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The Week V. 1221

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

May’s last-ditch attempt to pass a deal Please God, let this torturous Brexit process end, said Allison Pearson in The Daily Telegraph. “What was meant to be a great crossroads in the story of the United Kingdom has turned into Swindon’s seven-circle roundabout of Hell.” By rights, we should have once again become a sovereign nation last Friday. Instead, we’re stuck in limbo, with a lame-duck Prime Minister who can’t win Commons support for her Brexit deal, and “a Parliament so useless that it can’t even organise its own coup” against the 2016 referendum result. “Anything has to be better than this mess” – anything, that is, apart from a “longer extension” to Britain’s exit date and more months of time-wasting. We’re all sick to death of Brexit, said Clare Foges…

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the week

Far more worrying than our failure to agree on the best outcome for Brexit is our failure to agree on the principles that could legitimate whatever outcome is eventually achieved. The word “constitution” has a sleep-inducing aura: never put it in a newspaper headline is one of the first rules of journalism. It’s still the case, however, that constitutional rules – the agreed procedures for determining whose will prevails when people are at loggerheads – are the lifeblood of democracy. What’s scary, in the case of Brexit, is that there seem so few we do agree on. Was a majority vote in the 2016 referendum legally binding – or just advisory? And if binding, binding to do what? Has Brexit been achieved if we remain subject to EU rules and…

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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 – Head of Advertising:…

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the race to replace may

So far, MPs have rejected her deal three times; she is facing a slew of ministerial resignations and a revolt by backbench MPs furious that Brexit could be further delayed. Theresa May has been the most dogged of PMs, but Tories are convinced her days are now numbered, and “the battle to succeed her has begun”, said Fraser Nelson in The Daily Telegraph. That arch-Eurosceptic Dominic Raab “is perhaps the most organised of the potential candidates, with about ten MPs working on his unofficial campaign”. Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, a Remainer turned Leaver, has been “filling his diary with meetings with MPs – purely social, you understand”. All eyes are on Boris Johnson, of course. While there was until recently a “stop Boris” strategy, it seems that’s no longer…

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spirit of the age

The Royal Society for Public Health has accused supermarkets of loading their shelves with tempting Easter treats too early in the year, after finding that by the end of March, nearly one in four Britons had already bought and eaten at least one full-size Easter egg. Half of us had consumed an Easter-related chocolate, cake or snack. The Samuel Smith pub chain has become the first in the UK to ban mobile phones, laptops and tablets. A memo to the managers of its 300 pubs specifies that customers must go outside to receive or make calls, and to “receive transmitted pictures of sport or download music apps. The brewery’s policy is that our pubs are for social conversation person to person,” said the memo.…

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good week for

Pinch of Nom, a weight-loss cookbook by two British bloggers, after it notched up a record 210,506 sales in the first three days. Its authors, Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, specialise in creating simple, fairly healthy dishes that have what they call the “nom, nom, nom” factor (after the noise people make when they eat tasty food); one of their recipes is for a cheeseburger pizza. The Tigs, the Independent Group of Tory and Labour defectors, who are on course to become a party. They will be called Change UK – The Independent Group, and say that if their application to become a party is approved in time, they will field candidates in May’s European elections (if the UK takes part). Absent-mindedness, after an Australian man found that he had accidentally bought…