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News & Politics
The Week

The Week V. 1218

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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51 Issues

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9 min.
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened May’s Brexit debacle Britain plunged deeper into political crisis this week after the Commons inflicted a second humiliating defeat on Theresa May’s Brexit plan. The deal, which was voted down by a record 230 votes in January, was rejected this time by 149 votes. May said Parliament now faced some “unenviable choices”. In two subsequent votes, MPs were expected to reject a no-deal exit and to instruct the Government to request an extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process. The EU said it would need a “credible justification” before agreeing to delay Brexit beyond the scheduled deadline of 29 March. May had urged MPs to back her “improved Brexit deal” after she secured fresh legal assurances on the Irish backstop from the EU in last-minute talks in Strasbourg on Monday. She…

1 min.
the week

Even if Theresa May’s deal had gone through, Brexit would have dominated politics for months to come. Now, we don’t know when it will end. We could be arguing about Brexit for years. But even if the subject still preoccupies MPs and journalists, polls suggest that the public has had enough. They have more pressing concerns: their children’s education, for instance. Last week, around 115,000 parents in England learnt that their child had not got into the secondary school of their choice, news that will have left many in despair. This week, a coalition of 7,000 head teachers wrote to 3.5 million parents, warning them about a schools funding crisis (see page 13) and expressing their anger that the Education Secretary had refused to meet them to discuss it (too…

4 min.

Controversy of the week Jackson’s toxic legacy The need to believe that the famous and talented are also good is deeply ingrained in us, said Ben Zand in the I newspaper. For years, Michael Jackson surrounded himself with young boys; he turned his home into a bizarre, toy-filled theme park with which to beguile them; he even told us he shared his bed with them. All the signs that he was a predatory paedophile were there; yet we were so dazzled, we chose to believe that he was just the child-like figure he claimed to be – until a new documentary shattered those illusions, said Carol Midgley in The Times. Watching Leaving Neverland “was like having front row seats for a slow car crash”. Wade Robson, now 36, and James Safechuck, 40,…

1 min.
spirit of the age

A decision to allow women Morris dancers to dance with men has outraged traditionalists, reports The Daily Telegraph. Hardliners have even threatened to leave The Morris Ring – their governing body – over the move. “Women are a different physical shape to men,” said Barry Care of the Moulton Morris Men. “Their centre of gravity is in a different place. It just doesn’t look right. I’m afraid that The Morris Ring has lost its way. It’s become mixed up in feminist politics, that’s the problem.” Envelopes are now so little used, they have fallen out of the ONS’s “shopping basket” of 720 goods and services used to calculate the cost of living. Additions to this year’s list include smart speakers, bakeware and pre-made popcorn.…

1 min.
poll watch

64% of American voters think President Trump committed crimes before he was elected in 2016. 24% think he did not. 45% believe he has broken the law since entering the White House, while 43% do not. Quinnipiac University/ The Independent 44% of British adults think the transgender rights movement has “gone too far”. 31% say it hasn’t, and 25% don’t know. However, 62% say they welcome moves to ensure that trans-gender people are more widely accepted in society. ComRes/The Daily Telegraph 45% of Britons aged 18 to 24 would feel “weird” without their smartphones for a day because they “would not know what to do”. YouGov…

4 min.
europe at a glance

Brussels Isis convictions: A French citizen who spent a year fighting for Islamic State in Syria has been jailed for life for killing four people in a gun attack on Brussels’ Jewish Museum in 2014. Mehdi Nemmouche (pictured), who is of Algerian heritage and had previously spent five years in jail for robbery, is believed to be the first European jihadist to return from Syria and carry out a terror attack in Europe. His lawyers argued that he had been framed in a bizarre conspiracy involving Israeli intelligence, but offered no evidence for this claim. A second Frenchman, Nacer Bendrer, was given 15 years for helping to plan the attack. Paris Taxing the tech giants: France is set to become the first EU country to impose a tax on the sales revenues of…