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The Week V. 1292

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 Going back to school As Scotland’s pupils returned to school this week, Boris Johnson insisted that England’s schools would fully reopen in September, declaring that the country had a “moral duty” to get children back into the classroom. No. 10 later confirmed that schools – which closed across the UK at the end of March and only partially reopened before the summer break – would be the “absolute last” group to close in any local lockdowns. Other venues such as pubs, restaurants and shops would be expected to shut their doors first. Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, said a forthcoming study by Public Health England would show that there is little evidence to suggest coronavirus is transmitted at school. But the Government came under pressure from teaching unions to clarify what…

2 min.

Controversy of the week The Channel migrants “A heavily pregnant woman and ten young children stumble ashore at Dungeness beach. A baby in a gym bag is rescued from a leaky boat. Young men try to row across the world’s busiest seaway in inflatable kayaks. Welcome to the English Channel, mid-summer 2020,” said the Daily Mail. So far this year, more than 4,000 migrants have crossed illegally from France, twice the 2019 number. Calm seas mean they have arrived at up to a record rate of 235 a day. Convinced that their hope of a better life lies in Britain, they pay extortionate sums to traffickers for places in unseaworthy craft. The UK has given France £114m since 2015 to stem the flow, to little effect (Paris is said to be asking…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Online influencers facing criticism for holding a mask-free 70-strong house party in the Hollywood Hills have defended themselves by saying that going to parties is their work. “Our jobs are to entertain people,” said Thomas Petrou, one of the residents of Hype House, the mansion where the TikTok stars’ party was held. Police have recorded a surge in crimes committed against vegans, leading some to campaign for them to be labelled as hate crimes. While only nine crimes against vegans were recorded in 2015, 55 were last year, making it a total of 172 in the past five years. One man was punched in the chest by a man who had asked if he was a vegan, while in another case, meat pizzas were repeatedly sent to a vegan family’s home.…

1 min.
good week for

The beavers of the River Otter, who can stay. The beavers were first seen on the Devon river in 2013; they are thought to have been released illegally. Ministers have now decided to let them stay, and to consult on their introduction to other rivers. Mark Zuckerberg, with the news that his fortune passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time. He joins an exclusive club of the world’s centibillionaires. Only Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates also have that status, according to Bloomberg Billionaires. Fans of Dirty Dancing, after a sequel to the film was announced. Jennifer Grey will reprise her role as Frances “Baby” Houseman, more than 30 years after the first movie was released.…

1 min.
bad week for

Britain’s first “Dutch roundabout”, in Cambridge, which was hailed as a “piece of heaven” for cyclists – to whom it gives right of way. It was closed the day before its official opening, because a confused motorist smashed into a beacon. Michelle Obama, who has revealed that she is suffering from “low-grade depression” because of the pandemic, racial injustice and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration. Harassed parents, with the news that there is a serious dearth of au pairs. The British Au Pair Agencies Association (Bapaa) said a “perfect storm” of Brexit and a pandemic has led to a crisis, with as many as 20 families vying for every carer. Simon Cowell, who broke his back after falling off an electric bike. “Some good advice,” he tweeted: “If you buy an electric…

1 min.
the uk in recession

The UK is officially in recession for the first time in 11 years, after figures showed the economy slumped by 20.4% between April and June. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of economic decline; there had been a 2.2% drop in GDP in the first quarter of 2020. The country has now lost 17 years of growth, shrinking to the size it was in the second quarter of 2003. Among leading economies, the UK has fared the worst, with a larger second-quarter slump than Spain (18.5%), France (13.8%), Germany (10.1%) and the US (9.5%).…