Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

As the Charities Bill stuttered through Parliament, The Sunday Telegraph unwittingly provided ammunition for MPs and peers unconvinced of the charitable vocation of public schools. According to a University of London report that has tracked children who started secondary school in the 1980s, going to a private school can add £60,000 a year to your salary. "An elite private education confers advantages other than high levels of academic attainment," it concluded.

Amnesty International director Kate Allen has men on her mind. In an interview in The House magazine, she said the human rights organisation's new focus on violence against women could achieve greater impact because of its 100,000 male members. But she has her work cut out - research suggests men are more likely to report someone for hitting their dog than their partner.

Young people may be turned off by politics, but not by charities, according to a YouGov poll in The Daily Telegraph. Asked to name their heroes, 57 per cent plumped for Oxfam and Save the Children, the two sharing top spot. Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth were third, with 37 per cent each. Sandwiched between them was Nelson Mandela.

The Sunday Times reported that animal rights groups were planning attacks on fashion houses over the new 'fur' - the fleeces of aborted lambs from Uzbekistan. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had already invaded Prada's flagship store in Milan over the issue.

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