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The Week V. 1192

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

Corbyn: still digging? What happenedLabour backs downIn the hope of drawing a line under a row that has dogged the party all summer, Labour’s ruling body finally agreed this week to adopt, in full, the definition of anti-Semitism espoused by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The National Executive Committee (NEC) had previously opted to exclude from its code of conduct some of the definition’s associated examples, because of concerns that they’d curtail criticism of Israel. The NEC added a short statement emphasising freedom of expression on Israel, but rejected a stronger caveat proposed by Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn’s proposal angered his critics, as did the earlier re-election to the NEC of Peter Willsman; he had suggested in July that Jewish “Trump fanatics” had made up anti-Semitism allegations. Last…

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the week

“Never argue about facts,” a wise aunt always used to tell me. “Just look ‘em up.” What a lot of trees could be saved if more pundits and politicians were to follow her advice, and let the evidence do the talking. Take income tax. Will hiking the top rate from 45% to 50% – as Labour proposes – raise tax revenue? In the press, it’s routinely asserted that it will merely lead to greater tax avoidance, but does the evidence support this? The Institute for Fiscal Studies analysed three recent research papers on the issue, and concluded that given certain conditions, it could actually boost government coffers, albeit by less than Labour expects. That doesn’t mean we have to endorse the idea: there may still be good reason (the…

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infiltrating the tories

Banks: agitating for a “true” Brexit “For two decades the Conservatives have been panicking about haemorrhaging members,” said Matt Chorley in The Times: by this March, membership had fallen to 124,000, down from about 400,000 in the mid-1990s. But now, numbers are rising – and “some Tories are panicking all over again”. Why? Because the insurance tycoon Arron Banks, the former UKIP donor and the co-founder of Leave.EU, is urging thousands of Eurosceptics to flood the Tory party, so as to “unseat” Theresa May and push the party towards a “true” Brexit. There are fears that the party is falling victim to “entryism”, of the kind that swelled Labour’s membership to half a million and installed Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Some pro-Remain Tory MPs reported a sharp rise…

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spirit of the age

The Royal Academy has announced that, in light of the #MeToo movement, it will make sure there are as many naked men as women in its forthcoming show tracing the development of the nude in Renaissance art. This week, the Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones welcomed the initiative, but pointed out that it wouldn’t be hard to ensure parity: Renaissance artists celebrated the male form every bit as enthusiastically as the female.Britain is falling out of love with the cuppa. The amount of all types of tea bought last year was down 2.6 million kg – equivalent to 870 million cups – although sales of green and fruit tea rose. Last month, Tesco cut the shelf space for Tetley tea by nearly 40%, to make way for fruit and…

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good week for

Chris Evans, who announced that he is leaving BBC Radio 2 for a new, more lucrative job at Virgin Radio. Evans took over Radio 2’s flagship morning show in 2010, replacing Terry Wogan, and is the second highest-paid star at the BBC, on £1.6m a year. Although the Murdoch-owned Virgin Radio is a digital-only station with just 413,000 weekly listeners (compared to Radio 2’s 15 million), it was able to offer Evans a £2m-a-year deal. Amazon, which briefly became the second US-listed firm, after Apple, to be valued at more than $1trn (see page 45). ■…

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bad week for

Red Bull, after ministers announced plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to children in England. Around two-thirds of children aged ten to 17 regularly consume energy drinks, although these typically contain 65% more sugar than normal soft drinks. Red Bull also contains three times more caffeine than Coca-Cola. Daylight saving time, which could be scrapped across the EU, after a survey found that 84% of EU residents don’t like putting the clocks back and want to have summer time all year. The EU Commission has endorsed the survey’s findings; however, any change will have to be agreed by member states and MEPs. Kirsty Young, who announced that she is having to take a break from Desert Island Discs, because she is suffering from the chronic pain…

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