Press Roundup Wednesday 14 July 2010

By Press Office
July 14, 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:

Politicians unite to condemn Northern Ireland rioters
Police came under renewed attack from rioters as Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister condemned those behind the violence.

Budget austerity measures make double-dip recession more likely, says Treasury watchdog
Britain is more likely to suffer a double-dip recession as a result of the austerity measures outlined in last month's Budget, the Treasury's new watchdog said yesterday.

Millions face four-year fall in standard of living
Millions of workers will suffer effective pay cuts and a fall in their standard of living for the next four years, an economist from the Treasury’s independent forecaster has warned.

Peace & War:

Renegade Afghan kills three British soldiers
Murder of troops, including one senior officer, inside Helmand patrol base deals severe blow to government's exit strategy

Religion & Society:

Church of England takes major step towards women bishops
The Church of England's ruling body has said that women bishops should be allowed, paving the way for their ordination despite objections from traditionalists.

Education & Culture:

Cable initiates the age of the two-year degree
Two-year university degrees, more part-time courses and more students living with their parents while they study will be proposed by the coalition Government as it begins the task of cutting the £155bn deficit.

Sex & Gender:

Couples allowed to marry in any church
Couples will now be able to marry in any church of their choosing without having a strong connection to the parish after the Church of England agreed to relax the rules.

M-J Lancaster: Outspoken writer and editor who became a prototype of the modern career woman

Crime & Justice:

Legal aid lawyers facing fight to survive after tendering shake-up
Legal Service Commission's exercise means professionals doing under-funded but essential jobs could end up on the dole

Immigrants should not be in jail, says prisons watchdog
The United Kingdom Border Agency should be stripped of its responsibility for detaining asylum seekers and illegal immigrants, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.

The end of Big Brother: Terror laws, stop and search and council snooping to be curbed
A bonfire of draconian anti-terror laws was promised by Theresa May yesterday to reverse the 'substantial erosion of civil liberties' by Labour ministers.

Ken Clarke says imprisonment not linked to crime fall
There is no link between rising levels of imprisonment and falling crime, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.

Life & Death:

Blink, and you live – doctors' message to man in a coma
Richard Rudd, left paralysed following traffic accident, blinked three times to tell doctors he did not want to die

Stem cell method put to the test in Parkinson's study
The UK's first major study of a disease using stem cells, which does not involve the need to create and destroy embryos, is being launched.

Race & Identity:

Constitutional confrontation looms after vote to ban the burka
The lower house of the French parliament voted overwhelmingly for a ban on the full-body veil – setting up a possible confrontation with France's constitutional watchdog.

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