The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis

The mosque fire received huge attention, while the rape epidemic is basically ignored. When a Swedish woman and her son are brutally knifed to death in the most Swedish of all places – an IKEA store – the Prime Minister has nothing to say.

The normal democratic order, where citizens can contact politicians or the media to make their voices heard, has all but evaporated in Sweden. Newspaper websites have removed the reader comment fields, and the politicians hide behind a wall of officials who brand callers expressing concern “racist,” and hang up. Sweden is governed by a power that has shut down the democratic process.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron is continuing to reshape how the EU referendum will run, after agreeing to change the planned “Yes/No” choice to a question of whether to “stay” or “remain” in the political bloc [or leave]. The Prime Minister is still listening to Eurosceptics, with our leader today urging him to allay fears that he is trying to “slant the process”, as the government prepares to unveil “significant” changes to the so-called “purdah” rules, which stop ministers using public money to campaign for one side just before a referendum.

The amendments have to be published today, BBC News reports, in order to give MPs enough time to consider them before the Commons returns next week, and are expected to restore the restrictions on ministers with “some exceptions”. Will this be enough for Eurosceptics? Sir Bill Cash was far from gruntled on the Today programme this morning, insisting “there is a strong case for not having any exemptions.” He also pointed to another issue with the referendum rules, calling for ministers who want to campaign for a Brexit to be given free rein to do so without losing their jobs.

David Cameron isn’t just facing pressure at home, with Austria and Germany threatening to torpedo his EU renegotiation bid in response to Britain’s refusal to accept thousands of migrants. Stephan Mayer, a spokesman on home affairs for Angela Merkel’s Conservative MPs, told the Times that “this huge challenge could mean a lot of shifts in the EU in bilateral relationships” in the coming months. The Prime Minister will know that taking in more migrants is a potentially controversial idea, as Yvette Cooper showed when she called Britain to take 10,000 refugees. But Eurosceptics will keep pushing for a fair and free referendum. David Cameron is having to be acutely aware of his backbenchers’ concerns in order to protect his slim majority and keep the show on the road.


Jeremy Corbyn continues to dominate Labour’s leadership election, writing in today’s Telegraph about his pension plans and why manual workers in “physically demanding jobs” should be allowed to retire early. Others are more sceptical about his agenda, like our great new columnist William Hague, who writes in today’s paper that Corbyn is only gaining popularity as Labourites seek “something, anything that seems authentic, passionate, and consistent.” The former Foreign Secretary adds: “This is the first election of a Labour leader in which none of the candidates look like they could be prime minister five years later.”

This comes as the Labour Party was accused of secretly campaigning against Corbyn after its chief whip allegedly moved against the hard-Left front-runner. Rosie Winterton raised concerns that Andy Burnham was not taking a more critical stance towards him with a senior figure in party, Ben Riley-Smith reports. Arch moderniser Chuka Umunna has held out an olive branch to Corbyn and his followers, calling for the right of the party to “accept the result” of the contest and “support our new leader” whoever wins. The latest remarks by the Shadow Business Secretary, who supports Liz Kendall in the contest, are significantly warmer than his last intervention, when he warned his party against behaving “like a petulant child”.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn’s rivals have launched a series of attacks over his defence of Hamas, refusal to back bombing Isil in Syria and “excuses for Putin” in a bruising TV debate on Channel 4 yesterday. It has also emerged that Jeremy Corbyn led a campaign for the release of two convicted terrorists who were jailed for their part in the car bombing of the Israeli embassy in London and a Jewish charity building. Steve Swinford has more.


Britain must take 10,000 refugees Yvette Cooper says as she accuses David Cameron of an “immoral” response to the migrant crisis, Laura Hughes reports. The Labour leadership candidate blamed ministers of “political cowardice” and described Britain’s net migration target which includes refugees as “cowardly” and “not the British way”. “Labour’s leadership election is nearly over, and Yvette Cooper is currently on course to lose it,” says Dan Hodges. “But the speech she’s just given on the refugee crisis is not just one of the best she’s delivered. It’s one of the best any British politician has delivered, period.”

“Critics would have to concede that Ms Cooper’s speech was bold – bold because of the inevitable opposition from critics like them,” writes our sketchwriter Michael Deacon. “If you’re a politician in this country seeking to make yourself more popular, you don’t give a speech calling for a greater influx of foreigners.”

