Press Roundup Wednesday 7 July 2010

By Press Office
July 7, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics:

COST OF PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS SOARS TO £35BN
GOLD-plated pensions for Britain’s army of public- sector workers are now costing the Treasury a colossal £35billion a year, a scathing report will reveal today.
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/185391/Cost-of-public-sector-pension...

Terrorism policy flaws 'increased risk of attacks', says former police chief
Comments about 'neo-conservative' direction of fight against terror mark five years since 7 July bombings
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jul/07/terrorism-policy-flaws-at...

Government to compensate torture victims as official inquiry launched
PM moves to ensure courts will no longer be able to disclose evidence about British complicity in torture
http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jul/06/government-to-compensate-tortu...

Tory revolt threatens to delay electoral reform poll
The referendum on changing Britain's voting system could be delayed until the autumn of next year by a Conservative backbench revolt
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-revolt-threatens-to-d...

Obama and Netanyahu to focus on peace talks
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed into a White House meeting today with the same goal: trying to move the Israelis and Palestinians to resume face-to-face peace talks.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-and-netanyahu-to-...

Peace & War:

British troops to withdraw from Sangin in Afghanistan
US forces to replace British in district of Helmand province where about a third of all UK casualties have occurred
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/06/british-troops-sangin-withdrawa...

Religion & Society:

Pope Benedict's state visit is a mission to restore the gift of faith to all of Britain
His visit will be historic and unique: the first time ever that the Pope has come to the UK on a state visit. He will come as the guest of Her Majesty the Queen and the Government.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/07/06/a-mission-to-restore...

In praise of … Dr Jeffrey John
The nomination of Dr John, who is gay, as Bishop of Reading set off a storm at home and overseas
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/07/dr-jeffrey-john-edit...

France debates face veil ban
French politicians are debating a controversial bill that would ban face-covering veils in public, a proposal that has sparked fierce criticism and praise.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/07/20107694226411295.html

Community & Family:

More children taken into care due to 'Baby P effect', says Shoesmith
The former head of Haringey children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, has condemned "naive" politicians for unwittingly creating a "Baby P effect" which has seen hundreds more children being taken into care.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/more-children-taken-into-...

Marriage does not make relationships stable, says IFS think tank
Marriage does not make parents’ relationships more stable, according to an influential think-tank.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/7875218/Marriage-does-not-make-relatio...

Education & Culture:

Teachers told to get tough in drive for better discipline in schools
Teachers will be encouraged to restrain unruly pupils as part of a drive to improve discipline in schools, ministers are to announce.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7876134/Teachers-told...

One in four young people is a 'Neet' at some point
A quarter of teenagers find themselves out of work or school at some point, according to an official report on England’s “forgotten” young people.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7875650/One-in-four-y...

The school with 30 languages where teachers talk to pupils through a computer translator
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1292466/School-forced-buy-transl...

Crime & Justice:

JUSTICE CRISIS AS CRIMINALS IGNORE £1.3BN OF COURT FINES
CRIMINALS are getting away with £1.3billion in unpaid fines and most of the money will never be collected, a financial watchdog said yesterday.
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/185359/Justice-crisis-as-criminals-i...

People & Power:

Don't let the NHS escape pain of cuts, Tories say
George Osborne is resisting pressure from Conservative MPs to end the special immunity from spending cuts he has given to the £104.1bn-a-year budget of the National Health Service.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/...

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