UKIP DRASTICALLY OUTPERFORMS LABOUR ACROSS KEY REGIONS
Despite weeks of attacks from the media and political establishment, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is still in the lead among those certain to vote in next week’s European Elections. A poll by ComRes for the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) puts the party on 34 percent – ten points ahead of Labour – with voters who say they are 100 percent likely to vote next Thursday.
The Liberal Democrats, the most overtly pro-EU of all the parties, still languish in single figures just ahead of the Green Party.
When looking at data for all respondents however, UKIP’s lead disappears, and the party is tied for first place with Labour, suggesting that the results will depend largely on voter turn out. The establishment parties will need to get all their supporters out if they are to do well.
FRENCH EDUCATION CHIEFS ENCOURAGE BOYS TO WEAR SKIRTS TO SCHOOL
Education chiefs in France have caused a stir by inviting boys to wear skirts to school in order to combat sexism and inequality according to the Local. On Friday boys at 27 schools across Nantes in Western France were invited to participate.
The project was called “Ce que soulève la jupe” (lift the skirts), and education bosses claim the plan was suggested by pupils themselves. It was officially sanctioned by education chiefs and was therefore, by extension, approved of by the French Department for Education.
EDL Buck: (Chowdarys mob) WHY MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT INTEGRATE WITH THE KUFFAR
British girls flown to Singapore and Dubai for ‘medicalised’ FGM
Shop worker convicted of a series of rapes warned to expect a “substantial” prison sentence
A MAN convicted of a series of rapes of a “sexually naive” young woman was today (May 15) warned to expect a “substantial” prison sentence.
Hassan Akhtar, 37, denied four counts of rape and one of attempted rape, all said to have been committed from late in 2012, into the early months the following year.
Durham Crown Court was told the offending took place while he was living in the Stanley area of County Durham while working in a local shop.
Some of the offences were said to have been committed at his house at a time when his wife and family were out of the country, visiting relatives abroad.
Teacher at school embroiled in Trojan Horse scandal ‘broke into teenage girl’s phone to prove she was in forbidden relationship’ with male pupil
A teacher at a school embroiled in the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal broke into a teenage girl’s phone to prove she was in a ‘forbidden relationship with a boy pupil, it is claimed.
The 16-year-old’s mobile was reportedly confiscated by a teacher at Park View School in Birmingham last month, and then taken to a shop where its passcode was unlocked and its contents scrutinised.
After teachers found text messages between her and another Year 11 pupil as well as pictures of the pair she was suspended – despite the fact she was preparing to sit her GCSEs.
Defiled and bloody, tethered to a tree, school uniforms ripped: The moment I rescued two girls from Boko Haram
Two teenage girls found tied to trees in a clearing in the Nigerian bush Had been beaten, raped and left to die in sweltering heat by Boko Haram Found a week after 276 girls were taken from a school in Ba’ale, Chibok Found by Baba Goni, 15, who was held hostage by the group for two years before escaping
Pupils shouldn’t swim during Ramadan because swallowing pool water ‘would break the fast’ claims chair of governors at school accused of teaching Islamic extremism in Trojan Horse scandal
A governor who is said to have orchestrated a plot by Muslim extremists to take over a group of schools believes children should not be allowed to swim during Ramadan because it may ‘break their fast’.
Tahir Alam, the chairman of Park View School in Birmingham, said there should be sensitivity during the Islamic holy month because pupils could accidentally ‘swallow water.’
The suspected ringleader of the ‘Trojan Horse’ operation also said Muslim women and girls have an ‘obligation’ to cover their bodies after denying claims he made schoolchildren wear headscarves.
He describes himself as a ‘conservative Muslim’, but says allegations of Islamification and extremist teachings at the schools in Birmingham are false.
Mr Alam drafted a document in 2007 suggesting songs with ant-Islamic lyrics should be banned from schools and dancing ‘discouraged’.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Alam said no one had praised al-Qaeda in assemblies and refuted rumours that classrooms had been segregated.
