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    News from today - Monday

    by Sunny on 1st February, 2010 at 8:35 AM    

    Poll shows Britons back limited curbs on the veil
    The most striking variation of opinion among different groups of people was by age. Only 15 per cent of 18-24 year-olds believed that wearing the burka should be banned in any public place, compared to 57 per cent of those 65 and older. Women were more opposed to restrictions than men. The South east region, including London, was the most liberal, and northern England the least. The AB social group was the most liberal, with C2 skilled manual workers and the bottom DE group the least.

    Film seized ’shows children being radicalised’
    Officers say it shows two children, aged about three and six, playing with a pistol and a Kalashnikov rifle. Material seized separately included the advice: “No child is ever too young to be started off on Jihad training.”

    Inayat Bunglawala wins payout over Mail on Sunday claims
    Bunglawala sued the paper over an article published in March last year that alleged he was suspected of unlawfully stabbing a man at his home, and that he supported the controversial cleric Abu Qatada and al-Qaida. His solicitor, Stevie Loughrey, told the high court in London that his client did not support or condone the views or objectives of Abu Qatada or al-Qaida and had gone on the record many times to criticise and condemn al-Qaida.
    [Sunny adds: Hah! Well done Inayat - anyone who sticks it to Dacre has my support]

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    1. MiriamBinder — on 1st February, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

      Somehow I am not surprised by the age related variation in opinion. Not necessarily because I hold that the younger age group is less illiberal but because I reckon they have ‘normalised’ the minority of veiled women.

      Personally I have never encouraged my children to play with anything remotely associated with weaponry - that includes the plastic guns, swords, toy tanks etcetera. A child does not necessarily know the difference between plastic and real weapons. To me the most horrifying issue in this film is the dialogue that accompanies it.

      And if anyone is thinking that this libel suit is going to mean that in future the media will be more careful about checking sources and veracity … think again. It is sheer economics and therefore the amount paid out in damages, court costs etcetera is more then covered by the sale of papers

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