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The Week V. 1201

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 Democrats fight back Donald Trump suffered a setback in Tuesday’s midterm elections when the Democrats won back control of the US House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. The victory will enable their party to subject the president to more scrutiny and block his agenda. All 435 seats in the lower chamber of Congress were up for grabs in the election, along with 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 of the 50 state governorships. But although the Democrats picked up seats in the House and made gains in races for governor and state legislatures, they lost ground in the Senate, where the Republicans increased their majority. Trump hailed the election results as a “big victory”. There was a very high turnout for the elections, which followed…

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the week

Front-line politicians do all sorts of things these days after quitting Westminster. They become TV presenters, newspaper editors, Facebook lobbyists, directors of the V&A. The one thing they never seem to do, though, is go back into front-line politics. So the rumours that David Cameron is mulling such a return caused quite a stir this week (see page 23). There is similar speculation in the States about Hillary Clinton having another tilt at the White House (see page 16). Could either of them really make a successful comeback? History suggests not. No British former PM since Alec Douglas-Home has returned to another Cabinet role. And with the exception of Richard Nixon, who took the White House in 1968, eight years after losing to JFK, no losing presidential candidate in the…

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Controversy of the week Policing hate crime “In an ideal world, all crimes would be investigated thoroughly and offenders brought to book,” said The Times. In the real world, the police have to set priorities. At present, they are under serious strain: there has been a worrying increase in recorded crime in England and Wales, which rose by 9% in the year to June. The murder rate is at a ten-year high. Only 5% of all robberies and burglaries in Britain are solved. So Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, was surely right when she urged that police be allowed to focus on “core policing”, rather than, for example, allegations of historical abuse or offensive but not necessarily criminal behaviour. She expressed particular concern about proposals that misogyny should…

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grenfell tower outrage

Six men have been arrested in connection with video footage showing a crowd of people laughing and joking as a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower, complete with figures at the windows, is set on fire. The men, aged 19 to 55, were arrested in south London after the film was circulated online, causing widespread outrage. They have been arrested on suspicion of violating section 4a of the Public Order Act, which makes it a crime intentionally to cause harassment, alarm or distress via the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or signs. If the case goes to court, legal experts have warned it may be difficult to show intent: much will depend on how and why the video ended up online.…

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spirit of the age

In modern open-plan offices, it’s easy to be distracted by colleagues. Now, Panasonic claims to have come up with a solution: horse blinkers for humans. The Wear Space consists of a curved strip that wraps around the head, narrowing a user’s field of vision so they only see their screen and keyboard. The device is set to go on sale in Japan next year. An American firm is helping people create holograms of themselves so that they can deliver the eulogy at their own funeral. AIM Holographics offers eight-to ten-minute “personal eulogies”, with prices starting at £15,000. “Some people have described it as creepy or freaky, but many think it’s a great idea,” said Carl Minardo, the firm’s founder.…

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poll watch

54% of people would vote to stay in the EU if a second referendum were held. 46% would vote to leave. In the event of Britain failing to reach a Brexit deal with the EU, 36% would want to leave without a deal; 35% would want to remain in the EU, while 19% would back delaying Brexit to allow for further negotiations. Survation/Channel 4 61% of British 18- to 29-year-olds get their news from social media. 19% never watch the news on television; 35% never read newspapers in print. Pew/The Guardian 6% of British people have never said “I love you” to their partner. 25% have never told their mother they love her and 32% have never told their father. Interflora/Mail on Sunday…