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:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Marriage does not make relationships stable, says IFS think tank
Marriage does not make parents’ relationships more stable, according to an influential think-tank.

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.

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.

The school with 30 languages where teachers talk to pupils through a computer translator

Crime & Justice:

CRIMINALS are getting away with £1.3billion in unpaid fines and most of the money will never be collected, a financial watchdog said yesterday.

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.

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