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The Week V. 1189

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 Tories at war over Boris Britain’s largest Islamic organisation wrote to Theresa May this week urging her to launch an independent inquiry into the Tories’ “underbelly of Islamophobia”. The Muslim Council of Britain said there had been a spike in racist attacks since Boris Johnson’s newspaper column a week ago, in which he wrote that veiled Muslim women resembled “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. “No one should be allowed to victimise minorities with impunity,” said the group, insisting that there should be no “whitewashing” of the disciplinary investigation into Johnson. The burqa row sparked a new round of Tory infighting. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, condemned Johnson’s “gratuitously offensive” comments, while former attorney general Dominic Grieve said he would leave the party if Johnson ever became leader. Jacob Rees-Mogg, by…

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the week

How seriously should we take Steve Bannon? President Trump’s cantankerous former chief strategist, who was kicked out of the White House last summer, is planning to spend six months on a European tour dedicated to creating a pan-European populist movement that can destroy the EU from within. He has forged links with nationalist leaders in France, Germany, Italy and Hungary, and has apparently been in touch over here with Boris Johnson, whom he says has the “potential to be a great prime minister”. Are Bannon’s ambitions realistic, or should we dismiss his mission as the vainglorious agenda of a washed-up political hack straining for continued relevance? The writer and historian Ian Buruma believes the drive to unite Europe’s populists into a coherent movement is doomed (see page 16). Bannon, he says,…

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Controversy of the week Death on the high street I “felt a pang” last week on hearing that House of Fraser had gone into administration, and would be rescued by Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Sports Direct, said Jenny McCartney in The Sunday Times. Ashley snapped up all 59 of House of Fraser’s department stores and its stock for £90m. Any kind of rescue is good for the chain’s 16,000 staff, I suppose, but “what a sign of the times”: it’s like hearing that your “genteel great aunt” has signed her house over to a “ruthless local businessman”. A “chill wind” is blowing through the high street, and department stores are particularly vulnerable: BHS has disappeared, and Marks & Spencer and Debenhams are closing stores. So far this year, about 30,000…

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spirit of the age

Last year, for the first time, Humanist Society Scotland married more people than the Church of Scotland. While humanist ceremonies, classified as “non-religious belief ceremonies”, are not legally recognised in England, celebrants have been allowed to carry them out in Scotland since 2005. Students are increasingly abandoning lives of late-night revelry and requesting quiet or alcohol-free accommodation, leading universities report. Last year, Cardiff University filled all 150 of its “quiet living” rooms, while the University of Manchester provides “lifestyle moderated” halls, which provide an “alternative lifestyle” to the “usual undergraduate experience... in respect of alcohol, parties and noise etc.”.…

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good week for

Ben Stokes, who was found not guilty of affray after a six-day trial. The England cricketer had been arrested after a brawl near a nightclub during which he knocked a man unconscious. Marie Curie, who was named as the woman with the greatest impact on the world in a survey for BBC History magazine. Rosa Parks came second and Emmeline Pankhurst third. Rubber gloves, which have become fashion items. A pink pair designed by Raf Simons are in Calvin Klein’s current collection, at £385; Chanel and Prada have also featured them.…

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bad week for

Cornwall, after the local tourist authority asked visitors to stay away from two of its beaches. Kynance Cove and Porthcurno have become so popular since being featured in the BBC’s Poldark that the roads leading to them are often gridlocked. Rail travellers, with the news that fares will rise by 3.2% next year despite this summer’s disruptions. Which? has found that only car dealerships are trusted less than rail companies. Kangaroos, after farmers whose pastures they have been grazing during Australia’s continuing drought were given greater powers to shoot them (see page 9). Kangaroo experts described the move as “the worst possible outcome”. Devon County Council, whose head of education sent a penalty notice containing seven spelling mistakes to a parent who had taken his son out of school for a holiday. Halogen light…