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The Week V. 1188

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 Labour in crisis Accusations of anti-Semitism continued to dog Labour this week despite efforts by the party to defuse the long-running row. On Monday, the disciplinary action against Margaret Hodge, that was launched after she reportedly called Jeremy Corbyn an “anti-Semite” and a “racist” last month, was dropped. The pair fell out over the Labour leadership’s refusal to incorporate in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) widely accepted definition of anti-Semitism in the party’s new code of conduct, on the grounds that doing so may hinder legitimate criticism of Israel. Corbyn had earlier broken his silence on the anti-Semitism row, conceding that the issue was a “real problem” and that his party had been slow to react. Jewish leaders accused him of offering words rather than deeds. Labour’s deputy leader,…

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the week

There have been rumblings for some time about the arrogance of the tech billionaires. Having moved fast and broken things – and become richer than Croesus in the process – they stand accused of believing themselves capable of anything. Before the data-selling scandal, Mark Zuckerberg seemed to have his sights on the presidency (admittedly, the bar for the White House turns out to be lower than we thought); then there is Elon Musk, planning to colonise Mars by 2025. His admirers point to his success in developing electric cars (Tesla) and rockets (SpaceX). But it’s one thing, if you are rich, dynamic and well connected, to revolutionise an existing industry; it’s quite another to make science fiction a reality. Musk’s plan is to send humans some 200 times further into…

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Controversy of the week Boris and the burqa Well, that didn’t take long, said Nesrine Malik in The Guardian. Four weeks after resigning as foreign secretary, Boris Johnson has made a characteristically noisy return to the “political fray”. And rather than weighing in on, say, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the Tory heavyweight has instead “emerged with some very strong opinions on… the burqa”. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said he opposed the bans on the full-face veils introduced in Denmark and France. But he declared it “absolutely ridiculous” that some Muslim women choose to look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”, and argued that MPs and other public officials should be allowed to ask that niqabs and burqas be removed during meetings. His language was “demeaning, insensitive and unnecessary”,…

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spirit of the age

The York Civic Trust has been forced to apologise for erecting a plaque designed to honour Anne Lister, often seen as the “first modern lesbian” – which failed to use the word “lesbian”, and instead used the term “gender non-conforming”. The plaque was installed last month at the city’s Holy Trinity Church, where Lister and her partner exchanged non-binding vows in 1834. Activists complained that gender non-conforming has “nothing to do with sexuality”. The trust says it is “open to the idea of updating the plaque”. The latest “self-care” trend to hit the internet is “masturdating” – the art of taking oneself out on a date. Proponents of the trend say that it is crucial to “woo yourself” by having a night out alone.…

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good week for

The Queen, who was named as one of Britain’s best-dressed people by Tatler. The magazine called her “the ultimate power dresser”, citing her fondness for “bright block colours”. Bears, with the relocation of four endangered black grizzlies from Japan to Doncaster. The Ussuri brown bears, which had been kept in cages and urgently needed a new home, were transported 5,400 miles from the island of Hokkaido to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Gerry Adams, who revealed that he is writing a cookery book. To be called The Negotiator’s Cookbook, it will contain “some of the best-kept secrets of the Irish peace process”: Adams claims that the recipes kept him and his fellow republicans going during their talks with British officials, who never provided any food.…

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bad week for

Wales, after the Severn Bridge westbound was closed for nine hours because so many tollbooth staff had called in sick. Drivers were diverted to the Prince of Wales Bridge five miles away, causing lengthy tailbacks on a day of sweltering heat. Mourners, with the news that bodies are being left in mortuaries for as long as 14 months while families struggle to meet the spiralling cost of burying them. The price of a basic funeral now stands at £4,078 – an increase of 112% since 2004. Radio 4’s Today programme, which has lost 800,000 listeners in a year. After a revamp that gives greater coverage to the arts and fashion, it attracts a weekly audience of seven million. Wizz Air, which was named as the least punctual airline flying from the UK last…