Mary Ann writes in the Times about voters having fallen out of love with Labour. Psychology is bang on, but I think she's still a bit over-trusting about Government Statistics. Realistic assessments of National Debt (incl Pensions Deficit and other off-balance sheet trickery) and Inflation (remember that RPI was 3% when CPI was 1.5%) discount Labour's supposed economic competence. Cheap holidays and clothes are no thanks to Labour. And it is perfecly possible for average UK household income to be up and for the majority of British individuals to be worse off, especially since City earnings (now bigger than manufacturing) are paid to many non-British UK residents.
Ginny Dougary writes in The Times: "If the Muslims who choose to live in our society, with all its so-called tempting freedoms, do not protest against those who wish to destroy it, then how can they expect our tolerance? Why are the moderates not, in their hundreds and thousands, standing outside those mosques that are known to preach hatred, shouting “Not in our name” down their megaphones or “One, two, three, four, no more terror anymore”?
And where are the voices of the ordinary mothers and daughters and aunts from the Muslim community saying, “Enough. No more violence. No more deaths”, as did all those courageous women who helped to bring peace to Ireland? And if they, our Muslim sisters, are mute slaves to — or, worse, themselves in thrall to — the siren call of the death-wish culture, is there any hope for the rest of us?"This Commission on Integration and Cohesion should have Sen's Violence and Identity as required reading.