Don't stand there, Minister!  Our "image of the week" award undoubtedly goes to the hapless Brexit Secretary, David Davis, who gave an open invitation to journalists on Wednesday by standing proudly in front of a Conservative campaign poster cleverly cropped to read "Hell for your family"!  Yet in a week of political gaffes, Mr Davis was outshone by Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott who fumbled her way through Labour's plans for policing in a car-crash interview with LBC radio.  If you haven't yet heard Ms Abbott explaining Labour's plans to recruit "10,000 new police officers for (just) £300,000" it is worth a cringe-inducing listen.  Talking of gaffes, Thursday's announcement that Prince Philip is to retire from public duties leaves a gaping hole in a field where public figures seem to go out of their way to make increasingly bland and cautious statements.  Who else would ask a successful aborigine entrepreneur whether they "still throw spears at each other"; dash the dreams of a 13 year old boy by telling him "you're too fat to be an astronaut"; or greet the disabled driver of a mobility scooter with "how many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?"!  The Weekly will miss his colourful comments.

Attendees at Property Week's inaugural shed conference this week will have heard KPMG's Head of Real Estate predicting that driverless lorries are on their way and will have "a profound impact on the market" in the next 5-15 years.  Yet whilst most of us will primarily be concerned with the prospect of unmanned HGVs hurtling around the motorway network, Richard Tice of Quidnet Capital has taken a different view of the ever-accelerating online shopping phenomenon driving the industrial sector.  He has suggested that there needs to be a rebalancing between the industrial and retail sectors, with many High Streets continuing to struggle under the weight of penal rates bills.  His radical solution; an online delivery tax on all internet shopping that could be used to offset and rebalance the rates bill to retailers.  If it stems the curse of delivery vans and lorries clogging up our towns and cities with one-off items boxed in ludicrously over-sized packaging then maybe his idea really does have some merit.

A selfie this week showing Donald Trump's Strategy Chief standing in front of a whiteboard appeared to "inadvertently" leak a list of policies for changing travel to America.  The list included a potential pledge to "sunset our visa laws so that Congress is forced to revise and revisit them".  The Donald appears to be willing to cause temporary chaos for everyone travelling to and from the US to secure his so-far-thwarted travel ban.  America's hoteliers and travel agencies have already warned that visitor numbers are down and foreign tourists are choosing to "give the country a miss".  And all this without the apparent threat of being  forcibly evicted from your airline seat if your flight is overbooked.  After footage of Dr David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight last month went viral, Delta Airlines have heaped coal on the industry's PR bonfire by allegedly "bumping" a family with a toddler - a passenger strategy guaranteed to backfire!  So if you are one of the many UK residents opting for a staycation this summer and delaying your dream trip to Disneyland, Florida, here's the vindication needed to sell your Welsh caravan idea to the rest of the family!   
 

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