The British government said it would not take steps to ban Donald Trump from entering the country after more than 300,000 people signed a petition urging them to do so on grounds of promoting “hate speech”. The GOP front-runner compounded his recent statements on muslims entering the US by saying that there are areas of London that are “so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives”.
Senior police officials rejected the assertion, although somehow the Daily Mail was able to find some differing opinions..
London Mayor Boris Johnson responded that:
“I think he’s betraying a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States”
before giving this great soundbite:
Meanwhile, coverage in the US of Trump’s latest pronouncement has become significantly more acute.
The New York Daily News continued its recent run of stunning fronts:
As Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post writes, the Philadelphia Daily News “goes there” in its front page.
Trump did pick up some support, though…
The Concord Monitor, in the early primary state of New Hampshire, run a WaPo story saying that what’s happening “isn’t chaos, it’s a campaign strategy.”
Trump uses his Instagram account, which has more than 650,000 followers, to deliver snarky messages and short videos of him scowling as he delivers pronouncements from his Trump Tower desk. On Twitter, Trump’s 5 million followers can keep up with his next appearance (“Will be on ABC News tonight at 6:30 pm”) and new poll numbers (“Just won IOWA CNN Poll BIG”). Trump has posted more than 6,000 tweets since launching his campaign in June.
(with a brilliant cover painting by Belfast artist Colin Davidson, incidentally..)
The Bank of England monetary policy committee meets on interest rates on Thursday morning. Reuters writes:
All 52 economists in a Reuters poll believed the Bank will announce on Thursday that it is keeping its benchmark lending rate at 0.5 percent, where it has sat since early 2009 when Britain was in the grip of the financial crisis.
Interesting approach to hiring here…
The BBC reports that French authorities are investigating the IAAF’s award of the 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene, Orgeon; hometown of Nike.
Arsenal and Chelsea will join Manchester City in the knockout stages of the Champions League. The draw for the last 16 will be held on Monday afternoon. The Gunners needed to win by two clear goals in Greece on Wednesday and were seen home by Olivier Giroud’s first hat-trick for the club.