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The Crown comes under fire for plotlines making Princess Anne a racy man-eater

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Netflix drama The Crown has been accused of ‘muckraking’ for portraying Princess Anne as a man-eater – and heavily hinting at the Queen having an affair.

The upcoming third series includes an episode where Princess Anne wears frilly black lingerie in bed as her then boyfriend Andrew Parker Bowles walks around bare-chested and declares: ‘That was fun.’

Anne, played by Erin Doherty, 27, agrees and the pair get back into bed. The scene supposedly takes place in the early 1970s before Army officer Parker Bowles married Camilla – who dated Prince Charles around the same time.

TV portrayal: Erin Doherty as Anne in The Crown. The series returns to Netflix next Sunday with a new cast

TV portrayal: Erin Doherty as Anne in The Crown. The series returns to Netflix next Sunday with a new cast

TV portrayal: Erin Doherty as Anne in The Crown. The series returns to Netflix next Sunday with a new cast

Other scenes indicate a secret romance between the Queen and her horse racing manager Lord Porchester – angering Prince Philip.

The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter branded the imagined scenes ‘very distasteful’ and voiced concerns viewers would take them as ‘sacrosanct’.

The series returns to Netflix next Sunday with a new cast as it moves the story on to the turbulent world of the 1960s and 70s. The show’s creator Peter Morgan, 56, has included several racier moments likely to get viewers’ pulses racing.

The Queen – played by Oscar winner Olivia Colman – is hinted at having a romance with Lord Porchester who she affectionately calls ‘Porchie’. 

Prince Philip and Princess Anne on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in New Zealand in the 1960s

Prince Philip and Princess Anne on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in New Zealand in the 1960s

Prince Philip and Princess Anne on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in New Zealand in the 1960s

In one episode, Prince Philip becomes suspicious over her month-long visit to stud farms in France and the US with Porchie and questions her when she returns.

A frosty encounter set in Buckingham Palace sees her snapping back in irritation: ‘If you have something to say, say it now. Otherwise, if you don’t mind, I’m busy.’

Mr Arbiter, 79, told the Sunday Times: ‘This is very distasteful and totally unfounded. The Queen is the last person in the world to have ever considered looking at another man.’

He added: ‘Not only is this muckraking, this is gossip that’s been washing around for decades. It’s got absolutely no substance.’ There has never been any evidence that the Queen and Lord Porchester – who she remained close to until his death in 2001 – were anything more than friends.

Andrew Parker Bowles with Princess Anne in 1971

Andrew Parker Bowles with Princess Anne in 1971

Andrew Parker Bowles with Princess Anne in 1971

Mr Arbiter said the show’s writer Morgan had a habit of ‘beefing up’ scripts. He added: ‘The Crown is fiction. No one knows [about] any conversation between members of the Royal Family, but people will tell the story they want to and sensationalise it’.

The show’s fondness for marital conflicts and bedroom antics within the Royal Family has come in for criticism before. Historian and royal biographer Hugo Vickers complained the first series was let down by ‘some quite remarkable lapses into vulgarity’.

Morgan, who was educated at top private schools, has defended its creative licence, arguing several episodes included constitutional issues.

This had ‘earned’ him the right to include ‘a bit of sex, a bit of playfulness’, he told the New York Times. He has also insisted that he was ‘absolutely fastidious about there being an underlying truth’.

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Tycoon is banned from driving despite claiming ‘exceptional hardship’ because he has ‘meetings on’

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Business tycoon David Russell leaving Manchester Magistrates court where he received six months driving disqualification and a fine of £2,304 plus court costs after being caught speeding in his Bentley

Business tycoon David Russell leaving Manchester Magistrates court where he received six months driving disqualification and a fine of £2,304 plus court costs after being caught speeding in his Bentley

Business tycoon David Russell leaving Manchester Magistrates court where he received six months driving disqualification and a fine of £2,304 plus court costs after being caught speeding in his Bentley

A tycoon who was banned from driving for speeding in his luxury Bentley has claimed he will suffer ‘exceptional hardship’ as he had to hire SEVEN chauffeurs when he was last ordered off the roads.

David Russell, 63, had clocked up 24 points on his driving licence after his £114,000 company Bentayga supercar was repeatedly caught breaking the speed limit and he failed to say who was behind the wheel.

