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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:
Financial control devolved to GPs in huge NHS reform 'gamble'
The NHS is to be slimmed down, smartened up and democratised to deliver better quality care, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, announced yesterday.
Iraq inquiry: Government ‘intentionally and substantially’ exaggerated WMD threat
Tony Blair’s government ‘intentionally and substantially’ exaggerated the threat from Saddam Hussein ahead of the war in Iraq, a former senior British diplomat has claimed.
Banks to be hit by second supertax: New treasury levies could raise £5bn a year
Banks are facing a new multi-billion pound 'supertax' in order to compensate taxpayers for the vast sums lost in the financial crisis, it emerged last night.
Peace & War:
Nato chief: Afghanistan timetable puts British troops at risk
David Cameron’s signal of a five-year timetable for withdrawing British troops from Afghanistan risks encouraging the Taliban to step up their attacks on Western forces, the head of Nato has said.
Religion & Society:
Egyptian Islamists attempt to draw a veil over 'salacious' masterpiece
Robert Fisk reports on the hardline law group that wants to censor passages from 'One Thousand and One Nights'
Women Bishops a step closer
Legislation clearing the way for women bishops in the Church of England yesterday passed a key hurdle despite fears of a walkout by traditionalists
Community & Family:
Modern marriage ceremonies getting out of hand, says Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall
Modern marriage ceremonies have got “out of hand” as more couples chose extravagant events that diminish the importance of the solemn promise, the writer Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall said.
Britain is walk-on-by society because of changes in population
Britain has become a "walk-on-by" society because of immigration and more women going to work, a report warns today.
Education & Culture:
Union slams head teacher's 'outrageous' pay deal
A primary school head teacher's £231,400 salary was today branded "outrageous" by a union.
Simon Carr: Gove's performance is less than satisfactory
Sketch: Michael Gove is one of the leading Tory amateurs, one of the laughing Cavaliers
Crime & Justice:
Murderers 'to escape' automatic life sentences
Automatic life sentences for every murderer could be scrapped in a fresh review of the law, a justice minister has signalled
Ecology & Environment:
Accounting rules could force businesses to disclose environmental impact
A new initiative by regulators may call on firms to publish information about their social and environmental impacts
Life & Death:
Scientist predicts stem cell 'pharmacies'
Stem cell "pharmacies" that dispense tissue therapies could be as common as chemist shops in 20 years' time, according to a top scientist.
Scientists discover how broccoli fights cancer
Scientists may have discovered why eating broccoli seems to reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer.
People & Power:
Budget hits pensioners with '£8bn VAT bill', says Labour
Lib Dems urged to defer VAT rises for older people but seem likely to vote down Labour amendments to finance bill
Race & Identity:
UK's ethnic minority numbers 'to rise to 20% by 2051'
Ethnic minorities are set to make up a fifth of the UK population in 40 years, a University of Leeds study predicts.