Asian grooming gangs
Britain’s courts should treat Asian Muslim grooming gangs behind the abuse of hundreds of white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals, leading MPs and campaigners have demanded. The demand was issued as senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished after another ring of Asian mainly muslim sex offenders was convicted in Newcastle. The Attorney General was facing calls to review the sentences of several members of the 18-strong Newcastle gang after it emerged the apparently racially-aggravated nature of their crimes was not reflected in their punishment. The men, mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plying vulnerable and underage white girls with drink and drugs before sexually abusing and raping them.
Potential cases of child abuse are not being raised because people fear being labelled racist, a Labour frontbencher has argued. There is a need to acknowledge that the “majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani” in the towns and cities where grooming gangs have targeted girls, Sarah Champion has said. The Labour MP for Rotherham – a town where grooming gangs have previously been exposed – added that the lack of action in highlighting potential cases is because people are “more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse”.
Asian sex gangs who traffic, drug and rape young girls and women across the UK are ‘racist’ and should be given longer prison sentences because of it, according to several top politicians and legal minds. 17 men and 1 woman were convicted of nearly 100 offences linked to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle on Wednesday. It follows similar large-scale prosecutions in Rochdale and Rotherham. One of the depraved abusers in Newcastle, Badrul Hussain, reportedly said: “All white women are only good for one thing. For men like me to f**k and use like trash. That’s all women like you are worth.” There is a “profoundly racist” undercurrent in the widespread sexual abuse of white girls and women committed by mostly Muslim men, according to Lord MacDonald, the former Director of Public Prosecutions.
Britain must confront the “profoundly racist” reality of Muslim grooming and rape gangs after the Newcastle case, a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service and Liberal Democrat Lord has said. Lord Macdonald made the comments the day after the conviction of 17 mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi men for grooming, drugging, trafficking, and raping vulnerable white girls. He told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme there was “a major problem in particular communities” of men viewing young white girls as “trash” and available for sex. There had previously been a “reluctance” to investigate such crimes, he said, agreeing with presenter John Humphrys when he categorised them as “by and large, Muslim men who have been targeting white girls”.
ASIAN grooming gangs targeting of white teenage girls should be treated as “racially aggravated crimes”, MPs and campaigners have demanded. The government said that “political and cultural sensitivities” must not stand in the way of rooting out the “sickening crime”. Eighteen people were convicted of abusing girls as young as 14 in Newcastle yesterday. Cops have been blasted after paying a convicted child rapist £10,000 to spy on the paedo gang – but he insists he’s “the good guy”.
Brussels must end the perk that allows EU staff and MEPs to pay, in some cases, as little as 12 per cent tax, politicians and campaigners have said. The call comes a day after The Telegraph reported that the EU’s 28 commissioners had spent half a million euros on travel expenses in just two months and before tough negotiations over the so-called “Brexit bill” later this month. The European Commission is thought to favour a financial settlement of 100 billion euros as the price for Brexit. Britain is planning an initial offer of £36 billion, The Telegraph reported. Staff in the EU institutions do not pay national income tax, instead they pay an often far lower “community tax” directly back into the bloc’s budget. The money is used to fund programmes in EU member states.
CAMPAIGNERS and politicians have demanded an end to an Brussels loophole which allows EU staff and MEPs to pay just 12 per cent tax. The call comes only a day after it was revealed that the unelected EU Commission spent an eye-watering £500,000 on foreign trips within two months, which Access Info believe is only the tip of the “iceberg”. Staff in the EU institutions do not pay national income tax, but pay a “community tax” that goes directly back into the bloc’s budget. The rate is often far lower than income tax in Belgium, which is 50 per cent on wages more than £34,000. According to the European Parliament, 751 MEPs earn £86,700 a year. But, after the community tax and a health insurance contribution, they earn £71,599.
Spain could surpass Greece this year as a gateway for migrants entering Europe by sea, international monitors warned on Thursday, as the number of arrivals swells to treble that of 2016. Amid a crackdown on migration through Libya, more than 8,000 people have turned to the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain this year, compared to 2,500 during the same period in 2016. On Wednesday, sunbathers on a beach near Cadiz were shocked to see a black rubber dinghy loaded with migrants landing on the shore, its occupants quickly leaping from the vessel and running away.
