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The Week V. 1207

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 Time for a second vote? Theresa May this week strongly rejected the idea of holding a second Brexit referendum. Calls for such a vote have been growing among MPs, who claim it’s the only way of breaking the parliamentary deadlock. But May, who last week survived a Tory leadership challenge, insisted that another plebiscite would do “irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics”. While the Government was this week stepping up preparations for a no deal, a defiant May insisted that she remained committed to winning support for her Brexit deal. Last week, she postponed a Commons vote on that deal for fear she might lose it: she now says she’ll put it to the House in the week beginning 14 January. Earlier in the week, May had travelled to…

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the week

Every year I promise myself that next year, my Christmas shopping will be better; every year I fail. In my mind’s eye, I imagine myself walking from charming local store to charming local store, buying thoughtful, wholesome presents for my friends and family. In practice, without fail, three-quarters of them come from Amazon, trailing an odour of tax avoidance and dystopian “fulfilment centres”. And if it’s not Amazon, it’s probably worse. Late last night I found myself on the website of Sports Direct, whose Derbyshire warehouse is known locally as “the gulag”, buying my nephew the snood he wanted – a face-covering that looked as if it was designed for football violence or armed robbery. Has Christmas become slightly more disquieting recently? I suppose it’s just that, since we consume more…

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the tory shambles

Was that really worth it, asked Martin Kettle in The Guardian. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker and their allies on the Eurosceptic right of the Conservative Party had spent months fomenting a leadership challenge against Theresa May. When it finally came last week, it proved a damp squib, merely “a brief distraction from the serious business of Brexit”. May won decisively, by 200 to 117, in a secret ballot of Tory MPs. All that the rebels achieved was “to damage everyone involved”, said Gaby Hinsliff in the same paper. May is “bruised by a victory in which a third of her MPs expressed no confidence in her, but the paper tigers who clawed at her and missed are even more weakened”. When push came to shove, they could produce “neither a…

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spirit of the age

When it comes to choosing a baby name, it seems American parents are increasingly finding inspiration in the “wellness” movement. According to one website, names such as Peace, Harmony and Hope are all becoming more popular – along with some reflecting the “clean eating” trend. Newly popular girls’ names last year included Kale (up 35%), Kiwi (up 40%) and Rosemary (up 20%). One in 12 people in the UK will enjoy an entirely vegan or vegetarian Christmas Day this year, according to Tesco, and UK supermarkets are finding new ways of catering to them. Tesco is offering cauliflower Wellingtons (in pastry) while at Waitrose you can buy jackfruit-stuffed tacos and butternut squash’age rolls.…

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good week for:

Scrabble fans, with the addition of the high-scoring gender neutral pronoun “ze” to the game’s official dictionary. Other newly acceptable words include the exclamation “yowza” and “bae” (before anyone else), which is slang for a significant other. Meat-loving vegetarians, following reports that the first steak grown from cells in a lab – and not requiring the slaughter of an animal – has been produced in Israel. Its manufacturers say the steak needs more work to improve its taste, but that it has a convincing muscle-like texture. Other meats have been grown in the lab, but have been for processed products such as burgers. Tube drivers, after a freedom of information request revealed that ten are paid more than £100,000 a year, with overtime and pensions contributions; and 30 earn more than £80,000…

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bad week for:

The New York Times, after it appealed on Twitter for information about petty crime in London – and was inundated with sarcastic responses. “Someone made eye contact with me on the Tube once,” wrote one Twitter user. “A number of people use ‘less’ when they mean ‘fewer’,” noted another. Redcar British Steel, which was named Britain’s least-used station, with only 40 passengers in 2017-18. The station opened to service the huge Teesside Steelworks, and though the works all but closed in 2015, four trains a day still stop there on weekdays. Fake fur, after MP Mary Creagh, the head of a parliamentary inquiry, suggested it be renamed “plastic fur”, to highlight the fact that it’s made from fossil fuels and takes centuries to degrade.…