The Sussex show rolls on

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On Thursday December 8 the first part of the Harry & Meghan documentary appears on Netflix, with part 2 coming a week later.

I’m in two minds about whether I’ll watch it. The journalist in me says I probably should, especially after the Lady Susan Hussey incident last week which, although I suspect was borne out of blind ignorance and a case of Prince Philip level foot in mouth syndrome, certainly gave credence to the claims of racism made by the couple.

But the trailers, which were released at the weekend, are so obviously targeted at the American market with its use of stills of members of the Royal family completely out of context with the narration for the sole purpose of fuelling a sensationalist agenda, I fear it may turn out to be as historically reliable as The Crown, something else I’ve never wanted to see.

One shot of photographers crowded together has been revealed as actually being from a 2011 Harry Potter premiere – taken years before the couple even met.

Then taking centre stage there’s a striking front shot of Meghan from the Queen’s funeral and my suspicions are raised even further – is that photojournalism or is it a cynically posed shot?

I find it very sad and hugely hypocritical that Harry has chosen to swap one firm for another, especially as the aim of Sussex Inc appears to be pandering to royal-obsessed America’s hunger for the salacious with little or no consideration for accuracy while in turn inflicting hurt on his brother, sister-in-law and father.

And that’s before the dreaded book comes out next month.

If he hates the family that much he should hang onto the title he was born into but renounce the one bestowed on him.

Although, of course, that would make his missus plain old Mrs Windsor.

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After five years of being the SNP’s chief mouthpiece in Westminster, Ian Krankie… sorry… Blackford, has stepped aside or been pushed aside depending on who you want to believe, and replaced by Stephen Flynn, the MP for Aberdeen South.

To give this some context, picture replacing Winnie the Pooh with Judge Dredd. The results will be the same but it’s going to get a lot nastier.

His deputy is to be Mhairi Black, the most dynamic, no nonsense politician for any UK party in many generations. I also consider her to be the biggest waste of talent in British politics as he could bring so much more to the table within, say, Labour, but if the SNP has any future at all it lies with her.

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I think there comes a point where the mental health card can no longer be used to excuse someone’s behaviour and Kanye West, or as he prefers now, Ye, is so far beyond that it’s getting silly now.

His behaviour has become so outrageous, so hateful and self destructive, that surely someone needs to step in and make an informed decision on whether he’s a danger to himself or just a complete git who thinks that acting a sandwich short of a picnic gives him a free pass.

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I watched a lovely video on Facebook this week of David Beckham visiting the England squad where he was greeted warmly by players and took time to talk free kicks with Trent Alexander Arnold before a shy Bukayo Saka asked: “Sorry to disturb you, but can I have a photo with you?”

Not one of our supposedly switched on group asked Becks why he had so readily accepted millions to be an ambassador for a host nation that oppresses women and homosexuals while ignoring the rights of migrant workers.

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Best World Cup commentary of the week comes from ITV during the Portugal v Switzerland game where Portuguese head coach Fernando Santos was described as having a face that constantly looked like he had just run over his dog.

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And the award for worst penalty shoot-out in history goes to…Japan.

Stupid TV quiz answer of the week

Tipping Point

Q: Known for its speed a whippet is what type of animal?

A: Rabbit?

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