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The Week V. 1210

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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it wasn’t all bad

A German First World War U-boat has emerged from the sands off a beach near Calais, a century after it ran aground. Historians say the UC-61 sank at least 11 Allied ships before getting stranded in July 1917, en route to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Its 26 crew surrendered and the sub was gradually covered over by the shifting sand. Now, the wreck is becoming a tourist attraction – but locals have advised visitors to come soon: one strong gust of wind, and it could vanish again. A woman who spent 2018 clearing the litter from the coast of Devon and Cornwall has vowed to carry on her mission. To fulfil a New Year’s resolution, Pat Smith cleared 52 sandy beaches, at a rate of one a week, last year. She even went out…

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

A historic defeat: May’s deal soundly rejected “We all knew it was coming,” said Dominic Sandbrook in the Daily Mail, but few expected the Commons’ defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal to be quite so overwhelming. Despite all the last-minute appeals from the Prime Minister, MPs rejected it by a margin of 230 votes, with more than a third of Tories rebelling. “Never in history has any government lost a vote by such a colossal margin.” The defeat prompted Labour to table a motion of no confidence in May’s administration, which the Government was widely expected to survive. May, who must return to the Commons with a revised Brexit plan by Monday, said she would begin cross-party talks to find common ground and challenged MPs to say what they wanted. “May’s mishandling…

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the week

If there’s one thing the great Brexit saga has exposed, it is our failure to grasp the true nature of Britain’s unwritten constitution. People usually say it rests on the principle of the sovereignty of Parliament. Yet most of its uncodified conventions sustain something else entirely: the sovereignty of party leaders. Patronage; the whip system; the funding of elections; party manifestos; above all the unwritten rules governing the flow of legislation (rules that John Bercow has just repudiated): all are designed to concentrate power in the hands of the PM and cabinet – which is to say, the supremos of the majority party. Grasp that and you see how vapid is the endless debate over whether our MPs are followers of Edmund Burke, independently delivering their own verdict of what’s…

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is trump a traitor?

If you’re searching for “some index of just how truly not-normal American governance has become”, said The New York Times, consider the moment this Monday when the president of the United States stood on the White House lawn and denied he was a Russian agent. That story you read in The New York Times, protested Donald Trump, was “a whole big fat hoax”. The article he was referring to carried the headline: “FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia”. It revealed that when FBI director James Comey, who’d been probing allegations of Russian meddling in the last US election, was fired in 2017, FBI officials became so concerned about the president’s behaviour they began investigating whether he was a threat to national security. And…

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spirit of the age

A Gillette advert inspired by the Me Too movement that urges men to be the “best men can be” – a play on the firm’s tag line “the best a man can get” – has triggered a furious response from some men, who say it is patronising and misandrist. The ad depicts men looking on approvingly as boys fight; men talking over women and harassing them. “We can’t hide from it. It’s been going on far too long,” says the voice-over; the film then cuts to scenes of men stopping fights and defending women. Viewed 11 million times on YouTube, it has had 278,000 likes to 665,000 dislikes. Oxford University’s women-only Joanna Randall-MacIver fellowship has been opened up to men, after administrators ruled that it contravened equality laws.…

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good week for:

Grammar schools, after a new report concluded that they make a “vital contribution” to social mobility, with 45% of their pupils coming from lower-income households. Rather than focus on the proportion of grammar pupils eligible for free school meals (which is very low, at 3%), the Higher Education Policy Institute’s report looked at how many came from households on below median earnings (about £33,000pa for a family of four). Zoë Ball, who made her debut as the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show; she is the first woman to take the high-profile slot, previously hosted by Chris Evans and Terry Wogan.…