He added that schools’ policies on areas such as collective prayer, headscarves and halal meat were ‘within the legal parameters.’
‘No child has to wear a headscarf, nobody has to go to prayer in a compulsory manner … only 5-10 per cent of our children pray during lunchtime,’ he said.
Despite having a 99 per cent Muslim uptake, Mr Alam said Park View has no ‘religious designation’, which means they cannot force any faith practices on students.
Immigrants who move to Britain need to learn to speak English and ‘respect our way of life’, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid claims
Immigrants who come to live in Britain need to learn to speak English and to ‘respect our way of life’, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Mr Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants and the first Asian Secretary of State, said that people were entitled to expect that immigrants made a contribution to society.
‘People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right,’ he told The Sunday Telegraph.
‘People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English.’
His intervention comes at a time when the Conservatives are under intense pressure from the UK Independence Party over the issue of immigration ahead of Thursday’s European elections.
Mr Javid criticised those who had failed to assimilate into British society, despite living in the country for many years.
‘I know people myself, I have met people who have been in Britain for over 50 years and they still can’t speak English,’ he said.
‘I think it’s perfectly reasonable for British people to say, look, if you’re going to settle in Britain and make it your home, you should learn the language of the country and you should respect its laws and its culture.’
Voters will head to the polls in the UK on Thursday to elect the MEP’s for the European parliament.
Elections are also being held in 161 English council areas.
African leaders agree to pool resources to ‘go to war’ on Boko Haram militants
Tchad’s President Idriss Deby (left), French President Francois Hollande (centre) and Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan (right) at a Paris summit to discuss the Boko Haram threat
African leaders yesterday agreed to co-operate in declaring ‘war’ on the Boko Haram Islamist militants.
At a meeting hosted by Francois Hollande, President of France, the leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad agreed to pool intelligence and resources in a bid to beat the terrorists.
‘Boko Haram is no longer a local terrorist group, it is operating clearly as an al Qaeda operation, it is an al Qaeda of West Africa,’ Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told a news conference in Paris following the meeting.
THOUSANDS MARCH IN VIENNA IN ‘FAR RIGHT’, EUROSCEPTIC PROTEST
Thousands of young people who are say they are “pro-European but anti-European Union” held a march in Vienna yesterday as part of the Identity Movement which has sprung up in France, Germany and Austria.
The movement, known in the Germanic countries as Die Identitaere Bewegung and in France as Génération Identitaire, wants to reclaim Europe’s Christian “cultural birth-right” back from multiculturalism, the Local reports.
It is part of the Bloc Identitaire, a French nationalist group which opposes imperialism, “whether it is American or Islamic.”
Police expected the march to attract 2,000 demonstrators, but said: “We don’t expect any trouble.”
THE DAILY MAIL’S ABOUT-FACE ON FARAGE, ROMANIAN IMMIGRANTS, AND ITS OWN ARTICLES
The Daily Mail performed a curious about-face on Romanian immigrants and criminality, as Nigel Farage came under fire for defending his comments that Britons would be concerned about a family of Romanian immigrants moving in next door to them.
The ‘DMReporter‘ Twitter account has revealed that until Farage’s appearance on LBC radio this week, the Daily Mail reported on numerous occasions about the threat of criminal gangs from the former Soviet country. The evidence raises questions about the Mail’s editorial integrity and an inherent anti-UKIP bias.
EDL victim of ‘hit and run’ crash at pub
A Ford Focus car was driven through the 15-strong crowd outside a Wolverhampton pub severely injuring one man
Police are investigating claims that an alleged hit-and-run driver targeted a group of men outside a pub because they were members of the right-wing English Defence League.
A Ford Focus car was driven through the 15-strong crowd outside a Wolverhampton pub severely injuring one man.
The Sunday Mercury understands the 40-year-old Asian victim is a leading member of the EDL’s controversial Sikh Division.