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The Week

The Week V. 1290

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 Holiday chaos The Government warned that no foreign travel this summer was risk-free, days after abruptly imposing a two-week quarantine on travellers returning from Spain, and advising against all non-essential travel to the country. The reimposition of controls applies to both the Spanish mainland and the Balearic and Canary islands. Among the millions affected was the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who cut short his Spanish holiday. Tour operators cancelled many flights and warned of a sharp drop in bookings to short-haul destinations. The rule change came in response to a spike of Covid-19 infections in Spain. The Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the move was “unjust”, pointing out that while the northeast of his country had seen a resurgence of the virus, the prevalence of Covid-19 in most Spanish regions,…

2 min.

Controversy of the week A “hi-tech genocide” “At last it appears that the British government is willing to address what is perhaps the greatest ongoing human rights atrocity on the planet,” said James McMurray in The Guardian: the mass incarceration, forced political indoctrination and torture of Uighurs and other Muslim people in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. Last week, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab publicly condemned the “gross and egregious” human rights abuses under way there. The denials of the Chinese ambassador, Liu Xiaoming – even when confronted on Andrew Marr’s BBC show with drone footage of blindfolded, shackled Uighur men being transported in large numbers – were only to be expected. China denied that perhaps a million Uighur people had been interned in “reeducation camps” until the evidence became incontrovertible. The struggle between the…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Most workers in the UK have less leisure time than they did 40 years ago, according to research by the Resolution Foundation. Men are spending slightly less time on average on paid work than in 1974, but are doing more unpaid work, such as cooking and shopping. Women are spending 45 more minutes a day on paid work – and also spending 30 minutes more on active childcare, having reduced the amount of time they spend socialising, cooking and doing sport. A street in Newquay that was named Bank Street in the 1800s because there were so many banks on it will soon have none. A branch of Barclays is the last one standing, and it is closing in October. Locals have suggested it be renamed No Bank Street.…

1 min.
good week for

Jenni Murray, who revealed that she was standing down from BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, the show she has hosted for the past 33 years. Murray, 70, said the decision to resign had been “very hard”, but that it was “time to move on”. Train travel, with news that demand for alternatives to flights across Europe has grown so strong, overnight rail services are being revived in France. The first two, linking Paris with Nice and Tarbes, in the Pyrenees, are due to come into service in 2022. There are also plans for new sleeper services in Sweden, linking Stockholm and Malmö with Brussels and Hamburg.…

1 min.
bad week for

Wiley, the grime artist, after Twitter gave into public pressure, and permanently banned him for posting a series of anti-Semitic comments. The musician called Jews “snakes”, linked them to the Ku Klux Klan, and wrote: “I don’t care about Hitler”. Book charts, after an author revealed that he had bought 400 copies of his own novel to get a place on the bestseller lists. Mark Dawson spent £3,600 on copies of his book The Cleaner, to bump himself into The Sunday Times’s top ten. He said he didn’t think it was cheating, though, as he’d found buyers for them overseas. Stephen Lamonby, an engineering lecturer at Solent University, who lost his claim for unfair dismissal. He was sacked after suggesting to his course leader that Jews were “the cleverest people in the…

1 min.
labour finances

Labour has been warned that fighting a slew of lawsuits relating to allegations of anti-Semitism in the party during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is taking a serious toll on its finances. This week, lawyers from a firm in Manchester are believed to have notified party officials about nine new claims they are making on behalf of current and ex members, for alleged breaches of privacy and data protection laws. All nine had made confidential complaints about anti-Semitism, only for their messages to be included in an internal party report that was leaked to the media. Last week, the party agreed to pay “substantial” damages to whistle-blowers it had defamed. Settling the new cases could cost hundreds of thousands, sources have said; fighting them would cost a lot more.…