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The Week V. 1246

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 Judgement day In the most important constitutional judgment in decades, the UK Supreme Court ruled this week that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. The unanimous ruling threw Johnson’s Brexit strategy into further turmoil and prompted calls for his resignation. Government lawyers had argued that the decision to prorogue was not a matter for the courts. But the Supreme Court concluded after a three-day hearing that the decision was indeed “justiciable”, and that it had been unlawful because “it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions”. The PM, said Supreme Court president Brenda Hale, had not given any reason – “let alone a good reason” – for suspending the legislature for a full five weeks in the run-up…

2 min.
politics

Controversy of the week The end of Thomas Cook Thomas Cook was once “at the heart of the way we travelled”, said the London Evening Standard. The world’s oldest travel agent began life in 1841 by offering day trips to temperance meetings in the Midlands; in its golden age, it printed timetables for railways around the globe, sold tickets for the Orient Express and “stylish cruises along the Nile”, and counted Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill among its customers. But this week, its 178-year story “ended ignominiously”, said The Economist: the firm finally collapsed, after a decade of financial troubles, when it failed to secure a £1.1bn rescue package, and a last-minute appeal for a £150m government bailout fell on deaf ears. Around 150,000 tourists were left stranded abroad, prompting…

1 min.
spirit of the age

A new tech company says it is “democratising” private swimming pools by enabling owners to rent them out by the hour using an Airbnb-style app. Swimply only launched in a test version last year, but it now lists pools in 26 US states, as well as in Mexico, Australia and Canada. Its founder says he was inspired by his childhood in New Jersey, when he and his 11 siblings were allowed to swim in their neighbour’s seldom-used pool in return for paying a quarter of its running costs. Lego is trying to cash in on the mindfulness trend with its first book for adults. Entitled Build Yourself Happy: The Joy of Lego Play, it promises to help readers “practise mindfulness, explore creativity and unwind”.…

1 min.
good week for:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won three Emmys for her BBC black comedy Fleabag – and signed a rumoured $20m-a-year deal to create new programmes for Amazon. Among the other British winners at the Emmys were the actress Jodie Comer, for Killing Eve, and the writers Jesse Armstrong, for Succession, and Charlie Brooker, for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Arron Banks, the self-styled “Bad Boy of Brexit”, after a criminal investigation into his funding of the Leave. EU’s campaign found no evidence that he’d acted unlawfully. Banks had been alleged not to be the true source of £8m in donations. “It was my money,” he tweeted this week.…

1 min.
bad week for:

North Uist, which has been divided by plans to build the UK’s first commercial spaceport on its northwestern coast. Some of the Hebridean island’s 1,200 residents say the project will boost the local economy and bring much-needed jobs; others are deeply concerned that Spaceport 1 will shatter the island’s peace, destroy a beautiful stretch of coast, and harm its wildlife. The site, at Scolpaig, is one-and-a-half miles from a major RSPB reserve. John Humphrys, who presented his final edition of Radio 4’s Today, after 32 years. Paying tribute, BBC director-general Tony Hall said that as Humphrys, 76, hung up his headphones, public figures and politicians would heave a “collective sigh of relief”. North Sea cod, with news that the Marine Stewardship Council is suspending its sustainability certificate for the fish, following a…

1 min.
rise in young drug users

Class A drug use in England and Wales has hit a record high, largely because of the growing number of young adults taking them. According to Home Office figures, nearly 9% of those aged 16 to 24 took Class A drugs last year, the highest proportion in 16 years; among people aged 16 to 59, the proportion was 3.7%, the highest since records began in 1996. Experts say huge coca harvests in Colombia may help explain the rise in Class A drug use. They also point to the proliferation of the “county lines” gangs that send young people from the inner cities to sell drugs in provincial towns.…