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David Cameron shelves move to ban British jihadis returning to UK

Political and legal opposition forces PM to back down on key elements of plan to counteract Islamic State terrorist threatDavid Cameron’s plan to fight the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State got off to a stuttering start when he was forced to shel…
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Britain’s best defence to the terror threat is international action

Government talk of returning jihadis and ‘western values’ won’t keep us safe. We need a coordinated international strategy to defeat those who threaten us

It is always easy to persuade frightened people to part with their liberties. But it is always right for politicians who value liberty to resist attempts to increase arbitrary executive powers unless this is justified, not by magnifying fear, but by actual facts.

On Friday, the government announced that the imminent danger of jihadi attack meant Britain’s threat level should be raised to “severe”. Then, from the prime minister downwards, Tory ministers took to every available airwave to tell us how frightened we should be and why this required a range of new powers for them to exercise. For the record, the threat level in Northern Ireland has been “severe” for the past four years as it was in all Britain for many years in the 1980s and 1990s, when the IRA threat was at its greatest.

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Primary school may have to serve pub sandwiches to meet free meals pledge

Headteacher at St Stephen’s in Bath says haste in implementing Nick Clegg’s flagship policy means new kitchen is not readyPupils at a Bath primary may have to be fed sandwiches from the local pub as an emergency measure while the school struggles to up…
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