Press Roundup Thursday 1 July 2010

By Press Office
July 1, 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.

Crime & Justice

Comment: Clarke breaks free of a failed approach
Building jails and spending a fortune on incarcerating those who should not be inside is another example of destructive waste.

Comment: On prisons, Ken Clarke shows real reforming spirit
A more rational debate on penal policy has been opened. Now Clarke has political and technical hurdles to negotiate.

Comment: Prison could work, but it isn't working now
Prison, any Lower Sixth debater will tell you, serves three functions: retribution, deterrence and reformation. In truth, it fails at all three: 40 per cent of offenders are reconvicted.

Comment: Prison costs more than Eton, does it? Perhaps some of them are better, too
Clarke's thesis of penal reform is flawed: the data is skewed, and there's no reference to or respect for the work of the service.

Comment: Prison works. It’s outside that it all goes wrong
Many ex-prisoners long to go straight. They reoffend because we let them down when they reach the jail gates.

Economy & Politics

MPs threaten new sleaze watchdogs in expenses revolt
Rebel MPs threatened to veto the budget set by their new anti-sleaze watchdog and plunge the whole system into crisis amid extraordinary scenes in Parliament yesterday.

Clegg in call over laws for repeal
The public are being invited to nominate unnecessary laws, excessive regulations and infringements on their liberty which they would like to see repealed.

Comment: Back reform, David: there is no alternative (vote)
If Ken can be bold on prisons, you can swing your party behind a new electoral system. If you don’t, you’ll be out.

Peace & War

Liam Fox: British troops will be last to leave Afghanistan
British troops will be among the last international forces to leave Afghanistan, Liam Fox has said, playing down hopes of an early withdrawal.

How Goldsmith changed advice on legality of war
Documents about how the legal case for the Iraq war was formulated by the Blair government seven years ago were made public yesterday, revealing the grave doubts of the Attorney General over impending military action.

Comment: Human rights still matter on the battlefield
It makes no sense to rule that the Human Rights Act only applies to soldiers abroad up to the point they step outside their bases.

Religion & Society

Archbishop of Canterbury backs female bishops
Dr Rowan Williams says it is his “hope and prayer” that women will soon be ordained to the Anglican episcopate, but the issue threatens to split the Church of England.

Rowan Williams criticises Trident as ‘costly slaughter device’
The Archbishop of Canterbury has made his strongest condemnation yet of the Trident nuclear deterrent in an intervention that goes further than the official policy of the Church of England.

Comment: The Anglican power play
The proposed Covenant is the culmination of a conservative and homophobic drive for power in the Anglican Communion.

Community & Family

More men seek help with forced marriages
There has been a sharp increase in the number of men seeking help with forced marriages, the government has revealed.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: 77 months and counting...
To avert climate change we need to engage the ambitious impulse that has been brilliantly co-opted by the sellers of disposable consumer goods.

Education & Culture

Parents 'should get grants for private schools'
Parents should be given grants to send their children to private school, according to an education leader.

Globalisation & Development

UK firm Octel bribed Iraqis to keep buying toxic fuel additive
The former chief executive of a British chemical company faces the prospect of extradition to the US after the firm admitted million-dollar bribes to officials to sell toxic fuel additives to Iraq.

Race & Identity

Tory MP launches first legal bid to ban burkha in Britain
A Tory MP has launched a legal bid to ban Muslim women from wearing burkas in public places. Philip Hollobone has tabled a private members' bill which would make it illegal for anyone to cover their face in public.

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