Outside Edge: News Junkie

The famous Scout pledge of loyalty "to God and the Queen" has been ditched, according to The Sunday Times. Muslim Scouts can swear allegiance to Allah, atheists can promise to maintain "good moral standing" and republicans can affirm "duty to the state and the laws of the state". The paper said the changes are aimed at distancing the Scout Association from its white, middle class Christian reputation. But Labour MP Stephen Pound slammed the changes as "profoundly retrograde".

A group of Senate Republicans is to claim that the Red Cross has abandoned impartiality when it comes to the US Government, reported the Financial Times. A White Paper to be published by the group will call for the Red Cross to stop lobbying governments over biological weapons.

The Make Poverty History merchandise bandwagon was put under the spotlight in Red Pepper magazine. Some of the coalition's white wristbands are branded with the logos of companies accused of violating worker's rights in developing countries - among them Tommy Hilfiger. War on Want said the branding was "really worrying".

Jobsworth of the week award: old people's charity Keep Mobile was forced to pay £95 after its minibus was wheel-clamped while chairman Fred Rule went to collect an 82-year-old pensioner from a restaurant, reported the Wokingham Times. Another volunteer had to drive the diabetic pensioner home.

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