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The Week V. 1185

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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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened The Brexit backlash Theresa May narrowly survived a series of Commons votes this week that intensified the Tories’ bitter divisions over Brexit. On Monday, the Prime Minister bowed to pressure from Eurosceptic MPs by accepting four amendments to the Customs Bill. No. 10 insisted the changes were consistent with the soft Brexit blueprint agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers earlier this month. But the concession enraged pro-EU MPs, who claimed the amendments – the most controversial of which could prevent the UK from collecting tariffs for the EU unless Brussels agreed to a reciprocal arrangement – were clearly designed to scupper the plan. There was a second round of Tory infighting on Tuesday when the Government, with the help of Labour Eurosceptics, saw off an attempt by Remainer MPs to…

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the week

How sobering it is to observe what happens when the grand political debates of our time are subjected to the grind of administrative reality. Illuminated by the glare of high and mighty ideals – “sovereignty” on one side; “European integration” on the other – the argument over Brexit quivers with passionate intensity. But once translated into administrative practice, it sinks into the mud. “Sovereignty”, in an age of global markets and multinational trading blocs, turns out to be a “more or less” rather than a bold “either/or” affair – a question of how much “regulatory autonomy” a country is prepared to sacrifice in its quest to do easy business with a bloc. The OECD identifies 11 different models of what it calls international regulatory cooperation, ranging from full harmonisation (the…

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Controversy of the week The Great Disrupter When he meets tyrants and dictators like Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping or Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump “remembers his manners”, said Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian. It’s only when he meets democratic leaders – particularly women – that he likes to play the tough guy, “visiting humiliation” on America’s faithful allies. Last week, Britain provided the US president with a full-dress banquet at Blenheim Palace, followed by tea with the Queen and an itinerary that allowed him to “chopper around” the country pretending there weren’t large crowds gathering to protest their hatred for him. And what did Theresa May get in return? “A series of insults calculated to undermine and weaken her.” Trump trashed May’s plans for Brexit, telling The Sun that she “didn’t listen”…

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spirit of the age

Academics at the University of Bath have been urged not to use the words “as you know” in lectures, in case it makes students who don’t know feel stupid. Berenice Dalrymple, the co-chair of the student union’s race equality group, warned that the phrase “could make students feel at fault for not knowing, and make it difficult to engage with the course content”. Forget having a horse and carriage at your wedding – it’s all about alpacas now. Alpaca farms across the UK are increasingly being asked to supply animals for weddings, thanks to an American trend for using alpacas as ring bearers, or just to surprise guests. Stuart Ramsay, a farmer in Scotland, says his alpacas now work seven or eight weddings a year.…

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bad week for:

Build-A-Bear, which was criticised for a marketing campaign that led to in-store chaos, angry parents and tearful children. In a fiasco compared to Hoover’s free flights promotion in 1992, Build-A-Bear had offered customers £52 bears discounted to match their child’s age. There were reports of people being turned away after queuing for four hours and of fights breaking out. Gardeners, with the imposition of a hosepipe ban affecting seven million people in the northwest of England. As the hot weather continued, farmers warned that lettuce and pea crops were at risk. On Salisbury Plain, the Army had to stop live-fire exercises after grassland was set ablaze during a training session. The BBC, which faces renewed criticism after new figures revealed that all 12 of its highest earners in 2017-18 were male. Gary…

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vote leave broke law

The official Brexit campaign exceeded its £7m spending limit by improperly funnelling £675,315 to the youth group BeLeave, the Electoral Commission has found. The watchdog fined Vote Leave £61,000 and referred David Halsall, one of its officials, to the police. Darren Grimes, the founder of BeLeave, who was 22 at the time of the referendum, was also referred to the police. The commission concluded that the two groups were effectively one because they were working to a “common plan”. The money was paid to the digital marketing firm Aggregate IQ, on which Vote Leave had already spent £2.7m. Vote Leave, which was fronted by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, called the report “inaccurate” and politically motivated.…