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State pension triple lock ‘will be broken’

GB News presenter and Economic Editor Liam Halligan argued that he believes the state pension triple lock will be broken. He argued that Rishi Sunak was being unclear at a time where the public demanded certainty. He argued that if the triple lock was not broken it would spark fierce questions on inter-generational unfairness.

He noted that due to the Covid pandemic, the Government could be forced to give pension a 6-8 percent rise while the young people of the country suffer.”

Mr Halligan said: “I think the electorate would respect Rishi Sunak more if he treated them like grown-ups on these big issues.

“Michael is right, I think the triple lock is going to be broken.

“On my show with Gloria De Piero, earlier today on GB News, we had Guy Opperman on, the Junior Pension Minister and he used almost the same form of words when Gloria and I put to him are you going to maintain the triple lock.

“Look, you are going to end up giving pensioners a 6,7, 8 percent rise at a time, as you said to Rishi Sunak Andrew, there is a very big and legitimate set of questions about intergenerational fairness.

“It is the young who have endured this huge burden of this lockdown, not just in terms of mental health but in so many other ways.”

Mr Halligan some advice on how best to prepare the public for the Government to break the triple lock.

He said: “I think he needs to start preparing the electorate for lest they feel as if they were fools.

When asked if the triple lock was still Government Policy Mr Sunak answered: “I think formally, I have to be very careful, as I can’t comment on fiscal policy outside of events, which I’m sure you’ll understand.

“With regards to pensions uprating, there is a statutory review which is carried out later on in the year, which is then brought to Parliament.

“What you’re referring to are forecasts, but as we’ve seen over the past 12 months, we’re in a period of extraordinary economic uncertainty, and lots of the forecasts we’ve seen have moved around and changed.”

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Martin Compston endured 'miserable' time in lead up to Line of Duty 6 due to weight gain

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The new series of Line of Duty has been a complete whirlwind for fans of the show, with the highly-anticipated final airing on Sunday. Ahead of the last episode, stars of the BBC show Vicki McClure and Martin Compston, discussed the fan reaction and backstage gossip behind the sixth season, with the latter revealing he struggled to get into his character’s suits after putting on weight during lockdown.

The third UK lockdown seemed to be a tough one for many of us, with the winter days and dark evenings making it more tedious than ever.

And for Martin, it’s been quite a turbulent time as he had to put himself through a “miserable” couple of weeks of dieting in order to fit back into his alter-ego Steve Arnott’s swanky suits.

Chatting on the Jonathon Ross show which airs on Saturday, Martin described the AC-21 officer as “the overdressed w****r in the call centre”, among other things.

“[I’d] Just finished filming The Nest. Had my top off a fair bit in that!” he tells the host about his latest BBC thriller, before moving onto the sizing drama.

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“I’m usually a 32 [chest], got down to 30, now I’ve got these tailored suits for Line of Duty. We start filming, lockdown happens, up to about a 34…” he explains his fluctuating weight.

He laughs: “I couldn’t get them on. I couldn’t even get the shirts buttoned.

“Two weeks of hours on an exercise bike, eating soup, water… miserable.”

But tight suits or not, Martin is still very much on thousands of fans radar for romance, as he discusses some of the very personal messages he receives regularly.

The Scottish actor also has to master the cockney London accent, something he admits he finds really difficult.

“It can be hard, that dialogue on its own would be hard anyway, throw the accent in there,” he explains, referring a 30-page scene they filmed where he was trying to remember his lines as well as juggle the accent at the same time.

“When we’re away from it for a long time, when I do that voice I can hear him, it’s like a costume.”

As a way to tackle this issue, the BBC star reveals he has someone record his lines for him to listen to, a savvy coping mechanism that works a treat.

“I walk about all day with him in my ears. It’s just graft. I’m not naturally good at accents,” he smiles.

“I need to work harder, which then makes me better because I’m not complacent with it.”

He confesses it’s “intimidating” working with his “amazing” co-stars without throwing the accent into the mix, but all that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

He adds: “Speaking to the wife and stuff I’ll drop it, I very much stay in it [on set].”

The Jonathon Ross Show airs Saturday at 9.35pm on ITV and the finale of Line of Duty series six airs on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

Capone movie: Tom Hardy so committed ‘he endured real slaps and painful contact lenses’

Last summer Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic released in the US, but the Josh Trank directed movie has only just landed on Netflix UK. Capone follows the gangster’s final years after spending over a decade in prison for tax evasion. The new film sees the 40-year-old living in Florida as he suffers from neurosyphilis and a serious mental decline.
During the movie, Hardy’s Capone relives moments from his violent past through a serious of hallucinations.

And in one of these surreal scenes, he comes across Tilda Del Toro’s Mona Lisa, who represented the other side of the gangster’s life apart from his family.

Embodying one of Capone’s ex-lovers, she is the mother of his rumoured illegitimate child who ends up violently confronting him.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the Chicago-born Tilda shared details of rehearsing her “very aggressive” scene full of pushing, pulling and slapping, which actually ended up with everyone in fits of laughter.

READ MORE: Capone was ‘delusional and broken’ in final years before Netflix anger

The Mona Lisa actress said how she had a run through with Hardy in front of all the departments and didn’t know her own strength.

Tilda recounted: “I came in and pulled Tom towards me and slapped him and then I pushed him on the couch.”

“The couch was a little lighter than in the scene because it was a production couch and it flew all the way back! We kept doing the scene and then Josh yelled ‘Cut!’”

There was silence on the set until the director said to her: “Tilda, I do NOT want to mess with you!”

Tilda pointed out that you always have to very careful when physical with someone on set, but admitted she really didn’t realise just how hard she was slapping Hardy.

The actress said, “He was okay with it! After that, he would say, ‘It’s okay, you can slap me.’”

For Tilda, it just showed how committed Hardy was to the Capone role, as she highlighted how uncomfortable his prosthetics were and especially his bloodshot contact lenses.

She said: “People don’t realise how hard prosthetics are on actors and his eyes were hurting him a lot because he had these contacts on. So I definitely felt bad for him.”

Praising Hardy’s professionalism on the Capone set, Tilda said: “He very willing to go the whole way and I guess so was I! He’s so kind and was so kind about it.”

The Mona Lisa actress shared how Hardy would ask if she needed anything from him and would always treat her with respect as an equal actor.

She added: “That was a great experience. He was extremely professional, respectful, very aware and fully present.

“Tom was giving as an actor and really engaged in the work. He was very kind to me. I felt like he was very confident and when he needed to deal with something specific he did.”

Capone is streaming on Netflix UK now.