Justin Dunn’s


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The leg­endary Pink ’ Un – fa­mous world­wide for its in­ci­sive re­portage – fi­nally con­firmed what I have been say­ing for ages: That Ger­many is push­ing for a Euro­pean army, in plans de­vised in Ber­lin.

An­noy­ingly for Ms Merkel, though, they didn’t ac­tu­ally want you British vot­ers to know any­thing about th­ese plans un­til af­ter the EU ref­er­en­dum on June 23. I won­der why?

The FT noted that the pro­posal is “one of the most sig­nif­i­cant” for Ger­many in re­cent years, given that Ber­lin has “long paid lip ser­vice” to the for­ma­tion of a Euro­pean de­fence union.

Ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per, the draft white paper out­lines TWO months ago the na­tion shared in a col­lec­tive sigh of guilty re­lief when we heard the story of home­less man Mark Collins.

He had bumped into a young woman who was cry­ing out­side a locked Eus­ton rail­way sta­tion late at night.

Blonde Ni­cole Sedge­beer was drunk and lost in the cap­i­tal, miles from her home in Mil­ton Keynes and with no bat­tery life left on her phone.

Mark, who’d been liv­ing on the streets of Lon­don for 12 years, guided her to an all-night café he knew to be safe, stayed with her for a cof­fee, then left be­fore re­turn­ing at 5am – via a bus ride – to es­cort her back to Eus­ton.

An ex­tremely grate­ful and hum­bled Ni­cole posted about his gal­lantry on Face­book, ad­mit­ting that un­til then she had been, like so many of us are, usu­ally the type to steer clear of the home­less.

The story grew legs and ran across so­cial media and inevitably a crowd­sourc­ing fund be­gan, soon swelling to over £13,000.

Which is just great, isn’t it? Thir­teen grand is nice for any­one to sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly have.

But for some­one whose nights were spent in a sleep­ing bag in a shop door­way, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Ex­cept that, two months on, is what it still is for Mark – a dream – as it’s emerged that he has not re­ceived a sin­gle penny of that money.

He’s now shacked up in a tem­po­rary hos­tel in Cam­den with­out even a pair of socks to call his own.

Why? Be­cause a char­ity ap­pointed by his lo­cal coun­cil

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