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The Week V. 1191

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” The Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, last week released the first batch of contingency plans to prepare the UK for the consequences of leaving the EU next March without an agreement. The 24 technical advisory papers – the first of about 80 to be published by the end of the month – cover sectors such as banking, clinical trials, nuclear research, foreign aid and organic food. Among the potential threats they highlight are disruption to British expatriates’ access to pensions and bank accounts, to medical supplies, and to the import of Danish sperm to fertility clinics. Raab said a deal was the Tories’ “overriding priority”, but insisted that even a disorderly exit would leave Britain better off in the long term. Hours later, however, Chancellor Philip Hammond triggered…

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the week

Do you see yourself as a cosmopolitan or a patriot? “A citizen of the world”, as Barack Obama urged us to regard ourselves, or someone rooted to home soil? The dividing line in Western democracies, the one that separates Remainers from Leavers, Trump haters from Trump supporters, is no longer between Left and Right, says US historian Michael Lind. It’s between “globalists” and “nationalists” – between what British political theorist David Goodhart calls “educated, mobile people who see the world from ‘Anywhere’ and the more rooted, generally less well-educated people who see the world from ‘Somewhere’”. For ‘Somewheres’ the identities that count are those based on place, community and religious tradition; for secular rationalist ‘Anywheres’ they’re based on universal attributes, such as gender or sexual orientation. As Emmanuel Macron put…

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Controversy of the week Is Labour set for a split? “The gun is now visibly smoking,” said The Daily Telegraph. After all the accusations of anti-Semitism made against Jeremy Corbyn, we have damning evidence: a 2013 video in which he said that “Zionists” – by which he means “Jews”, say critics – despite “having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, don’t understand English irony”. That these remarks were made by a famously humourless man is itself ironic – but the suggestion that Jewishness prevents a person from being “100% English in character” isn’t remotely funny. If a Tory said the same of a racial minority, Labour would call for their head. There’s been talk of moderates splitting from Labour: if this doesn’t make them, what…

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spirit of the age

Procter & Gamble has applied to trademark several popular acronyms including “LOL” (laugh out loud) and “WTF” (what the f***). The firm, which owns a range of household brands including Fairy Liquid, applied for the trademarks in the US. If successful, it could use the acronyms to market soaps, detergents and other products to a younger generation of consumers. In what was billed as “the biggest event in internet history”, 18,000 people turned up to the Manchester Arena last week to watch two feuding YouTubers slug it out in the boxing ring. KSI and Logan Paul, who are not professional boxers, were watched by millions more online. In the event, a draw was declared, and a potentially lucrative rematch was set for February.…

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bad week for

London’s beer drinkers, with the arrival in the City of Speedway Stout – believed to be the most expensive draught beer in Britain. The coffee-flavoured beer, which is brewed in the US, is on sale at the Craft Beer Co. in Old Street for £22.50 a pint. Mobike, the Chinese bike hire firm, which announced that it was seriously considering pulling out of Manchester because so many of its dockless bikes (which can be picked up and parked anywhere) are being stolen, vandalised or dumped in canals. The firm says that it’s losing 10% of its 2,000-strong fleet in the city every month, and that it is having similar problems in Newcastle. Tom Cruise, after Lee Child – the author of the bestselling Jack Reacher novels – revealed that he’d had thousands…

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alex salmond accused

Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond has launched legal action against the Scottish government over its handling of sexual harassment allegations made against him. The claims – which he denies – date back to 2013 and were made by two women earlier this year, but only became public last week. They have been handed to Police Scotland. Salmond has called for an inquiry into how details of the complaints were leaked in what he calls a “flagrant” breach of confidentiality. Opposition parties, however, want “full transparency” in the investigation, and have demanded to know what was said at several meetings Salmond had with his successor, Nicola Sturgeon, to discuss the accusations.…