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The Week V. 1193

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 Johnson in the spotlight Boris Johnson dominated the headlines again this week as the media reacted to his fresh attacks on Theresa May’s Brexit plans, and to revelations about his private life. In an article for The Mail on Sunday, the former foreign secretary wrote that the Prime Minister’s Chequers strategy had wrapped Britain in a “suicide vest” and handed the detonator to Brussels. His Tory opponents immediately condemned the remarks. Some accused him of seeking to deflect attention from the news that he and his wife of 25 years, Marina Wheeler, are divorcing. Johnson’s friends, in turn, accused Downing Street of trying to discredit him by circulating a “dirty dossier” of his alleged marital infidelities, compiled in 2016. No. 10 denied having anything to do with the leaking of…

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the week

Kirstie Allsopp has made a bit of a thing of her no-nonsense parenting. In June, the TV presenter explained that when she and her family go abroad, she sits with her partner in club class, while their children languish in economy. That caused a bit of a stink on social media. This week she was at it again, recounting how she’d got so furious with her sons for breaking her rules on “screen-time” that she’d smashed their iPads. This time, the Twitterverse went into full outrage mode. “How very privileged of this person... smashing expensive electronics rather than just taking them away,” wrote one user. “I would love to be able to buy and smash iPads just to make a point.” Yes, Allsopp is privileged; she can afford to smash…

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cable’s revolution

“Sir Vince Cable has confirmed Westminster’s worst-kept secret,” said Andrew Grice in The Independent: now 75, he will soon step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats, probably next year. But before he leaves, he hopes to change the face of British politics – by transforming his party into a much wider “movement for moderates”. Cable wants to swell the membership by allowing voters to sign up for free, and by permitting non-MPs to run for the leadership (quite sensible, given that the party now has only 12 MPs). His aim? To occupy the space left by the two main parties, who have moved to the extremes – attracting anti-Corbyn Labour MPs and Tory Remainers to his cause. Tony Blair suggested last week that, at the next election, voters would…

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spirit of the age

Coco Pops has abandoned its slogan, “Improved recipe, loved by kids, approved by mums,” after the campaign group Fathers for Justice complained that it discriminated against dads. Following a protest launched at a branch of Asda in Peterborough, Kellogg’s has agreed to change the slogan, introduced earlier this year, to “approved by parents”. It’s not just people who are getting fatter: cars are also expanding, according to a report by Direct Line. As SUVs have boomed in popularity, manufacturers have been quietly widening their more ordinary models. In 1998, the Ford Fiesta was 5ft 10in wide; it is now 6ft 5in. The Vauxhall Astra has grown from 6ft 1in to 6ft 6in, while the Renault Clio has gone from 5ft 4in to 6ft 5in.…

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good week for

Eminem, who broke the UK chart record for consecutive No. 1 albums. His latest album Kamikaze, which he recently released, is his ninth No. 1 in Britain in a row, in a run stretching back 18 years. The record he broke had been held jointly by Abba and Led Zeppelin for 36 years. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, who revealed that by weaning himself off refined sugar, fast food, beer and curry, and taking up running and cycling, he has beaten type-2 diabetes and shed seven stone, all in a little over a year. The West Bromwich MP, once nicknamed “Tommy Two Dinners”, weighed 22 stone when he was diagnosed with diabetes in the summer of 2017. Now, the disease is in remission and “I feel absolutely fantastic”. Greggs, which opened its…

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bad week for

Gwyneth Paltrow, after her lifestyle firm Goop was fined for making unsubstantiated claims about the power of vaginal eggs. The Jade Egg and the Rose Quartz Egg, which sell for around $60, were said to “regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse and increase bladder control”. Officials in California, however, were not convinced, and threatened legal action. Within days, Goop had settled the case, accepting a $145,000 fine. It was also challenged over an essence said to help prevent depression by assisting “in the clearing of shame, self-criticism and blame”.…