The Brexit hypocrites: from Farage’s EU pension to sellout Corbyn | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Some prominent leavers are betraying supporters, moving abroad, protecting assets or taking EU funds

I’m not sure if there’s a stipulation that Brexiters must be off-the-scale hypocrites, but it’s definitely popular. As those pushing for a Brexit that will almost certainly negatively affect the UK are seen doing things like moving abroad; protecting their assets; lining up to profit from EU withdrawal; or prioritising their own career interests, it looks more and more like contagion.

Here are the worst offenders.

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‘Alien mother-ship’: Christo’s mastaba floats on London’s Serpentine

A 600-tonne, 20-metre high work made from 7,000 oil barrels is unveiled on lake in Hyde Park

“This is not normal art … it is all about beauty,” said the artist Christo as a 600-tonne, 20-metre high floating sculpture made from more than 7,000 colourful oil barrels was unveiled on London’s Serpentine, gently bobbing amid ducks, swans and early morning swimmers.

The artist is known for spectacularly ambitious and slightly mad projects, which have included wrapping the German Reichstag in fabric and stretching a vast curtain over a valley between two mountains in Colorado.

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Anti-terror panel discussed Parsons Green bomber’s case before attack

Ahmed Hassan was assessed for radicalisation weeks before he put bomb on a tube train

A government counter-radicalisation programme was considering giving the Parsons Green tube bomber the all-clear when he launched his attack injuring more than 50 people.

Ahmed Hassan was discussed by a multi-agency panel set up to assess his risk of being drawn into terrorism less than a fortnight before he planted a bomb on a tube train.

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Sheila Sowter obituary

Polymaths are sometimes not easy people, especially when they are always right. I can imagine my cousin, Sheila Sowter, who has died aged 81, excelling as Frank Sinatra’s penance while teaching him the opera-trained version of My Way.

She was played in to her humanist woodland funeral to the sound of The Mikado’s Willow, Tit Willow and out to Ride of the Valkyries, the ceremony attended by friends from all walks of her life – Mensa members, Wagnerians, Open University teachers and students, locomotive and railway buffs, fancy ratters, edible dormouse population assessors and multilinguists.

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Ex-Blue Peter presenter John Leslie denies groping woman on hen night

TV presenter accused of sexually assaulting woman in Edinburgh nightclub last year

The former TV presenter John Leslie has appeared in court accused of putting his hand down a woman’s trousers as they danced on her hen night.

The woman, who cannot be identified, was in the Atik nightclub in Edinburgh last June when the alleged sexual assault took place. She said she saw Leslie when they entered the club and recognised him from television, particularly Blue Peter.

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Trump says Germans ‘turning against their leadership’ over immigration

US president launches unprecedented attack on Angela Merkel’s government

Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on Angela Merkel’s government, tweeting that “the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition”.

While the US president has previously been openly critical of Germany’s export surplus and defence spending, he has refrained from openly criticising the country’s migration policy since taking office in 2017.

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Man attacked police with sword near Buckingham Palace, court hears

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and had expressed hatred of the Queen, Old Bailey hears

An Uber driver attacked police with a samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace out of hatred for the Queen, a court has heard.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, shouted “Allahu Akbar” – “God is greatest” – as two officers grappled with him near the Queen’s London home in August last year and after he was arrested a suicide note to his sister was found, the Old Bailey heard.

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Shell hits back at criticism of tax structure

Reports allege oil group’s plan has cost Dutch treasury as much as £6.1bn in lost income

Shell has hit back at criticism of a tax structure it set up as part of a relocation of its headquarters from London to The Hague following reports that it has cost the Dutch treasury as much as €7bn (£6.1bn) in lost income.

Calls have been made for the European commission to investigate the oil group’s tax affairs after reports claimed that a multibillion euro bill has been avoided through the use of an offshore trust in Jersey since 2005.

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‘It consumed my life’: inside a gaming addiction treatment centre

As the World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition, one UK treatment centre reveals how it is trying to tackle the problem

Ian* was in his 20s when he started gaming in the mid-1990s. A long-time interest in building PCs had developed into an initially healthy interest in first-person shooters like Counter Strike and Team Fortress, which he’d play at weekends and when he came home from work.

It was the online element of these games, he says, that really changed his relationship to gaming, and what started as a hobby quickly took over his life.

When I got home on a Friday night, I would sit at the computer and I wouldn’t leave until Sunday night

Game makers are deliberately tapping into an addictive process

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