This comes as rail services between Britain and France were suspended after migrants clambered onto the Eurostar track outside Calais. In all five trains had to be held while police cleared the migrants from the track, David Millward reports.


Hillary Clinton may have broken US secrecy rules by handling classified information from Tony Blair and the British government on her personal email account, Raf Sanchez reports. Newly disclosed emails from Mrs Clinton’s time as US secretary of state show she regularly received sensitive details from Mr Blair and UK officials on an email server based in her home in New York. Here are the 10 key things we have learned from the latest tranche of emails, rounded up by James Rothwell and David Hodari.


Nicola Sturgeon met Rupert Murdoch during an official visit to New York but did not mention it in her list of engagements, Simon Johnson reports. The First Minister met the News Corporation chairman during a visit to the offices of the Wall Street Journal on June 9 after holding talks with the editor-in-chief. This comes as Sturgeon announced an overhaul of the way Scotland’s beleaguered national police force is run only two-and-a-half years after it was set up.


George Osborne will be the frontrunner in any future bid to replace David Cameron as Conservative leader, new polling has suggested. For the second month running, a poll of Conservative members by the ConservativeHome website has found the Chancellor well ahead of his nearest rival Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary.


Coasting state schools should “up their game”, Nicky Morgan has said, as the Government set out plans to open 500 new free schools between now and 2020, Chris Hope reports. The Education Secretary and David Cameron, the Prime Minister, restated their commitment to the free school programme as 18 new projects were given the go-ahead.

UNRWA Teacher Posts Blood Libel Cartoon

An UNRWA teacher in Jordan, Nasreen Hammoud, posted this cartoon on Facebook showing a Jew (with an American fork) cutting up and eating a Palestinian child while drinking his blood.

Does this violate UNRWA’s alleged “neutrality” requirements for employees? Of course it does.


“You cannot be pregnant without permission of Muslim master who pay you”

“Muslim attackers when beating a pregnant Christian woman were loudly saying ‘You cannot be pregnant without permission of Muslim master who pay you.’” And the Christians have no recourse: the Pakistani authorities are Muslims and side with the attackers. This is an ongoing human rights abuse. But Muslims are the perpetrators, not the victims, so human rights organizations look the other way.


Lower tax rates do bring in more revenue

If you look at the self assessment income tax receipts which include much of the top rate tax collected, you see that over the four years of 50 percent top rate self assessment income tax came in around £20.5bn a year.This was £2bn or 10 percent lower than the levels of 2007-8 and 2008-9 when the top rate was 40 percent.Last year was the first year that self assessment income tax has gone to higher levels, reaching £23.6bn at the 45p top rate. This July saw further strong upwards movement in self assessment income tax, with growth of 17 percent over July the previous year.


Mass Immigration and the Undoing of Europe

With the European Union surrendering its immigration policy to people smugglers, the immigration crisis in Europe keeps reaching staggering new heights. The word has gone out that Fortress Europe is scalable. From Morocco to Turkey, people smuggling has turned into an irresistibly big business.

From small-time thugs to the terror outfit Hamas — for $2500-$3000 per person smuggled — many evidently want to seize a slice of this lucrative business that was created by the EU’s collective inaction.

In Germany, where traffickers are now dropping off illegal immigrants on Autobahns, authorities have reacted — not by trying to intercept or discourage the traffickers, but by putting new road-signs alerting drivers of potential pedestrians on the highway.


Lebanon, the Country that has Turned into a Garbage Dump – Israel News

Sanitation services in Beirut have been at a standstill for several weeks due to labor disputes and endless arguments about the proposed location of garbage dumps. No one in the city will agree to having a dump in his backyard and for that matter, anywhere in his neighborhood. Thousands of tons of smelly trash are piled up in the city, and the hot weather that has hit the area over the last few weeks has made them even more unbearable than usual. A joke going around Beirut says that the price of clothespins is rising, as people have been buying them to stop up their noses.

The trash problem is also the result of a non-functioning officialdom. The government of Tamam Salam does not seem to be able to make any decisions, the parliament has not been able to appoint a president for over a year, and even the parliamentary elections have been put off in the legal vacuum that prevails. Lebanon is barely functioning, its citizens have no recourse. Their protest against the sanitation removal situation is really a protest against their dysfunctional state.