that it looks like there will be few women in the Cabinet. Despite the increase in female MPs in this election, in terms of real clout the glittery new politics consists overwhelmingly of men in suits.

Crime & Justice

Comment: End this ban on prisoners voting
Leaving 70,000 prisoners disenfranchised is morally inexcusable – and breaches the European convention on human rights.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: The environmental movement needs to stop pretending
We can harp on about alternative energy but it's our lifestyles that need to change.

Education & Culture

Roman Catholic schoolgirl labelled 'truant' for refusing to wear headscarf on mosque trip
A Roman Catholic schoolgirl has been labelled as a truant after refusing to wear a headscarf on a class trip to a mosque.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Feast and famine
As the world is hit by a food crisis, the markets see nothing immoral in skimming off a profit.

Race & Identity

Detention of asylum-seeker children to be scrapped
Umair Umar recalls little about his ordeal at Dungavel, Scotland’s immigration detention centre — and, he says, he’d rather not.

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