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The Week V. 1184

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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Dennis Publishing UK
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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened Brexit showdown A series of resignations plunged the Government into turmoil this week. On Sunday, Brexit Secretary David Davis stood down, saying the UK was “giving away too much, too easily” to EU negotiators. The next day, Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary, declaring that the Brexit “dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt”; Theresa May’s plans, he said, would reduce Britain to the status of an EU “colony”. It’s the first time since 1982 that two cabinet members have departed within 24 hours, outside a reshuffle. Several more junior figures also stood down. The departures were triggered by a Cabinet meeting at Chequers last Friday, in which May sought to bind her colleagues to a common Brexit vision. Under her proposals, Britain will agree a “common rulebook” with the EU…

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the week

Usually, at this time of year, in this kind of weather, the newspapers would be on about little else. There would be endless photo spreads of crowded, sunny south coast beaches, and junior reporters would be dispatched to file inconsequential reports from particularly parched corners of Britain. Hosepipe bans and paddling pool sales would be mulled over at length. But this year, the weather has been rather crowded out. The Brexit saga has erupted into life again, after a particularly dire and technical stretch. Divers in Thailand have performed the extraordinary feat of rescuing 12 boys from 2.5 miles inside a flooded cave complex (see page 22). And of course, there’s the World Cup. Traditional weather journalism is as soothing and insignificant as weather talk. “Good weather, good football and good…

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politics

Controversy of the week Can May hang on? You’d have thought a PM returning to the Commons after losing two senior Cabinet ministers within 15 hours would have the air of a doomed woman. Far from it, said Patrick Kidd in The Times. Theresa May sat on the frontbench preening herself “like a cat that had just hacked up two furballs that were bothering her”. Yes, the Brexit deal unveiled at Chequers provoked cries of “betrayal” (“Democracy is dead,” spluttered Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns). Yet the mood on the Tory benches was “more against the Brexit hardliners” than the PM. May won’t be that fussed by the departure of David Davis and Boris Johnson, said Stephen Bush in the New Statesman. The resignation that should alarm her, however, is that of Davis’s…

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spirit of the age

In the latest battle in the UK’s uniform wars, a mother who says her seven-year-old daughter cried every day for three years because she wasn’t allowed to wear trousers to her school in London is planning to launch a judicial review of the Government’s uniform guidance. Meanwhile, at a secondary school in Bury, pupils are protesting about a new trousers-only policy. They say school trousers are unflattering, and wearing them will damage their confidence and self-esteem. Tesco has expanded its single-portion food range by 40% to cater to the growing number of Britons who live (and eat) alone. The range now includes 430 items, including solitary burgers, pizza slices and shrunken bottles of sauvignon blanc.…

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good week for:

Michael Ondaatje, after his 1992 novel The English Patient was judged the best Man Booker Prize-winner. A panel of five judges considered all 51 winners, before submitting a shortlist of five – one for each of the past five decades – to a public vote. Other contenders included In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant that for years has struck fear into homeowners’ hearts, with claims that it’s no more harmful than buddleia. The discovery of the weed can slash the value of a house and make it difficult to get a mortgage on it, but according to a new survey, it rarely causes structural damage because its roots usually only extend about eight feet.…

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bad week for:

Tripe, which was found to be the most disliked food in Britain, followed by giblets and eels. In a new poll, two-thirds of respondents say they’d refuse even to try the once-popular foods, and only a tiny minority (4% for tripe) had eaten them recently. Surrey, after it suffered its seventh earthquake in three months, with a magnitude of 3.0. Until this year, there had been no recorded earthquakes in Surrey for at least half a century. Holiday companies, which had to slash their prices, owing to the hot weather and the World Cup conspiring to keep people at home. TUI was offering a week’s package in Marmaris, Turkey, from 10 July for £117pp, including flights from Manchester and self-catering accommodation – less than the £144 cost of an off-peak return train…

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