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The Week

The Week

V. 1314

The best of the media in one magazine. Each issue stitches together news and views from more than 200 global news sources into an utterly enjoyable, informative read.

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9 min.
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened The Covid emergency In a stark intervention reflecting mounting concern over the lack of compliance with lockdown rules, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty this week warned that the UK is entering its “most dangerous” phase of the pandemic. If people refused to stay at home, he said, surging Covid case numbers could overwhelm the NHS within a fortnight. His sobering intervention coincided with news that the UK death toll from the virus had now reached 84,767. On Tuesday, 1,564 people were reported to have died from the virus in the UK – the biggest daily total of the entire pandemic. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident”, saying the virus’s spread was “out of control”. Scotland tightened restrictions on Wednesday. On a more upbeat note, the Government published its…

2 min.
controversy of the week

“In the end, two billionaires from California did what legions of politicians, prosecutors and power brokers had tried and failed to do for years,” said Kevin Roose in The New York Times. “They pulled the plug on President Trump.” Twitter last Friday permanently suspended the president’s account, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence”, after last week’s deadly riot on the Capitol. The day before, Facebook banned him at least until the end of his term. These companies like to pretend they act according to “due process”, but ultimately the decisions were made by their chief executives, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, under pressure from liberal opinion generally and their own employees. It “was a watershed moment in the history of social media”. Instagram, Snapchat,…

1 min.
spirit of the age

For the first time ever, Kurt Geiger has not included a single pair of high heels in its new collection. Reflecting the way that the pandemic has accelerated the move away from formal wear, the retailer – once synonymous with four-inch stilettos – is instead focusing solely on flats and trainers. It told The Sunday Times that there had been a “complete reversal” of trends over the past five years. The world’s biggest plumbing firm has launched a smart lavatory that claims to monitor users’ physical and mental well-being by analysing their waste, and scanning their bodies. The Wellness Toilet – unveiled by Japanese firm Toto at the Consumer Electronics Show – then sends its “wellness improvement” recommendations to an app.…

1 min.
good week for

Elon Musk, who became the world’s richest person when his net worth exceeded $185bn (£136bn) (see page 41). “How strange,” remarked the Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur on Twitter. Sex and the City fans, with news that a new ten-part series based on the hit 1990s show is in the works. Three of the show’s female stars will reunite for the reboot, And Just Like That, but Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, has ruled herself out. Richard Sharp, who was appointed chairman of the BBC. An ex-banker, Sharp, 64, was Rishi Sunak’s boss at Goldman Sachs.…

1 min.
bad week for

Jake Angeli, the “QAnon shaman” photographed storming the US Capitol, with reports that he is suffering in pre-trial detention because the jail doesn’t serve organic food. His mother told a judge that “he gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic”. Officials have now been told to ensure his dietary requirements are met. British hauliers, who found that Brexit had complicated their lunch arrangements. Truck drivers arriving at the Dutch border last week were filmed having their ham sandwiches confiscated by border officials, who explained that, owing to new import regulations, they can no longer bring dairy and meat products into the EU. “Welcome to Brexit,” said one official. Chartwells, an outsourcing firm, which was summoned to the Department for Education to explain why the taxpayer-funded free school meal packages it has…

1 min.
chinese imports curbed

The Government is imposing measures to prevent the import of goods linked to alleged human rights abuses in China, the Foreign Secretary announced this week. The aim, said Dominic Raab, is to “ensure no company that profits from forced labour in Xinjiang can do business in the UK, and that no UK business is involved in their supply chains”. Deterrent fines will be imposed on firms that fail to show due diligence in making sure there is no slave labour in their supply chains; procurement rules will exclude suppliers with links to rights abuses; and export controls to Xinjiang province will be reviewed.…