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The Week V. 1203

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

May’s Brexit gamble: can she prevail? Theresa May’s resilience has long been a “source of grudging admiration among even her fiercest critics”, said Heather Stewart in The Guardian. She has needed every ounce of it since the unveiling last week of the draft withdrawal deal with Brussels (see page 13). First, the Prime Minister endured a fractious five-hour Cabinet meeting, followed by two Cabinet resignations – of Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey. This was followed by a marathon question and answer session in the Commons, during which May was monstered by MPs from all sides. No sooner had that finished than the “double-breasted renegade” Jacob Rees-Mogg announced his intention to trigger a leadership contest. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on which the Government relies for…

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the week

Amber Rudd has not had a chaotic life. She grew up in Kensington, was educated privately, became an investment banker. So far, so normal for a Tory minister. But she should know something about chaotic lives. When she met her husband, the late A.A. Gill, he had only just dried out after a decade of alcoholism so severe it almost killed him. I don’t suppose anyone would have trusted Gill with the rent money in those days. Yet Rudd – as the new Work and Pensions Secretary – is about to put the rent money into the hands of thousands of people who have problems just as chronic. One of the features of the universal credit (UC) system is that rather than paying housing benefit to landlords, it gives the money…

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labour’s dilemma

“Britain faces a major strategic decision,” said The Times. The Commons must decide whether the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will stand or fall. “At such a moment, the nation has a right to expect clarity from its politicians.” But quite where the Labour Party really stands on Brexit is “anyone’s guess”. Since the referendum, the party has “offered no serious alternative” to Tory policy, preferring to take refuge in creative ambiguity. For instance, in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, Jeremy Corbyn declared that Brexit “can’t be stopped”. Soon after, his Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, declared that in fact it “can be stopped”. Does Labour support a second referendum? Corbyn has repeatedly said that the outcome of the 2016 vote must be “respected”. On the other hand, he also said…

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spirit of the age

Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as its word of the year, meaning it’s the one that best reflects the “ethos, mood or preoccupations” of 2018. “Toxic” now crops up to describe everything from workplaces to relationships, as well as in phrases like “toxic masculinity”. “The sheer scope of its application in 2018 made ‘toxic’ the standout choice,” the company said. Millennials are said to be increasingly reliant on the “bank of mum and dad”, but it seems the money doesn’t flow in only one direction. According to investment firm Brewin Dolphin, a third of people in their 20s and 30s have provided financial support to their parents in the so-called “squeezed middle” generation.…

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good week for

Asda, which came top in Which?’s annual mince pie contest – although the consumer group said that standards were generally lower this year, owing to the use of cheaper ingredients. Asda’s Extra Special pies scored 71% in the blind test of 100 “premium” pies from 11 supermarkets. In the champagne test, Co-op’s Les Pionniers NV came joint first with Mumm Cordon Rouge. Sustainability, as Sainsbury’s became the first UK grocer to stock edible insects. It says its roasted crickets are “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour”. As a source of protein, insects are viewed as an eco-friendly alternative to meat, because breeding them requires relatively little land, water or feed. David Miliband, with reports that he earned £680,000 from his charity job in the US last year. The former Labour…

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cancer screenings error

Owing to an error by the NHS contractor Capita, almost 50,000 women missed letters about their cervical cancer screenings. Most were invitations to screenings and reminders, but some 4,500 women did not receive letters with their results. NHS England said there was no evidence so far that anyone had been harmed by the error, and that affected patients were being contacted. The British Medical Association said the error follows other mistakes by Capita, which provides GP back-office services; it has urged the Government to strip Capita of its £330m contract, signed in 2015, and take administrative services back in-house.…