George and Charlotte told about Diana

The memory of “Granny Diana” is being kept alive for Prince George and Princess Charlotte by their father who regularly talks to them about his mother.

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George, who celebrated his fourth birthday on Saturday, and two-year-old Charlotte are growing up with Carole Middleton as their only grandmother.

But Prince William is determined his children should also have Diana in their lives through the stories he tells them about the Princess.

He explained in a TV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, about how he keeps the memory of his mother alive for his children.

“I think, constantly talking about Granny Diana, so we’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff.

“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, she cannot really provide that level of detail.”

But William stressed he regularly talks to George and Charlotte about Diana when putting them to bed to remind them “there are two grandmothers in their lives, so it’s important they know who she was and that she existed”.

Speaking in the documentary, which will be screened in the UK on Monday, William joked about the havoc his mother would have caused at his children’s bath times if she was alive.

“She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare. She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare.”

“She’d come, probably at bath time, cause an amazing … scene, bubbles everywhere, bath water all over the place, and then leave.”

Speaking about the ongoing influence of his mother on his parenting William explained.

“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realise these early years particularly are crucial for children, having seen what she did for us.”

Walesa urges Poles to protect democracy by ‘all means’

The measure, which opponents say imperils the independence of the judiciary, has already drawn a threat of sanctions from the European Union and massive street demonstrations.

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“Our generation succeeded in putting Poland back on track and ensuring the separation of powers,” the former president said in the northern city of Gdansk. “We cannot allow anyone to destroy that.” 

The 73-year-old, who recently underwent cardiac testing, said “despite my health, I will always be with you.”

“In 1989 we gave you a democratic Poland. You must fight for it with all means,” said Walesa who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for leading Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s only free trade union. 

Early on Saturday Poland’s senate approved the reform, which gives the government power to select candidates for the court. The lower house of parliament backed the measure in a vote on Thursday.

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In order to become law the reform would need the signature of President Andrzej Duda and he is closely allied with the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.

The head of state has 21 days to sign the document, veto it, or, if in doubt, submit it to the constitutional court.

The opposition and protesters are all calling on Duda to veto the reform, as well as two other measures recently adopted which they say increase the control of the executive branch of government over the judiciary.

The opposition argues the measures amount to a “coup d’etat” but the PiS says the reforms are essential to rationalise the judicial system and fight corruption.

The PiS, which began making judiciary changes after coming to power in late 2015, has argued resistance to the initiatives is a case of the elite defending their privileges.

Under the current system, candidates for the Supreme Court are selected by an independent body consisting mainly of judges but also including a few politicians.

The European Commission has warned against the changes, threatening to halt Poland’s voting rights in the 28-nation bloc further down the line — a so-called “nuclear option” that the EU had never invoked.

William, Harry talk candidly about Diana

Prince William has admitted speaking openly about his mother for a new documentary about her life was “daunting” at first but the process has been a “healing” one.

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William described the 90-minute TV program as a “tribute” to Diana, that will remind the public – especially those too young to remember her – of the “warmth” and “humour” of his mother.

But the ITV documentary, to screen in the UK on Monday, will be the first and last time he, and Prince Harry, will speak candidly about their mother.

“We won’t be doing this again – we won’t speak as openly or publicly about her again, because we feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from close family friends you might not have heard before, from those who knew her best and from those who want to protect her memory, and want to remind people of the person that she was.

“The warmth, the humour and what she was like as a mother, which probably hasn’t come across before in many other pieces and from other people.”

William is interviewed extensively with Harry for the program, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which also features the Princess’ brother Earl Spencer and friends like Elton John.

Explaining his reasons for speaking candidly about Diana, William said: “Twenty years on Harry and I felt that it was an appropriate time to open up a bit more about our mother.”

The 20th anniversary of her death will be marked with a statue of Diana erected in a place she knew well, the public gardens of her former home Kensington Palace.

“Harry and I feel very strongly that we want to celebrate her life and this is a tribute from her sons to her, and we want her legacy to live on in our work and we feel this is an appropriate way of doing that.

“To remind not only people who knew her, but also you have to remember this is 20 years ago now she died and there are people who don’t even know about her.

“And I think it’s been quite cathartic for us doing it. It’s been at first quite daunting – opening up so much to camera…but going through this process has been quite a healing process as well.”

Soft opening for the ASX on Monday

The Australian stock market is expected to fall around 25 points or 0.

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4 of a per cent when it opens on Monday due a decline in the oil price and weakness in the European and US markets.

CommSec chief economist Craig James says the 2.5 per cent drop in the oil price, due to investors cashing in on the week’s strong gains, will weigh down the energy sector on Monday but overall the ASX is performing well despite last week’s slightly softer results.

“You have these ebbs and flows over time,” he said.

Looking ahead, the release of the Consumer Price Index figures for the June quarter on Wednesday is data investors should watch out for.

Mr James said he expected to see continued soft inflation figures.

“We’re looking for half of one per cent growth.”

It’s likely the headline inflation rate will be 2.2 per cent and the underlying rate around 1.7 per cent once volatile items, such as petrol prices, are stripped out.

This is edging into the Reserve Bank’s target band, Mr James said.

“So the Reserve Bank would look at that and say inflation is still not a problem.”

But investors should keep an eye on the results as an increase beyond these figures may indicate inflation is starting to trickle through and coupled with Australia’s strong economic data, it may lead the market to assume the Reserve Bank is about to increase interest rates.

“So that figure on Wednesday certainly does have the potential to move markets,” Mr James said.

A soft reading on inflation will result in the Reserve Bank taking no action and cause the Australian dollar to fall back, but a reading of 0.6 or 0.7 of one per cent growth will show inflation is higher and the economy is doing well.

This could kick the Aussie dollar up even higher, he said.

Corbyn, Sanders not my influences: Shorten

Labor has put inequality at the centre of its election pitch but leader Bill Shorten is emphatic he’s not channelling Bernie Sanders or Jeremy Corbyn with his rhetoric.

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Following a landmark speech he gave on Friday, Mr Shorten says people have lost confidence in the government and growing inequality is at the heart of that.

“This is a government whose only economic recipe is to give more help to the people already at the front of the queue, who are already well off,” he told ABC TV on Sunday.

“My party is taking a different attitude.”

Mr Shorten lamented what he sees as a two-class tax system.

“For most Australians we’re now at the end of July and many of them will have filled in their tax returns and they’ll claim a couple of vanilla deductions, maybe a salary sacrifice motor vehicle if they’re lucky and maybe some work costs,” he said.

“But then there is another tax system where if you have enough money, you can basically choose to opt out of many of the taxes.”

Labor already plans to end negative gearing, overhaul capital gains tax and limit the amount of accountant fees people can claim as tax deductions and Mr Shorten said the opposition would soon announce further tax policies to take to the next election.

Some of his rhetoric has echoed that of left-wing US presidential hopeful Mr Sanders and UK Labour leader Mr Corbyn, whose popular versions of socialism garnered more support than many expected.

But Mr Shorten says he’s not totally rejecting trickle down economics and the foreign leaders haven’t influenced his thinking.

Rather it was the thousands of conversations he’s had with people in supermarkets, town hall meetings and workplaces that influence him.

He respects wealth, but the people who make lots of money aren’t what get him out of bed.

“The people that I want to help are the people for whom the link between hard work and rewards seems to be fraying,” Mr Shorten said.

“The fact of the matter is that the most likely predictor of whether or not you’re going to be able to buy a house at the moment is to have rich parents. That isn’t good enough.

“That’s not the deal which we promise our kids, that’s not the deal we promise Australians for working hard.”