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ToryDiary: Three tests for a counter-extremism policy

Margot James MP on Comment: How to keep older people out of A & E – and also improve their care 

David Cameron's new task force to take on the hate clerics…

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"David Cameron is planning new powers to muzzle Islamic hate preachers accused of provoking terrorist outrages such as the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. … The Prime Minister wants to stop extremist clerics using schools, colleges, prisons and mosques to spread their ‘poison’ and is to head a new Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Task Force (TERFOR) made up of senior Ministers, MI5, police and moderate religious leaders." – Mail on Sunday

"Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, uses an article in The Sunday Telegraph to warn public bodies, including the police and judges, that it is time for them to bring the full weight of the law to bear on extremists and not be hampered by political correctness." – The Sunday Telegraph

  • "…hopefully the Prime Minister’s task force can find ways of helping the Muslim community itself tackle extremism." – Mail on Sunday editorial
  • "The blunt truth is that no matter what new powers or methods the security services have, they will never be able to do more than hinder terrorists." – Sunday Times editorial (£)

> Today on ToryDiary: Three tests for a counter-extremism policy

…as The Sun on Sunday attacks Mr Cameron for going on holiday during "the biggest terror crisis since 7/7"…

Sun"The country is in turmoil over the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. … People are weeping and laying tributes at Woolwich barracks. … There have been angry clashes with the EDL. … And the hate preacher who inspired the meat cleaver-wielding killer is laughing at us. … But instead of making sure that Anjem Choudary is put behind bars, the Prime Minister has decided that his biggest priority is hopping on a plane to Ibiza. … You have to wonder if David Cameron can be bothered to be Prime Minister." – Sun on Sunday editorial

…the Government battles over security policy…

"In the wake of last week's murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Tory MPs have launced a tirade against Nick Clegg for scuppering legislation he has branded a 'snoopers' charter' … One ministerial aide warned that Clegg would have to 'bear the responsibility' if his 'petty party politics' left Britain vulnerable to attack." – Sunday Times (£)

  • "Mass surveillance wouldn't have saved the life of Drummer Rigby" – Henry Porter, The Observer

…various other politicians join the fray…

  • LC"I was shocked when my own party leader, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, in response to honest but siren voices ignorant of the evidence, decided to veto the Bill out of the 2013 Queen’s Speech." – Lib Dem peer Lord Carlile, Mail on Sunday
  • "Furious MPs last night questioned whether security levels had suffered, culminating in the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. … Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former homeland security spokesman, said: 'I issued several warnings about the danger of cutting intelligence spending back in 2010.'" - The Sun on Sunday
  • "The coalition's strategy to counter Islamist extremism is failing, according to an outspoken intervention by the former cabinet minister who ran the programme under the last government." – The Observer

…and the rest of the Sunday papers have their say on the Woolwich attack

  • MdA"The choice is not only how hard we fight to protect ourselves, but how far we are willing to go to pre-empt attack. Each society makes such a choice, but must keep it under constant review. It is to defend that unending debate against the psychosis of certainty that brave men like Drummer Rigby put their lives on the line every day." – Matthew d'Ancona, The Sunday Telegraph
  • "When a soldier was murdered on the streets of London, what use was it to anyone that the Prime Minister flew back from Paris?" – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
  • "Inside Number 10, the view is that some reassurance can actually be drawn from the fact that the attackers were known to the authorities, and might even have been contacted by them." – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday
  • "In my view that man’s severely mentally ill and has found a convenient conduit for his insanity — in this case the Koran." – Russell Brand, The Sun on Sunday
  • "Perhaps our own authorities should pay Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, and the other women who confronted the terrorists in Woolwich, to start a mission of female enlightenment, in south London – and beyond. We men could all learn from them." – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)

Owen Paterson has more badgers in his sights

Badger"Owen Paterson, the environment secretary, has drawn up plans for a big expansion of badger culling — including allowing farmers the freedom to shoot the animals — before the first two controversial trial culls have even begun. … Paterson wants to create 40 more cull zones in the next four years as part of a drive to eradicate bovine TB, the deadly disease transmitted between cattle and badgers." – Sunday Times (£)

"Conservative ministers are all too aware that the NHS is one of their weakest spots," notes the Observer

"Health experts and political strategists alike are scratching their heads as to how Jeremy Hunt ended up engaging in a game of blame-shifting he had no chance of winning. … Conservative ministers are all too aware that the NHS is one of their weakest spots and that a brewing health crisis could give Ed Miliband the next election." – Observer editorial

  • "A cap on the number of times patients can visit their GP in a year is being considered by the Conservative Party, it emerged yesterday." – Independent on Sunday

> Today, by Margot James MP on Comment: How to keep older people out of A & E – and also improve their care

Dominic Raab warns against deeper British involvement in Syria

DR"We would be better channelling our moral indignation into stronger support for selective UN peacekeeping operations, conflict resolution, delivering war criminals to the International Criminal Court and bespoke assistance for nascent democracies in war-torn Africa." – Dominic Raab, Sunday Times (£)

"There was some vociferous heckling and it galvanised me" – Margot James speaks about the gay marriage debate

