Month: November 2016

Tony Blair On The Eve Of The Chilcot Inquiry Publication

Blair Inc. on the Move … but not to Brexitland

Tony Blair’s office has issued a denial about the former prime minister preparing to muscle his way back into British politics to shape Brexit talks. Mr Blair who lives in west London’s Connaught Square had announced he was winding up some of his lucrative consulting businesses – which has earned him millions of pounds since he left Downing Street in 2007 – based in plush offices in Grosvenor Square leading to intense speculation over his future. The Blair Office twitter feed statement read: “Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon.” Earlier a spokeswoman had denied the former PM was positioning himself to play a role in shaping Brexit talks describing the speculation published in the Sunday Times as “wholly wrong”. She also denied a report that the former Labour prime minister branded incumbent PM Theresa May as “a total lightweight” and Jeremy Corbyn a “a nutter”. Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon! — Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) November …

Julian Assange's cat sits at the window of Ecuador's embassy as prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden interviews Assange in London, Britain, November 14, 2016.

Julian Assange ‘Cat and Mouse’ Continues

And the Julian Assange saga goes on in west London’s Knightsbridge at the Ecuadorean Embassy where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up. Four years, £12.6m police surveillance costs, a UN ruling of unlawful detention and several balcony appearances later the Swedish chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has finally braved the press scrum to question Assange over allegations he sexually assaulted  a woman in Stockholm in 2010. The Australian has continued to protest his innocence saying consensual sex took place claiming the charges are politically motivated. He has expressed his fears of extradition to the US where he is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms after embarrassing data dumps masterminded by his whistleblowing organisation. However, Assange still has his die-hard supporters with Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson also dropping in with a tray of delicacies for the Australian. Harrods’ food hall is quite handy, but it could turn out to be a foolhardy jaunt for nibbles when Scotland Yard is lurking around the corner and ready to pounce. But under no risk of imminent arrest is Assange’s recently …

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20:  Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Prince Harry Goes Public over Meghan Markle ‘Press Attacks’

Prince Harry, 30, has issued an unprecedented statement confirming the identity of her new girlfriend, U.S. actress Meghan Markle and condemning her treatment following intense media coverage of their fledgling romance. He said the past week had “seen a line crossed”. Saturated coverage of his burgeoning romance had indeed filled the tabloid press, online news websites and social media. In the press release issued by his communications secretary Jason Knauf, Kensington Palace acknowledged the prince’s well-documented tensions with the press stating: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.” He has had a history of unflattering tabloid coverage when he dressed as a Nazi captain at a fancy dress party and in 2012 when he was photographed naked during a debauched party in Las Vegas. There has also been various skirmishes outside popular night spots with paparazzi in the intervening years. …