Press Roundup Thursday 29 July 2010

By Press Office
July 29, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily by George Fitzherbert-Brockholes, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids

Economy & Politics:

Plan to axe fixed retirement age
The government is planning to scrap the default retirement age in the UK from October 2011.

Tories sandbagged Clegg on electoral reform
Spatchcocking the AV vote with blatant gerrymandering may have lost Clegg the chance to introduce a fairer electoral system

David Cameron accused of stoking anti-Western feeling on the streets of Pakistan
David Cameron was accused of stoking "anti-Western" feeling on the streets of Pakistan after accusing the Islamic nation of promoting the "export of terror" in Afghanistan and around the world

Peace & War:

General says Army nearly 'seized up' with too many missions
Britain's war machine came close to seizing up when it was conducting simultaneous operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the former head of the Army told the Iraq war inquiry.

Religion & Society:

Papal visit will see public paying up to £25 for a ticket
The faithful are to be charged up to £25 a head to see Pope Benedict XVI when he comes to Britain later this year.

Oxford University lecturer 'discriminated against' after converting to Christianity
A lecturer at Oxford University’s centre for Jewish studies claims colleagues discriminated against her after she converted to Christianity.

Education & Culture:

Gove welcomes atheist schools
The Government is ready to back the creation of atheist schools as part of its series of reforms, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said yesterday.

Home education: precious, not dangerous
The case of Khyra Ishaq was tragic. But to blame home education would be naive and destructive

'Rich, thick kids' achieve much more than poor clever ones, says Gove
Education secretary tells MPs he had to act fast on academies because of huge gap in attainment

Crime & Justice:

Theresa May to scrap asbos
Home secretary kills off Tony Blair's flagship measure to deal with youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

Life & Death:

After the burning, a raft of IVF horror stories to come
The abolition of the HFEA will leave a major policy vacuum in biotech ethics. Without intervention, it'll be filled by the Daily Mail.

People & Power:

Josep-Anton Fernàndez: Like Britain's hunting ban, this is a battle of cultures in society
The pro-Catalan side demands rights, the pro-Spanish side appeals to symbols like the bullfight and football

Asylum target to be scrapped
An asylum target to deal with most cases within six months is to be scrapped, The Daily Telegraph says.

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