Press: IT IS one of those weeks when the
disparity between foreign and domestic news is more grotesque than
usual. In Iraq, all kinds of horrors continue unabated. In England,
Professor Richard Dawkins gets teased, and Vicky Beeching comes
Press: IT IS one of the great ironies of
history that the criminal folly of the invasion of Iraq should have
produced, 12 years on, a crisis that actually fulfils all the
conditions for a just war - at the moment when the Western powers
are so weakened and demoralised by their earlier, unjust war that
there is really nothing they can do.
Press: GAZA today and Belgium 100 years
ago: this has been a week dominated by wars. I am writing just as
the news has come through of Baroness Warsi's resignation over the
Government's policy about Gaza.
Andrew Brown goes to see a new play about the
hacking scandal, at The National
Andrew Brown reflects on coverage of the
assisted dying debate, including a piece from the Bishop of
Worcester for The Guardian
Press: SO THE mountain laboured and
brought forth - a hamster, maybe? The difficult thing for the
national presss about the women-bishops story was to comprehend the
motives of the opponents, and the politicking behind it.
Press: A SERIES of exchanges
in The Guardian showed - quite unintentionally -
why the debate on assisted suicide will be lost, and how.
Press: THE news that Jesus would have
supported gay marriage among the clergy came to us from Sir Elton
John, a man with excellent celebrity contacts. It made the front
page of Metro.
Press: THE best sense I have read about
"faith schools" and the supposed "Trojan horse" plot was actually
in The New York Times, where Kenan Malik stripped it
down to essentials. It was not so much that he made any new points,
but he left out all the inessential ones.
Press: CONFUSING news out of Rome.
According to The Times, "Church rift is a scandal,
admits Pope". According to Google Translate, applied to a Spanish
newspaper report, "Francis Pope" said: "The secession of a nation
must be taken with tweezers,"
Press: TWO things this week to illustrate
how little facts count against the power of story. The first and
most egregious is the claim that 800 babies' corpses had been
disposed of in a septic tank behind a home for fallen women run by
nuns in Ireland.