However, the former Rochdale carpet salesman who is Chief Executive of a £271m property company in Manchester, urged a court not to ban him from driving claiming he had ‘meetings on’ and added that he had lost a string of chauffeurs during his last period of disqualification in 2006 when they were required to collect him at 6 a.m.

He also claimed his firm had a ‘fleet of cars’ including the Bentley and he knew nothing of the offences as usually his PA would deal with any traffic misdemeanours after they were sent to her by his housekeeper. He did not mention whether he could use public transport.

At Manchester magistrates court, JPs rejected Russell’s plea not to disqualify him under ‘exceptional hardship’ rules and banned him from driving for six months, fined him a total of £2,465 and warned he would face jail if he was seen behind the wheel of a car.

The wealthy businessman, who has a £3m house in Wilmslow, Cheshire was charged after he failed to respond to police letters saying his six litre 180mph W12 Auto Estate vehicle had been caught speeding around the Manchester area.

Russell was subsequently convicted at a trial in his absence of three offences of failing to produce documents to say who was driving and was given 18 points on his licence. He already had six points on his licence from two other speeding matters from 2017 and 2018.

In court Russell, who founded the Property Alliance Group in 2003, said he had no knowledge of the trial hearing as his housekeeper dealt with all his letters and forwarded them onto his office.

Russell pictured claimed he would suffer ''exceptional hardship'' as he had to hire SEVEN chauffeurs when he was last ordered off the roads

Russell pictured claimed he would suffer ''exceptional hardship'' as he had to hire SEVEN chauffeurs when he was last ordered off the roads

Russell pictured claimed he would suffer ”exceptional hardship” as he had to hire SEVEN chauffeurs when he was last ordered off the roads

He told JPs: ‘I wasn’t informed by my secretary and I was away at the time as well- although am not trying to disrespect the court at all. There seems to be quite a lot of confusion around the speeding. We have got offices in Singapore in Dubai but the police officer insisted in using the chief executive’s address and now everything seems to be directed at me.

‘My PA or a fellow director would or should have gone along to the hearing.. But it never got properly discussed or covered and I wasn’t properly informed that I had to attend. I thought it was a company thing – not an individual thing. I have also got a substantial amount of paperwork to go through everyday. I travel a lot and only caught up with emails when was on the train this morning from London.

‘But I had every intention of coming today to unravel everything. I am happy to come along to another court with the company secretary and managers but it does seem from start to finish to have been a mess.

‘We’re a very professional business but I am very respectful of the magistrates court. We have a huge successful business which employs over 300 people but but there is no disrespect meant on all of this.

He added: ‘My home address is the UK but I have not lived there for nearly 14 months. A house keeper sends all documents into the office and she not dealt with documents or took serious enough. In the past there has been occasion where a car has been photographed.

‘But I have got a fleet of cars and when one has been photographed speeding she files in the documents and another director sends it into the court.

At Manchester magistrates court, JPs rejected Russell's plea not to disqualify him under 'exceptional hardship' rules and warned he would face jail if he was seen behind the wheel of a car

At Manchester magistrates court, JPs rejected Russell's plea not to disqualify him under 'exceptional hardship' rules and warned he would face jail if he was seen behind the wheel of a car

At Manchester magistrates court, JPs rejected Russell’s plea not to disqualify him under ‘exceptional hardship’ rules and warned he would face jail if he was seen behind the wheel of a car

‘The company is then fined if we don’t have the relevant person driving it. I have two recent points on my license and admit that. But I would like to explain its incorrect for me to be prosecuted for driving the car.’

‘ I don’t believe it was me that was speeding. Several cars are used to meet clients coming in from Saudi and Abu Dhabi and when I am here I do that job as well.’

He claimed a ban would be ‘exceptionally difficult’ telling JPs: ‘I have got meetings on and couple of other businesses in electronics. You might have driven around Manchester and seen the signs of Russell construction – that’s my business.’

‘I was disqualified 14 to 15 years ago but it was virtually impossible to get chauffeurs to come and pick me up at half five, six in the morning.

In terms of hardship the last time I must have gone through five, six or seven chauffeurs – they didn’t want to do the time and meetings would run over. I was in London at Hotel Radisson with the HSBC and stayed until 10:30 p.m. It’s virtually impossible and business would suffer.

‘I would need to pull out of several contracts and won’t be able to get around. We’ve also got Brexit, a new Prime Minister and everyone’s anticipating the property market would drop off. I can try restructure my hours to between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. but business would suffer and I would start to think of laying off the staff.

