Week in Westminster: Boris Johnson says jihadists are ‘porn-driven’ and Lord Darzi criticises Labour NHS plans

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Week in Westminster: Boris Johnson says jihadists are ‘porn-driven’ and Lord Darzi criticises Labour NHS plans

Evening Standard political correspondent Joe Watts takes a closer look at the political stories making the headlines.
 

Islamic jihadists are 'w****** obsessed with porn', says Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson has branded religious fundamentalists recruited by terror groups such as Islamic State (IS) as "w******" who are obsessed with pornography.
Mr Johnson took aim at Islamic extremists in an interview with The Sun newspaper, suggesting they were young men who were low on self-esteem.
According to the paper Mr Johnson said: "If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w******. Severe onanists.
"They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failure and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort - which of course is no comfort.
"They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong - like winners."

 

Ed Miliband's NHS strategy questioned by Labour peer and senior surgeon

Ed Miliband faced fresh divisions over NHS reform today as a senior London surgeon and Labour peer insisted there was nothing wrong with using the private sector.
Lord Ara Darzi, the former health minister, said the NHS should pick providers who deliver the best care, whether “public, private or not-for-profit”.
His comments come after Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, stepped up his claims that the Conservatives would privatise chunks of the NHS and said the private market was “not the answer”.

 

Men’s pay falls more than women’s

The real value of pay for men has fallen more than women in recent years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
 
The study revealed the average hourly wage is still 4.7 per cent lower than in 2008 – the year which saw the start of the financial crisis.
 
The real wage drop for women has also been 2.5 per cent compared for 7.3 per cent for men.

 

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