Press Roundup Friday 14 May 2010

By Press Office
May 14, 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

Conservatives drop plans to scrap European Human Rights Act
A Conservative pledge to rip up the Human Rights Act has been kicked into the long grass after Kenneth Clarke, the new Justice Secretary, signalled it was not a priority.

Comment: This is not what the people voted for
In any other European country, where they have democratic voting systems, the result of this election wouldn't even have been close.

Comment: The 55% trick: protecting you from democracy
Like New Labour's attacks on civil liberties to protect us from terror, the new government protects itself in the name of 'stability'.

Comment: Sofas out, proper debate in
A Cabinet comprising members of two parties so recently opposed cannot simply nod things through, as has been the case. There will have to be discussion.

Comment: David Cameron and Nick Clegg should listen to the wisdom in the Westminster crowd
Gossip among returning MPs reveals a lot about the new coalition’s prospects, says James Kirkup.

Comment: What happened to the Big Society? It was killed by proximity to power
It didn't play well on the doorstep, so it had to go. But if Cameron is wise, he'll revive localism, and only Pickles can deliver it.

Comment: The new politics is pragmatic
The ideological loyalty of my generation is passing. I have doubts over this pact, but we have to try.

Education & Culture

Poorest schoolchildren 'missing out on help'
Pupils from poor homes are half as likely to be identified as bright by their teachers, according to official figures.

Recession 'fuels rise in free school meals'
Rising numbers of children are eligible for free meals at school, figures show, as families struggle to stay above the breadline in the recession.

Race & Identity

Dr Rowan Williams says opponents of immigration display ‘confusion’
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, risked conflict with the new Government when he criticised opponents of immigration. He also challenged the view of his predecessor that migration “threatens” British identity.

Comment: A welcome move on child detention
The new government's decision to end the immigration detention of children should be celebrated. But it is only the first step.

Religion & Society

Italy to ordain the first woman priest near Vatican
Italy’s first woman priest is to be ordained a stone's throw from the Vatican later this month.

Comment: The pope wrestles with enlightenment
Pope Benedict XVI says his church has learned from the enlightenment, now is ready to teach us right back.

Community & Family

Comment: We must be fair to everyone – even the rich
Prosperity masked deep social divisions. As the cuts bite, the fractures will widen unless the pain is shared.

Crime & Justice

Autistic pianist makes legal history after UK’s last secret court opens
A severely disabled piano virtuoso has made legal history after the country’s last remaining secret court was opened for the first time.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: Yes, we can change society before global crises overwhelm us
We should be neither too pessimistic nor complacent about environmental collapse.

Sex & Gender

Pope says gay marriage is 'insidious and dangerous'
The Pope condemned same sex marriage as a "dangerous and insidious" challenge to society in an address to half a million Catholic faithful.

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