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The Week

The Week V. 1235

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 Darroch leaks Britain’s ambassador to the US resigned this week after leaked memos in which he criticised the Trump White House sparked a transatlantic row. In confidential telegrams sent to senior politicians and civil servants, and leaked to The Mail on Sunday, Sir Kim Darroch had written: “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” Donald Trump responded furiously, taking to Twitter to declare that Darroch was “not well thought of”, and that “we will no longer deal with him”. He also ridiculed Theresa May’s handling of Brexit. The following day he renewed his attack on the ambassador, calling him “wacky”, “stupid” and a “pompous fool”. Downing Street stated that it had “full…

1 min.
the week

The week after next, one of two Oxford-educated candidates will be installed as Britain’s prime minister. Whoever it is will be Oxford’s 11th PM since the War, while the 99.5% or so of the adult population who didn’t attend that institution will have produced only four: Brown (Edinburgh) along with Churchill, Callaghan and Major (who didn’t go to university). The Oxford stranglehold suggests that Britain is not only deeply unequal and elitist – which we already knew – but really quite strange, too. Why not Cambridge? (The last Cambridge alumnus, Stanley Baldwin, left No. 10 in 1937.) Why not Imperial, UCL or the LSE? Harvard – the nearest US equivalent – has nothing like the same grip on the top job. Even France’s ENA, a graduate training school for elite…

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, William Skidelsky Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, 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 – Head…

4 min.

Controversy of the week Corbyn’s contortions There were no chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” at Glastonbury this summer, said Leo McKinstry in the Daily Express. And no wonder: he has led Labour to the “brink of collapse”; its support is haemorrhaging at an alarming rate. An opinion poll last week put Labour in fourth place on only 18% – behind the Conservatives on 24%, the Brexit Party on 23% and the Lib Dems on 20% – its lowest rating since the dark days of Gordon Brown’s premiership in 2009. One major problem – highlighted in a Panorama documentary on Wednesday – is the rampant anti-Semitism of so many party members. Three Labour peers resigned this week in protest at Corbyn’s abysmal failure to confront this “sickening” behaviour. But the key issue, said the…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Women between the ages of 16 and 30 report having three times as many erotic dreams as 50 years ago, according to a study in Germany. It may simply be that women today are more willing to admit to having erotic dreams, but psychologists speculate that people are more likely to remember dreams if they regard them as positive experiences, and not shameful ones. Craig, Lee and Ross are on their way out, as are Jodie, Gemma and Shannon, according to an analysis of the names parents chose for babies born in England and Wales between 1996 and 2017. With alternative spellings on the rise, a new favourite for boys is Jaxon: it is as popular now as Mark was in 1996. For girls, Aria is as popular as Hayley was…

1 min.
northern ireland vote

The House of Commons voted for the legalisation of both gay marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland this week, despite concerns about Westminster taking control over supposedly devolved issues. MPs voted by 383 to 73 to extend same-sex marriage rights, and by 332 to 99 on abortion rights. Although the Government has long argued that the issues are matters for the Northern Ireland Assembly, MPs said that with the assembly suspended since 2017, they had to act. The amendments to the Northern Ireland bill mean that the Government must enact the new law if devolution is not restored within three months – but whenever the assembly does reconvene, it will have the power to overturn it.…