"She believes people will come around to gay equality: 'A lot of people, especially older people in the Conservative constituencies, are concerned. When they know me and other openly gay MPs, they think a bit more.'" – The Observer

As it emerges that Baroness Warsi declined to lead the bill through the Lords

"Peers expect the Upper’s House debate over same sex weddings will go through the night or even into a second day, with a key vote that could scupper the policy regarded as 'too close to call'. … The Sunday Telegraph has also established that the senior Tory Baroness Warsi, a practising Muslim, refused to lead the bill through the House of Lords when asked to do so by David Cameron, the Prime Minister." – Sunday Telegraph

  • Gay marriage dominates the agenda for political, rather than ethical, reasons" – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph

Tory Eurosceptics seek out allies in Warsaw and Prague

Eu Flag"A group of Tory MPs seen as 'outriders' for David Cameron's renegotiation of EU membership are to travel to eastern Europe in search of allies. … The Fresh Start group, which has already visited Germany, will this week meet politicians in Warsaw and Prague who it hopes will back the Tory campaign to curb the power of Brussels." – Sunday Times (£)

  • "I'm not saying that the Cameron plan to reform Europe will succeed. But with Merkel and Hollande in favourable alignment and with Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank saying in London on Thursday, 'the UK needs a more British Europe', things are going his way more than might be expected." - John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday

Ann Widdecombe: Cameron vetoed my peerage because I opposed fuxhunting

AW"In a new book, serialised in The Mail on Sunday, she says that as a former Minister she ‘had a strong probability’ of joining the House of Lords when she left the Commons in 2010. … [But] In her blockbuster memoirs, Strictly Ann, Ms Widdecombe says she knew she wouldn’t get a peerage ‘because I had received private intelligence from an unimpeachable source that Cameron had set his face against it’." – Mail on Sunday

  • Michael Howard a "gloating bully", David Cameron "obsessed with his image" – the Mail on Sunday serialises Anne Widdecombe's book here

Andrew Rawnsley: David Cameron isn't even among friends in his own cabinet now

"This unprecedented resistance to the chancellor contrasts vividly with the ease with which he prevailed in his first spending review. … Cabinet members are now much less intimidated by the prime minister and chancellor, both of whom are considerably weaker. 'They were frightened of Cameron and Osborne then,' explains one member of the cabinet. 'They aren't now.'" – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

Tory donors could turn to UKIP


Farage"David Cameron is facing a revolt from party donors threatening to join UKIP and backbenchers who have warned he may have to break up the coalition to remain leader. … Lord Kalms, the multi-millionaire former Conservative party treasurer, has declared he is 'willing to pack my bags' and join the UK Independence party unless the prime minister adopts a bolder stance towards Europe." – Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: UKIP ride high, but face a gender split

Nigel Farage goes hunting for Labour votes…

"Nigel Farage is mounting a drive to recruit UKIP supporters from ‘white, working-class’ Labour voters who feel abandoned by Ed Miliband’s party. … The UKIP leader – whose surge in the opinion polls has been put down to defections by disenchanted Conservative supporters – will unveil his new strategy in a party political broadcast next Sunday." – Mail on Sunday

…and for MPs to deal with

"He can, however, envisage coming to some sort of arrangement with 'around 20' Eurosceptic MPs, under which the MP would stand on a joint ticket with UKIP in 2015. One example would be the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, but not all would be Tories. Farage cites the Labour MPs Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart as 'friends' UKIP would probably not run against." – from the Sunday Times's interview with Nigel Farage (£)

Nick Clegg's wife attacks the Government for failing abused children

MC"Miriam Gonzalez, the wife of Nick Clegg, has taken the government to task for failing to do enough to help children who are victims of sexual exploitation. … 'Why isn’t this a government priority?' asked Gonzalez, who was highly critical of the policy of relying on a patchwork of voluntary and council services to help exploited children." – Sunday Times (£)

A climate scientist writes… we need something other than more taxes

"Do I think we’re doomed to disastrous warming? Absolutely not. But do I think we are doomed if we persist in our current approach to climate policy? … I’m afraid the answer is yes. … A carbon tax will not stop fossil fuel carbon being burnt. While a modest tax would be good for turbine-builders and the Treasury, in the short-term it will not promote the technology we need to solve the problem." – Mail on Sunday

  • "Britain will slash its carbon emissions by up to 50% by 2030 in a deal that would transform the nation's energy and transport systems, under proposals announced today." – Sunday Times (£)
  • "The European Union is quietly taking steps to shred the ‘green agenda’ responsible for rocketing energy bills across the continent." – Mail on Sunday

Ian Birrell on the Ethiopian who is suing Britain over international aid

DFID"In a landmark case, he aims to issue proceedings against the Department for International Development (DFID), arguing its money supports a Stalin-style programme of brutal forced relocations driving large numbers of families from their traditional lands." – Ian Birrell, Mail on Sunday

News in brief

  • "The woman who exposed the scandal of neglect and abuse at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, where hundreds of patients died unnecessarily, has been hounded out of her home town by death wishes and abuse." – Sunday Times (£)
  • Scandal hits one of Tony Blair's flagship academies – Sunday Times (£)
  • The Tory police commissioner who spent £17,000 of taxpayers' cash to decorate his office – Mail on Sunday

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