Press Roundup Tuesday 20 July 2010

By Press Office
July 20, 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:

David Cameron: don't obsess about US-UK special relationship
Prime minister says Britain can no longer rely on 60-year-old version of special relationship

Cameron's Big Society attacked as 'a cover for spending cuts'
David Cameron proclaimed the "Big Society" yesterday as the big idea by which people will remember his government in future decades.

David Cameron agrees to meet US senators over BP's role in Lockerbie bomber release
David Cameron has backed down and agreed to meet senior American senators who are demanding an inquiry into whether BP was involved in the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

David Cameron agrees to meet senators about Lockerbie
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet four US senators to discuss allegations that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber

Peace & War:

Foreign ministers to agree Afghan handover timetable
Foreign ministers from around the world, including US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Britain's William Hague, will meet in Kabul today to agree a timetable for the handover of security responsibilities in Afghanistan to homegrown forces.

Religion & Society:

Caroline Spelman: wearing burka can be 'empowering’
Wearing a burka can be empowering and dignified for Muslim women, one of the Government’s most senior female ministers said yesterday

Gwyneth Paltrow spreads joys of celebrity sect
Gwyneth Paltrow is promoting kabbalah, the Jewish sect, while staying in the Hamptons.

Now SYRIA bans the burka... as British female Cabinet Minister says freedom to wear Muslim veil is a right
Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities.

Education & Culture:

Education: Crash-course legislation
Gove's schools proposals are being rammed through – and the devil is very possibly in the absence of detail

Tories use terror laws to rush Academies Bill through House
Education secretary Michael Gove faced heavy criticism yesterday by both Labour and a senior Tory MP for using Parliamentary procedures normally reserved for emergency counter-terror laws to rush through legislation to create more academy schools.

Sex & Gender:

We will allow gay couples to get married, says top Lib Dem
Gay couples will be granted the right to marry, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes has suggested.

Crime & Justice:

White Christian Britons 'unfairly targeted by draconian religious hate laws'
Over-the-top ‘religious hate’ laws have fuelled a worrying trend of prosecutions for even mildly critical remarks, a think tank has warned.

Police spending cuts 'could hamper fight against crime'
Cuts of more than 12% to police budgets could harm the ability of forces in England and Wales to combat crime, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary says.

Police kept off streets by red tape
JUST one in 10 police officers patrol the streets at any one time despite the public’s demands for more bobbies on the beat.

Ecology & Environment:

Stamp duty rise for badly-insulated homes under ministers' Green Deal plan
Stamp duty is set to go up for poorly insulated homes under new Government plans to make Britain greener.

Life & Death:

'Locked-in' syndrome man demands right to die
Tony Nicklinson, 54, seeks to force DPP to issue guidance against murder prosecutions for some 'mercy killing' families

Cancer warning in house chemicals
Women who regularly use household cleaners, air fresheners and insect repellents double their risk of developing breast cancer, warn scientists.

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