‘I have tried before to take my staff with me on business but it doesn’t work and we still ended up getting chauffeurs and that doesn’t work either. It’s not a financial thing it’s just an impossible thing, just impossible. Mentally I am going to suffer – I’ve only had six points in 12 years. It’s not like I’m speeding everywhere in the car. A ban would affect my stress levels.’

Russell was fined a total of £2,304 and ordered to pay a total of £161 in cost and surcharges.

During the hearing the clerk of the court said: ‘We all have to make arrangements for post to be looked when we’re away. That’s something between you and the secretary not the court.’

JPs added: ‘ The bench does not accept your reasons for application for exceptional hardship. You are not allowed to sit at the wheel of a vehicle for six months. Driving without license and whilst disqualified is a very serious offence and those who do that may end up in prison.’

Russell’s company has been involved in the management and sale of 64 assets at a value of £271m since 2011. In 2015 he sued the RBS bank for £30m claiming it had cost the firm £8m in unnecessary fees.

 

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‘I’m born here, you’re not’: Perth shopper calls children ‘rats’ in racist rant

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Footage has emerged of a shocking racist rant by a Perth shopper who called a woman’s children “rats” and accused her of wanting “to take our country over.”

The incident occurred at the Westfield Carousel shopping centre in Cannington.

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The tirade sparked outrage online and has even been condemned by the state government.

A mother-of-two took to social media to share what happened in front of her children – the youngest just four months old – as they were grocery shopping.

In the video, a woman can be heard saying, “I’m born here, you’re not … and all you do is breed these things, rats!’


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‘I’m born here, you’re not … and all you do is breed these things, rats.’

Witnesses told 7NEWS the woman first started yelling at security guards.

When the mother tried to intervene, the woman turned on her family.

“Then you want to take our country over … F*** you and your camera,” she says.

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The victim of the attack says her three-year-old son was left shocked and terrified by the rant.

But she said shopping centre staff were helpful, walking the family back to their car after the incident.

WA’s Minister for Multicultural Interests Paul Papalia said the woman had embarrassed the state.

“The woman has embarrassed herself and this state, really,” he said.

‘I think she’s punished herself because publicly she’ll be humiliated.”

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Voters like Jo Swinson less the more they see of her according to new poll

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Jo Swinson faces an uphill struggle to woo voters ahead of next month’s election after a poll found the electorate dislikes the Liberal Democrat leader more it sees her.

Since taking the party reigns in July, the youthful Lib Dem leader has swelled her profile by relentlessly pushing her pro-Remain message. 

But YouGov polling over the past four months revealed that her popularity dipped as she became more well-known.

In her early days at the top of the party, half of the public did not know who Ms Swinson was, and of those who did only 21 per cent held favourable opinions while 29 per cent had unfavourable opinions of her.

Yet as all parties ramp up their campaigning and try to grab the spotlight with eye-catching policies, the Lib Dem leader’s popularity has sagged. 

A quarter of voters still like her, but half now hold an unfavorable view, implying that those who did not initially know Ms Swinson have been dismayed with what they have now seen of her. 

The findings pour cold water over the party’s presidential style campaign which has put the leader front and centre – its battle-bus is etched with the words ‘Jo Swinson’s Lib Dems’ alongside her image.

Jo Swinson greets supporters as she arrives on the battle bus during a campaign visit to cafe Amisha in South Bermondsey in London. She faces an uphill struggle after a poll found the electorate dislikes the Liberal Democrat leader more it sees her

Jo Swinson greets supporters as she arrives on the battle bus during a campaign visit to cafe Amisha in South Bermondsey in London. She faces an uphill struggle after a poll found the electorate dislikes the Liberal Democrat leader more it sees her

Jo Swinson greets supporters as she arrives on the battle bus during a campaign visit to cafe Amisha in South Bermondsey in London. She faces an uphill struggle after a poll found the electorate dislikes the Liberal Democrat leader more it sees her

Since taking the party reigns in July, the youthful Lib Dem leader has swelled her profile and grassroots support-base by relentlessly pushing her pro-Remain message (talking to business leaders at the CBI conference on Monday)

Since taking the party reigns in July, the youthful Lib Dem leader has swelled her profile and grassroots support-base by relentlessly pushing her pro-Remain message (talking to business leaders at the CBI conference on Monday)

Since taking the party reigns in July, the youthful Lib Dem leader has swelled her profile and grassroots support-base by relentlessly pushing her pro-Remain message (talking to business leaders at the CBI conference on Monday)

But although the survey will be bleak reading for the party’s supporters, YouGov’s Matthew Smith said Ms Swinson could charge up the polls with a strong showing in the election debates.

