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Review of the Week - Moggmentum, lamentation and a good old bath

It's been a serious week for news with few laughs - unless you're a punk fashion designer.

At home the Conservative Conference has dominated the headlines with the 'three biggies' Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg all attracting the most attention for their podium speeches.

Rees-Mogg increased fears he is a serious contender for Prime Minister as his cheer leading squad – otherwise known as the Conservative Activists – came out in force to hear his right-wing views and staunch support for Brexit in a movement, which has been dubbed 'Moggmentum', as we are simply unable to deal with too many words.

Boris Johnson channelled his hero Winston Churchill in his 'let the lion roar' speech about Britain's national supremacy following Brexit but bungled it up good and proper over his comments about war-torn Libyan city Sirte becoming a World Class destination once they had 'cleared the bodies away'.

Whether you call it a farce, a nightmare, or the worst of luck, Theresa May failed to win around the crowds during her keynote speech at the conference on Wednesday. She was dogged by a cough, interrupted by a prankster waving a P45 and the backdrop started falling apart. Considering she probably wouldn't have got away with anything short of perfection under any circumstances, a very real P45 looks imminent - sadly.

Over in the land of the free, Donald Trump has failed to react in a sensible, Presidential manner to two devastating events on his soil. When questioned about gun law following the mass shooting at an open air concert on the Las Vegas strip, he said there would be a discussion 'as time goes by' - which we all know amounts to never. Fifty-nine people were killed and over 500 people were injured in the worst mass shooting in recent American history but the President is too concerned about feathering his own nest.

Whilst Trump left residents of the hurricane-hit island of Puerto Rico feeling insulted. Not only was his response to the disaster deemed slow, but he offended people by turning up and throwing packs of paper towels into the crowd. He looked more budget game show host than sympathetic leader, but then he didn't even realise Puerto Rico was American territory for a while.

Whilst shocking scenes of police brutality emerged as Catalonians called an illegal referendum for independence from Spain. An overwhelming 90 per cent of voters came out in favour of separation but should Catalonions attempt to act on this, Madrid promises it will seize all powers back. A bit of a mess - but what goes without saying, is such heavy-handedness on the part of those we trust to uphold the law is never warranted.

Much-needed light relief comes in the form of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. On being asked what her secret to staying young was at Paris Fashion Week, the 76-year-old replied, having a bath just once a week. Her husband, fellow designer, Andreas Kronthaler, concurred this was why his wife looked so' radiant', whilst he went even further and said he only washed once a month. Perhaps people's eyes are watering so much from the stench they can't see the wrinkles. Not a trend I can quite see catching on and yet fashion-types are starting to wear high-heeled crocs.


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