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The Week

The Week

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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.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Dennis Publishing UK
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the main stories… …and how they were covered

England’s schools: should they be reopening? Of all the tricky choices facing ministers today, said The Observer, “perhaps none is more high-stakes than how to keep children as safe as possible from the effects of the pandemic”. Little wonder, then, that the planned reopening of schools has become “such a fraught debate”. The Government wants nurseries and primary schools in England to reopen on 1 June for children in Reception and Years 1 and 6. Subject to continuing progress in tackling the virus, it would like other years to follow soon after, with class sizes limited to 15 to maintain social distancing. But these plans have encountered fierce resistance. Councils in numerous areas, including Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, have rejected them as premature and unsafe, as have teachers’ unions. Mary Bousted,…

2 Min.
politics

Controversy of the week The coming storm “I blame this blasted weather,” said Daniel Hannan in The Sunday Telegraph. “It lulls us into thinking that we are passing through a sunlit dreamtime, a holiday from reality after which things will get back to normal.” But they won’t. “Our problems are only just starting.” The British economy has collapsed. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, warned this week that the UK is facing a recession “the likes of which we haven’t seen” before. A new generation is about to learn “what mass unemployment feels like”: claims for out-of-work benefits rose by 856,000 between March and April. We have taken on debt at a rate not seen since 1945. “The sums we are borrowing, hour by hour, will condemn us to decades of tax rises, inflation…

1 Min.
spirit of the age

The Archers is about to resume on Radio 4 – but for the next few weeks, the residents of Ambridge will not be talking to each other. Instead, they will share their private thoughts with the listening public in lengthy soliloquies, the BBC has revealed. With the cast in lockdown, producers decided it was too difficult to record group scenes, so each episode will have only a couple of characters, each recounting the day’s events. It used to be a man’s job, but now women account for half of the people training to be butlers, up from just 10% in 2015, according to the British Butler Institute. The institute’s principal, Gary Williams, says that the ITV series Downton Abbey has led to an increasing demand for home help, particularly from foreign…

1 Min.
good week for

Colonel Tom Moore, who received a knighthood, in recognition of his fundraising efforts. Sir Tom (formerly Captain Tom) said he was “absolutely overwhelmed” by the honour. Soap fans, with news that EastEnders and Coronation Street will resume filming in June. Stars will have to do their own hair and make-up, however, and some older actors may not appear. Sir James Dyson, who topped The Sunday Times UK rich list for the first time, with an estimated £16.2bn fortune. His wealth has increased, by £3.6bn, but he was also helped by the Hinduja brothers losing £6bn, causing them to drop to second place.…

1 Min.
bad week for

Neil Gaiman, who apologised to the people of Skye for breaking lockdown rules by travelling to his second home there. The writer was visited by police after describing in his blog his 11,000-mile journey from New Zealand. He said he and his wife had “needed to give each other some space”, so he had moved to the UK. He said he’d been “foolish”, and urged others not to follow his lead. Publicans, who may be forced to pour away as much as 70 million pints of beer. Beer doesn’t keep for long, and with reports that pubs won’t reopen before 4 July, at the earliest, pub owners are either having to pour it away, or find other uses for it (some have donated beer to be used as feed for anaerobic…

1 Min.
hs2 “badly off course”

The influential Public Accounts Committee has published a highly critical report concluding that the HS2 project has gone “badly off course, and is now estimated to cost up to £88bn, significantly more than the original budget of £55.7bn”. The all-party parliamentary committee accuses officials at the Department for Transport of knowing that the project was running over budget for at least eight months before the problems were disclosed, and warned that further delays and cost increases could not be ruled out. The report comes three months after the Prime Minister sought to end uncertainty over HS2 by saying it would go ahead.…