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The Week V. 1208

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

Brexit 2018: still waiting for catharsis? Following British politics these days reminds me a lot of watching Lost, that long-running TV series from the 2000s, said Martha Gill in The New York Times. A show about a group of plane crash survivors, it had myriad characters and an insanely convoluted plot. Yet despite every frenetic episode ending in a cliffhanger, somehow nothing really changed over the course of the series. So it is with the Brexit story. Almost every day promises to deliver some dramatic moment of truth – a crucial vote, a key resignation – but by the end of the day, we always seem to be back where we started. The catharsis never comes. It is, as one reporter put it to me, “an endless stream of anticlimax”. Brexit…

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the week

It’s a myth that society is getting ruder, thinks The Daily Telegraph’s Charles Moore. He remembers hearing the band Brewers Droop bellowing, “I can see your pubic hair” and, a little later, Dead Kennedys singing, “Too drunk to f***.” Nowadays both these bands would be challenged about alcohol awareness, abusive language and threatening vulnerable girls. Back in the 1970s, the leading opponent of what she called this “tide of filth” was the puritanical Mary Whitehouse. Yet while today’s activists would repudiate her Christian viewpoint, “she was their sister under the skin”, says Moore; with her so-called Victorian values, she now seems “quite modern”. An article in You magazine rather backs up Moore’s point, suggesting that Generation Z (born in the mid-1990s) have more in common with their great-grandparents than the generations…

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a crisis on the streets

Tunbridge Wells is “a town of honey-coloured stone buildings, brasseries, tailors and delicatessens”, said Sarah O’Connor in the FT. Yet in this well-off commuter town, the number of people sleeping rough, “often in the doorways of these glossy shops”, has doubled in the past eight years – a local problem that reflects a national one. “England is witnessing the biggest sustained rise in rough sleeping since the 1990s.” Official counts suggest that 5,000 people sleep rough, though homelessness charities think the real figure could be five times that. And these people are only the tip of the iceberg. For every rough sleeper, there are another 57 homeless people in hostels or in temporary accommodation. Oddly, this surge has coincided with a jobs boom in the UK: unemployment is at its…

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spirit of the age

Employers are being warned not to write emails to staff in capital letters, in case they are accused of bullying. Lewis Silkin, one of Britain’s biggest employment law firms has said that writing all-caps messages is “equivalent to shouting” at employees and could lead to disciplinary action. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which represents HR managers, has similarly said that emails written in a “very shouty or direct manner” are “problematic”. A 12-metre helter-skelter is to be installed in the nave of Norwich Cathedral in August as part of its Seeing it Differently initiative. The aim, the diocese says, is to give visitors “the chance to experience the space in a new way and open up conversations about faith”.…

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bad week for

Academic rigour, after an official report found that grades at more than 80% of universities have inflated beyond a level attributable to rising standards. Last year, 18% of students who got CCD or below at A level graduated with a first; 50% of students at Surrey University got a first; at Bristol, UCL and Durham, 2:2 and third-class degrees were given to fewer than 10% of students. The Labour Party, after Fiona Onasanya, its MP for Peterborough, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice: she had lied to the police in order to avoid a speeding penalty. If she stands down, as seems likely, it will trigger a by-election in her constituency – which she won by only 607 votes last year. Jeremy Corbyn, who was accused of misogyny after…

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gatwick forced to close

A “drone attack” at Gatwick – the UK’s second-busiest airport – forced some 800 flights to be grounded in the run-up to Christmas, throwing out the travel plans of more than 120,000 passengers. Planes due to land were diverted to Amsterdam, Cardiff, Paris, Bordeaux, Liverpool and other airports. The attack began at 9.03pm on Wednesday 19 December when two drones, which police described as being of “industrial specification”, were spotted over the airport. The runway, which was then closed for a few hours, reopened at 3.01am, but was closed again 45 minutes later when another drone was sighted. Some 50 drone sightings were made in the 24 hours following the first sighting. Sussex police were powerless to stop them, and the Army was called in to try and catch the…