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The Week V. 1226

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 Election shock Cross-party talks to break the Brexit deadlock resumed this week amid growing calls from Tories for Theresa May to set a firm resignation date. There was speculation over the weekend that senior Tory and Labour figures were close to a compromise deal, based on a temporary customs union, but a meeting on Tuesday suggested otherwise. With hopes fading of a quick resolution, the Government formally conceded that Britain would have to take part in the European elections on 23 May, and indicated that its new objective was to get a Brexit deal agreed by the summer recess in July. Both the Conservatives and Labour are under pressure to make progress on Brexit in the wake of their disappointing showing in last week’s local elections in England. The Tories did…

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the week

Politicians are liars. You can’t trust the Government. I know Britain is suffering from a deep sense of disillusion with politics, but luckily I have the cure: we just need to face up to the real reason we engage in politics in the first place. It’s not self-sacrifice for the greater good: it’s to get others to pay for something we want, to “externalise” its cost. After all, if we were happy to pay for it ourselves, we would not need government. Yet we never like to admit this. We all profess to want a reduction in carbon emissions: in a recent poll, fully 81% of Germans agreed that tackling climate change should be a high priority. But pay for it themselves? No – 61% also said they were dead…

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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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Controversy of the week Cambridge and slavery To many, the mention of Cambridge University conjures up images of “magnificent colleges, black-gowned students and long, lazy afternoons punting down the river”, said Dominic Sandbrook in the Daily Mail. But storm clouds are gathering over “one of the greatest educational establishments”, threatening to wash away that sense of languid calm. The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Stephen Toope, has announced plans for a two-year inquiry into its links to the slave trade. Two researchers will be employed to find out whether it benefited “through financial and other bequests to departments, libraries and museums”, and to investigate whether generations of dons may have “reinforced and validated race-based thinking” between the 18th and 20th centuries. And Cambridge is not the only wealthy institution pouring resources into such “soul-searching”,…

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spirit of the age

New York is having a boom in the “sober nightlife” scene, with a growing number of clubs offering booze-free nights where only mocktails (costing up to $13) are served. At the twice-monthly Ecstatic Dance night, the rules are: no booze, no drugs, no shoes and no speaking on the dance floor. There are shots, but they contain no spirits, only Amazonia – a “non-alcoholic elixir” that tastes like cold herbal tea. Tulip farmers in the Netherlands are erecting barriers around their fields to stop tourists trampling their crops to take selfies among the flowers. Crowds of tourists are a growing problem for the Dutch. The country (pop. 17 million) had 19 million overseas visitors last year, up from 11 million in 2005 (see page 15).…

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school exclusions report

Schools’ academic rankings will, in future, incorporate the exam results of their excluded pupils. The policy is designed to discourage schools from excluding low-achieving pupils in order to boost their overall results, and the practice of “off-rolling”, which is when schools remove pupils from registers informally. The recommendations are among 30 contained in a report on exclusions by former children’s minister Edward Timpson that Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, has agreed to implement. The number of school exclusions has risen 40% in the past three years, after a period of decline.…