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The Week V. 1220

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 MPs take charge In a desperate bid to break the Brexit deadlock, MPs voted this week to seize control of the Commons timetable. Three ministers stood down to support the highly unusual constitutional move, which enabled MPs to embark on a series of ballots designed to establish whether there is a cross-party majority for a softer form of Brexit or a second referendum. Public pressure for the latter is growing: the People’s Vote campaign claimed that a million people took part in their march through London on Saturday. An online petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has secured nearly six million signatures. Theresa May had planned to put her deal to a third Commons vote on Tuesday, but abandoned the idea in the face of continued opposition from the DUP.…

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the week

That we are all deeply committed to the role of argument and debate in public affairs is one of the more touching delusions that sustains our idea of ourselves as democratic citizens. It’s the reason we set such store by freedom of speech. Yet you only have to examine most comment pieces in our press to see it isn’t so. Last week, for example, the grandest pundit of them all, Sir Max Hastings, took to the pages of The Times to make the case against Brexit. Had his aim been to argue his opponents round, reviling them for “prostituting the Union flag” was an odd way to go about it: you don’t win people over by insulting them. But then I suspect he no more expected Brexiters to listen to…

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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 Preparing for no deal If there’s one thing about Brexit that most British voters and politicians seem to agree on, said Wolfgang Münchau in the FT, it’s that they don’t want to crash out of Europe without a deal. Yet even though MPs earlier this month voted by 321 votes to 278 against the no-deal option, the probability of ending up with it has “risen dramatically”. At last week’s EU summit, EU leaders were prepared to grant the UK only a two-week extension to its scheduled departure date (from 29 March to 12 April). And if no alternative plan can be agreed in that time, no deal remains the legal default – a message hammered home by the European Commission, which has warned the 27 other EU members…

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poll watch

90% of people think the Government’s handling of Brexit has been a national humiliation, according to a Sky Data poll. A ComRes poll for The Daily Telegraph and the Express found that 35% of people support abandoning Brexit and staying in the EU: 48% say they “just want Brexit sorted and don’t really care how”. Meanwhile, the favourability scores of both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have hit new lows. Only 26% of people have a favourable opinion of the PM, and 65% have a negative opinion, giving her a net score of -39, a YouGov poll found. The Labour leader’s rating is even lower: he is on -53, down from -29 last October. A third of British couples sleep in separate beds. Nanu/the I newspaper…

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spirit of the age

As the pressure to keep up with the Joneses on social media grows ever more intense, people are resorting to subterfuge to impress their followers. One in six British adults have posted photos of someone else’s home on Instagram and pretended it’s their own, according to a survey. Nearly half of 25- to 35-year-olds say they’d buy an item purely to make their home look better on social media. Tottenham Hotspur FC is reported to have paid Transport for London £14m to have White Hart Lane – the Victorian-era railway station closest to its new stadium – renamed after the club. This kind of branding is not unprecedented, however. Arsenal FC’s local tube station was called Gillespie Road until it was renamed in 1932.…