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The Week V. 1284

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

What happened Racism in Britain Thousands of far-right protesters clashed with police in central London on Saturday – in what Boris Johnson denounced as an “act of racist thuggery that has no place on our streets”. The demonstrators claimed to have descended on the capital in order to protect the Cenotaph, and a statue of Winston Churchill which had been defaced during a Black Lives Matter march the previous weekend, but they ended up lobbing missiles at the police and skirmishing with nearby anti-racism protesters. One was photographed urinating next to a memorial to PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the Westminster terror attack of 2017. In the midst of all this, Black Lives Matter supporter Patrick Hutchinson was pictured carrying to safety a partially conscious white man (believed to be…

2 min.

Controversy of the week The statue wars The boarding up of Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square last Friday, to protect it from protesters, says “much about the state of Britain today”, said The Daily Telegraph. “The eradication of a nation’s historical artefacts usually follows revolution or war.” But now we are being encouraged “to erase parts of our past” in response to the death of George Floyd. Ever since the statue of Edward Colston, a Bristol merchant, was thrown in the harbour because of his links to the slave trade, the hunt has been on for others to topple. They range from obvious targets like Cecil Rhodes to the not-so-obvious – Gladstone and Peel, because their families were involved in the slave trade – to the baffling, like Dickens. As for…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Sales of lingerie, chocolates, sparkling wine and flowers surged last week as new lockdown guidance on “support bubbles” meant that some couples who live apart could reunite for the first time. Lacy underwear and satin nightdresses shot up Amazon’s sales rankings, while on Waitrose’s site, searches for chocolate boxes rose by 58%, champagne by 15%, and champagne glasses by 60%. There has been a surge in demand for puppies during lockdown – leading to a sharp increase in prices. Some puppies are fetching up to £10,000, and popular crossbreeds such as cockapoos and labradoodles are going for more than four times their normal price. Buyers have been urged to use reputable dealers and warned to avoid scammers.…

1 min.
good week for:

Zoos, which finally reopened, along with safari parks. Some reported a rush of demand for tickets: at Chester Zoo, they had a record number of online bookings. But many warned that they still faced an uphill battle to repair the hole in their finances. Emily Sheffield, who was appointed the new editor of the London Evening Standard. Formerly at British Vogue, Sheffield is the sister-in-law of David Cameron; she replaces George Osborne, who joined the paper as editor in 2017. Royal Ascot, which went ahead – but with no spectators present. Jockeys wore masks, and race lovers dressed up in their best hats and threads to watch from home.…

1 min.
bad week for:

Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party leader, who lost his job at LBC radio after likening anti-racism protesters to the Taliban.“A new form of the Taliban was born in the UK today,” he wrote on Twitter, shortly after the statue of Edward Colston was toppled. Swiss police, who were accused of heavy-handedness for investigating an eight-year-old boy who’d asked a local shopkeeper if he could pay with toy money. The pretend euro, featuring blue Chinese characters, had been given out during a carnival. Police spent three hours at the boy’s house, seized other toy notes and took his mugshot for their records. Flybe, which is facing an investigation into how one of its planes managed to crash into a stationary craft at Aberdeen Airport. The Flybe jet’s nose ended up wedged under the…

1 min.
school meals u-turn

The Government announced this week that 1.3 million children from low-income families in England will receive free school meals over the summer holidays, in response to a campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford. Boris Johnson had insisted the vouchers would stop as usual in the summer, saying councils could use emergency funding to help poor families. But then Rashford gave a moving TV interview about the struggle his own mother faced, to feed a family of five, and wrote a letter to MPs, urging them to put aside their differences to take action. Faced with a rebellion from Tory MPs, the PM unveiled a £120m “Covid summer food fund”.…