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News & Politics
The Week

The Week

V. 1267

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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51 Issues

In this issue

9 min.
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened Johnson’s Treasury raid Boris Johnson seized control of the Treasury last week in a radical reshuffle that prompted the Chancellor’s resignation. Sajid Javid opted to quit the post after being told that he would have tosack his entire team and accept in their place a new joint unit of advisers shared between No. 10 and No. 11. This, he said, was something “no self-respecting minister” could accept. Javid’s exit followed months of tension between his team and Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings. He has been replaced as Chancellor by his deputy, Rishi Sunak, 39, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who entered the Commons five years ago. Javid was the highest-profile casualty of a reshuffle that rewarded loyalists at the expense of dissenting voices, trimming the Cabinet from 31 to 26…

1 min.
the week

The bursar of St John’s College, Oxford, caused a stir last month. In response to students demanding he acknowledge the climate emergency by divesting the college of its oil shares, Andrew Parker said he couldn’t do that right now – but he could, if they liked, turn off their gas central heating. Was he being flippant? A bit. The divestment movement isn’t calling for an immediate end to the use of fossil fuels, but trying to put pressure on the industry to invest more in renewables. Nor was he fair in suggesting the young are unwilling to make personal sacrifices for the climate cause: for a start, 9% of 16- to 24-year-olds have turned vegan. But he is right in one respect: while railing against their forebears for creating this…

1 min.
the week

Editor-in-chief: Caroline Law Editor: Theo Tait Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Assistant editor: Robin de Peyer Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, William Underhill, Catherine Heaney, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood, William Skidelsky, Lucinda Baring Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, Sorcha Bradley, Aaron Drapkin Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Tom Cobbe Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady Production Manager: Maaya Mistry ProductionExecutive: Sophie Griffin Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Account Manager/Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Hattie White Senior Account Manager: Joe Teal Sales Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Founder: Jolyon Connell Chief Executive, The Week: Kerin O’Connor Chief Executive: James Tye Dennis Publishing founder: Felix Dennis…

2 min.

Controversy of the week Labour’s identity crisis The Labour leadership contest has descended into a “farcical civil war” over the rights of transgender people, said Celia Walden in The Daily Telegraph. Last week, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy – the two women still in the running against Keir Starmer to replace Jeremy Corbyn – signed a controversial 12-point pledge card designed to defend trans rights, calling on the party to expel members who express “transphobic” views. Drawn up in support of the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights, the pledges call on signatories to “organise and fight against... transphobic hate groups”. Among the organisations singled out for criticism is Woman’s Place UK (WPUK), a group of feminists and trade unionists who have concerns about trans women accessing women-only spaces, such as changing rooms,…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Elite schools are increasingly appointing “experts” whose sole job is to help pupils with applications to Oxbridge and other top universities, a report by the Centre for Social Justice has found. St Paul’s School in London, a top boys’ private school, has 11 such full-time members of staff. A South Korean mother who lost her seven-year-old daughter to a blood disorder four years ago has been “reunited” with her using a virtual-reality headset and gloves. In Meeting You, a documentary viewed by millions, Jang Ji-sung spoke to her daughter Na-yeon, who could speak and move but not respond directly to Jang’s words. The child’s image was synthesised using photos and videos, as well as motion capture footage of a child actor.…

1 min.
good week for

Philanthropy, with the news that Jeff Bezos is donating $10bn of his personal wealth to help “save Earth”. The Amazon chief executive said he would fund “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world”. Rory Stewart, whose eccentric campaign to sleep in Londoners’ homes has gone down astorm. More than 2,000 people have signed up to have the mayoral candidate as an overnight guest. Working, as official figures revealed that the number of people in work in the UK reached a record high in the final quarter of 2019. The employment rate rose to 76.5%, and average pay passed its pre-financial crisis peak after a decade of stagnation.…