Writing in the Times, he said: ‘Back in 2010 Nick Clegg’s strong performances at the election debates sparked “Cleggmania” and gave the Lib Dems a boost. 

‘If the current Lib Dem leader can make a similar splash then perhaps this “Swinsanity” will help push the party further up in the polls.’

Despite billing herself as the ‘Liberal Democrat candidate for prime minister’, Ms Swinson has been sidelined from tonight’s live head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

The High Court yesterday threw out her appeal to ITV to include her in the debate for the race for Number 10.

Yet she will partake in a Question Time election special with party leaders on Thursday and a seven-way debate on November 29, where she will hope to clinch a pre-election boost.

Like all party leaders, Ms Swinson, who is married and has two young sons, has been criss-crossing the country to scoop up wavering voters in marginal constituencies.  

In addition to pledging scrapping Brexit, Ms Swinson has been rolling out a series of policies to implement if she wins the keys to Number 10.

The findings pour cold water over the party's presidential style campaign which has put the leader front and centre - its battle-bus is etched with the words 'Jo Swinson's Lib Dems' alongside her blown-up image

The findings pour cold water over the party's presidential style campaign which has put the leader front and centre - its battle-bus is etched with the words 'Jo Swinson's Lib Dems' alongside her blown-up image

The findings pour cold water over the party’s presidential style campaign which has put the leader front and centre – its battle-bus is etched with the words ‘Jo Swinson’s Lib Dems’ alongside her blown-up image

Like all party leaders, Ms Swinson, who is married and has two young sons, has been criss-crossing the country to scoop up wavering voters (pictured during a visit to Imagination Technologies in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday)

Like all party leaders, Ms Swinson, who is married and has two young sons, has been criss-crossing the country to scoop up wavering voters (pictured during a visit to Imagination Technologies in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday)

Like all party leaders, Ms Swinson, who is married and has two young sons, has been criss-crossing the country to scoop up wavering voters (pictured during a visit to Imagination Technologies in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday)

Today, the party vowed to add a penny to the basic rate of income tax to invest an extra £26billion a year into the NHS by 2023-24.

The money would complement party plans for a £10billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings, the party’s health spokeswoman Luciana Berger said.

And the tax hike would deliver £7billion a year and be ring-fenced for use in the NHS and social care.

Ms Berger pledged to tackle staffing shortages in the NHS by retaining free movement of labour, reinstating nursing bursaries and setting up a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

Boris Johnson’s FOUR-question ultimatum to Jeremy Corbyn 

Boris Johnson will launch a full-frontal political attack on Jeremy Corbyn with an ultimatum to stop ‘dithering’ on his election and Brexit plans when the two leaders go head-to-head in an historic television showdown tonight.

The Prime Minister issued a challenge to his Labour counterpart warning that failure to answer on key points would leave the public with ‘no choice but to conclude that Corbyn’s Labour, propped up by the SNP, will mean dither, delay and uncertainty’.

In a letter published by the Tories last night he set Mr Corbyn four questions to answer: how he would vote in a second Brexit referendum, what Labour’s position on freedom of movement is, how much he would pay the EU for ‘market access’, and whether all his MPs would back his Brexit policy.  

The party also said it would end the current shortfall of GPs by 2025.

Ms Berger said: ‘The NHS is struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic underfunding and crumbling hospital buildings.

‘All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.’ 

The 1p rise would apply to the basic, higher and additional rates of income tax, the party said.

Of the £35 billion, £32.2 billion would be spent in England, £1.8 billion in Wales and £1 billion in Northern Ireland.

The measure would not apply to Scotland, where Ms Swinson is an MP, as income tax policy is devolved. 

The announcement followed Ms Swinson’s pitch to company bosses that the Lib Dems are ‘the natural party of business’.

At the CBI conference in London yesterday, she pledged to axe business rates and replace them with a tax on landowners.

She told delegates: ‘The Liberal Democrats are committed to supporting small businesses who are the engine of our economy.

‘That’s why the Liberal Democrats would scrap business rates and replace them with a commercial landowner levy.’   

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