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The Week

The Week V. 1298

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 Halting the second wave The UK has reached “a perilous turning point”, declared Boris Johnson in a televised address to the nation this week, as he unveiled a package of new coronavirus restrictions for England. These include a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, and a reduction in the number of permitted attendees at weddings from 30 to 15. Weeks after urging people to return to offices, the PM said people should work from home if they could. He said the measures were designed to prevent the need for a more general lockdown, but warned that “significantly greater restrictions” might yet be needed. The PM had met that morning with the leaders of the devolved nations, who announced similar restrictions, though in Scotland and Northern Ireland, they go further, and…

2 min.

Controversy of the week A new era for Labour? “Keir Starmer has achieved the remarkable feat of repudiating everything about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership,” said John Rentoul in The Independent – “without ever saying so directly, and without even mentioning his predecessor’s name.” His first annual conference speech this week was delivered “to an imaginary conference in an empty room in a museum in Doncaster”. But that suited him. There was no one to “shout, boo, heckle, hold up placards” or denounce him when he declared: “This is a party under new leadership.” Pointedly, he was introduced by Ruth Smeeth, a former Labour MP who battled anti-Semitism within the party, and lost her Stoke-on-Trent seat last year. Starmer mentioned Tony Blair twice, and Corbyn not once. Labour, he said, needed to be honest…

1 min.
spirit of the age

The world’s first commercial drone “corridor” in unrestricted air space is to be opened in the Thames Valley. Under current rules, drones can only be used within visual range of the pilot, and to a limited height, to avoid collisions with planes. In the new five-mile-long, 500-metre-wide corridor, they’ll have far more freedom to fly, as they will be monitored by an air traffic control system, which will have the power to alter their paths if necessary. A woman fell out of a moving car onto the M25 while leaning out of the window to make a Snapchat video. According to police, she fell into a live lane of traffic, near junction six of the motorway. Officers tweeted: “It is only by luck she wasn’t seriously injured or killed. #nowords.”…

1 min.
good week for:

Jesse Armstrong, the British creator of Succession, after the HBO series won four Emmys, including best drama. Another big winner was the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which made history, sweeping the board in the comedy categories. The awards were held virtually, with many nominees watching from home. Green cars, with news that sales of “alternative fuel” models have exceeded diesel ones for the first time. Some 33,000 electric and hybrid cars were registered between April and June, compared with only 29,900 diesels.…

1 min.
bad week for:

Postgraduate students, who were warned that their extra years of study may not translate into higher earnings. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, investing in postgraduate courses in business and law tends to pay off – but people who take arts courses tend to end up worse off financially. John Lewis, which confirmed that staff at the Partnership will not be receiving a bonus this year for the first time since 1953, owing to a sharp drop in operating profits (see page 41). Cash, the demand for which is so low that the Royal Mint has decided not to make any new £2 or 2p coins for at least ten years. In March, it said it had six times more 1p and eight times more 2p coins in stock than its…

1 min.
long queues at dover

The Government has warned exporters that their goods could be stuck for two days in 7,000-truck-long queues at Dover, when the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. Imports could also be disrupted, according to a letter sent by Michael Gove to the freight industry. The Cabinet Office has projected a “reasonable worst case” scenario in which 30% to 50% of lorries arrive at Dover without the paperwork for border control – leading to the queues. The letter urges traders to get ready; but industry groups said they were being set up as the fall guys for the Government’s lack of preparedness. This week, it emerged that the port at Dover is still awaiting government funds to pay for new border infrastructure.…