Spain says around 700 migrants have tried to storm the border crossing between Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco, but none managed to make it across. The Interior Ministry’s office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall (20-foot) barbed-wire fences around Ceuta after the early Thursday crossing attempt at the Tarajal post failed, but were again repelled by Moroccan and Spanish police. Spain and Morocco on Wednesday agreed to close the Tarajal post to freight traffic for a week because of recent migrant crossing attempts. Pedestrian and passenger vehicles were still allowed. Every year, thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to scale the border fences surrounding Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave, in a bid to enter Europe.
It was not an image that holidaymakers sunning themselves on a beach in southern Spain had expected. A large dinghy carrying 30 African migrants approached the shore of Cadiz and landed, letting them disembark on to the Playa de los Alemanes. They immediately ran away. The boat is the latest evidence that a new migrant route has opened up between north Africa and mainland Europe for refugees fleeing poverty and, in fewer cases, war. Juan Ignacio Zoido, the Spanish interior minister, vowed: “We will continue fighting against the mafias who traffic people even if they employ new modes of transport.”
A BOATLOAD of African immigrants stunned holidaymakers when they landed on a packed Spanish beach in the middle of the day and ran past the crowds. An estimated 30 men, believed to be mostly sub-Saharan Africans, were filmed sprinting away from the inflatable Zodiac dinghy after crossing from Morocco to Europe. The group landed on Playa de los Alemanes – Germans’ Beach – near Tarifa in southern Spain at around 2pm yesterday afternoon as tourists enjoyed one of the hottest days of the year so far. Even though the footage suggests most of the men were from sub-Saharan Africa, local reports said they were Moroccan.
The UK government expects to sign a formal deal with Scotland setting out its new powers before Brexit, to head off a confrontation over the repeal bill. Damian Green, the first secretary of state, said an agreement between the two governments would be published before the EU repeal bill came into force, outlining new powers for Holyrood and the policies set at UK level. But Green ruled out any substantive changes to the repeal bill, rejecting a key demand put to him by Scotland’s Brexit minister, Mike Russell, during their talks in Edinburgh on Wednesday, when he said the bill should be rewritten.
THE Scottish Government warned a constitutional crisis could be on the horizon after it failed to grab power from Westminster in Brexit talks. Scotland’s Brexit minister Mike Russell met UK officials yesterday to discuss the Great Repeal Bill, which hands powers currently residing in Brussels to Westminster after Brexit. But the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have accused Westminster of a “power grab” because they do not believe the power in the Bill are extensive enough. Both devolved administrations have said they will not recommend legislative consent for the Bill in its current state. But Mr Russell said Holyrood would “not budge” on demands for powers to be given immediately from Brussels to Scotland.
FURIOUS Scottish ministers yesterday renewed threats to “block” Brexit unless they get extra powers in crunch talks last night. It came as Theresa May’s second in command Damian Green headed to Holyrood for a summit on crucial fishing, farming and environmental policies. The First Secretary of State warned he wanted “serious, constructive talks” ahead of the meeting. But last night Scotland’s Brexit Minister told Mr Green they would “not budge” on demands for powers to come straight to Scotland from Brussels. Mike Russell branded the bill a “blatant power grab” ranting that in its current form it was “impractical and unworkable”.
BRUSSELS’ dreams of creating its own army were today brutally dismissed by a former military chief who said Vladimir Putin will be laughing at the prospect of facing a euro force. Tory MEP Geoffrey Van Orden, a retired British army brigadier, said Europe was being “distracted” by pointless plans for an EU military which were simply playing into the hands of the Kremlin. He warned eurocrats’ plans for a ‘Defence Union’ – viewed by many commentators as a thinly veiled euphemism for a euro army – would undermine efforts to revitalise the NATO alliance. And Mr Van Orden, who voted Remain in the June 2016 referendum, said Brussels was primarily pursuing the creation of its own military as part of its quest to become a superstate and not for sound defence reasons.
Almost 500 lives a year are being saved by improvements in NHS care for heart failure, a review has found. Too many people still die from the condition, however, and experts urged hospitals to make sure more get crucial treatment and see specialists promptly. More than half a million people in Britain have heart failure, in which the heart struggles to empty and fill. It is most common in the elderly and accounts for one in 20 NHS hospital admissions. Researchers at University College London found “modest but important improvements” as death rates in hospitals fell from 9.6 per cent in 2014-15 to 8.9 per cent now but added: “Mortality remains too high and there are large variations among hospitals.”
