The week in five minutes
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NEWS IN BRIEF
- ‘Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people,’ wrote Brendan Cox in a heart-breaking tribute to his wife, MP Jo Cox, who died after being attacked in her constituency Batley and Spen. Watch her maiden speech to the House of Commons here.
- After the Orlando massacre which saw Omar Mateen shoot 49 people and injure many more, investigators are looking at whether the gunman’s wife knew about his plans but failed to warn the police. Meanwhile, an Orlando TV station has claimed Mateen called them during his killing spree. At the Independent, Douglas Robertson says the massacre was ‘a homophobic hate crime, not an attack on us all’, but Spiked Online counters that the response to Orlando has highlighted the ‘terrorism of identity politics’.
- Nigel Farage led a pro-Brexit flotilla down the Thames but ran into choppy waters when it came across a boat captained by a furious, megaphone-wielding Bob Geldof. The whole escapade was captured by Michael Deacon, with his must-read tweets from the day handily collated here. Plenty on Twitter were quick to point out Farage’s similarity to a certain Mr Alan Partridge…
- Recent polls suggest the Leave side have the momentum, with huge swings to Brexit reported.
- The Crown Prosecution Service announced that Sir Cliff Richard will face no charges over allegations of historical sexual abuse. Sir Cliff issued a statement strongly criticising the CPS’s handling of his case. ‘I was named before I was even interviewed and for me that was like being hung out like ‘live bait’,’ he said. ‘It is obvious that such strategies simply increase the risk of attracting spurious claims which not only tie up police resources and waste public funds, but they forever tarnish the reputations of innocent people.’
- Three women came forward to claim they were abused by Sir Clement Freud, the late Liberal MP and TV and radio personality.
- The parents of Lane Graves, the two-year-old who died after being dragged into a lake by an alligator at a Disney resort released a statement asking for privacy.
- Sir Philip Green faced a committee of MPs to answer questions over the collapse of BHS, the company he sold for £1. Sir Philip put in a combative performance, saying he’d ‘sort’ the shortfall facing BHS pensioners and, at one point, demanding one of his inquisitors ‘stop staring at him’.
- And it appears that Tom Hiddleston might be managing his nights very well indeed (geddit?) as it appears he’s hooked up with Taylor Swift. The Sun’s headline won plaudits from even the grumpiest of sub-editors. And, as the Guardian put it, this is as close as we'll get to two memes dating. No wonder T-Hiddy looks so happy…
HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
'Global avocado shortage sparks crime wave'
Brunch-lovers prepare to panic: the Metro reports that the global avocado shortage is set to deepen thanks a wave of avocado-related robberies in New Zealand. Clearly what we need is a few avo-go heroes to put a stop to this madness.
Led Zeppelin legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are currently in court facing accusations that they nicked the tune Stairway to Heaven from little-known 1960s psychedelic rockers Taurus. Will it be a case of ‘No Stairway, denied’?
At Euro 2016, England beat Wales 2-1 in the much-anticipated ‘battle of Britain’. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland overcame Ukraine 2-1. And, while there’s been some violent disorder over in France during the first week of the tournament, not all football supporters are mindless cretins, as these litter-picking Irish fans prove.
To celebrate the EU referendum, Antoines de Caunes and Jean Paul Gaultier return with a Eurotrash special. The show, which brings together a selection of (often naked) lunatics from across the continent, complete with ridiculous British accents via voiceover, was essential viewing in the 90s, and this one-off episode isn’t straying from the tried-and-tested formula. Highlights include a fruit-based fortune teller and a man who does paintings with his dick.
This week also saw the return of Netflix female prison drama Orange is the New Black and HBO revealED Larry David has signed up to make a ninth series of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which sounds pretty, pretty good to us.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Emily Nussbaum on the misunderstood legacy of Sex and the City.
- ‘Girls died because they wanted to see us so badly’ – so Ben Chapman tells Vice as he reflects on his former life as a teenage heartthrob in boyband A1.
- Is Sywald Skeid suffering from amnesia or is he a con artist? GQ explores the bizarre case of Mr Nobody.
- ‘Welcome to the LOLhouse’: Art critic Jason Farago entertainingly eviscerates the Berlin Biennale.