Press Roundup Thursday 20 May 2010

By Press Office
May 20, 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

Another MP charged
A fourth Labour MP has been charged with fiddling his expenses – two weeks after he was re-elected.

General election polling station failures prompt legal challenge from voters
Lawyers are to mount legal challenges on behalf of people who were barred from voting on election night because of inadequate staffing and long lines outside polling stations.

Coalition under attack for its use of reviews to hide points of disagreement
The coalition Government is under fire for setting up nine new reviews in its first week in power as it tries to head off potential disputes between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

MPs 'named and shamed' after leaving £50,000 in unpaid bar bills
Dozens of MPs were last night 'named and shamed' after failing to pay food and drink bills totalling more than £50,000.

Comment: Nick Clegg's great reform billing
The deputy PM made big claims for his 'new politics' prospectus. The reality will surely be tempered by compromise.

Comment: Nick Clegg's careful not to over-promise
The zeal for reform is not in doubt, but the Con-Lib coalition has only a modest fund of political capital to draw on.

Comment: There’s too much Old in this New Politics
Nick Clegg’s first big speech as Deputy PM was let down by evasion, contradiction and overblown rhetoric.

Peace & War

Iran sanctions 'holding up nuclear treaty negotiations'
Efforts to achieve agreement among 189 nations on reinforcing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) face collapse because of the fall-out from a new UN sanctions resolution against Iran and an impasse on creating a nuclear weapons-free zone for the Middle East, participants warned.

Thailand extends curfew as hardline protesters fight on
Thailand has imposed three more days of curfew in Bangkok and 23 other provinces as the military extended its operations to crush an anti-government protest movement.

‘All out war’ threatened over North Korea attack on warship Cheonan
North Korea has threatened “all out war” if there is any retalation from Seoul for the torpedo attack which sank the South Korean warship Cheonan in March.

Comment: Trident: Deadly – and very, very expensive
It is our last line of defence in the event of nuclear war. But Trident also costs billions. Will the coalition government dare to scrap it?

Race & Identity

French cabinet unites to pass burka bill that has split country
Rising tension over the burka has led to violent attacks, as the French cabinet yesterday approved a draft law to ban garments "designed to hide the face" in the country.

Comment: Islamists, their victims, and hypocrisy
On the day we allowed two al-Qa'ida members to remain, two other young people waited for the police to see them, and hand them over to men who will kill them.

Religion & Society

Pakistan bans Facebook in outrage over online competition to draw Prophet Mohammed
A Pakistani court has ordered the government to block the popular social networking website Facebook over an online competition inviting users to submit images of the Prophet Mohammed.

Comment: Ireland: the Brady crunch
The Catholic church in Ireland has been ruthlessly criticised by one of its own leaders, while the other refuses to resign.

Crime & Justice

Comment: We can't remove human rights
There may be hysteria over two Pakistani terror suspects staying in the UK, but repealing the Human Rights Act is no solution.

Education & Culture

First TV advert selling abortion - but pro-life groups demand a ban
The first abortion commercial on British television is to be broadcast next week - in defiance of concerns from family groups and church leaders.

Life & Death

Doctors must respect wishes of terminal patients 'to refuse treatment and die'
Doctors must respect the wishes of terminal patients who want to die by refusing treatment – or face being struck off.

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