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The Week

The Week V. 1233

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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51 Issues


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

What happened Hunt’s uphill battle Boris Johnson embarked on a round of public appearances this week in a bid to counter the impression that he had been hiding from scrutiny. The man hoping to beat him to the Tory leadership, Jeremy Hunt, had accused him of being “a coward” and “a bottler” who was trying to “slink through the back door” of No. 10. However, Johnson continued to decline to answer questions about an incident last week when police were called to the flat that he shares with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, following reports of a noisy altercation (see page 22). In a series of interviews, Johnson said he would seek major changes to Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, including the removal of the Irish backstop, adding that he was committed to taking Britain…

1 min.
the week

The murder of innocents. The downing of MH17 (see p23). Some actions are so vile they merit outrage. Ordinary human frailty does not. Yet most weeks the words “sparked outrage” could serve as the intro for every other story in this magazine. A UBS economist “sparked outrage” by noting that only Chinese pork eaters need worry about surging pork prices in China (”racist”). Scarcely had outrage over Boris Johnson’s domestic row subsided than a fresh wave descended on Jeremy Hunt for telling Boris to “man up” (“sexist”). Our moral economy is in the grip of rampant inflation: outrage inflation. And it’s debauching the currency of moral discourse. It closes off discussion: rather than engage with our opponent we demand his apology. Of course a high moral horse is a great…

1 min.
the week

Editor-in-chief: Caroline Law Editor: Theo Tait 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 Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady 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 –…

3 min.

Controversy of the week Facebook’s next move Hasn’t Facebook got enough problems, wondered Megan McArdle in The Washington Post. The social media giant is already facing existential threats on all sides. It’s still dealing with the fall-out from Russia’s use of its network to interfere in the last US election. It’s being investigated for massive privacy violations and anti-competitive practices. But instead of going into a defensive crouch, Facebook is still “merrily” thinking about extending its dominance – by, of all things, creating its own global currency. Last week, it announced the creation of “Libra” – a new digital currency that is backed by 28 other big firms including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber, and which is due to launch next year. Mark Zuckerberg’s grand vision is that Facebook’s 2.4 billion users…

1 min.
spirit of the age

An American couple have been accused of staging an elaborate marriage proposal on Instagram in order to win lucrative endorsement deals. Gabriel Grossman’s “surprise” proposal to Marissa Fuchs, who is a professional “influencer” and works at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, involved a three-day scavenger-hunt from New York to Miami to Paris. It went viral, but it now seems that beforehand, they’d sent a sponsorship “pitch” to various firms, with details of what Fuchs could post during the trip. The couple claim this was just a “guide” for their friends and family. A cashless version of Monopoly is to hit shops in August. It will have a “voice banking” assistant to keep track of transactions, with a top-hat-shaped speaker.…

1 min.
exam leak arrests

Police investigating the possible leak of one of this year’s A-level maths papers arrested two men on suspicion of theft this week. The pair, aged 29 and 32, were later released, but remain under investigation. Two questions from the Edexcel paper were posted on Twitter on 13 June, the day before the exam, with details crossed out, along with an offer to supply the full paper for £70. Reportedly, the whole paper was being circulated on some message groups on the morning of the exam. The A-level leaks were among several this exam season. Police are also looking into how the AQA GCSE religious studies paper came to be seen on Snapchat in advance of the exam – sat on 20 May – by an unknown number of students.…