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The Week

The Week V. 1289

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 The road to normality Announcing a further easing of coronavirus restrictions last week, Boris Johnson expressed the hope that Britain would be back to normal “in time for Christmas”. From this Saturday, people in England can visit gyms, pools and sports facilities. And restrictions on visits to theatres and beauticians will be eased from 1 August. At that point, the Government will stop urging people to work from home and avoid public transport – thus paving the way for a return to offices. But the PM’s claim that social distancing could be dispensed with as early as November was swiftly contradicted by his Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, who said it’d need to continue for far longer. Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said there was a “high probability”…

2 min.

Controversy of the week The Russia report “In the end, there was no smoking gun,” said The Times. “In fact, there wasn’t even a gun.” But the long-delayed report from Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (see page 22) into Russian activity in the UK did reveal something that “was perhaps more troubling”. It found that UK intelligence agencies had not even bothered to investigate what steps Russia had been taking to disrupt recent UK elections. When asked about the intelligence on possible interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, MI5 provided “only six lines of text”. The committee concluded that the Government didn’t know if Russia had tried to influence the vote, because “it didn’t want to know”, said Stewart Hosie, its SNP member. The report also highlighted the extent to which a…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Children at a secondary school in Leicestershire will have five-hour-long maths lessons next term. Staff at Manor High in Oadby have decided that to minimise the amount of movement on the premises (in accordance with the Covid guidelines), pupils should sit through day-long lessons in each subject. “So on a Monday they will have maths, and it will last for the whole day, while a different class might have French all day,” explained the head. Instagram influencers have launched their first trade union. Some 400 people have joined The Creator Union, which was set up to ensure they have proper protections as demand for their services grows. The global influencer marketing industry is expected to be worth $15bn by 2022.…

1 min.
good week for:

Sir Ian Botham, with reports that he is to be handed a peerage, to reward him for backing the Brexit cause. Boris Johnson is said to have decided to reward a number of Brexit loyalists as he celebrates his first anniversary as PM. Finger lickin’ lab-grown meat, which could soon be available at KFC. The fast food giant has revealed that it is trying to “grow” chicken nuggets from animal cells, using 3D printers. It says a product should be available for testing by the autumn. Princess Beatrice, who married her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in a private ceremony in Windsor. Only four photos have been released, none of which feature her father, Prince Andrew.…

1 min.
bad week for:

The Thames, which is “severely polluted” by microplastics, according to a study. Researchers found that 94,000 shards of plastic flow through some sections of the Thames each second, at a density higher than that found in comparable urban rivers, such as the Rhine and the Chicago River. The jumbo jet, after British Airways put its entire fleet of Boeing 747s into retirement with immediate effect. The “Queen of the Skies” made its debut in 1970, at the dawn of a new era of mass travel, but only a dwindling number of carriers fly 747s now. The Royal Navy, after a report revealed that one of its nuclear powered submarines nearly collided with a passenger ferry in the Irish Sea in 2018. The report said that it was “extremely fortunate” that a lookout…

1 min.
public sector pay rise

Almost 900,000 public sector workers are to receive above-inflation pay rises. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said the rises reflect their “vital contribution”, which has been highlighted during the pandemic. Teachers in England, and UK doctors and dentists, will see the largest increases at 3.1% and 2.8%, respectively, while police and prison officers in England and Wales will get a 2.5% rise. The deal does not apply to nurses, as they agreed a three-year deal in 2018. The Treasury said the money would come from existing budgets, and Sunak later warned that the Government would have to “exercise restraint” in future awards.…