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The Week V. 1243

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

Brexit showdown in the Commons “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Boris Johnson had cause to reflect ruefully on that observation by the former boxing champion Mike Tyson this week, said The Times. For whatever his Brexit plan was on taking office in July, it surely didn’t involve “suffering a 27-vote parliamentary defeat on the first test his Government has faced in the House of Commons”. Nor can it have involved the defection of one of his MPs just as he stood up to make his first statement from the dispatch box as Prime Minister, a move that wiped out his majority. Johnson had hoped to stop MPs seizing control of the Commons order paper this week – a move designed to enable them to pass…

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the week

A cold winter’s night in 1974 and I’d rushed to JFK to grab a stand-by ticket to Gatwick. (In those days airlines flogged cheap tickets at the gate on a first-come-first-served basis.) But at Gate 29 war had broken out. One group had formed a queue and were convulsed with moral fury as a rival group insisted the tickets should go to winners of their impromptu lottery. Indignation spread like bush fire. And at that moment I had an epiphany, as if the Holy Ghost had landed at Terminal 3. “This isn’t a matter of high constitutional principle,” I intoned. “The queuers love the queue as it gives them the advantage, the lottery lovers likewise. But in any case, it’s the PanAm Nazi who’ll decide.” The logic was flawless. A…

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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 Director – Head of…

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Controversy of the week Ruth’s resignation Who’d ever have thought that “a young, gay, working-class woman would transform the fortunes of the Conservative Party in Scotland”, asked Mark Shepard on The Conversation. But that’s just what Ruth Davidson did when she became leader of the Scottish Tories eight years ago. Back in 2011, the party north of the border was on its knees. But under Davidson’s charismatic leadership, it moved from the margins of politics to be the main opposition in Holyrood: it galvanised unionist support in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and went on to win 13 seats at the 2017 general election – the party’s best haul since 1983. Without her, Theresa May would not have been PM. Before Davidson, “to admit to being a Conservative in Scotland was like…

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spirit of the age

The popularity of the name Alexa has slumped in the past year – most likely because it is now so closely associated with Amazon’s voice assistant. The number of babies named Alexa in England and Wales had remained fairly stable for years, but between 2017 and 2018 it more than halved: only 118 Alexas were registered last year, down from 301 in 2017. Cars with inbuilt projectors could be on the horizon, so that film lovers need never be far from entertainment. Ford has filed a patent for a projector built into a boot door, which would face out at 90 degrees when the boot was open. Owners might keep a folding screen in the car – or find a plain wall to project films or sporting events onto.…

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good week for

Amazon, which released figures showing that it paid just £220m in direct taxes in the UK last year, despite generating nearly £11bn in revenue from doing business here. It was the first time the online giant had published details of its UK tax liabilities. These revealed that most of its direct contribution came in the form of employer tax (Amazon employs 27,500 people in the UK), followed by business rates and corporation tax. The National Trust, whose membership is soaring. The charity’s membership increased by 400,000 last year, pushing it to 5.6 million for the first time. It is supported by 65,000 volunteers who gave more than 4.8 million hours of their time in 2018/19. Margaret Atwood, who won a place on the Booker shortlist for her novel The Testaments, although it…