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The Week V. 1187

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 Preparing for no deal Ministers have confirmed that the Government is preparing for major disruptions at UK borders, in the event that Britain leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal. Prime Minister Theresa May suggested last week that people should take “reassurance and comfort” from official plans to ensure that adequate supplies of food and medicines are maintained. The Government is also working on plans to turn a 13-mile stretch of the M20 near Dover into a giant lorry park to ease cross-Channel jams. However, No. 10 denied reports that the army might be used to deliver food, fuel and medicines to the vulnerable. Last week, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, stated that Brussels would never accept the proposal for the bespoke customs deal in May’s Brexit…

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the week

There can be few better illustrations of the wrongheadedness of the Whig view of history than the two photos of the Indonesian soap star on page 16 this week. That Whig view, famously expounded in recent times by Francis Fukuyama in his 1992 book, The End of History, would have us believe that the world is set on an irreversible path to liberal democracy and secularism; that tribal and religious politics will succumb to the rule of law and a universal attachment to personal freedoms. It hasn’t worked out that way, and nothing has done more to confound this vision of progress than the post-Cold War rise of Islamic cultural separatism. When I lived in Sri Lanka in the 1970s, the Muslim women, like their Sinhalese counterparts, wore flesh-baring saris.…

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Controversy of the week Trump’s two-step You have to hand it to Donald Trump, said Marc A. Thiessen in The Washington Post. His tough-guy strategy pays dividends. His critics had a fit when he scolded Nato allies for scrimping on defence: he was endangering the Atlantic alliance, they said. Yet by inducing the allies to spend more, he has actually strengthened Nato. Now the same is proving true with his tough line on trade. Back in May he imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminium exports; and when the EU responded with levies on Harley-Davidsons and orange juice, he went a step further and threatened to impose steep tariffs on European cars. “Tariffs are the greatest!” he tweeted shortly before the European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, arrived in Washington last week, on…

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spirit of the age

The Freemasons are to allow women members for the first time – but only if they were men when they joined. The secretive society, which has been male-only since it was founded in 1717, issued guidance to members last month that “a Freemason who after initiation ceases to be a man does not cease to be a Freemason”, though the member would still be addressed as “Brother”. Not long ago, perfecting a signature was a crucial rite of passage; now one in five adults do not even have a consistent signature, and just write out their name when required. According to a study by a cybersecurity consultancy, 41% of signatures written in the UK are to sign for deliveries, and are often just messy scrawls on electronic pads.…

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good week for

Charlotte Caldwell, after Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, said that her campaign, on behalf of her epileptic son Billy, had influenced his decision to allow medicinal cannabis to be made available on prescription. As Billy celebrated his 13th birthday, his mother said that for him, it was the “best present”. EastEnders, with the return of Dr Harold Legg, one of the soap’s original, and best-loved, characters. Leonard Fenton, who plays Dr Legg, is now 92; he will be reunited with June Brown, who is still playing Dot Cotton at 91. Gold prospectors, after a hobbyist revealed that he’d found an 85.7g nugget worth £50,000 in a river in Scotland.…

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bad week for

Jeremy Corbyn, who was forced to issue an apology after The Times reported that he’d hosted – on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010 – an event at the House of Commons at which Israeli actions in Gaza were likened to the Nazi Holocaust. The remarks were made by Hajo Meyer, an Auschwitz survivor and anti-Zionist. Corbyn praised him at the time, but this week said he’d sometimes shared platforms with people whose beliefs he rejects, and apologised for any “anxiety” this might have caused (see page 20). KitKat, after a European court ruled that there was nothing particularly distinctive about its design – “four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base” – and that it therefore did not deserve protected status in the EU. The ruling will have come as a…