“In the Quran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non-Muslims. I dont feel sorry for him.” — Anjem Choudary.
“Eventually the whole world will be governed by Shariah & Muslims will have authority over China Russia USA etc This is the promise of Allah.” — Anjem Choudary.
“Under the Koran the sale of alcohol is prohibited and if one were to also drink alcohol, that would be 40 lashes.” — Anjem Choudary.
“We [Muslims] take the Jizya, which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar [non-Muslim]. They give us the money. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar. We take the money.” — Anjem Choudary.
As the past few weeks have, shown, hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians would rather risk their lives at sea than live under Palestinian governments and leaders whose only goal is to enrich their bank accounts.
Instead of creating job opportunities for young men and women, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] have spent the past 7 years fighting over money and power. They are now busy planning how to lay their hands on the millions of dollars that are supposed to go to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Hamas wants to use the PA as a tool through which the international community channels funds to he Gaza Strip — a move that would ultimately empower Hamas to tighten its grip over the Palestinian population there.
They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to enable them to enter Europe.
Good morning. An important rule of polling: the first poll is happenstance, the second a coincidence, the third just noise. By the fourth, however, it may well be a trend.
The latest Ashcroft poll has the Conservatives on 32% to Labour on 30%, while today’s YouGov poll for the Sun has numbers of 35% to 33%, the lowest Labour share for that company for two years.
It could just be a conference bounce – and the usual caveats about the volatility of Ashcroft polls remain – and it’s worth noting that the latest Populus poll has a robust Labour lead of 37% to 31%. But it’s increased the jitters around the Labour leader’s position and the bad feeling in that party after a flat conference.
The problem is as much of personality as policy – even in the Populus poll, Ed Miliband’s personal ratings are giving Labour MPs the vapours – but its the mansion tax that is attracting serious opposition. John Mills tells the Huffington Post that the tax will “cause all sorts of problems”, while Margaret Hodge becomes the latest London MP to come out against the mansion tax in the Times. “Grandees turn on Miliband” is their splash.
How much trouble is Ed Miliband in? Internally, the mansion tax is more likely to do more long-lasting damage to his preferred candidate for the London mayoralty, Sadiq Khan, who,being one of Mr Miliband’s closest allies is now the only runner for that office not to have declared his opposition to the measure. (Diane Abbot on the left, David Lammy from the centre and the right’s Tessa Jowell have all come out against the move.) The rumours yesterday about Alan Johnson look be the mutterings of the usual discontents, and in any case, he’s still not interested. There’s no serious prospect of Ed Miliband not leading his party into the battle in May. But his chances of victory are diminishing.
YES! NO! MAYBE.
The Liberal Democrats are divided over whether they should acquiesce to the Conservatives’ desire for an In-Out referendum, Sam Coates reports in the Times. The “Alistair Carmichael position” – the Secretary of State for Scotland told a fringe yesterday that without a Conservative majority, there would not be a referendum at all – does not hold much weight among Liberal Democrats, although there is a bigger divide on how big a prize the negotiating team should extract for supporting a vote. A straight European swap – the Human Rights Act preserved in exchange for an In-Out referendum – looks the most likely outcome. It’s part of the bigger argument about whether to go into battle with a coalition-ready manifesto or a bigger, more inspiring offer to the country. Tim Farron, one of the louder advocates for the latter approach, will address conference today and will call for a vast increase in the housebuilding programme. “They are not interested in the past, they are interested in the future,” Mr Farron will say: “Their votes depend on what happens next, not what happened last. Looking back alone will not win us a single seat next May.”
THE GOVE IN WHITEHALL KNOWS BEST
Michael Gove’s quiet influence at the centre of government continues to grow, Elizabeth Rigby and Sarah Neville report in the FT. He has begun attending weekly meetings of Whitehall’s permanent secretaries. The breach in all protocol has ruffled traditionalist feathers but it’s a measure of the fact that, for all his demotion in the reshuffle, he remains one of the government’s key men.
DAMNED WITH FAINT PRAISE
Nick Clegg would rather wake up next to his wife, Miriam, than David Cameron or Ed Miliband, he told Sky News yesterday. The image was “disturbing”, the DPM added. (Of Dave or Ed, I hasten to add.) Georgia Graham has the story.
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB “A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT IDEAL”
“Winning has become the primary motive” in football since 1992, a motion before Conference today warns.
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Ahmed Fayed, 17, was stabbed to death on Sunday while attempting to rescue women from sexual harassment, reported activist group Shoft Ta7arosh ‘I Saw Harassment’.
According to local media reports, the young man was stabbed in the heart after intervening to stop the sexual harassment of a group of women in the town of Ra’as Al-Bar, located in the governorate of Damietta.
The body of Ahmed has been transported to a local hospital where an autopsy will be performed.
Local police have meanwhile announced that two 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old have been arrested in connection with the stabbing. Police announced that the three teenagers had confessed to the crime shortly after their arrest.