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The Week

The Week V. 1231

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

What happened The race begins Ten Tory contenders set out their stalls this week as the contest to replace Theresa May formally got under way. The front runner, Boris Johnson, came under fire from all his rivals after he announced plans to raise the threshold for higher rate income tax from £50,000 to £80,000. Michael Gove criticised the proposal, but faced awkward questions himself about his admitted use of cocaine in the past (see page 4). Although Gove insisted he was still “in it to win it”, he appeared to be losing ground to Jeremy Hunt, whose campaign was bolstered by the influential endorsements of his fellow Cabinet ministers Amber Rudd and Penny Mordaunt. Both Hunt and Gove have insisted that, unlike Johnson, they don’t regard the 31 October Brexit deadline as being…

1 min.
the week

When the 1997 Labour landslide put an end to an undistinguished premiership dominated by toxic rows over Europe, voters felt a sudden pang of affection for the PM they’d so unceremoniously ejected. John Major was inundated with letters from people saying they hadn’t voted for him, yet were sorry to see him go. Will Theresa May, as she slips from view, prompt a similar reaction? It seems unlikely, though for her first few months as PM, she commanded extraordinary support, perhaps because she was such a contrast to what had come before. A decade older than David Cameron, she’d never been accepted into his circle – and seemed determined to distance herself from his world. The awkward, introverted only child of elderly parents (both of whom died when she was…

1 min.
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…

4 min.

Controversy of the week Gove’s cocaine blues On the face of it, Michael Gove makes “an unlikely hedonist”, said Ian Birrell in the I newspaper. Cerebral, bespectacled and married with two children, the Environment Secretary is better known for a “love of Germanic opera” than a taste for “Colombian marching powder”. But rewind 20 years, and it was a different story. Last week, the 51-year-old MP for Surrey Heath confessed to having snorted cocaine on “several occasions” as a journalist in the 1990s. He even, it seems, hosted a “cocaine-fuelled” party at his flat on the very day in 1999 that he wrote a Times column condemning illegal drug use. Gove is far from alone among Tory leadership candidates in having dallied with drugs. Boris Johnson has admitted that he was once…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Nearly one in five Britons have phoned in sick to work in order to binge-watch a TV show, according to a Radio Times survey. Half admit to having watched a show for eight hours in a single sitting; 80% have lost out on sleep as a result of binge-watching; and 23% have falsely claimed to have seen a programme that everyone else has seen. Young people seeking an escape from relentless negativity are fuelling a boom in an entertainment genre dubbed “hopepunk”. Encompassing upbeat TV shows such as Queer Eye, it is the opposite of “grimdark” – an example of which would be the crime drama Breaking Bad. This week, the BBC unveiled plans to spend £150,000 on a series of “hopepunk” podcasts.…

1 min.
surrogacy review

In its review of the surrogacy laws, the Law Commission has proposed that new parents should get automatic legal rights over a child born to a surrogate, rather than having to apply for the rights through the court – a process that takes at least six weeks. However, the surrogate mothers would still retain the right to object for a short period. The Commission also proposed that the requirement for at least one parent to have a genetic link to the child be scrapped in certain cases (such as where both parents are infertile). It didn’t make any recommendations about whether the law should be changed to allow surrogates to be paid, but the issue does form part of a consultation that is running until 27 September.…