Press Roundup Tuesday 3 August 2010

By Press Office
August 3, 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:

Trade unions planning an 'autumn of discontent'
Disruption in autumn is likely as TUC prepares motions for national strike action over cuts, pay, and public sector pensions

Cameron and Clegg tell Cabinet that deficit reduction is 'most urgent issue facing Britain'
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have written to Cabinet colleagues to remind them that reducing the deficit is the "most urgent issue facing Britain"

Pakistan's President Zardari due in London
Pakistan's president is due to arrive in London amid domestic fury over comments made about the country by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Osborne: Bailed out banks have duty to lend
Banks preparing to reveal a dramatic return to profit have a duty to lend to businesses, Chancellor George Osborne said yesterday.

Peace & War:

Obama finally delivers on pledge to end the war in Iraq
Proclaiming a key campaign promise kept, Barack Obama yesterday announced that the US combat mission in Iraq would end as scheduled this month, leaving a transitional force of 50,000 that in turn will be out of the country by 31 December 2011.

Religion & Society:

No covenant please, we're Anglican
The Anglican communion has always been inclusive, not confessional. Our differences of opinion are signs of maturity

Baroness Warsi: 'burka wearing women can engage in everyday life'
British women have the right to chose whether they wore a burka in public, Baroness Warsi, the country’s first female Muslim cabinet minister has said

Pope visit merchandise includes 'metal' T-shirt and baseball cap
Official merchandise for the Pope’s forthcoming visit to Britain has gone on sale, including some items that wouldn’t look out of place at a rock concert.

The Venerable Richard Bird
The Venerable Richard Bird , who died on June 2 aged 77, was Archdeacon of Lambeth from 1988 to 1999 and spent 24 years in one of the toughest inner-city areas of Southwark diocese.

Community & Family:

Many 'fearful of helping children in need'
Many people fear helping a child in need in case witnesses think an attempt is being made to abduct the youngster, a UK survey suggests.

Education & Culture:

Home-educated children need more protection
Labour's home-education bill would have introduced vital protection for children. Michael Gove should bring it back, says Ed Balls

Fears for state pupils as top universities insist on A* at A-level
• Poorest may lose out, says education watchdog ?• Private schools 'most likely to make new grade'

Council illegally spied on family during row over catchment area
A family has won a landmark legal ruling that council officials acted illegally in spying on them to check they were living in the right school catchment area.

Sex & Gender:

Mary Dejevsky: Let's not fight this gender war
Women move into the public sector not just because this is where 'women's' jobs are concentrated, but because they see it as more reliable, responsible and human

Life & Death:

Bodies of 'mother and disabled daughter' found dead
The bodies of two people, believed to be a woman and her daughter, have been found in a house, police said yesterday.

People & Power:

Asylum seeker takes his own life after losing legal aid
Refugee support group blames immigration policy for leaving asylum seekers without help to pursue claims

UK immigration system barely 'fit for purpose' Damian Green has suggested
Britain’s immigration system has only improved fractionallly since the Home Office was branded “not fit for purpose” four years ago, Damian Green has suggested

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