Saturday, 11 February 2012

Christianity under attack,Athens in flames and the case of the Corrie copycat killer-Saturday's papers

A quick look at Saturday's front pages and some of the stories inside.

The ruling yesterday on a case brought by the National Secular Society on the saying of prayers before council meetings gets a lot of coverage.

The Times says that he right of Christian worship in schools and Parliament faces a fresh assault as senior members of the Church of England acted with barely disguised fury at the decision, branding the verdict a “silencing” of the Christian voice in Britain.

The Mail brands it an assault on national heritage as it reports that atheist former councillor Clive Bone started the case against Bideford town council in July 2010, claiming he had been 'disadvantaged and embarrassed' when religious prayers were recited at formal meetings.

Whilst it reports that former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey warns that our faith is under siege.

The Telegraph says that government ministers are encouraging councils to openly flout a High Court ruling banning public prayers during meetings. It leads with a report that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has suggested that wealthier savers should be stripped of the higher-rate tax relief on adds that the proposals would see tax relief halve from 40 per cent to 20 per cent.Alexander also wants workers on the minimum wage, who earn up to £12,500 a year, to pay no income tax at all.

The Independent that energy companies are on the edge of a £15b profits bonanza.The figures,adds the report will be £2bn higher than the previous year's profits. Meanwhile, with the Met Office predicting more freezing weather, Britain's estimated 5.5 million households struggling in fuel poverty will be forced to decide whether they can afford to turn on their heating.

And more freezing weather is on the way according to the Express which predicts half term snow chaos on its front page.

The Guardian chooses to focus on the Greek debt crisis predicting that the country is grappling with whether to leave the Euro reporting that riot police clashed with protesters on the streets of Athens, and five ministers resigned in protest at the scale of the spending cuts demanded in return for a new €130bn bailout.

The FT meanwhile reports that David Cameron is calling for a truce over bank bonuses in the UK.In an attempt to repair relations with the City,the Prime Minister wants to draw a line under weeks of public acrimony.

The Mirror reports on the case of the Corrie copycat killer reporting that in a chilling imitation of Street villain John Stape, a teenager beat his victim, doused her body in petrol and set fire to her house.

The Sun looks at the affairs of this week's Euro Millions lottery winners reporting that the estranged mum of EuroMillions winner Matt Topham joked she needed to win the Lottery to pay for a holiday.However the paper says that sources say she won't get a penny of his fortune after she cut off contact.

Elsewhere the row between Argentina and Britain continues to escalate.The Guardian reports that Argentina has accused Britain of deploying nuclear weapons near the Falkland Islands and "militarising" the south Atlantic.

Violence continues to escalate in Syria.The Times reports that clashes have moved to the northern town of Aleppo as large car bombs which exploded in the town, one of the last areas of relative calm.The Government reported that the explosions near state buildings killed 28 and wounded 235.

Finally with valentine's day approaching the Independent reports on the art of kissing as it says that the meeting of mouths isn't only about sex and romance – it also conveys powerful cultural messages.

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