More than four million patients are waiting for planned NHS surgery – the highest level since records began in 2007, figures show. The data, combined with missed targets such as waiting times at A&E, will raise fresh questions over Theresa May’s handing of the NHS and spark calls for new investment. Healthcare officials called the system “unsustainable” and the figures “shocking”. NHS England said 3.83 million patients were waiting for surgery last month.
The NHS has now missed its main A&E waiting time target every month for the past two years, grim stats show. Labour hit out after NHS England said just 90.3% of patients spent four hours or less in A&E during July 2017. It means the 95% target has not been hit since July 2015, shortly after the Tories won a majority in the general election. Meanwhile the number of patients waiting for planned surgery has now hit an all-time high of more than four million. And the latest figures also show that in June, two of NHS England’s eight cancer targets were also missed including the vital 85% standard for 62 days between referral from a GP and first treatment.
More than four million people are on an NHS waiting list for surgery for the first time in a decade, and doctors warn that there is no end in sight to lengthening treatment delays. One in 13 people in England are on a waiting list, with 373,000 on one for more than four months, up a fifth since last summer, official figures show. Hospitals said safe care was at risk this winter because they were already overstretched in the summer months. Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, said in March that a target to give 92 per cent of patients needing a routine operation treatment within 18 weeks would be temporarily abandoned to fund other priorities.
Former prime minister Tony Blair has criticised the UK civil service, saying there is a “genuine problem with the bureaucracy” of the country. He has said UK civil servants are “superb” at coping in a crisis, but failed to implement major reform during his time in office. “I learned it’s [the UK civil service] great at managing things, but not great at changing things,” Blair told Reflections with Peter Hennessy on Radio 4. “If you had a crisis, there was nothing better than that British system. It kicked in, it operated to a high degree of quality and on numerous occasions I had cause to be thankful for it,” he said.
He is reviled by many on the left and has rejected the politics of Jeremy Corbyn. But Tony Blair has paid tribute to an unlikely inspiration: the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. The former prime minister and architect of New Labour was briefly a “Trot” and “toyed with Marxism” while he was at Oxford in the 1970s, he said yesterday. In an interview on Reflections with Peter Hennessy on BBC Radio 4, Mr Blair said his enthusiasm was fired when he chanced upon a copy of Isaac Deustcher’s acclaimed biography. “I picked it up and started to read it and I literally didn’t stop reading it all night. It opened a different world to me,” he said.
Tony Blair has revealed he was a student “Trot” and was inspired to enter politics by the extraordinary life of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. The former Prime Minister – who went on to reject traditional left-wing politics and argue for a “Third Way” – said he briefly held very different views while at Oxford University in the 1970s. In a BBC Radio 4 interview, Mr Blair said he “toyed with Marxism” after picking up a biography of Trotsky after performing a gig with his student rock band Ugly Rumours.
Tony Blair has admitted he was a ‘Trot’ in his younger days, and believed the Labour party wasn’t left wing enough. When the ex-PM first joined the party, after leaving Oxford University in the 1970s, he thought they were the “betrayers of socialism”. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Reflections With Peter Hennessey, Mr Blair said his enthusiasm was fired after picking up a biography of Trotsky after performing at a gig with his student rock band Ugly Rumours. “When I got back I picked it up and started to read it. And I literally didn’t stop reading it all night. It opened a different world to me,” he said.
Momentum has announced it will launch its second four-day festival alongside Labour’s annual autumn conference in Brighton to celebrate the party’s “extraordinary comeback” at the general election. The grassroots organisation, set up in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s first victory for the leadership of the party in 2015, now boasts over 27,000 members and expects this year’s festival to be held across nine different venues in the city, including a nightclub and a church turned art gallery. Welcoming the announcement of the event – to run under the banner of The World Transformed – the Labour leader said Momentum’s event had “shown itself to be a powerful new space on the Labour Party conference fringe for people to debate policies, exchange ideas, and expand our political horizon with arts, music and culture”.
