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Neon, General Strike and BBC "Funky" Two

IN a world where the "people's voice" is being used more as a catchphrase than an actual signal of mass opinion, it is no wonder fashion types are reaching for neon.

The traditional preserve of roadside workers and 90s rave fanatics, all garments in bold and brash, fluorescent hues are bang on trend for autumn. This obsession with a retina burning colour palate can only be down to our collective sense of being all but invisible, This Reporter muses. Though others would blame the trend setting power of neon-loving wallflower Kim Kardashian.

Wherever you plan to pin the impetus, lime greens, shocking pinks and fluoro yellows are the only colours to be seen in this season (and boy will you be seen), whether hi vis evening wear, neon knits, colour-clash separates or standout accessories, being your chosen poison. This Reporter is, tentatively, opting for this over-sized neon pink turtleneck from Zara. If she hasn't the guts to wear it, she'll stick it on a flagpole, a la Bobbie from The Railway Children, to signal danger.

Talking of going off the rails, a new Labour MP certainly went off her party's policy track - or less politely, off on one -when she started spouting about a general strike at a fringe event for the Labour Conference. Evidently affronted by Prime Minister Theresa May's express insistence there would not be a general election this autumn, as it wasn't "in the interest of the people", Laura Smith, the MP for Crewe and Nantwich, came up with a whole different way to bring down the government - calling for her "brothers" to join her in the first general strike in nearly a century.

She said: "Comrades, we must topple this cruel and callous Tory government as soon as we can". Her words were greeted by a standing ovation. But Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who was there, slammed the suggestion, saying: "That's not our position".

A man who slapped a woman's bottom on a bus near Paris has been jailed for three months. The 30-year-old felon, inebriated at the time, was trapped on the bus by the driver until police arrived. The judge passing sentence said it was an act of outright sexual aggression.

BBC Two is also being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the present, with its first re-branding since the early 90s. The TV channel - much the pensioner's favourite - has been working with Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker to develop new programmes. It will also drop the number two from its on-screen identity and replace it with a series of colourful visualisations "based on a simple curve".

It's all sounding a little bit "W1A" to This Reporter. No doubt it will be mandatory for the free-thinking, "funky" radicals behind this channel makeover to come dressed to work, head-to-toe in neon.

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