The Week V. 1343

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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the main stories and how they were covered

What happened Travel confusion The Government abandoned its proposed new “amber watchlist” for foreign travel this week owing to fears that it would cause more confusion, and lead to mass cancellations of holiday plans. The watchlist would have consisted of “amber” countries at risk of turning “red”, meaning returnees would be obliged to quarantine in hotels. Chancellor Rishi Sunak was among those who had expressed alarm about the impact it would have on the struggling travel sector. The new list would have joined five existing ones – green, green watchlist, amber, amber-plus and red. It had been suggested that Spain and Italy might go on it. Separately, the Government announced that under-30s will be offered incentives to get vaccinated, including discounts for Uber journeys and takeaways. Ministers also suggested that it was a…

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Controversy of the week “Access capitalism” “Is the UK’s democracy for sale,” asked the Financial Times. Reporters from this newspaper have revealed the existence of a “select coterie of financiers and grandees” who belong to an invitation-only club known as the Advisory Board – and who enjoy frequent, direct access to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. The price of membership? Big donations to the Conservative Party, some as high as £250,000. What they discuss with ministers is not minuted. “The very existence of the board is not documented.” It exists in “a shadowy world of privileged access”. Orchestrating it all is the Tory party co-chairman Ben Elliot, the founder of Quintessentially, a “concierge service” that caters to the super-rich: it secures restaurant reservations and society invitations; it advises on the best schools;…

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spirit of the age

It’s confirmed: British dog lovers have gone mad for cavapoos during the pandemic. The dogs, a cross between Cavalier King Charles spaniels and poodles, are the most sought after puppy breed, as judged by the number of visitors to adverts on the website Pets4Homes. However, the website reports that overall demand for puppies, which soared in the lockdowns, is waning, as people start to return to work. The average price for a dog is now £1,873, down from £2,237 in March. Cat lovers, meanwhile, can download a new app which will tell them whether their pet is happy. The app, named Tably, analyses ear and head position, eye-narrowing, muzzle tension and whisker arrangement, to detect distress.…

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good week for

Sky Brown, who became Britain’s youngest ever Olympic medallist. The 13-year-old won bronze in the women’s park skateboarding event. Sarah Gilbert, the co-creator the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, who has been immortalised as a Barbie doll. The scientist said that she found the honour “very strange”, but that she hoped the doll would encourage girls to consider careers in the sciences. Dubbed “vaccine Barbie”, the doll has long auburn hair, and wears a black trouser suit with a white shirt. Boris and Carrie Johnson, who are expecting their second child. In a post on Instagram, she revealed that she had had a miscarriage in January, which had left her “heartbroken”, but that she was “blessed” to be pregnant again. She said the “rainbow baby” was due at Christmas. The term refers to a baby…

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bad week for

The Hay Festival, with the resignation of its co-founder and director. Peter Florence, who had run the festival since its launch in 1988, stepped down after an independent inquiry upheld a bullying allegation against him, a finding that was then unanimously endorsed by the board. Thatched cottages, which are at risk of disappearing within the next 20 years, owing to a dire shortage of the right kind of straw. According to Historic England, there are now so few farms growing long-stemmed winter wheat that it could become impossible for thatchers to renew thatched roofs.…

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scotland’s covid rules

Almost all of Scotland’s remaining Covid restrictions will be lifted next week, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. From Monday, rules limiting the number of people who can meet up inside will be dropped, along with social distancing measures in venues such as pubs and restaurants. However, the wearing of face coverings will remain mandatory in some public spaces, including buses and secondary schools. The First Minister said the country was able to move beyond Level 0, owing to the success of the vaccine programme, but warned that Covid still poses “challenges” and that restrictions could be reimposed if cases rise again in the winter.…