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The People's March, Nick Clegg at Facebook and the Polka Dot Trousers

FROM the hundreds of thousands at the People's Vote march and Nick Clegg's holographic flit to Facebook, to the magic eye, polka dot trousers, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

The largest demonstration since the protest against the Iraq war, saw just shy of 700,000 people descend onto the streets of London at the weekend to call for a People's Vote on Brexit. The amount of protesters exceeded all expectations, as MPs, celebrities and 'normal folk' banded together to appeal to the government to hold a second referendum on leaving the European Union. To get us out of - in the words of legendary TV cook Delia Smith - this "unmitigated chaos".

Prime Minister Theresa May apparently "oblivious" to this huge groundswell of anti-Brexit feeling, has made the unprecedented move today (Monday) to announce she will address Parliament later to declare Brexit is "95 per cent" completed. This comes as rumours yet again swirl that MPs are planning a vote of no-confidence.

Elsewhere, the UK, France and Germany have united - oh the irony - to call on Saudi Arabia to provide the proper facts around the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier in the month.

A much derided version of events was released on Friday saying Khashoggi died after a fist fight with officials got out of hand. Prior to that the official line had been they knew nothing about Khashoggi's death and the last they had seen of him, he had left the consulate very much in the land of the living. Meanwhile, British MPs from all opposition parties are asking the Conservatives exactly what more it will take for Britain to sever its ties with Saudi Arabia?

Another scuffle, this time fuelled by nothing short of lunacy, has broken out over who should "be the face" of the new, plastic, £50 note. The Bank of England is currently taking suggestions on who will feature, with the loudest voice petitioning for Margaret Thatcher. She was, This Reporter concedes (reluctantly), the first female Prime Minister.

Other favourites include Clement Attlee and Stephen Hawking. So far so sensible. Then it goes a little bit mental with campaigns for Del Boy and Rodney dressed as Batman and Robin, Philip Schofield, Susanna Reid - presumably for putting up with Piers Morgan - and inexplicably, Lisa Scott-Lee from Steps. This Reporter is opting for Queen of Cakes herself Mary Berry, with the addition of a lickable Victoria Sponge panel.

The mind truly boggles over how, when it came to choosing a former politician to step up to the role of Head of Global Affairs at Facebook, the selection arm swung to Nick Clegg. This Reporter queries whether names were simply shoved, haphazardly, into a hat, or was there a visual photo generator such as those on naff TV game shows, flashing up at epileptic random, and Mark Zuckerburg had to press the plunger?

Either way here he is, Mr Clegg, former Lib Dem and deputy Prime Minister, pledging to "bridge the gap between the worlds of tech and politics" by cracking down on fake news, tax avoidance and cyber crime all from his new base in Los Angeles. This Reporter states, she's not sure people will "like" it.

Today's fashion pick are the polka dot wide leg pants (read trousers) by Parisian brand Equipment. Polka dots, as frequently in style as a threat of no confidence, are nevertheless not to be missed out on this season. But whilst "the crowd" are donning dotty dresses and spotted blouses, why not stride ahead of the pack in a pair of polka dot trousers?

This pair from Equipment really are just the ticket. If nothing else they are a perfect time passer (waster). Count the dots, join the dots, stare long enough at them and in manner of magic eye, a face will emerge. And zut alors, it's only Margaret Thatcher.

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