LABOUR’S conference will once again play host to a festival of radical politics and culture, campaigning left-wing organisation Momentum announced yesterday. The group said its The World Transformed event, which launched at the party conference in Liverpool last year, would return to a spread of nine venues in Brighton in September. Speakers and performers at the festival, which will run from September 23 to 26, will include shadow chancellor John McDonnell, DJ collective Horse Meat Disco, film-maker Ken Loach and MPs Laura Pidcock and Lisa Nandy.
He is Kim Jong-un’s shadow, following the North Korean president from missile launch to military parade. General Kim Rak-gyom is often seen smiling and joking with his subordinates but, much like his despotic leader, he is far more dangerous than his jovial exterior suggests. As head of North Korea’s rocket command, he is believed to have his finger on the proverbial button, with as many as 60 suspected nuclear warheads at his disposal. Hours before Kim Jong-un announced he was looking into the logistics of striking the remote Pacific island, host to thousands of US servicemen and submarines, Donald Trump vowed ‘fire and fury’ if he threatened his country. General Kim Rak-gyom went one further by branding Trump’s remarks ‘a load of nonsense’ – and the US president ‘senile’.
US President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against North Korea tonight, suggesting he had “not been tough enough” when he warned the rogue regime faced “fire and fury”. Mr Trump said North Korea should be “very, very nervous” about doing anything to the United States or its allies. He said: “It’s about time somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.” The president was vague about what further action his administration might take, telling reporters: “You’ll see. You’ll see.”
A US-North Korea nuclear war “would kill millions”, Jeremy Corbyn has warned. The Labour leader and anti-nuclear campaigner gave the stark reminder as he urged both sides to ” ratchet down the rhetoric”. Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” while the secretive state’s dictator Kim Jong-Un has said he will decide within days whether to fire four rockets towards the US territory of Guam. Speaking on a campaign visit to Cornwall, Mr Corbyn said: “The idea that anyone can kind of contemplate using nuclear weapons at any stage against anybody is unthinkable. “There is no such thing as an isolated nuclear attack. “It would kill millions on both sides of the Korean border and of course in neighbouring countries.”
Donald Trump has told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un he has “disrespected our country greatly”, warning “with me, he’s not getting away with it”. The ongoing war of words has been escalating, with Pyongyang saying it is readying a plan to fire four missiles towards the US island territory of Guam. Trump told reporters: “He does something in Guam, it will be an event, the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen in North Korea.” Earlier he said North Korea could face even more than “fire and fury” if it continues to escalate tensions. Speaking in California, defence secretary James Mattis said it was his responsibility to have military options “should they be needed”, but added the US effort was diplomatically led.
President Donald Trump says his administration will announce plans as early as next week to spend billions more than it already is on missile defense – after saying his warning to North Korea of ‘fire and fury’ wasn’t tough enough. The United States’ nuclear arsenal is in ‘tip-top shape and getting better and getting stronger’ since he signed an executive order demanding improvements, Trump said Thursday after a national security briefing, ‘and we have it now in very, very good shape.’ ‘I would like to de-nuke the world,’ Trump stated. ‘And until such time this scourge disappears we will be so much better and so much stronger than anybody else.’
BRITAIN would play no part in any military action against North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, Government insiders have revealed. The signal came as Theresa May’s deputy called for a de-escalation of tension between US President Donald Trump and the rogue Communist state — but it was immediately slammed as “weak and ill-judged.” First Secretary of State Damian Green said it is “obviously” in Britain’s interests that the stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang does not lead to conflict. Speaking in Edinburgh, he urged Mr Trump to be “sensible” and go through the UN before acting on his “fire and fury” threat. A senior Government source insisted the UN was as far as the UK would go in support of a possible military strike by the US.
NIGEL Farage has branded Kim Jong-un a “maniac” and warned North Korea’s nuclear capability is “very worrying”. The ex-UKIP leader said we have two choices on how to deal with shocking threats from Kim on Good Morning Britain today. The Donald Trump ally said: “We can just stand aside and let him do it or we can do what Trump is doing which is getting the international community together.” Mr Farage said the United Nations security council unanimously voted at the weekend to put tough sanctions on North Korea and warned “he didn’t like this anymore”. He also compared the North Korean dictator to Adolf Hitler, he said: “Back in the 30s we just allowed Hitler to go on and on and on. “And if was a tough argument if we stopped him sooner, lives would have been saved.”