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The Week V. 1206

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’s last stand Tory MPs triggered a vote of confidence in Theresa May’s leadership this week, adding to the sense of chaos engulfing her premiership and her Brexit deal. The chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, Graham Brady, revealed on Wednesday that he had received the requisite 48 letters – representing 15% of Tory MPs – calling for such a measure. The move came two days after the Prime Minister belatedly called off a crunch Commons vote on her Brexit plan, admitting to MPs that it faced defeat by a “significant margin”. She was jeered as she said she had listened to the “widespread and deep concern” about the deal. After pulling the vote, May embarked on a whistle-stop tour of European capitals to plead for help in salvaging…

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the week

Brexit supporters are bigots, convinced foreigners have deprived them of their jobs and livelihoods, despite evidence that immigration has had no significant effect on wages, house prices or public services. So said Matthew d’Ancona in The Guardian last week. Of course, immigration was a major factor in the result; but does that mean everyone who voted for Brexit because of it is bigoted? Not necessarily. As The Guardian itself pointed out in a recent editorial, the fact that freedom of movement has had a neutral or positive impact at a macro level does not mean that it hasn’t had a negative impact on some communities (see letters, page 27). Telling voters that their experience has been imagined or concocted is not productive. In fact, to the extent that Brexit was…

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knives out for may

After “a year of false alarms”, it finally happened, said Katy Balls in The Guardian. This week, the tipping point was reached: Tory MPs called a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, which was scheduled for Wednesday evening. Theresa May came out fighting, vowing to contest the vote “with everything I have got”. Conservative MPs were faced with a difficult choice: oust May and “face a bloody leadership contest with just months before the UK leaves the EU”; or back a leader many see as stubborn and incapable, cementing her position for another year (under party rules, a leader who wins a no confidence vote cannot be challenged for 12 months). What a betrayal, said John Stevens in the Daily Mail. While the PM was touring Europe’s capitals in…

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spirit of the age

A primary school in Lincolnshire was inundated with complaints after pupils were allegedly informed that Santa was “made up” during assembly. The event’s organisers, the Mary Bass Charity, were trying to explain to Fleet Wood Lane school that Christmas marks the birth of Christ and is not just about presents; but it ended with children crying when, to reinforce the point, two pupils were invited onto the stage to smash a chocolate Santa and reindeer with a hammer. At Lady Lumley’s School in North Yorkshire, however, when teachers said there would be no gifts, cards or trees unless pupils could explain why we should celebrate Christmas, the school received more than 500 essays about the meaning of the holiday, and festivities resumed.…

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good week for

Nasa, after its Voyager II probe finally reached interstellar space, becoming only the second man-made object (after its twin, Voyager I) to reach the “space between the stars”. The craft, launched in 1977, is now 11 billion miles from Earth. However, Nasa says that although it has left the heliosphere, it has not left our solar system. The boundary is deemed to be the Oort Cloud, a far-flung collection of objects still influenced by the Sun’s gravity. To get beyond that could take a further 30,000 years. Female adrenaline junkies, who are finally to be allowed full access to the Cresta Run. Women were allowed to hurtle down the icy track until 1929, when they were banned, apparently because of fears that lying on the sleds might cause breast cancer. Since…

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bad week for

ATM operators, with reports that gangs targeting cash machines struck twice a day on average last year, stealing nearly £50m. Tactics have included using diggers to tear the machines from walls, and blowing them up by filling them with explosive gas. Mobile phone users, after 25 million of them were unable to access the internet for a day last week, as a result of a fault on the O2 network. Some of them couldn’t make calls either. The tech giants, with reports suggesting that as employers, they are losing their lustre. Google, which one survey ranked as the best company in Britain to work for last year, has lost its top spot to Anglian Water, and fallen to 13th place. Meanwhile, Apple has been overtaken by Nando’s and easyJet.…