Prayer fuel: News in the UK

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the UK included in the August issue of EN. May these spur us on to pray for our country and issues we all are facing.

Curbing internet porn
Parents are to be asked whether internet pornography should be automatically blocked on computers, Government ministers revealed in June, with Children’s Minister Tim Loughton saying that the internet industry needs to do more to help families control what their kids see online.
On June 28, the Government launched a ten-week public consultation, proposing three possible solutions, one of which would involve a default ban where users who wished to access adult material would need to ‘opt in’ to do so. The Christian Institute

Banking code of conduct
On July 3, the Association of Christian Financial Advisers (ACFA) expressed support for a mandatory code of conduct for the banking industry in the UK.
Barclays, and other banks, submitted false figures to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a body that charges interest on loans taken out by one London bank from another leading London bank. Bob Diamond’s resignation has been regarded as ‘honourable’ by the ACFA and a call to go back to basics — to eradicate such issues as collusion, an acceptance of doubtful practices and a sales mentality which puts high value on bonus maximisation, and to have ethics put back high on the list of priorities. Christian Today

Olympic recording?
An exhibition on the life of John Newton is being held from July 30 to August 10 at St. Mary Woolnoth, London, EC3V 9AN.
Newton was educated in Stratford, Essex, close to the site of the Olympic stadium, which seems fitting, as his hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’, holds the world record as the most recorded song in history.

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