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The Week

The Week V. 1245

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 Johnson ploughs on Boris Johnson talked up hopes of a Brexit deal as the spotlight this week shifted from the Commons to the courts, and to Brussels. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began three days of hearings into the legality of the PM’s decision to suspend Parliament. Ministers hope it will uphold an earlier ruling by the High Court in London, which said the issue was political, and not one for the courts. Anti-Brexit campaigners hope it will overturn that ruling and uphold the one delivered by Scotland’s highest court, which called the prorogation an “egregious” attempt to stymie Parliament. On Monday, Johnson held his first face-to-face Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing president of the European Commission. Afterwards, he said that the lunch had left him feeling a “little…

1 min.
the week

If you cut a Tory, will he (or she) bleed? The question hardly needs asking, yet it came up this week, following the publication in The Sunday Times of extracts from David Cameron’s memoir (see page 24). One contained an account of the death of his profoundly disabled son Ivan, aged six. “It was as if the world had stopped turning,” he wrote. Hours later, The Guardian published an editorial in which it said the ex-PM had experienced only “privileged pain” – prompting outrage from all sides, and a full apology and retraction. To lose a child is, of course, agony, whatever your politics or background. Although supposedly made of iron, Margaret Thatcher wept in public when her son Mark went missing in the Sahara. During the First World War,…

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: Alasdair Morton Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady Production Manager: Maaya Mistry Production Executive: Sophie Griffin 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 Founder: Jolyon Connell Chief Executive, The…

2 min.

Controversy of the week The Lib Dems get tough Not long ago, the Liberal Democrats were on the “edge of extinction”, said The Times. Having joined the Conservative-led coalition in 2010, they suffered the “traditional fate” of the junior partner when they were “all but wiped out” in the elections of 2015 and 2017. But how Brexit has changed things, said The Guardian. At the last election, the Lib Dems took just 8% of the vote. Now the polls have them “nipping at Labour’s heels”, on 21%. The party is basking in the warm sunshine of record membership numbers (up from 50,000 to 120,000), and the defection of high-profile MPs, such as Luciana Berger from Labour and Sam Gyimah from the Tories. So when Jo Swinson, in Bournemouth this week for her…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Once considered a spiritual movement for old men with long beards, druidry is now experiencing an influx of young people attracted by its veneration for nature. In ten years, the membership of the British Druid Order has risen from 3,000 to 7,000. “Particularly among people in their mid-20s, the numbers are picking up,” says Amanda Hart, an elder. Shop closures and the rise of self-service checkouts have left tens of thousands of women out of work in the UK, according to a new study. The RSA found that 75,000 jobs as checkout operators and sales assistants held by women were lost between 2011 and 2018; thousands of positions filled by men were also lost, but were offset by new delivery and warehouse roles, which tend to be taken by men.…

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good week for

Sainsbury’s, which won plaudits for making a commitment to reduce the amount of plastic packaging it uses by 50% in the next six years. The supermarket uses around 120,000 tonnes of plastic per year, and measures to slash this will include using lighter-weight plastic, refillable packaging and returnable glass bottles. Ahmet Altan, the jailed Turkish writer, who was longlisted for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction, a year after being sentenced to life for allegedly sending out “subliminal messages in favour of a coup” on Turkish television. He was nominated for his prison memoir, I Will Never See the World Again.…