A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.
Economy & Politics
MPs' expenses: New Lords allowance regime 'open to abuse'
A new House of Lords expenses regime allowing peers to claim £300 a day for “clocking in” at Parliament will be open to abuse, critics have warned.
Expense charge for challenge rule
Three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer challenge a ruling that they are not protected from prosecution by parliamentary privilege over allegations that they fiddled their expenses.
Globalisation & Development
Comment: A revolution in global aid to the poor
Here's a radical idea to tackle world poverty – give money straight to the poor.
Comment: Stop poverty: plant a city in a failing one
Hong Kong model: rich nations pair with developing ones to start special economic zones.
Peace & War
Comment: Talking to the Taliban is the key to a successful withdrawal from Afghanistan
General Sir David Richards is right to suggest negotiating with the Taliban, writes Con Coughlin.
Comment: Afghanistan: the wait for talks to start
For military and political leaders, the only question now is when negotiations with the enemy open.
Race & Identity
Migrants must get private healthcare: Firms told to provide foreign workers with insurance to take pressure off NHS
Immigrant workers will be forced to have private healthcare, it has emerged. The surprise measure is designed to prevent them placing further strain on the National Health Service.
Comment: This immigration cap makes no sense
The government's arbitrary limit will deprive the economy of skilled workers it needs but barely dent overall migrant numbers.
Religion & Society
US rules that victims can sue Vatican as Church’s abuse commission resigns
The resignation en masse of a Church-appointed child abuse commission in Belgium yesterday left the Vatican struggling with widening paedophile scandals on both sides of the Atlantic.
Vatican admonishes Austrian cleric
The Vatican has issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican second-in-command of blocking clerical sex abuse investigations.
Community & Family
Poverty tsar: shirking fathers should lose their benefits
Britain must end its obsession with getting young single mothers into work, and focus on young, unemployed fathers whose historic role as the family breadwinner has had to be taken over by the taxpayer, Frank Field, David Cameron's poverty adviser, has said.
Crime & Justice
Comment: Our prison system is a travesty – and a ruinous waste of money
Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, must unlock the gates to our overcrowded prisons, says Mary Riddell.
People & Power
Comment: Ann Widdecombe is not cut out to be Vatican ambassador
Making Ann Widdecombe our woman at the Vatican would be a diplomatic disaster.