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The Week V. 1204

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 Selling the Brexit deal Theresa May embarked on a tour of the UK this week to drum up support for her unloved Brexit divorce deal. She and other EU leaders signed off the agreement in a short meeting last Sunday. Both sides declared afterwards that it was the best and only deal available, and warned MPs that voting it down in Westminster on 11 December would not prompt the EU to make a better offer. May said the deal would deliver on the 2016 referendum by, among other things, ending free movement and allowing the UK to pursue an independent trade policy. The prospects for the agreement – which consists of a 585-page, legally-binding withdrawal treaty and a 26-page broad statement on future relations – nevertheless look bleak. MPs lined up…

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the week

Of the many parables that have emerged from the almost biblical saga of Brexit, perhaps none is more instructive than the parable of turning water into... drinking water. It’s a tale, in case you missed it, of how millions of us could die within days of a no deal because the stuff flowing from our taps would turn toxic. It seems the chemicals used in water purification – including fluorosilicic acid, aluminium sulphate and calcium hydroxide – are imported from Europe. And these chemicals, as the Whitehall disaster planners tell us in their contingency plan, Operation Yellowhammer, are so volatile they can’t be stockpiled. Delays of the trucks carrying them at the border, as a result of no deal, could thus prove fatal. It’s this terrifying prospect, rumour has it,…

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Controversy of the week The People’s Vote For a long time, the idea of a second Brexit referendum looked like “a fringe obsession”, said Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer. But now that the potential gains from Brexit appear ever more illusory, and the Brexiters are “falling apart under the weight of their undeliverable promises and irreconcilable contradictions”, the odds on there being a new EU vote are being slashed by the hour. The latest polls show that a growing number support staying in the EU, and the campaign for a People’s Vote is on a roll. In October, 700,000 people marched in favour of EU membership, “a sight never previously witnessed in British politics”. According to Labour sources, Jeremy Corbyn is close to throwing his weight behind the campaign, said Robert Peston…

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spirit of the age

Animal rights charity Peta has appealed to the Dorset village of Wool to change its name, to highlight what it describes as the “rampant cruelty” of sheep farming. Peta promised the local parish council that if it agreed to rename the village Vegan Wool, it would send it “cruelty-free blankets” made from plant-based fibres, one for each of the residents of Wool (which is a derivation of Welles, or water springs). The idea wasn’t well received, but Peta chalked it up as a win, as the story won its cause so much free publicity. Separately, the Shoulder of Mutton pub in York has been renamed because its owners felt that its old name didn’t reflect their focus on vegan and vegetarian food, and was off-putting to some tourists. It’s now…

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good week for

Morecambe and Wise fans, with the discovery of two “lost” episodes of the comedy duo’s sketch show that have not been seen since they were first shown in 1968. The tapes were found by archivist Philip Morris in a derelict cinema in Sierra Leone. Nasa, which celebrated the successful landing of its new robot on Mars. The InSight probe, which is scheduled to study the Red Planet’s interior, is currently sitting on a vast plain known as Elysium Planitia, close to Mars’ equator. Denise Coates, the founder of online gambling firm Bet365, after company accounts revealed that she paid herself a record £265m last year – equivalent to £726,000 a day (see page 52). Fiona Bruce, with reports that she is in line to replace David Dimbleby as the host of Question Time…

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St Mary’s, a primary school in Chiswick, which has been forced to ban children from its playground in the mornings, to protect them from toxic emissions. The school borders the six-lane A4 into London. One of at least 50 schools to have recorded nitrogen dioxide levels above legal limits, St Mary’s is now trying to raise the funds for a “living wall” of plants to absorb pollution outside, and an air purification system for its classrooms. Treading the boards, after the latest survey found that 63% of actors and performers earned less than £5,000 from their profession in the last year, and only 13% made more than £20,000.…