Politics

The Uk government bows before the Saudis

Submitted by TheGnomeAtHome on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 21:57

Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent "the government's position".

Footage has emerged from an event last week at which Mr Johnson said UK ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East. A spokeswoman for the government has said that the UK government would distance themselves from Boris Johnson on this, as they were not the views of the UK. The UK sells arms to Saudi and does not want nor need a diplomatic incident of any kind.

Terrorism most immediate threat to UK, says MI6

Submitted by TheGnomeAtHome on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:41

The scale of the terrorism threat to the UK is "unprecedented", the new head of MI6 has said.

Alex Younger said UK intelligence and security services had disrupted 12 terrorist plots since June 2013.

He said many of the threats came from ungoverned spaces in the Middle East - namely Iraq and Syria.

Mr Younger also warned that "hybrid warfare", which included cyber-attacks and subverting democracy, was becoming an "increasingly dangerous phenomenon".