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The Week V. 1205

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 on the ropes Theresa May suffered a series of humiliating Commons defeats this week as she launched five days of debates on her Brexit withdrawal deal. In an unprecedented step, MPs found the Government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to release the full legal advice on May’s deal, and forced it to do so. MPs then backed a proposal that will ensure they have a say over what happens next if MPs reject the deal in a crunch vote next Tuesday. Few people in Westminster expect May to win that vote. Senior Brexiters such as Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom have spoken out in favour of the deal, but about 100 Tory MPs have signalled that they are ready to vote it down, as have Labour and the DUP.…

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the week

The British tend to pride themselves on their GSOH, so I guess we should be pleased to discover that the most influential British film director of all time isn’t some revered auteur like Ingmar Bergman, but Gerald Thomas, director of the Carry On series. Comedies are seldom taken very seriously as an art form – since Annie Hall in 1978, only one comedy, The Artist, has bagged the best picture Oscar – yet they’re just as concerned with the painful truth of human experience as any sombre drama beloved of Hollywood. Even the Carry Ons: to Ben Macintyre (see p.16) they are a brilliant “cultural distillation of the national character”. Maybe so. But there’s still a problem. They just aren’t funny any more. And there lies comedy’s central flaw: it’s…

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the pivot to norway

With Theresa May’s unloved Brexit deal all but certain to be voted down by MPs next week, the Government “is going to need a plan B”, said Andrew Grice in The Independent. And now all the signs “point to Norway”. The “Norway-plus” option has long been pushed by MPs led by Nick Boles, the former Tory minister, and Labour’s Stephen Kinnock. It would have Britain staying inside the single market after Brexit – by joining Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the European Free Trade Association (Efta) – and inside the EU’s customs union too. This would deliver the “frictionless trade” that is vital to business: government analysis suggests it would be the least damaging form of Brexit. It would also prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland. The UK…

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spirit of the age

Ibis hotels in Geneva and Zurich are offering guests the chance to have a “social media sitter” to photograph them as they tour the cities’ landmarks, and upload the snaps to Instagram. The Relax, We Post service, trialled over November, aims to help people “enjoy the moment” rather than live it though their phone. A number of radio stations in the US and Canada have taken Baby, It’s Cold Outside off their Christmas playlists, in response to complaints that the song’s lyrics are at odds with the #MeToo movement. Listeners argued that the song, in which a man tries to persuade a woman not to go home after a night out (“What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?”) has “predatory undertones” and undermines “no means no”.…

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good week for

The Wizard of Oz, which was named the most influential film of all time. Italian researchers rated 47,000 films according to how often they are referenced in later movies. MGM’s 1939 fantasy musical came top, followed by Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Psycho (1960) and King Kong (1933). Charlotte Prodger, who won the Turner Prize for her exhibition of two highly personal films shot on an iPhone. Bridgit, which is on show at Tate Britain, is hard to explain, said The Guardian. With “lots going on, a lot of it apparently randomly”, it “explores class, gender, sexuality and Neolithic goddesses”. The youthquake, after a seven-year-old American boy who reviews toys topped a list of the highest-earning stars on YouTube. Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, made £17.3m in the year to June 2018.…

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rail fares to rise

Rail fares will increase by an average of 3.1% in January, the Rail Delivery Group has said, raising commuters’ annual travel costs by hundreds of pounds (see page 50). The rise, which follows the worst punctuality figures on the network in 12 years, and a timetable change in May that led to thousands of services being cancelled or severely disrupted, has sparked anger from the public and MPs. Fares rose at the start of this year by 3.4%, just under the 3.6% cap set for regulated fares. Passenger groups had demanded a fare freeze on the worst-affected services, run by Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern, a call echoed in a report by the transport select committee.…