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The Week V. 1196

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 May’s post-Brexit vision Britain’s “best days lie ahead”, Theresa May declared this week as she sought to rally the party faithful in Birmingham and show that the Tories have an agenda beyond Brexit. The Prime Minister, who danced on to the stage to the strains of Abba’s Dancing Queen, unveiled several new initiatives. They include plans to charge foreign buyers a stamp duty surcharge, with the proceeds used to help the homeless; to ban restaurants from taking a cut of staff tips; and to curb the number of low-skilled workers entering Britain under a new immigration system that no longer offers preferential access to EU workers. Despite efforts to put on a display of unity, Brexit inevitably overshadowed the conference, causing fresh ructions. In his hotly anticipated speech, Boris Johnson condemned…

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the week

God only knows – or better, perhaps only God knows – whether Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of sexual abuse. Those of us who were not in the room that night are restricted to weighing up the evidence as best we can. Or are we? In the era of identity politics, a new standard of judgement has arisen, vividly exemplified in a full-page ad in The New York Times taken out by the dating app Bumble. “BELIEVE WOMEN”, it reads. So now we know: not being in the virtuous group, Kavanaugh must be guilty. It works the other way too. Is Jeremy Corbyn guilty of acting in anti-Semitic ways? Impossible, he says: “Anti-racism is part of who I am.” Being a right-thinking man of the Left puts him in the clear. So…

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a pm-in-waiting?

“There was something different about the Labour Party conference this year,” said Mary Dejevsky in The Independent. And it wasn’t just the vast size of the gathering, or its “much-remarked on professionalism”. It was that the party and its leader seemed, if not entirely reconciled, “at least prepared to unite in the common purpose of winning an election”. In his speech, Jeremy Corbyn seemed relaxed and confident. The anticipated shouting matches about anti-Semitism and Brexit didn’t materialise. Most of all, though, there were policies from Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, “that not only hung together”, but could have a wide appeal far outside their traditional left-wing Labour constituency. Oh yes, said the Daily Mail: “Santa Claus” Corbyn had something for everyone. To parents, he promised more cash for schools,…

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spirit of the age

Nearly 60% of children aged 11 to 18 admit to having multiple private social media profiles (or “privs”) that they hide from their parents, according to a new poll carried out for the heads of Britain’s top private schools. Of those polled, 30% said they had two profiles on the same social media platform. Kits to help amateur cooks create “Instagram-worthy” meals will go on sale at an as-yet undisclosed price this month, with the slogan: “Snap, share, eat”. Curated by Skye Gyngell, the chef behind the Somerset House restaurant Spring, the kits will contain premium ingredients, restaurant-quality plating instructions and a “hand-painted artisanal wooden spoon” to complete the picture and secure maximum “likes”.…

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good week for

David Beckham, who managed to wriggle out of a speeding conviction on a technicality. The ex-footballer admitted driving a £200,000 Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone on the A40 in London, but his lawyer Nick Freeman, aka “Mr Loophole”, got him off the charge by proving that the notice of prosecution had not been received within the statutory 14 days. Amazon employees, with the retail giant raising its minimum wage. Permanent and temporary staff in the UK will now get at least £10.50 an hour in London (up from £8.20), and £9.50 elsewhere (see page 54). The national minimum wage is £7.83. Paul McCartney, who has launched a secondary career as a children’s writer. The rock star has penned Hey Grandude!, an illustrated book about a “magical grandpa” who takes his…

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bad week for

Facebook, after hackers stole the “entry keys” to at least 50 million Facebook accounts. There were fears that the hackers may be able to access, from those accounts, all the apps and sites that use Facebook passwords as their login. Thousands of firms, including Uber and Tinder, use the Facebook Connect service, but so far none appears to have been affected. Gardeners, with news that none of the traditional methods for keeping slugs and snails at bay actually work. Copper tape, egg shells, bark mulch and grit all made no difference in the RHS trial. Gardeners are advised instead to use traps, or just to remove slugs by hand. Slug pellets do work, but can harm other wildlife.…