The Week V. 1351

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.

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

More than 7,500 acres of woodland are to be planted along England’s rivers, in a government scheme intended to improve water quality and reduce flooding by slowing down rivers. England is among the least forested countries in Europe, with just 10% of its land covered in woodland, versus 31% in France and 33% in Germany. The tree-planting scheme will be carried out by a partnership involving various groups, including the Beaver Trust and the National Trust. A woman has been appointed president of The Magic Circle for the first time in the society’s 116-year history. At the age of 28, Megan Swann is also the youngest person to lead the Circle, whose members must pledge not to disclose “magical secrets”. Swann, from Eltham in London, has been practising magic since she…

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the petrol panic

What happened The UK’s 8,000 petrol stations came under siege last week as motorists, panicked by rumours of petrol shortages, rushed to fill up their cars causing lengthy tailbacks. The panic was sparked by a small-scale disruption to fuel deliveries resulting from a shortage of HGV drivers, which morphed into a crisis when motorists rushed to fill their tanks. The Petrol Retailers Association estimated that between 50% and 90% of its members were out of fuel on Sunday and Monday. The shortages led to ugly clashes on forecourts, and to calls for NHS staff and other key workers to get priority at the pumps. The Government put the Army on standby to help with deliveries if necessary. It also issued 5,000 visas to allow more foreign HGV drivers to work here between…

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starmer’s power struggle

What happened In his first in-person conference speech as Labour leader, Keir Starmer sought to bury the legacy of Jeremy Corbyn for good this week, declaring it time to get “serious” about winning elections, and that the party was now “back in business”. In a clear swipe at his predecessor, he said Labour must never again go into an election with “a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government”. And in a broadside directed at left-wingers who heckled throughout his 90-minute address, he said his party had a choice between “shouting slogans or changing lives”. His speech in Brighton was the finale to a conference overshadowed by infighting over planned changes to Labour’s rulebook. To add to Starmer’s difficulties, Andy McDonald, a Corbyn ally, quit as shadow employment secretary in…

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merkel’s long goodbye

“Angela Merkel’s decision to quit Germany’s political stage after 16 years as chancellor left millions of votes up for grabs,” said Guy Chazan in the FT. In last Sunday’s election, “Olaf Scholz seized them with both hands – and won.” Scholz, the candidate of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), understood that the loyalty of many voters was to Merkel herself – pragmatic, dependable, experienced Merkel – rather than her party, the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). As vice-chancellor and finance minister in Merkel’s coalition, Scholz presented himself as her “natural successor”, and ran an uncluttered campaign based on a higher minimum wage, stable pensions, affordable housing and a carbon-neutral economy. The canny strategy nudged his party just ahead of the CDU in the election results (see page 7), something few…

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spirit of the age

The Lancet’s decision to describe women as “bodies with vaginas” on the cover of its latest issue has caused a furore. It is thought that the term – a quote from a review of an exhibition about menstruation – was an attempt to describe women as biological entities while acknowledging that some women (such as trans women) might not possess a vagina. Critics pointed out that the term dehumanised women. Editor Richard Horton later apologised for any offence caused. A new trend is said to be sweeping the world of interior design: cardboard furniture. The Daily Mail reports that a company in Berlin is specialising in the lightweight, recyclable units, which include beds, coffee tables and shelving sets. All come in pale brown.…

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poll watch

19% of UK voters named Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, as their top choice for leader of the Labour Party. 14% chose Keir Starmer, and 7% Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Among those who voted Labour at the last election, Burnham was also the favourite, with 25%. Angela Rayner was the preferred leader for only 4% of Labour supporters. Savanta ComRes/The Independent Nearly half of Britons expect there to be a fourth national lockdown this winter. Over 70% expect a “significant rise” in cases over the winter; 61% say they would support a lockdown, with only 19% opposed. 6% think the remaining restrictions should be scrapped. The i Paper/Redfield & Wilton Strategies…