Press Roundup Monday 17 May 2010

By Press Office
May 17, 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

Coalition deal 'to bring 172 peers'
The coalition agreement between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats could result in the parties appointing more than 100 new peers, despite being committed to a largely or fully-elected upper house, it is reported.

Speaker faces battle for job
Commons Speaker John Bercow will face a humiliating bid to topple him tomorrow when MPs return after the election.

Comment: The public wants a ceasefire, so let's give peace a chance
Critics of the Lib-Con pact should pause: whether or not it brings permanent change, most people want this deal to work.

Comment: Electoral reform: AMS gets my vote
A proper debate must go beyond first past the post and AV. Germany's additional member system is a neat solution.

Comment: It's not just the economy, stupid
Amid pressure to slash budgets, the new government must not leave the spiritual and moral agenda out of its plans.

Religion & Society

U.S. Church ordains lesbian bishop despite warning it could further split Anglican Church
The U.S. Episcopal Church has ordained an openly lesbian bishop despite warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Church warns BBC not to cut religion
The Church of England has urged the BBC not to cut any more religious programmes, warning that the Corporation is in danger of “losing sight of its essence”.

David Cameron makes the Archbishop of Westminster 'fall off his chair'
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, was surprised by David Cameron's first speech as premier.

Comment: For the sake of God, Anglican Church must put aside its differences
The lines of Christian belief have been redrawn around a battle over gay rights that, in the secular world, ended years ago.

Community & Family

Comment: If Nick Clegg and David Cameron can cosy up, what's stopping the rest of us?
The plight of the lonely is a shameful stain on society that we should wipe clean, says Boris Johnson.

Comment: Welcome to Britain in 2010 where money + class = power
The establishment is back at the heart of government. It's as if the last 100 years had never happened.

Crime & Justice

Vatican sets out US abuse defence
The Vatican will make its most detailed defence yet against claims that it is liable for US bishops who allowed priests to molest children.

Ecology & Environment

Campaigners believe war on climate change will be stymied
Fears that the UK's fight against climate change will be lost in the confusion of the Liberal-Conservative coalition were underlined yesterday when divisions between the two parties were exposed over nuclear power, renewable energy, airport expansion and offshore oil drilling.

Peace & War

Thailand 'on brink of civil war' as street clashes rage
Officials in Thailand last night defended the military crackdown as the Bangkok death toll rose during increasingly violent clashes with anti-government protesters.

Race & Identity

Comment: Stand up against the burka
Community fetishes cannot override social communication, connection, obligations, equality, duties and understanding.

Sex & Gender

Comment: Too few women? Read my lips: I don’t care
No laws bar us from politics, so cut the squealing about there being only four female Cabinet ministers.

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