Terror Threat

The Telegraph reports on Cameron saying “Britain facing ‘greatest terrorist threat’ in history

Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists. The UK threat level was raised to “severe” — its second highest — meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

The Prime Minister said that the risk posed by Isil (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”. He disclosed that Isil had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.

The Guardian, Express, Mirror and Daily Mail also report on this. Meanwhile, the Independent reports that Ed Miliband urges West to unite to confront Isis threat at home and abroad

In his first detailed statement on the new threat, the Labour leader calls for a political and diplomatic effort including countries from the region. Although Downing Street has received no formal request from the US President, Barack Obama, to support air strikes against Isis in Iraq or Syria, the US is sounding out potential allies in Britain, Australia and the Gulf states about whether they would bomb parts of Syria to where Isis jihadists retreat after taking action in Iraq.

To combat home-grown extremism, Mr Miliband stresses that measures need to be taken, including the development a “mandatory programme of deradicalisation” for those “drawn into the fringes of extremism” after fighting in Syria and Iraq. He adds that an overhaul of the Home Office’s Prevent programme to stop young people being radicalised is also necessary.

Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is reported as saying “Don’t mess with nuclear-armed Russia

Vladimir Putin raised the spectre of nuclear war with the West on Friday as he defied international condemnation over his decision to send thousands of Russian troops and heavy armour into Ukraine. Accused by Europe and Nato of launching a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine, the Russian leader boasted to a group of Russian youngsters that “It’s best not to mess with us.”

In language not seen since the height of the Cold War, he told his audience: “Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers.”

Clacton

The Telegraph has sought out Roger Lord, the displaced PPC in Clacton, who is reported as saying “Douglas Carswell is a gutless coward

Roger Lord is not one for backing down. Less than 24 hours after learning that he is losing the Ukip candidacy for Clacton-on-Sea to Conservative defector Douglas Carswell, he remains livid. “They can bully me to death,” he said. “They can come at me with a loaded Kalashnikov, and they’d better have a spare one as well.”

As he sits fuming at the foot of Clacton pier, less than 200 yards away Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader and Mr Lord’s friend of nearly two decades, is posing for photographs with Mr Carswell.  On Wednesday, Nigel Farage revealed in a theatrical press conference that Mr Carswell was resigning as an MP, which would prompt a by-election. The pair yesterday vowed to “shake up to cozy Westminster elite” as they paraded around Clacton.

Mr Lord, however, remains a significant sticking point. Mr Farage attempted to quell his friend’s rebellion with offers of a “plum seat” elsewhere, but the 57-year-old farmer has rejected the offer.

Meanwhile, the more pro-UKIP Express reports on Douglas Carswell saying “I’m no Tory backstabber

FORMER Tory MP Douglas Carswell took to the streets of his Clacton constituency yesterday to ­defend his ­decision to switch to Ukip. But Mr Carswell denied it was “a stab in the back” for Tory leader David Cameron.

He ended his spell as Clacton’s MP yesterday when he was made Steward of the Manor of Northstead, an honorary title given to members who quit the Commons. Touring Clacton yesterday with Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Mr Carswell said: “I like David Cameron, he’s a nice guy I don’t think I’ve ever stabbed anybody in the back – maybe I occasionally stab one or two in the front. But I think he’s not serious about change in Europe and I’ve put my career on the line.”

Mr Carswell said he quit the Conservatives because he lost faith in Mr Cameron’s ability to change Britain’s relationship with Europe. “Advisers in Number 10 told me that they would look to get just enough change to convince people to vote to stay in, in a referendum,” Mr Carswell said. “Once I realised that it was all about winning the election and not about real change, I said enough’s enough.”

Radical Islam

The Guardian reports that the UK is accused of harbouring Libyan cleric who helped aid Islamist insurgency.

Britain has been accused of housing a possible war crimes suspect after the Guardian learned that Libya’s highest spiritual leader, the grand mufti Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani, helped orchestrate the Islamist takeover of Tripoli from the UK.

On a day when David Cameron announced tougher measures to tackle the threat from terrorists, the Foreign Office confirmed that Ghariani was residing in the UK, from where he is encouraging his followers to overthrow the Libyan government.

Earlier this week, the radical cleric celebrated the violent capture of Tripoli by Islamist militia force Libya Dawn and called for a widening of the rebellion using an online television channel registered by a close family relative in Exeter.

Conservatives

The Guardian quotes Tory MPs in saying the Conservatives will split if PM fails to renegotiate EU membership

David Cameron has been told in private by Tory Eurosceptics that the Conservative party will split in half after the general election if he fails to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership terms to a Common Market-style trade-only deal.

In a sign of the threat facing the prime minister, the Eurosceptics have made clear that a sizeable body of MPs at all levels of the party will campaign for an EU exit vote in his planned referendum in 2017 if he sticks to his current negotiating plan.

Cameron is hoping to negotiate an opt-out from the EU’s declaration to create an “ever closer” union and to create safeguards for Britain and other countries outside the eurozone when rules are drawn up for the single market. He is also aiming to impose travel restrictions on citizens from new member states and to introduce tougher rules on benefits for EU citizens.

