February 9 - 15 2011
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Storm in a bedsheet Speaker’s wife defends revealing magazine pictures and interview
John Barry, aged 77 Oscar-winning composer famous for his James Bond film scores
Shock Sikh nuptials Jonathan Aitken had no idea his daughter had wed a holy man
Breaking with tradition Richard Dorment on how the Pre-Raphaelites found greatness
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Bonus Ball 44
Bonus Ball 5
There were two winners of Saturday’s £8.3m jackpot but no one won Wednesday’s £2.7m prize
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By James Kirkup Political Correspondent BRITISH Muslims must subscribe to mainstream values of freedom and equality, David Cameron said last week, as he declared that the doctrine of multiculturalism had “failed” and would be abandoned.
caused controversy by claiming that prejudice against Muslims was widespread and socially acceptable.
Mr Cameron drew a clear distinction between “Islamist extremism” as a political ideology, and the Islamic faith itself. “We need to be clear: Islamic extremism and Islam are not the same thing,” he said.
Entering the debate on national identity and religious tolerance, the Prime Minister declared an end to “passive tolerance” of divided communities, and said that members of all faiths must integrate into wider society and accept core values.
To be British is to believe in freedom of speech and religion, democracy and equal rights regardless of race, sex or sexuality, he said. Proclaiming a doctrine of “muscular liberalism”, he said that everyone, from ministers to ordinary voters, should actively confront those who hold extremist views.
He also warned that groups that fail to promote British values will no longer receive public money or be able to engage with the state.
Warning: David Cameron delivers his Munich speech to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream,” Mr Cameron said.
All Britons should believe in basic values of freedom and equality, and actively promote them, he said. That means ensuring that immigrants learn to speak English and that all schools teach “elements of a common culture and curriculum”.
The Government is reviewing its entire strategy for counter-terrorism and community cohesion amid concern that the state is working too closely with Muslim groups that do not fully endorse liberal values.
Mr Cameron said that community groups will be scrutinised in future to see if they promote democracy, equality and integration. Those that fail the “tests” will be cut off. “No public money, no sharing of platforms with ministers,” he said.
The speech caused a backlash, with Sadiq Khan, Labour’s shadow justice secretary, accusing him of “writing propaganda” for the nationalist English Defence League.
In his speech, to an international security conference in Munich, Mr Cameron promised a new willingness to argue against and “defeat” extremist ideologies that lead some to engage in terrorism.
That means abandoning the notion that different communities should be able to live according to their own values and traditions as long as they stay within the law. “Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures
The Prime Minister accepted that multiculturalism has left some members of the white community feeling unfairly treated. Racism and intolerance are “rightly” condemned, he said. “But when equally unacceptable views or practices have come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious, frankly too fearful, to stand up to them.”
The speech came after Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman,
Ministers demanded that Mr Khan apologise for “smearing” Mr Cameron by linking him with the EDL, 2,000 of whose members demonstrated in Luton last week chanting “Muslim bombers off our streets” and holding banners that read “No more mosques”.
Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said Mr Cameron had failed to tackle “the stooge of the fascists EDL and the BNP”.
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[Her Majesty’s Government] intelligence resources, eavesdropping and surveillance would be hard pressed to find them on any ‘radar screen’. [The officer] described this as a ‘generational’ problem that will not go away anytime soon”.
The embassy cable is one of thousands detailing the close co-operation between the US and Britain in the global fight against al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism.
Other documents disclose that Washington became so worried that the State Department authorised funding to pay for a range of “reverse radicalism” schemes intended to tackle the jihadist threat emanating from Britain.
At the same time, the Americans were becoming increasingly frustrated with
London’s failure to appreciate the growing threat from lawless Somalia, where growing numbers of British Muslims are said to travel for terrorist training.
By autumn 2009, British officials were briefing their US counterparts that the capacity of al-Qaeda to orchestrate new attacks had suffered from international action against terrorist leaders.
But the threat from “homegrown jihadists” was increasing, according to representatives from the Home Office, Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, who met a senior US State Department official in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2009.
A record of the meeting, written by US diplomats in Nairobi, said Britain saw “a growing likelihood of domestic threats emerging within the UK and US, to include home-grown jihadists and radicalised British Somalis and SomaliAmericans, particularly those who have travelled to Somalia or Pakistan for indoctrination and training”.
At the same time, British counter-terrorism efforts faced “new challenges” from “a wave of litigation related to actions taken after 9/11”, including CIA “renditions”, and compensation claims from Guantánamo Bay detainees.
Last week, Lord Carlile said there was now a “relatively low legal threshold” in domestic courts for a suspect to avoid deportation. The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the Government’s argument that the risk of a deportee being ill-treated in his home country should be balanced against the threat to Britain’s national security.
By Patrick Hennessy DAVID CAMERON this week ruled out making “significant” personal tax cuts as ministers battle to rein in Britain’s record deficit.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph the Prime Minister said the growing demand to reduce the tax burden for millions of families facing higher prices and the threat of job losses “does not add up” in the current climate.
He also ruled out a “Plan B” on economic policy after the release of figures showing the economy shrank by 0.5 per cent in the final quarter of last year raised fears of a doubledip recession.
The Prime Minister suggested the Government would not take further action against bankers’ bonuses, arguing that he is not interested in giving banks a “kick in the pants” – but in getting them lending again, particularly to small businesses. Bob Diamond, the chief executive of Barclays, is to get a £9million bonus this year. Stuart Gulliver, the new chief executive of HSBC, is expected to be paid as much as £9million later this month.
Mr Cameron pointed out that the Government is protecting the poorest and lifting tens of thousands out of tax altogether by changing tax thresholds.
His tax cut warning, which will disappoint many on the Right of his party, followed comments by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, suggesting 800,000 people who will pay higher-rate income tax from April will “barely notice” the difference.
A study for The Sunday Telegraph by Capital Economics showed the typical middle-class family is suffering a worse rise in inflation than the official 3.7 per cent rate.
The “real” rate is closer to 4.5 per cent because of spending patterns, the study suggested.
Ahead of next month’s Budget, Mr Cameron said: “I would love to see tax reductions. I’m a tax-cutting Tory and I believe in tax cuts, but when you’re borrowing 11 per cent of your GDP, it’s not possible to make significant net tax cuts. It just isn’t.
“It’s no good saying we’re going to deal with the deficit by cutting spending, but then we’re going to make things worse again by cutting taxes. I’m afraid it doesn’t add up.”
Last month Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, called for the Budget to be used to set out a clear “direction of travel” – including an explanation of how taxes will be reduced over the course of this parliament.