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UK government raises terrorist threat level

The UK government has tonight increased the UK terrorist threat from substantial to severe amid suggestions that the authorities have information regarding a potential Al Qaeda attack next week. It is possible that an increase in the terrorist threat around the globe could impact upon the worldwide economy which is still suffering from the economic downturn of 2009.

There are also concerns that terrorist activity is likely to impact upon many businesses and many communities in the UK and around the world. This added cost of security comes at a time when UK businesses are struggling to survive and many are just making ends meet on a month by month basis. We have already seen the impact the terrorist threat has had upon the airline industry where security costs have ballooned over the years amid ongoing concerns regarding terrorist activity.

Whether or not there is actually a terrorist incident next week remains to be seen but the UK government this week announced a significant reduction in the anti-terrorist budget in the Lords at a time when Gordon Brown was championing the cause in the Commons. There is growing concern that the UK government is literally struggling to keep departments and vital projects on course due in the main to a lack of funding caused by the massive budget deficit which is this year expected to top £170 billion.

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