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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.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened Tough Tory justice Boris Johnson sought to restore the Tories’ reputation as the party of law and order this week by announcing a series of new criminal justice commitments for England and Wales. He promised 10,000 new prison places, better security equipment for prisons, enhanced stop-and-search powers for police, and an additional £85m for the Crown Prosecution Service to help the agency manage its increased caseload. The PM also ordered a review into the sentencing of violent and sexual offenders that will consider reforming the current practice, under which most are automatically freed on licence halfway through their sentences. Johnson said he wanted to “keep dangerous criminals off the street” and stop prisons from becoming “factories for making bad people worse”. Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed the enhanced stop-and-search powers…

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We seem have a serious shortage of vaguely uplifting lifestyle buzzwords in this country. At any rate, we import them in large quantities. Back in 2016, it was all about hygge, the Danish word defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”. Then it was lagom, the Swedish word for not too much, and not too little. Next the “tidiness consultant” Marie Kondo popularised the Japanese term tokimeku, meaning “heart aflutter” but translated by her as “spark joy” – as in, chuck out any possessions that don’t. Now there’s a new one heading in our direction: South Korea’s nunchi. Nunchi apparently means the art of intuiting what other people are thinking, and learning how to anticipate their needs.…

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Editor-in-chief: Caroline Law Editor: Theo Tait Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood, William Skidelsky Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director –…

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Controversy of the week A crisis of confidence Downing Street is usually “half-empty” in August, said Andrew Grice in The Independent. Not this year. Parliament may be in recess, but No. 10 is “buzzing with activity”. With planning for a snap autumn election reportedly afoot, and “every desk occupied”, political advisers have been told to cancel their holiday plans. Boris Johnson has written to all civil servants urging them to “urgently and rapidly” prepare for Britain to leave the EU on 31 October, deal or no deal. But another possibility looms even larger in MPs’ minds, said The Guardian. When the Commons returns on 3 September, Labour is poised to hold a vote of no confidence in the Government. Johnson, who is opposed by Remain-supporting MPs from across the House, may very…

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spirit of the age

The growing number of celebrities caught up in scandals has inspired a new industry in “disgrace insurance”. SpottedRisk, a startup, offers film studios and other brands tailored insurance in case they lose business after a celebrity they have hired is hit by scandal. The insurer combs gossip columns and news reports for warning signs, and rates people according to 224 risk factors. Anti-Brexit slogans scrawled in chalk around Wakefield in Yorkshire have been revealed to be the work of a 71-year-old grandmother. Hazel Jones, a retired teacher who has chalked up hundreds of protest slogans over the past three years, was unmasked when she was filmed by a passerby. “It’s my grandchildren that I’m doing it for,” Jones said.…

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good week for

Condiment lovers, with the news that Heinz is launching a ketchup-mayonnaise hybrid in the UK. In the US it is called “Mayochup”, but here it will be called “Heinz Saucy Sauce”. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher thrillers, who was invited to be a judge on next year’s Booker Prize. Child has sold more than 100 million books, and he has a following among the literati. Sardinia, which has recovered ten tonnes of sand stolen by tourists over the past decade. Authorities at Olbia Airport carry out systematic checks on departing travellers’ luggage and return any smuggled grains – white sand from the Emerald Coast is a particularly popular memento – to the island’s beaches. Richard Braine, who was elected leader of UKIP. Braine, who has referred to the far-right agitator Tommy…