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The Week

The Week V. 1242

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

What happened Parliament suspended The Government asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just a few days after MPs return to work next Tuesday, until a fortnight before the Brexit deadline of 31 October. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a new parliamentary session would begin on 14 October with the Queen’s Speech, outlining his “very exciting” legislative agenda. The Queen approved the request, which means MPs now have a greatly reduced period in which to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit. The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow described the move as a “constitutional outrage”. Last week, Johnson travelled to Berlin and Paris to discuss the possibility of renegotiating the Irish backstop. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that it might take years to find a solution to the border problem, before adding:…

2 min.
politics

Controversy of the week Will HS2 hit the buffers? Is Britain’s biggest infrastructure project coming off the rails, asked the Daily Mail. HS2, the controversial high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, is projected to cost a whopping £56bn. But last week the PM’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, referred to it as a “disaster zone”, and days after that remark Boris Johnson ordered an “independent and rigorous” review to determine whether HS2 is an economically viable solution to the UK’s transport needs or, as some say, just a preposterously expensive vanity project. Announcing the review, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that a panel of experts, led by former HS2 chairman Douglas Oakervee, would judge whether the £56bn budget was realistic or more likely, in Johnson’s own words earlier this…

1 min.
spirit of the age

A London couple are trying to recruit a social media-savvy nanny, for £39,000 per year, to help their eight-year-old daughter become a YouTube star. In an online advert, the pair say they are particularly interested in applicants who already have a “successful social media account” or a “good digital portfolio”. The unnamed parents, an IT director and a lawyer, admit they have “no idea” how to help their child realise her dream of becoming a vlogger, but say they want her to become an online star within two years. Around 82% of two-bed homes now have two or more bathrooms, and more than a third of four-beds have over four, according to Hamptons International estate agents. In 1950, just 46% of British homes had an indoor bathroom.…

1 min.
good week for

Friends, the 1990s US sitcom, which – as it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary – seems to be as popular as ever. Netflix reportedly paid $100m to stream Friends this year (its stars each earn an estimated $20m a year in royalties); and a FriendsFest exhibition, touring the UK until late September, has sold out. Detectorists, with the discovery of one of the biggest treasure hoards in Britain – 2,528 silver coins, dating back to the reigns of King Harold and William the Conqueror, valued at around £5m. They were found in a field in Somerset in January, and handed to the British Museum for evaluation. Experts believe they were probably buried by a rich individual for safekeeping. Rosa Parks, the US civil rights activist, who was memorialised as a Barbie…

1 min.
fracking tremors

Fracking at the UK’s only active site was temporarily suspended this week, after four “micro-seismic” events were recorded at the facility outside Blackpool within a few days. One of them – a seismic event measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale – was the biggest ever recorded at the Preston New Road site. Nearby residents said they felt their houses shake, and heard a “guttural roar”. Operations at the site, which is run by the shale gas firm Cuadrilla, were halted, as they must be for 18 hours after any tremor over 0.5. A 2.3-magnitude earthquake at a different site in 2011 led to a seven-year suspension of fracking in the UK, and critics say it is still not safe.…

1 min.
migration figures wrong

The Office for National Statistics says it consistently underestimated migration to the UK from the EU from the mid-2000s to 2016, and that it overestimated migration from outside the bloc. As a result, its statistics have been reclassified as “experimental”. The ONS says that in 2015, net migration from the EU was 16% higher than it thought (equivalent to 29,000 more people), but from outside the EU it was 13% lower (25,000 fewer). Last year, the number of EU citizens arriving to work fell to 92,000, a six-year low.…