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The Week V. 1202

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 The moment of truth After months of wrangling, Theresa May finally struck a draft withdrawal deal with Brussels this week, and set about trying to sell it to her divided Cabinet and Parliament. Ministers were summoned individually to Downing Street to be briefed on the terms of the 500-page document. The draft is understood to include a backstop that would avoid a return to a hard border in Ireland, by keeping the UK as a whole aligned with the EU customs union for an interim period, and an arbitration mechanism to allow the UK to exit this arrangement. The backstop apparently includes further provisions that would apply only to Northern Ireland. As May prepared for a crunch Cabinet meeting, backbench Tory Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) indicated that they…

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the week

“Has Emmanuel Macron run out of puff?” asked Anne-Sylvaine Chassany in the FT last week, reporting that the French president’s decision to take a few days off in Normandy had fuelled talk of a “burnout”. I’m not surprised he’s exhausted. He gets by on only three or four hours’ sleep a night, if we believe what we read, thus matching Margaret Thatcher, who famously closed her eyes for only four hours a night, and Donald Trump, who’s up at five to eat, read the papers and watch TV. But it’s not only our leaders who need extra time in bed. More and more people in Britain now sleep for less than six hours as they try to fit everything into their busy lives. As Jenni Russell put it in The…

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Controversy of the week A king in waiting On Wednesday, Prince Charles turned 70. “Most people of that age have retired,” said The Guardian. Charles, though, is still waiting to inherit the role for which his whole life has been a prelude. He has been heir to the throne for longer than anyone else in British history: “66 years and counting”. Yet it is clear that there are still some doubts that he will make “a worthy successor to his mother”, said Roya Nikkhah in The Sunday Times. In a BBC documentary aired this week, he tackled the most persistent criticisms: that he is prone to “meddling” in affairs of state, and that as King Charles III he will not be able to stop himself campaigning on issues he cares about. Charles…

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spirit of the age

Children’s commissioner Anne Longfield warns in a new report that personal data on children is being collected on a huge scale via the online devices they use – including smart toys and speakers and school apps. One in four children under two have their own tablet; by the time they’re 13, children typically have had some 1,300 pictures of themselves posted online. Between 11 and 18, when children take up social media, they make nearly 70,000 posts on average. Men are copying women and removing their body hair. 42% of men aged 16-24 now remove hair from their underarms, up from 16% in 2016, according to Mintel. The trend is being pinned on TV shows like Love Island where male contestants flaunt hairless bodies.…

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good week for:

Lego, with the news that Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has a “very large” collection of the building blocks, including a 4,500-brick Star Wars Death Star. “Everybody who does any stressful job needs a way to switch off,” said the minister. “Mine is Lego.” Kim Philby, who has had a square in Moscow named after him. An interchange in the southwest of the city, near Russia’s foreign intelligence headquarters, will be renamed Kim Philby Square after the British double agent, who defected in 1963. Books about politics, which are selling like hot cakes. Waterstones said that sales have grown by more than 50% this year, as readers seek “to understand this scary new world”.…

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bad week for:

Commuters, who are facing ever longer journeys. More than 1.4 million people in the UK take an hour or more to get to work, up from 1.08 million in 2011, according to official statistics. London has the biggest proportion of one hour-plus commutes, at 18%. Gambling, as the Government bowed to pressure to reduce the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals ahead of schedule. It had planned to slash the maximum allowed bet from £100 to just £2 by October 2019, so as to give the industry time to adapt. But following an outcry, and the resignation of sports minister Tracey Crouch, the measure was brought forward to April. The BBC, whose biggest star has been poached by Netflix. The US streaming giant has recruited David Attenborough and the production team that…