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The Week V. 1195

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 Chequers in tatters Theresa May’s Brexit plan and the future of her premiership both appeared to be hanging in the balance this week as the Tories prepared for their party conference, and in the wake of the PM’s humiliating rebuff at an EU summit in Salzburg. The informal gathering had been widely expected to open the way to a Brexit deal in November, but it ended with EU leaders lining up to reject May’s Chequers plan as unworkable (see page 25). President Macron of France declared that Brexit had been sold to the British public by “liars” and that May needed to come up with “new propositions”. After returning to Britain, May hit back at EU leaders, angrily accusing the bloc of rejecting her proposals out of hand, and demanding that…

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the week

Sometimes you come across a small item in the press that just seems much more significant than the pressing topics of the day. Here’s one: a recent interview with Bill Gates in which he noted that the population of sub-Saharan Africa is projected to nearly double in size by 2050. By then Nigeria’s population will have risen to some 430 million, from 190 million today. Europe and North America are projected to shrink slowly; Asia to shrink fast. But by the end of the century, there will be four billion more people on Earth (there are 7.7 billion today). Three billion of them will have been born in Africa. This demographic bulge, says Gates, could be an asset or a threat. History shows that if large numbers of young people are…

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off the rails

“It has been a terrible year for the railways,” said Graeme Paton in The Times. January heralded the highest increase in fares since 2013, prompting a “huge backlash”. In May, the east coast main line had to be renationalised after its operator, Virgin Trains East Coast, ran out of money. In the same month, the botched introduction of a new timetable led to the cancellation of almost 800 services a day, and the worst delays in a decade. Last week, the Office of Rail and Road published a damning report into the debacle. It shared the blame between Network Rail, which runs the track; the individual train operators; and the Department for Transport. “Nobody took charge,” it concluded. Is that any wonder, asked Juliet Samuel in The Daily Telegraph, when…

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spirit of the age

A male director at Credit Suisse who sometimes goes to work in a wig and dress has accepted a place on a list of the top 100 women in business, prompting outrage in some quarters. Philip Bunce, who spends about half of his time as Pippa, identifies as “gender fluid”, but has said that he climbed the career ladder as a man, and began cross-dressing at work only once he was “very established”. Britain’s golf clubs have been urged to modernise fast, to halt a steep decline in the sport’s popularity and combat its image as a game for middle-aged white men. Researchers suggest clubs introduce more women’s toilets and facilities for children, and adopt “speed golf”– a version that is quicker and easier to play.…

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bad week for:

Affordable housing, with news that in the whole of London last week, there was only one home listed for sale at £100,000 or less. The bargain property (reduced from £130,000) was a 16ft x 15ft studio carved out of an old commercial building just off a dual carriageway in Hornchurch. The estate agent described it as an “investment opportunity” in a “central location”. Hornchurch is 15 miles east of Charing Cross, beyond Dagenham. Orla Kiely, the Irish designer known for her distinctive mid-century prints, who announced the closure of her fashion label as its parent company went into liquidation. Commentators speculated that her prints had become too ubiquitous, appearing on everything from handbags to toasters, duvet covers and even bike helmets. However, licensed Orla Kiely homeware will still be sold through…

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blood scandal inquiry

An official inquiry into how contaminated blood came to be given to thousands of NHS patients in the 1970s and 1980s began on Monday – the result of years of campaigning by victims and their relatives. It is estimated that more than 25,000 people were infected with HIV or hepatitis over the course of 20 years as a result of being given contaminated blood; 3,000 of them died. Many of the victims were patients with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders who were given blood plasma imported from the US that had been “donated” for money by prison inmates and drug addicts. The inquiry has the power to demand the disclosure of documents and to force witnesses to testify. At hearings this week, victims spoke of how they had been “betrayed…