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The Week

The Week V. 1252

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 The Farage factor Campaigning officially began this week for the 12 December election, prompting immediate clashes over the issue of Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn claimed Boris Johnson’s EU exit deal would “unleash Thatcherism on steroids” and lead the NHS to be sold off to US firms. The Labour leader said he would negotiate a better deal and then put it to the public in another referendum. The Prime Minister, who has repeatedly denied that the NHS will be on the table in US trade talks, dismissed Corbyn’s plan, saying it would cause further uncertainty and take the country “back to square one”. The Tories’ hopes of winning a majority were dealt a blow last week, when Nigel Farage vowed to field Brexit Party candidates in every seat unless the PM ditched his…

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Controversy of the week High hopes for Hoyle The appointment of the new Speaker “is proof that politics in Britain right now really is topsy-turvy”, said Paul Waugh on Huffington Post. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, a privately educated knight of the realm and the son of an MP, may sound like an “archetypal Tory” –but he is in fact the Labour MP for Chorley in Lancashire, and has been since 1997. Yet “in a neat inversion of John Bercow’s election ten years ago, when Labour votes ensured an Opposition backbencher got the job”, it was Tory votes that secured the role for Hoyle; he beat Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, by 325-213 in the final vote, having seen off five other candidates, including Harriet Harman and Eleanor Laing. Hoyle triumphed mainly…

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spirit of the age

Mexican students at Sheffield University have been bemused by a poster campaign warning that wearing sombreros is offensive to Mexicans. “My culture is not your costume,” admonished the poster, issued by the student union at Halloween. But Mexicans in Sheffield have protested that they’re not offended by people dressing up in sombreros. In Mexico, “nobody wears those hats in everyday life”, said one student. “Even we wear them as a costume!” Buckingham Palace has delighted animal-rights campaigners by confirming that the Queen has resolved not to wear any new garments made from real fur. “We are raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet to the Queen’s decision,” said the activist group Peta.…

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good week for

Olivia Newton-John, after the tight black trousers and leather jacket she wore in the final scenes of the 1978 film Grease sold at auction for $405,700 – more than double the expected price. The money will go to her breast cancer treatment centre in Australia. In the same auction, in Los Angeles, a Grease poster signed by the film’s cast went for $64,000, against an estimate of $1,000. The Bee Gees, who are to get their own big-screen biopic. The rights to the three brothers’ story and music have been bought from Barry Gibb, the sole surviving Bee Gee, by the producer behind the smash-hit Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody.…

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bad week for

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was accused of crass insensitivity (and worse) for suggesting, in an interview about Grenfell Tower, that if he were in a major fire, he would have the “common sense” to leave the building, whatever the fire brigade advised. He swiftly apologised, and claimed his words had been misinterpreted. However, the damage was then compounded by Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who said Rees-Mogg had meant what he seemed to be saying, and that he is cleverer than most people. Drone flyers, who must now identify and label their drones, sit an online test about safe usage and pay a £9 annual fee – or face a £1,000 fine. The new rules apply to all drones weighing more than 250g (which means only the smallest toys are exempt). Michael Billington, one…

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people’s vote row

Staff at the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum have been refusing to come to work in protest at the sacking of both its director and its communications chief by its chairman Roland Rudd. Staff passed a non-binding motion of no-confidence in Rudd’s leadership last month, and 40 have signed a letter raising concerns about an alleged campaign of intimidation towards staff, among other things. Reportedly, all this stems from a power struggle about strategy; Rudd wants to campaign openly for a Remain vote, while his opponents think they should be trying to win support for another referendum from Brexiters.…