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The Week V. 1241

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 Cross-party coalition call Jeremy Corbyn wrote to opposition leaders and Tory backbenchers opposed to a no-deal Brexit last week, calling on them to join Labour in a cross-party coalition to oust Boris Johnson in a no-confidence vote, and to form a “caretaker government” on a “strictly time-limited” basis. The alternative government, which he would lead, would seek “to prevent a deeply damaging no deal”, he said, by asking Brussels to extend Article 50. He would then call a general election in which Labour would campaign for a second referendum which included “an option to Remain”. But several opposition politicians, including Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, said they would reject any plan that involved putting Corbyn in Downing Street. Swinson called instead for veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke, the Father of…

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the week

At what age should we be able to retire? The state pension age is scheduled to go up to 67. But, according to a new report, it needs to go up a lot further than that. This week, the Centre for Social Justice recommended that by 2035 – by which time almost a quarter of the adult population will be over 65 – the pension age should have gone up to 75. In return, says the think tank, more effort would have to go into making sure older people could find work. And why not, was Charles Moore’s reaction in The Daily Telegraph. When the state pension was introduced in 1909, the pension age was 70. Since then, it has gone down, while life expectancy has risen. Yet, says Moore,…

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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…

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Controversy of the week The Tory rebellion History does repeat itself, said The Guardian. Back in 1990, a savage speech by the softly-spoken former Tory chancellor Geoffrey Howe effectively brought down Margaret Thatcher. Now the savage criticism of the Government’s plans by another ex-Tory chancellor, Philip Hammond, threatens to do the same for Boris Johnson… and on “exactly the same issue”: Britain’s fractious relationship with Europe. It’s a “scandalous betrayal”, said Allister Heath in The Daily Telegraph. As chancellor, Hammond did all he could to block no-deal preparations and veto crucial Brexit spending plans. Now he is leading a tiny “caucus” of Tory MPs – including Rory Stewart and David Gauke – which, by seeking to neuter Johnson, risks handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to No. 10, and letting Nigel Farage’s Brexit…

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spirit of the age

Women at a maternity unit in Cardiff are to be given virtual reality headsets, to ease their labour pains. For the trial, at University Hospital Wales, women will be invited to don a headset and offered a range of 360° simulations – of being on a white sand beach, watching the Northern Lights, wandering among penguins or roving on Mars. Virtual reality “distraction therapy” is already used by the NHS for pain management in some cases, and though the VR experiences last for only seven and a half minutes, the pain-relieving effects are said to last for up to 45. The student union bar at Dundee’s Abertay University is to stop selling alcohol, as today’s students tend to prefer coffee. Since 2015, the bar’s sales of alcohol have fallen by 66%.…

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bad week for

The Queen’s pharmacy, which was criticised for selling a homeopathic remedy that supposedly contains “essence” of the Berlin Wall. The potion, available from Ainsworths, is made from bits of Wall that have been ground into dust, mixed with lactose and then massively diluted. According to Dr Edzard Ernst, a critic of homeopathy, its manufacturers claim it contains a “vital force” that helps “break down walls” between people. Regional imbalance, after a report found that Londoners are on track to receive almost three times more in transport spending per person than residents of the north of England. French, with news that it is no longer the language of choice among A-level students. The most popular A-level language is now Spanish, which was taken by 8,625 students this year. The Independent Group for Change, the…