Press Roundup Thursday 15 July 2010

By Press Office
July 15, 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:

Cameron braced for attack as Ashcroft sharpens his pen
At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron had fun gloating over the problems that memoirs like those of Lord Mandelson are causing the Labour Party. But he may not be laughing for long, because there is a book in preparation by a very senior Conservative which is expected to lay bare some of the simmering tension inside the Conservative Party.

Leading article: The worst could be yet to come
The latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment fell to 2.47 million in the three months to May and the numbers in work rose by 160,000. We need to be mindful of what these headline statistics hide.

Cash strapped pre-retirees raid savings
A report from insurer LV= says one in five people approaching retirement are reducing their pension savings by more than £300 a month

AV would have given Liberal Democrats real choice of coalition partner
Essex university study says Nick Clegg's party would have gained 32 more seats under the Alternative Vote system

Budget cuts 'threaten 60,000 police jobs'
Budget cuts in the police service in England and Wales could lead to 60,000 police officer and civilian posts being axed by 2015, a study suggests.

Religion & Society:

Argentinian priest defies Church on gay marriage
A renegade Argentinian priest who publicly supports gay marriage has vowed to defy his archbishop's orders to stop celebrating Mass.

Rowan on the government cuts
Rowan Williams claims the government's cuts will only work if there is a religious dimension to society

Education & Culture:

Graduate tax to replace tuition fees for university students
• Government would pay cash directly to colleges?• Degree courses may be shorter to save money

Trend for module based GCSEs has dragged down standards
Controversial exam reforms which split GCSEs into bite-size chunks have lowered standards in crucial subjects, a study found yesterday.

Crime & Justice:

Report recommends more restorative justice to cut youth reoffending
Experience in Northern Ireland shows that reoffending drops if criminals meet their victims

Ecology & Environment:

UEA's delayed response to climate emails caused by shock, says professor
Former head of research unit responds to criticism by arguing for necessity of assessing excerpts by independent reviews

Huhne urges tougher climate targets
Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has joined with his French and German counterparts to call on Europe to increase its planned greenhouse gas emissions cuts to 30% by the end of the decade.

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