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David Cameron ‘corroding’ public trust over immigration targets, says Boris Johnson as PM savages Michael Gove’s Brexit claims as ‘reckless and irresponsible’

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“Above all – to get to the third key point of the Remainers – if we leave the EU we will not, repeat not, be leaving Europe. Of all the arguments they make, this is the one that infuriates me the most. I am a child of Europe. I am a liberal cosmopolitan and my family is a genetic UN peacekeeping force.

I can read novels in French and I can sing the Ode to joy in German, and if they keep accusing me of being a Little Englander, I will. Both as editor of the Spectator and Mayor of London I have promoted the teaching of modern European languages in our schools. I have dedicated much of my life to the study of the origins of our common – our common -European culture and civilization in ancient Greece and Rome.

So I find if offensive, insulting, irrelevant and positively cretinous to be told – sometimes by people who can barely speak a foreign language – that I belong to a group of small-minded xenophobes; because the truth is it is Brexit that is now the great project of European liberalism, and I am afraid that it is the European Union – for all the high ideals with which it began, that now represents the ancient regime.

It is we who are speaking up for the people, and it is they who are defending an obscurantist and universalist system of government that is now well past its sell by date and which is ever more remote from ordinary voters.

It is we in the Leave Camp – not they – who stand in the tradition of the liberal cosmopolitan European enlightenment – not just of Locke and Wilkes, but of Rousseau and Voltaire; and though they are many, and though they are well-funded, and though we know that they can call on unlimited taxpayer funds for their leaflets, it is we few, we happy few who have the inestimable advantage of believing strongly in our cause, and that we will be vindicated by history; and we will win for exactly the same reason that the Greeks beat the Persians at Marathon – because they are fighting for an outdated absolutist ideology, and we are fighting for freedom.

That is the choice on June 23.”

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Ramsay Street cast members pay tribute as Neighbours creator and ‘father of Australian TV’ Reg Grundy dies aged 92

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News of his death came hours after the Australian television’s annual awards night, the Logies, were held in Melbourne.

Throughout the years Mr Grundy’s shows, and the actors in them, won dozens of Logies.

“The word ‘Grundy’ is synonymous with game shows through the ages,” TODAY’s entertainment editor Richard Wilkins said on Monday morning.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters want a kinder politics, but they shame themselves with their online venom

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Where to start with all this?  Given the level of debate here, I suppose it’s worth spelling some things out very clearly. No, Laura Kuenssberg is not a Tory stooge or partisan.  Nor is she a “bitch” or a “whore” or any of the other hateful things she’s being called online just for doing her job. She’s a journalist, and a good one at that. 

That means she reports and explains events as they are, not as her audience want them to be. Most people, or most sensible adults anyway, understand that journalists don’t exist to echo their own views back at them. Most people understand that journalism means saying things whether or not the people listening like them or not.  Most people, including many of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, respect that too. And they certainly don’t think it’s acceptable to direct torrents of verbal abuse at journalists, male or female, for doing their job. 

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Panama Papers: Full database revealed

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The Duchess of York’s chaotic offshore finances are among a host of well-known faces included in the data leak.

Sarah Ferguson, 56, expressed confusion in 2001 over who was running her interests in the British Virgin Islands, according to letters between her solicitor and Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the scandal.

Simon Cowell, Paul Burrell and Heather Mills also get mentions:

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Peace would be fragile and war more likely if Britain left Europe

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Out of this emerged the European Economic Union and then, in 1993, with the Cold War over, the European Union. It was, and remains, the largest-ever union of peoples created by consent rather than war, and the logic of the union remains just as sound as it did back in 1951: that if nations are bound together economically and politically it will be much harder and less likely for them to go to war. Not for nothing was the EU awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

The great recession has made the European Union a more fragile place. Were Britain, one of the EU’s leading nations, to leave, the chances of the rest of the EU collapsing would be pretty high. Were that to happen, many of those old feuds, and issues of nationalism and identity, could once more come to the fore. In Russia, Putin has been actively pursuing an aggressive and nationalistic agenda. Poland, the Baltic States, the Balkans, Hungary, Romania – they are like tinderboxes, waiting to ignite.

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Britain’s ‘oldest ever defendant’ aged 101 appears in court charged with child sex attacks 

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Clarke, who was born in March 1915 and was pictured wearing hearing aids, was granted unconditional bail.

Magistrates ordered Clarke, of Erdington, Birmingham, to appear at the city’s Crown Court for a plea hearing on Monday, June 6.

Prosecutors have charged Clarke with 15 counts of indecent assault, two of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency, 10 allegations of gross indecency and two of attempting to commit another sexual offence.

Some of the offences are alleged to have taken place in Clarke’s lorry and in a garage workshop.

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Prince Harry asked on TV if he wants to marry George W Bush’s daughter

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She added that she gave her sister Barbara, 34, the founder of Global Health Corps, a health and human rights organisation, the “heads up” about what she was going to do and that her sister was “humiliated”.

Elsewhere in the interview the Prince said that his grandmother the Queen is “definitely my boss” and agreed that when she talks, he listens.

He said: “My grandma has always been the boss. But my god, she gives amazing advice and she let’s us cruise around doing what we think is right.”

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Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann resigns after far-Right election triumph

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But it was his handling of the migrant crisis that saw voters desert the SPÖ and brought down his chancellorship.

He had been under attack from all sides since making an extraordinary U-turn over the crisis earlier this year.

Initially Mr Faymann backed Angela Merkel’s “open-door” refugee policy in neighbouring Germany, and for a time Austria was her closest ally over the crisis.

But as some 90,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Austria and public support for the policy collapsed, Mr Faymann made a dramatic reverse.

He closed Austria’s borders to migrants and imposed strict quotas on asylum-seekers.

Crucially, he became the leader of international efforts to close the so-called “Balkan Route” to migrants.

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