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The Week V. 1244

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

Where does Johnson go from here? Boris Johnson must have breathed a sigh of relief this week as Parliament was suspended, said Robert Shrimsley in the FT. It brought an end to days of punishing defeats in Westminster. On Monday, MPs rejected for a second time the Prime Minister’s call for an early general election on 15 October. With the House of Commons not due to sit again until 14 October, and a minimum 25-day campaigning period required for any new poll, this means that an election now can’t happen until at least mid-November. In a further blow, MPs also voted to force the Government to publish its no-deal contingency plans, and its internal correspondence on Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament (which was declared illegal this week by Scotland’s highest court).…

2 min.

Controversy of the week The political anarchist In the past fortnight, Dominic Cummings has emerged out of the shadows and burned himself into the nation’s consciousness, said Lebby Eyres in The Daily Telegraph. It now seems as though there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t have an opinon about the Prime Minister’s chief special adviser. For Remainers, Cummings is the “dark master” pulling the strings at No. 10. For Leavers, he’s their last hope of exiting the EU. “Internet nerds” burnish his legend: the cunning with which he masterminded the Vote Leave campaign; the time he spent living in a bunker on his father’s farm, brushing up on Sun Tzu and game theory. Even his dress sense comes under scrutiny. He has been described as looking like “a man who’d wear flip-flops to a…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Police were called to a school in East Sussex last week after about 150 people gathered outside to protest against its gender-neutral uniform policy. Around 50 girls had been turned away from Priory School in Lewes for arriving in skirts – in defiance of rules that they can only wear trousers. Parents and children argue that the policy discriminates against girls; they’re also angry about the cost of buying new items and the waste involved. A Swedish restaurant chain where customers must do everything on an app, from booking a table to paying for their meal, is making plans to expand into the UK. Pinchos, a tapas chain, describes itself as “an app company with restaurants, rather than a restaurant company with an app”.…

1 min.
good week for:

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, the so-called “terrible twins” blamed for Theresa May’s disastrous 2017 election campaign, who were made CBEs in her resignation honours. May handed gongs to a host of former advisers and donors, though she had criticised David Cameron for rewarding his cronies. Even more controversially, she gave a knighthood to Geoffrey Boycott, the former cricketer, despite his 1988 conviction for domestic abuse. French rural traditions, after a cockerel won the right to crow. In a case that has gripped France, a couple who’d bought a second home on the island of Oléron, off Rochefort, complained that the bird, Maurice, was waking them up too early. In court, they argued that his crowing amounted to “noise pollution”, but a judge threw the case out, and ordered the couple…

1 min.
bad week for:

Marie Claire, which is to cease publication in the UK after 31 years, though a version will continue online. The glossy monthly launched in Britain in 1988 as “the thinking woman’s magazine”. Police Scotland, who were accused of scaremongering for urging people to prepare a “grab-and-go bag” ready for use in an emergency. In a tweet, it advised that the rucksack should contain a torch, batteries, a radio, a first aid kit, toiletries, seasonal clothing, water, food and a whistle. India’s Moon landing, which appears to have ended in failure. The country’s space agency had hoped to land a rover on the Moon’s unvisited south pole this month, but the probe went missing before it was due to touch down.…

1 min.
students can stay

International students will be allowed to live and work in the UK for two years after graduating, under proposals put forward by the Home Office. Since 2012, when Theresa May was Home Secretary, students have had a grace period of just four months. PM Boris Johnson said he wanted students to be able to “unlock their potential” in Britain. Around 450,000 international students were studying at UK universities last year. The new rules will apply to those who start their courses next year at “trusted” institutions.…