Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's an Awfully Long Way Down, Mr Chancellor; Philip Hammond Goes KitKat Krazy, Kezia Dugdale Hits the Jungle, and le Post-Coital Ciggie May Go in French Films. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Look at the Week That Was

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's an Awfully Long Way Down, Mr Chancellor; Philip Hammond Goes KitKat Krazy, Kezia Dugdale Hits the Jungle, and le Post-Coital Ciggie May Go in French Films. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Look at the Week That Was

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Byline: Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis

Monday Chancellor Philip Hammond is mocked for telling Andrew Marr "there are no unemployed" in the UK. Theresa May plans to double Britain's EU divorce bill offer to PS38 billion or more. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage.

Robert Mugabe faces impeachment after resisting Zanu-PF demands to resign. Angela Merkel faces a possible snap election after coalition talks collapse. Harrison Ford helps a motorist whose car ran off the road in Los Angeles, presumably after giving a "Han signal".

The deaths are announced of Charles Manson, Jana Novotna and Azzedine Alaia. Plans for an all-night "Hipster" overground service between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate are revealed. Hampstead Ponds is asked to provide changing facilities for transgender people. The Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai is Googled by millions of men "looking for inspiration for Christmas presents".

Tuesday Experts call on Philip Hammond to fund prefab homes to solve London's housing crisis. Drugs firm Concordia is accused of hiking the price of a thyroid pill sold to the NHS by 6,000 per cent. The former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale (pictured) flies into the I'm a Celebrity jungle.

Donald Trump "pardons" two Thanksgiving turkeys as his administration scraps visas for 60,000 victims of the Haitian earthquake. Bashar al-Assad thanks Vladimir Putin for "saving" Syria on a visit to the Black Sea. Smoking may be banned in French films.

Two new PS10 million Woolwich Ferries will be built in Poland. British firm De La Rue will compete with French and Dutch companies to print the post-Brexit UK passports. Rescued explorer Benedict Allen insists he "did not get lost" in Papua New Guinea. Almost 85 per cent of Londoners say they are annoyed by slow walkers.

Wednesday Philip Hammond's budget abolishes stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to PS300,000, commits PS44 billion to housing overall, and raises the living wage from PS7.50 an hour to PS7.83 from April 2018. The NHS in England receives PS2.8 billion extra funding, Brexit planning PS3 billion. Growth forecasts are slashed; projected borrowing revised up. …

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