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The Week V. 1219

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 Bercow’s intervention Britain tipped into constitutional crisis this week after the Commons Speaker ruled on Monday that the Prime Minister could not ask MPs to vote again on her twice-rejected EU withdrawal agreement unless it contained “substantial changes”. In a dramatic intervention, John Bercow drew on historic convention – contained in Erskine May, Parliament’s guide to procedure – to block Theresa May’s plan to push through her Brexit deal at the third time of asking. The ruling scuppered any prospect of another meaningful vote before Thursday’s European Council summit, leaving May sharing the public’s “frustration” at Parliament’s “failure to take a decision”, said No. 10 – but with little choice other than to request an extension to the Article 50 process scheduled to end in Brexit on 29 March. On Wednesday…

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the week

We can rely on The Daily Telegraph to mourn the passing of old Britain. Not long ago, columnist Jane Shilling lamented the closing of Britain’s oldest postcard publisher, J. Salmon – a victim of social media and changing holiday habits. Zoe Strimpel, among others, wrote about the decline of the old-fashioned British pub (one closes every 12 hours): “it saddens me how rapidly Britain is shedding all vestiges of its former self”. The pub is not the only stalwart of village life on its way out. So, apparently, is the village cricket club, with a lack of young recruits meaning dozens of clubs are now at risk of closure. Without their pubs or social activities like cricket to unite them, says Kat Brown, also in the Telegraph, villages just become…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director –…

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Controversy of the week Prosecuting Soldier F “Bloody Sunday is a wound that has never healed,” said Martina Devlin in The Irish Independent. On 30 January 1972, soldiers of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on a protest in the Catholic district of Derry known as the Bogside, killing 13 and wounding 15 others. It was “an act of blatant injustice by the British state against people it claimed as its own”, yet the Paras who did the killing were cleared that year in a whitewash inquiry by ex-army brigadier Lord Widgery. It took almost 40 years for that lie to be exposed. In a 5,000-page report, the Saville inquiry set up by Tony Blair concluded that the marchers had not posed a threat and that some of the Paras had lost their…

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spirit of the age

Sales of self-help books rose by 20% in the UK last year, suggesting that in uncertain times, more and more people are turning to assorted celebrities and gurus for advice. Booksellers say the genre is one of the fastest-growing, and note that the more successful books often take a frank tone. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck has sold more than three million copies globally. China’s millennials are finding refuge in “positive-only” chat groups where they know they will only get validation and encouragement, and can even request compliments for specific accomplishments. The groups proliferating on the social app WeChat tend to have in their titles the phrase kuakua qun – “in need of praise”.…

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poll watch

47% of head teachers who responded to a survey on pupil poverty say they or their staff have had to wash their pupils’ clothes, and 75% say so many children turn up hungry, they offer free breakfasts. 91% have given clothes to pupils. 96% think pupil poverty has increased in recent years. 60% say their school has endured “severe” budget cuts. Some 3,000 schools were asked to take part in the survey; 407 responded. Association of School and College Leaders/The Times In the past month, 17% of Britons have had a dream about sex. 13% have dreamt that they’re on holiday, 12% about being chased, 7% about winning the lottery and 4% about being naked in public. Nectar Sleep/the I newspaper…