Press Roundup Tuesday 18 May 2010

By Press Office
May 18, 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 orders MPs to back voting 'fix'
David Cameron is to order his MPs to vote in favour of his controversial plan to fix the Commons voting system so he can prop up his coalition for a fixed term.

Bercow backed
Commons Speaker John Bercow looks set to survive a Conservative plot to sack him - after David Cameron rode to his rescue.

Comment: The 55% law can be repealed
The UK's anachronistic unwritten constitution means whatever is politically acceptable becomes the defining principle.

Comment: Plumping up House of Lords smacks of a political fix
The coalition plan to create more than 170 new peers to ensure it gets its way is far more concerning than the 55% rule.

Crime & Justice

Comment: Dramatic reminder of the evil of torture
Tom Stoppard's chilling portrait of bureaucratic interrogation underlines need for a judicial inquiry into UK's role in torture.

Comment: Victory for Singh, again
My namesake's case is a timely reminder. Ken Clarke must honour that pledge to reform libel law.

Ecology & Environment

Record heat recorded for Africa's greatest lake
Africa's deepest lake is warming at an "unprecedented" rate thanks to man-made climate change, scientists have warned. Lake Tanganyika, which stretches from Burundi and DR Congo on its northern shores to southern Tanzania and Zambia, is the second largest lake in the world by volume.

Comment: This is no forecast. Climate change is here and now
You can look at the warming of Lake Tanganyika as a geographical and scientific curiosity; but you're probably wiser to look at it with a considerable sense of foreboding.

Religion & Society

Italians say priests should marry as confidence in Pope falls
Sophia Loren had a romantic problem with Marcello Mastroianni in this 1971 film because he was a man of the cloth. But attitudes have changed since The Priest’s Wife was released and now a majority of Italians believe that priests should be allowed to marry, according to an opinion poll.

Comment: Mary Glasspool is ordained
The Anglican communion's first openly lesbian bishop carries forward a long tradition of equality and compassion.

Sex & Gender

Portugal ratifies gay marriage law
Portugal's conservative president has said he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage, making the predominantly Roman Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.

Comment: Women: feeling diminished? It's time for action
The hypocrisy of Blair's babes has been stripped away; if we want change we'll have to challenge the gatekeepers of power.

Community & Family

Call to tackle UK housing crisis
Housing charity Shelter has called on the new Government to make tackling the UK's housing crisis an urgent priority.

Education & Culture

Universities call for rise in student tuition fees
Leading universities are calling for a rise in student tuition fees, despite claims that it would saddle graduates with debts of up to £40,000.

Peace & War

Thailand fears new bloodbath as peace talks falter
Strife-torn Bangkok was poised for more bloodshed last night after peace talks broke down.

Race & Identity

Mass immigration fuels poverty, says Labour MP Frank Field
A former Labour minister who has been offered a post advising David Cameron yesterday warned that mass immigration was fuelling poverty.

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