Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 26th May
 
The Government has committed to making it easier for transsexual people to legally change sex, as part of a review of the Gender Recognition Act. A spokesman said that Ministers want to ‘streamline and de-medicalise’ the process for “changing a person’s legal gender”.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 7th April 2017
 
Students at a British university have been told they will be marked down in essays unless they use gender-neutral pronouns. Undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull have been told that if they do not use "gender-sensitive" language, it will have an "impact on their mark". While other universities already advise students to use 'gender-neutral' language, Hull is the first to penalise students for not doing this.
EducationChristian Concern - 7th April 2017
 
While MPs are overwhelmingly in support of the UK retaining its nuclear deterrent, opinion polls appear to suggest that the British public is more divided on the issue. A poll in January showed that a narrow majority – 51 per cent – of people agreed with the Governments proposal to fully renew Trident. Just under three out of 10 people supported Mr Corbyn’s plan to keep the submarines – thereby protecting jobs – but sending them on patrol without warheads, while a further 20 per cent opposed any Trident renewal.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 13th March 2017
 
In Staffordshire domestic abuse has risen by 18 per cent in the last 12 months – with more than 13,000 crimes reported.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 27th February 2017
 
Council leaders are warning of harsh cuts to public services – despite nearly every local authority in the country planning to raise their council tax. Across the country increases of nearly five per cent are expected but services such as libraries and bin collections will still face shortfalls.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 21st February 2017
 
There are more women than men in the UK. At the last count, 96.9 blokes per 100 women. In 2015, a record number - 1.020 – of female candidates stood for Parliament, but it was still barely above a quarter of all those on the ballot sheet. Take the election of 2015. One in five constituencies had no female contenders at all – that’s 126 seats out of 650. In 2014, the entire number of female MPs since 1918 (369) was less than the male MPs in Parliament (503) at the time.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 17th February 2017
 
More than three million people across the UK could stave off infections such as colds or flu every year if everyone took Vitamin D supplements, experts have said. A new study has found that taking the supplements protects against acute respiratory infections.
HealthThe Sentinel – 16th February 2017
 
Pensioner household incomes have overtaken those of working age equivalents for the first time, a new study has found. Elderly spending power has been boosted by a new wave of pensioners who tend to still be in work, own a home and receive generous pension pots, analysis by the Resolution Foundation for the Intergenerational Commission shows.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 14th February 2017
 
Long delays to cancer treatment are causing people to suffer anxiety and depression, a charity has warned. A survey of more than 1,000 people recently diagnosed with cancer chows nearly two thirds (63 per cent) experienced mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, while waiting for their treatment to start. Macmillan Cancer Support, which carried out the poll across England, said this could equate to around 190,000 people a year.
HealthThe Sentinel – 10th February 2017
 
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a law on 6 February which amended some criminal laws, making it possible for sectarianism, mass lynching and forced conversations to be punished more vigorously. The Bill’s statement of objectives and reasons state that ‘terrorism, sectarianism and extremism have gripped the entire country and these acts have become the order of the day’.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
NHS staff will be encouraged to ask dying patients about their ‘religious preferences’ under new guidance for the NHS, it was reported in early March. Staff have been called to do more to ensure that the preferences of patients are addressed after an audit of deaths in England revealed that the spiritual preferences of patients who could be communicated with before dying were rarely recorded. The approach has been praised by the National Council for Palliative Care.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
Christians must feel free to talk about their beliefs, the Prime Minister said in early March, as she declared that the role of Christianity should be celebrated in the UK. Theresa May also told a Downing Street reception that the persecution of Christians abroad needs to be tackled. Mrs. May praised the work that churches do, and noted that Church and government ‘will not always agree’, but there are areas ‘where we can work together’.
What famous people sayEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
‘Your sex, male or female is what you’re born with’, leading feminist Dame Jenni Murray has said, as she spoke out against the ‘hijacking of language’ by transsexual activists. In the The Sunday Times, the Woman’s Hour presenter criticised moves to allow men who live as women to become guide leaders and attempted renaming of breast cancer to ‘chest cancer’.
What famous people sayEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
At the end of February, a judge stated that quoting the words of the Bible should be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter. This came about during the trial of two street preachers – Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell – who were convicted of a public order offense in Bristol.
The LawEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
Legislation to ‘criminalise emotional abuse’ of children is set to be introduced in Scotland, despite concerns about a previous attempt to bring in a similar law in England and Wales, it was reported early March. Such a law could see parents criminalised for raising their children according to their religious beliefs.
The LawEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
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