The Week V. 1348

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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United Kingdom
Língua:
English
Editora:
Dennis Publishing UK
Periodicidade:
Weekly
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it wasn’t all bad

A woman tracked down two young men who saved her son from drowning, so that she could thank them. Frankie Creek, 7, fell off a jetty at Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes last month. His mother didn’t notice him fall in, but brothers Kofi and Jermaine Reid did, and raced to his rescue. She was too shaken to talk to them at the scene, and couldn’t find them later – so she put out an appeal on social media. “We still have our son because of their quick actions,” she said. The thriving seal population in the Thames estuary is proof the river is “full of life”, according to a new report. The latest count, taken in August, turned up 2,866 grey seals and 797 harbour seals, said researchers from the…

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johnson’s tax gamble

What happened In a high stakes gamble, Boris Johnson this week set out plans for a £12bn-a-year tax rise to help fund health and social care. He conceded that the move broke a manifesto pledge, but said a “global pandemic was in no one’s manifesto”. The tax hike will start out as a 1.25 percentage point rise in national insurance (NI) payroll taxes from April 2022, and then be rebranded as a separate “health and social care levy” the following year. Unlike normal NI, the new levy will be paid by working pensioners. The same tax increase will apply to shareholder dividends. The plan – which angered many Tory MPs but was dismissed as a “sticking plaster” solution by Labour leader Keir Starmer – will increase Britain’s tax burden to 35.5%…

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the taliban government

What happened The Taliban formalised its grip on power this week, announcing an interim government and declaring Afghanistan an “Islamic Emirate”. Led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, foreign minister under the previous Taliban regime, the new cabinet includes the leader of the Haqqani Network terror group, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who will serve as interior minister. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid – who had promised an “inclusive” regime – sought to allay concerns about the presence of hardliners, insisting the cabinet was “not complete, it is just acting”. The news came after the Taliban claimed victory over rebel forces in the Panjshir Valley northeast of Kabul – the last stronghold of opposition, thereby completing its takeover. Back in the capital, hundreds of people took to the streets to denounce the Taliban and to demand the…

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jabs for schoolchildren

“Is it safe to vaccinate healthy children? And, if so, should the Government get on with it?” These are the two “crucial questions” in the debate over giving schoolchildren the jab against Covid-19, said Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey in The Daily Telegraph. While countries such as France, Spain and the US have already pressed ahead with the policy, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) finally gave its verdict last week – and it wasn’t very clear. On available evidence, the JCVI found that the health benefits of vaccinating healthy 12- to 15-year-olds “marginally” outweigh the risks. Yet, to government frustration, it refused to endorse a mass roll-out. Otherwise healthy children are very rarely hospitalised with Covid, it pointed out. And there remains “considerable uncertainty” about the…

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spirit of the age

There are few upsides to the pandemic, but Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny has found one: fewer people coughing unnecessarily in concert halls and theatres. “Most of us seldom need to indulge in a gentle bout of rasping, but when others start, it’s human nature to follow along,” he says. But now coughing has a new stigma attached to it. “It has become the equivalent of randomly shouting, ‘Fire!’ in a theatre – a gesture guaranteed to provoke fear.” The success of the TV series The Queen’s Gambit, and repeated lockdowns, have led to a global shortage of chess sets, and a surge in the number of people playing the game online. Chess.com has 72 million members, up from 50 million in December.…

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poll watch

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab now has a net approval rating among Conservative members of just 6%, down from 73% last month. The figure puts him 24th (out of 27) in a league table of Cabinet ministers; before the withdrawal from Afghanistan, he was ranked third. In the same period, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has climbed from ninth position to fourth. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has the lowest approval ratings, at -53. Conservative Home/Daily Mail 48% of Conservative voters and 47% of Leave voters say they’d never consider occasionally swapping meat in their diets for plant-based proteins. 28% of Labour voters and 29% of Remainers say the same. YouGov/The Times…