Eurozone

The Guardian reports that the Eurozone is gripped by deflation fears as inflation rate hits five-year low

Fears that the eurozone could tip into outright deflation have been fanned as the inflation rate in the currency bloc hit a new five-year low of 0.3%. Pressure on the European Central Bank chief, Mario Draghi, to head off the threat of falling prices intensified as annual inflation in August fell from 0.4% in July, according to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency. Separate figures showed the economic woes of the region continued to take their toll on workers, with the unemployment rate for July unchanged at 11.5%.

Both numbers had been forecast by economists, who said the inflation numbers were likely to concern the ECB, but not push it into any immediate measures. “The very low eurozone inflation reading for August reinforces pressure on the ECB to consider further monetary stimulus on top of what is already in the pipeline,” said Martin van Vliet, of ING. “With inflation inching towards zero, the cushion against deflation is getting smaller and smaller.”

Immigration – the View of the Immigrant

The Independent publishes elements of one Pole’s view of us, the Brits: What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant’s Reddit post goes viral

It was a rather unlikely contribution to Britain’s immigration debate: a Polish IT consultant’s account of his experiences of life in the UK in which he expresses his bafflement at sick people who insist on coming to work, cowboy hairdressers and our bizarre obsession with having two taps in sinks.

Entitled “Random stuff that baffles me as an immigrant”, the 2,000-word essay posted on the social forum Reddit has provoked thousands of responses from other users, many of whom praised the author for offering an insight into how Britain appears to foreigners settling here.

In one section dealing with the British habit of littering, he writes: “I’ve once seen three guys in suits in a Tube, around 8pm, eating (in a very messy way) some McDonalds meals. And they left all the packaging on the seats when leaving the Tube. Not even gathered into one bag – no, three of four seats littered with greasy shit. Disgusting. I’ve never seen anything like that before outside Russia.”

NATO Conference

The Independent reports on the massive security measures being implemented in Cardiff and Newport: Chic and awe: Nato invades luxury Newport hotel complex

For weeks people in Newport and Cardiff have been warned about the disruption and delay following the erection of 9ft-high metal fence running for 12 miles around key sites in the cities. From Thursday roads will be closed to allow the leaders to travel between venues and check-points installed to ensure motorists do not venture into “locked-down” zones.

Outside the “ring of steel”, many ordinary residents have lost patience with the security operation. Richard Anderson, a barman from Underwood, which is within sight of the Celtic Manor, told The Independent: “It’s hugely disruptive and incredibly expensive. The circus is coming to this small part of the world and it’s terrible for us locals. The congestion will be terrible. It will simply be a logistical nightmare.”

Scottish Independence

The Independent reports that Scottish independence supporters are ‘bullying mobs’

A prominent Scottish MP accused supporters of independence of bully-boy tactics yesterday as he suspended his 100-date speaking tour of the country. Jim Murphy was hit by eggs and heckled by opponents as he appeared at the 79th stop, the Fife town of Kirkcaldy. He said he had also been challenged recently to fights and labelled a terrorist, quisling and defender of paedophiles.

In Motherwell, tables of pro-Union campaign literature were overturned by opponents. Mr Murphy, the shadow International Development Secretary, claimed Yes Scotland was co-ordinating appearances by mobs of noisy and abusive protesters at his meetings. The egg-throwing was condemned by the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, who said he had been subjected to “road rage” intimidation from an opponent of independence.

The Mail reports on David Cameron saying “I’m nervous but confident the silent majority will save the Union

David Cameron has admitted he is ‘nervous’ about the Independence referendum – but believes Scotland’s silent majority will save the Union. In an exclusive interview with The Scottish Daily Mail, the Prime Minister said: ‘I’m emotional and nervous. But only nervous because it matters so much.’

Yesterday, on the day a poll for this newspaper revealed that the No campaign’s lead has been cut to only six points, Mr Cameron continued on what is expected to be his penultimate visit to Scotland before a vote which could define his premiership – as well as the fate of a nation.

Child Sex Abuse

The Daily Mail reports that the abuse is STILL going on – and now it’s even worse: SUE REID broke the story of sex gangs preying on young white girls. This week one victim took her round Rotherham and pointed out her attackers still swaggering the street

The sprawling, ugly bus station in Rotherham town centre brings back horrific memories for Emma Jackson. Nearby, on wasteland, and at the age of just 13, she was savagely raped by a man called Tarik as his laughing friends took photos on their mobile phones. It was a brutal end to pretty Emma’s innocent childhood. By 15, she had been sexually assaulted by 54 more men: her body sold time and again by Tarik to his friends, relatives and acquaintances, in the backs of cars, in terrace houses and even in the undergrowth of the magnificent Victorian park at the centre of this once proud South Yorkshire town.

When Emma — whose hard-working, middle-class parents ran a grocery store — finally plucked up the courage to tell her family, her horrified mother reported the multiple rapes to the local police and social services. They expected Tarik, 24 at the time, to be caught, tried and sent to prison for a long time. But in an appalling failure of the police system, it was not to be.

They also report on the previous boss of Rotherham Council being quizzed.

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