Press Roundup Monday 19 July 2010

By Press Office
July 19, 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:

Four authorities to experiment with Cameron's 'Big Society'
Four authorities, all volunteers, have been chosen to run services they think they can administer better than Whitehall

David Cameron to launch Tories' 'big society' plan
The "big society" drive was a central theme in the Tory's election campaign and Prime Minister David Cameron is set to launch his "big society" drive later.

Peace & War:

British troops could be pulled out of Afghanistan within four years, says Liam Fox
British troops could be out of front-line combat in Afghanistan well before David Cameron's deadline of 2015, the Defence Secretary hinted yesterday.

Toll of war on terror hits 501
The death of four British servicemen in Afghanistan at the weekend takes the toll of UK troops in the war against terror past 500.

Religion & Society:

Burka ban would be 'un-British'
Banning the wearing of burkas in public would be "rather un-British", Damian Green, the immigration minister, said yesterday, arguing it would be at odds with the UK's "tolerant and mutually respectful society".

Education & Culture:

Primary school 'street' talk breeding illiteracy, claims thinktank
Teachers failing to correct pupils due to misplaced fear of interfering with self-expression, says mayor-backed pamphlet

Gove hoping to push through academies bill
Education Secretary Michael Gove will attempt to rush school reform legislation through Parliament today before the summer break.

Illiteracy is bad for us – so why don't we do something about it?
The best way to teach reading and writing must be settled once and for all, says Boris Johnson.

Teachers to protest over school building cuts
Teachers, councillors and pupils are joining a Westminster rally over the axing of England's school rebuilding programme.

Ecology & Environment:
Taking a gamble with environmental fundraising
Are green groups right to reject funds from an online casino which says it wants to 'save the world' via internet gambling

Race & Identity:

Unwilling British workers has fuelled migration, says minister
The flood of migrant workers in to the UK has been fuelled by too many Britons languishing on the welfare state, the immigration minister said today.

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