The Week V. 1353

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
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English
Editora:
Dennis Publishing UK
Periodicidade:
Weekly
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a damning verdict

The first major verdict on the Government’s handling of the pandemic is in – and it makes for “shocking reading”, said the Daily Mail. In a joint report, two MPs’ committees said that poor decisions made early last year – particularly the delay in locking down – represented “one of the most important public health failures the UK has ever experienced”. The report, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date, found that the UK’s pandemic response was undermined by “group-think” among ministers, scientific advisers and civil servants; and that test and trace had been an expensive failure. It also confirmed that thousands of people had died unnecessarily because infected patients were discharged into care homes – with the safety of residents relegated to “an afterthought”. But the report didn’t only highlight the Government’s-shortcomings,…

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it wasn’t all bad

The eight-year-old French boy who was thrown off a 10th-floor balcony at Tate Modern two years ago has finally been able to go back to school. The unnamed child, who was on holiday in London with his parents at the time, almost died after being attacked at random by a 17-year-old who has since been sentenced to life. His parents say that his injuries remain serious and life-limiting, but that he can now walk with a cane – and he is “super happy” to be back at “normal” school. A mother and son who came to Britain as refugees from Syria’s civil war have enrolled at the same university – on the same course. Manal Rawaeh, 47, and her son Bilal, 18, are both studying biomedical science at Nottingham Trent. She…

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the energy crisis bites

What happened The Government was this week considering a rescue plan for firms at risk of being forced out of business by soaring energy prices. On Sunday, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, told an interviewer that he was talking to the Treasury about what help could be offered. A Treasury official then flatly denied it (adding that it was not the first time Kwarteng had “made things up in interviews”) –raising speculation that Kwarteng had been trying to bounce Chancellor Rishi Sunak into action. But the next day, when he submitted a formal proposal to the Treasury, Downing Street backed him, insisting ministers were looking at how to protect energy-intensive industries such as steel, ceramics, glass and paper. Any help is expected to take the form of-state-backed loans, rather than grants. Wholesale…

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overhauling the protocol

The UK and EU are gearing up for their latest battle, said Cristina Gallardo and Hans von der Burchard on Politico, and once again, “Northern Ireland is at the heart of it”. In an uncompromising speech in Lisbon this week, Brexit Minister David Frost reiterated UK demands that the EU should renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol, which effectively keeps the province inside the single market. Failure to do so would be a “historic misjudgment”, he said, and could lead to the UK triggering Article 16 of the Protocol and suspending parts of it. Hours later, Brussels laid out its proposed concessions, said Daniel Boffey in The Guardian. It would be willing to allow a list of products – including most foods and all medicines – to sidestep EU law (or “enjoy…

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the “boris cult”

Controversy of the week “Send in the clowns.” That was Boris Johnson’s approach when he addressed the Conservative conference in Manchester last week, in the midst of a national crisis, said Iain Martin in The Times. He breezily ignored Britain’s problems, from petrol queues to high energy prices to rising inflation, and delivered a joke-filled “vaudeville routine”. He called Keir Starmer “Captain Hindsight”; he teased Michael Gove about his dancing; he said a trade deal with the US would enable us to “build back burger”. The party faithful lapped it up. But to much of the nation it looked “facile, silly and fundamentally unserious”. The business community was unimpressed, said Phillip Inman in The Observer. Johnson told retailers and farmers to stop whingeing about labour and supply-chain problems, brushing them off…

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spirit of the age

The original Superman was totally devoted to the intrepid reporter Lois Lane. But in his latest incarnation, the comic book superhero has a romance with a male reporter. Jon Kent, the son that Clark Kent had with Lane, reveals his bisexuality in an issue due out next month. “A new Superman had to have new fights – real world problems – that he could stand up to,” said Tom Taylor, writer of the Son of Kal-El series. Today’s fashion-conscious consumers don’t only invest in clothes for the real world; they’re also buying digital outfits for their online presence. A site called DressX sells a range of 1,000 digital garments – from hats to elaborate dresses – which are pasted onto customers’ photos for use on social media.…