Daily News Summary

Friday, 17 August 2007

Main stories

`Lifestyle that is killing us'
Mail1 reports that doctors have warned that the blood pressure epidemic is `out of control' with nine in ten Britons expected to suffer high blood pressure. DT1

`Pension funds lose £27bn in market turmoil'
Gdn1 and others.

Other stories

`Courts urged to avoid jail for Asbo breaches'
The Sentencing Advisory Panel has recommended that teenagers who breach Asbos should not be sent to prison. A Home Office spokesperson said `there are no plans to change the sentencing provisions for Asbos.' Gdn4, Mail17. `'Get out of jail free card' for Asbo dodgers', DT12. `Soft Asbo plan as yobs take over the streets', Sun14.

`Benefit cheats `should not be sent to prison''
The Express8 is disapproving of this particular proposal from Lord Chief Justice Philips.

`It's normal to feel down'
An article in the British Medical Journal argues that depression has become a `catch all' diagnosis driven by clever marketing. The author says `a low threshold for diagnosing clinical depression risks treating normal emotional states as illness.' Mail13, DT8 and others.

`Supermarkets in clash over alcohol'
Nearly 200 MPs signed a Commons motion calling for supermarkets and off licences to stop selling cut price alcohol. The Supermarkets have `hit back' at the accusations of irresponsibility arguing that it is too simplistic to suggest low prices lead to problem drinking. FT2

`We like the pay but not the work, employees say'
An internet survey of 984 workers found that they are increasingly unhappy in their jobs even though they may be satisfied with their salaries. Satisfaction levels have fallen in relation to workload, working relationships and the working environment. DT8

`Addict flees jail to escape drugs'
A recovering heroin addict walked out of Leyhill Prison due to concerns he might succumb to the temptation of drugs, a court has heard. Mail31. In another story, a recent Prison Inspectorate report reveals that staff at a Nottingham prison regularly left the back gate open so they could park their cars. Gdn5

`We're more interested in catching bad drivers than tackling yobs'
The Mirror19 reports on comments from the family of a man who was recently killed over an argument about litter.

`Parents must pay for children's crime, says judge'
A judge has ordered parents of two girls who took part in a violent street robbery to pay compensation to the victim. Mail41, Times4

Wheel clamping should be last resort
The Department for Transport has recommended that wheel clamping for illegally parked cars should only be used as a last resort for repeat offenders who do not pay fines for previous infractions. Councils are also urged to avoid setting targets for penalty fines issued. Gdn15

`Sales of lads' mags slump despite rise in nudity'
Ind5. FT3 - `Lad mags suffer as readers go online'.

Columns, editorials, letters

`Morals make people fat'
`Obesity should not be tackled by pharmaceutical means but by looking at the social basis for diet'. Raj Patel looks at the political economic roots of obesity, arguing that `choices are shaped, every day, by the food industry, by the rhythm of our lives and by the architecture of the modern world... In forgetting to think about how our environment shapes us, it becomes easy to think that our food is made for us. The difficult truth is that, increasingly, capitalism makes us for our food...The prevailing view is that obesity is an individual and moral failing and that the working class have only themselves to blame for being overweight.' Gdn34

'Unequal lives'
Dr Sebastian Kraemer highlights the high incidence of disease, disability and premature deaths in unequal societies. He says 'seeking greater equality is not only a matter of justice and order in society, it is a matter of life and death'. Gdn34.

`New legislation will not solve binge drinking'
A number of letters on recent comments by the Chief Constable of Cheshire. Times4

`Have our police gone potty?'
Asks David Seymour in the Mail14, reflecting skateboarding cops.

These newspaper summaries are drawn up by staff at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. They are not intended to be comprehensive, or wholly uniform in their approach. Instead, they reflect our individual and collective perspectives on the day's coverage, including our judgements in terms of relevance to the Centre's concerns. On occasion, they also reflect the inevitable time constraints within which we work.

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