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The Week

The Week V. 1234

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 Tory big spenders The two Conservative leadership candidates engaged in a bidding war over their Brexit and spending plans this week as they took part in a series of events across the UK. The underdog in the contest, Jeremy Hunt, toughened up his no-deal rhetoric, saying that as prime minister he would decide by the end of September whether there was a “realistic” chance of reaching a fresh agreement with the EU. If he thought there wasn’t, he would abandon negotiations and divert all the Government’s efforts into planning for a no-deal exit. The Northern Irish backstop, he said, “has to change or has to go”. Boris Johnson described the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May as “a dead letter”, and hammered home his message that he would take Britain…

1 min.
the week

We can’t win. The robots are taking over. That’s the big fear. A new report by the Onward think tank identifies 50 areas where automation is decimating low-skilled jobs, 43 of which voted for the Brexit Party in the European election. Without widespread retraining, it warns, there’ll be “a political revolt”. No, that won’t help, says another report (see p.14): the next robot assault, Automation 2.0, is going after high-skilled jobs. It has already clobbered the architects: developers now use standard software to construct their blandly ugly buildings, only calling in an architect for a perfunctory last-minute look over. It’s just a matter of time, we’re told, before the robots surpass us in all areas of mental activity. And there’s the giveaway. Artificial intelligence, we need to recognise, is as much…

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 –…

4 min.

Controversy of the week The end of liberalism? It was like that moment in a superhero movie when the villain outlines the plot, said Ian Dunt on Politics.co.uk. “The liberal idea has outlived its purpose,” Vladimir Putin explained to the FT journalist who’d come to interview him before last week’s G20 summit. It allows migrants to “kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected”, he continued, taking a swipe at Angela Merkel’s decision to allow a million refugees into Germany. Russia’s president may not quite look the part of a Hollywood villain: he’s more “a middle-management type with the eyes of a wolf”. But by pronouncing that liberalism “has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population”, he was definitely engaging…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Theatre is set to be revolutionised by technology that will make it possible to recreate productions in 3D digital form – anywhere from schools to people’s living rooms. Avatars of actors could be shrunk to just inches high, so they can act, sing or dance on a coffee table – or be made life-size, so that the room becomes a stage, the technology’s developers at London’s Imaginarium Studios told The Guardian. The Church of England has issued ten guidelines for social media – or “digital commandments”. Launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a live video from Facebook’s British HQ, the guidelines urge users to “speak to others online as you would speak to them in person”, and to check that what they share is accurate.…

1 min.
wedding rules review

A review of the marriage laws is to examine whether couples in England and Wales should be able to tie the knot wherever they like. Currently, the Marriage Act 1949 states that weddings can only be conducted in places of worship, register offices or other licensed “permanent and immovable” buildings. The Government has now suggested the rule is “outdated”, and that people should be free to marry at home or outdoors. Justice Secretary David Gauke said people should be able to “express their vows in a way that is meaningful to them”. The Law Commission will consult with faith groups and other stakeholders and make recommendations in 2021.…