Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
The Government’s approach to tackling anti-social behaviour must be turned on its head, Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday. Outlining plans which signalled a possible end for anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) in England and Wales, Mrs May said: “It’s time for us to stop tolerating anti-social behaviour”. Community action must be used instead to bring back a sense of personal and social responsibility, she said.
Politics‘The Sentinel’ - July 29, 2010
 
The success of England’s academy schools was questioned today after figures suggested their exam pass rate was down to vocational and “equivalent” qualifications, not GCSEs. Fewer than half of academy exam passes at GCSE were made up of “academic” GCSEs according to data gained through parliamentary questions. The Government is planning a rapid expansion of the academies programme, with Education Secretary Michael Gove inviting every primary and secondary school in England to apply for the status.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 2, 2010.
 
Politicians from both parties are struggling to prove their moral credentials, as parliamentarians realise they must rediscover their core values before developing policy. The new Community Secretary, Eric Pickles, vowed to bring back Christian values to the centre of Government, in an interview with the Sunday Express.
Politics‘Church of England Newspaper’ – July 9, 2010
 
Caritas is calling for international aid to abate a food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, where 10 million people are facing hunger. Niger is the worst hit with 8 million people at risk, Caritas reported recently, although there are also food shortages in Chad, Mali and Burkina Faso. The crisis, resulting from irregular rainfall, crop deficits, rising food prices and chronic poverty, is “much worse” than the last food shortage in 2005, the aid agency reported. The agency stated that people have been experiencing severe food shortages for six months already, and are now selling off live-stock, eating wild foods, taking children out of school and abandoning their homes in a search for food.
World Issues‘Catholic South West’ – July & August 2010
 
According to the report Why Christians Give – Understanding the Hearts and Minds of the 21st century Evangelical Donors, one in four donors stated that their giving has been impacted by the recession. However, the average monthly amount donated by respondents is 11.5% of their household income, of which 6.5% is given to local churches and 5% to Christian charities.
Money‘Christianity’ – August 2010
 
Thousands of people are preparing to visit more than 10,000 churches this summer as part of Ride and Stride, one of several heritage projects designed to preserve churches and reach non-Christians. In this sponsored event, more than 13,000 people will walk or cycle between more than 10,000 churches. Held annually since 1981, Ride and Stride includes people of all ages; the oldest participant last year was 101 years old, while the youngest was still in a pushchair.
Church‘Christianity’ – August 2010
 
More than half of mothers who return to work after having a baby say they are forced to do so because of financial constraints, a survey showed today. Around 52 per cent of women who go back to work said they do so due to financial pressures and debt, with only 22 per cent saying they were keen to continue with their career, according to price comparison website uSwitch.com. The group found that the average family’s income fell by a third while the woman was on statutory maternity pay, dropping to an average of £2.266 a month.
FamilyThe Sentinel – June 18th 2010
 
The Government was last night accused of ignoring the plight of the disabled as chancellor George Osborne signaled more benefit cuts to help tackle Britain’s £149 billion deficit. Following his £11 billion benefits squeeze in the Budget last week, Mr Osborne said he was now looking to achieve further savings from the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – which is replacing Incapacity Benefit – and Housing Benefit.
PoliticsThe Sentinel – June 29th 2010
 
An ultrasound scan-style image of a haloed Jesus in the womb is to appear across the UK in the run-up to Christmas as part of an advertising campaign. ChurchAds.Net, the organizers of the campaign, hope that the poster will cause people to have conversations about the birth of Jesus. Commenting on the new poster, the Bishop of Reading, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, says: ‘For many parents, pregnancy gets real when you see the image from the ultrasound scan. We’ve got so used to the tinsel-wrapped cosiness of the carefully packaged consumer-fest Christmas that its astonishing reality – an actual pregnancy, a God come down to earth –is easily missed. But this image demands attention.
MediaThe War Cry – June 19th 2010
 
The United Kingdom has the highest level of drug addiction in Europe. The number of couples getting married has reached its lowest point since 1862. Schools send home 2,200 children a day for disruptive behavior in the classroom. Violent crime by women has reached an all-time high, with an average of 250 women being arrested each day. 58% of 14-17-year-olds have viewed pornography, and 40% are sexually active. Over 41,000 women under eighteen fall pregnant each year, and 49% of them have abortions. Since abortion was legalized I the UK just over 40 years, seven million children have been aborted. Everywhere you look there are signs of decay.
Social IssuesNewfrontiers Magazine – July-September 2010
 
Network Rail (NR) has announced six figure bonuses for its top directors, sparking a storm of protest led by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond. Last month, Mr Hammond wrote to NR urging restraint and pointing out the company’s top management already enjoyed “handsome” annual salaries. But yesterday, NR said its top directors were getting bonuses totaling more than £2.25 million, including £641,000 for chief executive Iain Coucher whose annual salary is £613,000.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – June 25th 2010
 
The Government sparked anger from unions and pensioner groups after unveiling plans to extend the pensions age and raised the possibility of people having to work until they were 70 before receiving the benefit. Ministers were accused of making people “work until they drop”, as they said the state pension age for men is set to rise from 65 to 66 from 2016. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, said: “people will need to work longer.”
PoliticsThe Sentinel - June 25th 2010
 
More than 7p of every £1 we pay in taxes is spent on our armed forces. A further 16p is spent on educating our children. However, an astonishing 36p in every £1 – more than one third of every penny of tax which we are forced to hand over pays for something which the last government euphemistically called ‘social protection’.
MoneyThe Sentinel – June 21st 2010
 
A health trust has tightened up security after losing or destroying the physiotherapy records of 2,000 patients. NHS Stoke-On-Trent revealed the data blunder in March after it emerged the confidential health records of 2,000 patients had not been filed in the trust’s archive system.
HealthThe Sentinel – June 21st 2010
 
China’s one-child policy has resulted in three million babies being hidden in the country each year. The policy, which is enforced via large fines, prison terms and sometimes even forced abortions and sterilizations, is flouted by many people. ‘In China’s 1990 census, they recorded 23 million births. But by the 2000 census, there were 26 million ten year-olds, an increase of three million.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – July 2010
 
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