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The Week

The Week V. 1257

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

Decision time: Britain goes to the polls As the UK counted down to what has been described as its most important general election in decades, both main parties suffered last-minute blows to their campaigns. Boris Johnson was thrown on the defensive after a reporter confronted him with a photo of a four-year-old boy lying on a pile of coats on a hospital floor, owing to a lack of beds. The PM initially refused to look at the picture, then pocketed the reporter’s phone. Labour, meanwhile, was embarrassed by the leak of a recorded conversation in which shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth implied his party had no hope of winning and that Jeremy Corbyn was a risk to national security. (He insisted he was joking.) The Tories maintained their poll lead this…

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the week

Most of us will have done something very weird come Friday. We’ll have voted in a general election. This great ritual is so woven into our social norms that we don’t see how weird it is. But extraterrestrials landing here on Thursday would certainly be scratching their two heads. Excuse me earthlings, but why do you let all adult people – even uneducated ones – do voting, when your media is reporting that many have no grasp of matters being debated, in particular the matter “Brexit”. You admit candidates lie much of the time: as your Times journalist Robert Crampton says, it is “political suicide” to speak honestly – “the electorate doesn’t want to hear the truth”. You worry voters’ minds are being turned by lies spread on social media.…

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the week

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, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Catherine Heaney, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood, William Skidelsky Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, Sorcha Bradley, Aaron Drapkin Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Mary O’Sullivan Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady Production Manager: Maaya Mistry Production Executive: Sophie Griffin 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 Founder: Jolyon Connell Chief Executive, The…

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Controversy of the week Exit the Brexit Party? It was the “ultimate humiliation” for Nigel Farage, said Kate Proctor in The Observer. Farage has had a dismal election campaign: his Brexit Party is haemorrhaging voters, and “flatlining on about 3%” at the polls. Then last week came a new, devastating blow: four of his own MEPs declared that they were quitting his party to back the Conservatives at the general election. In a joint video message, the foursome – Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of Tory Cabinet minister Jacob; Lance Forman; John Longworth; and Lucy Harris – said the public should support Boris Johnson to “get Brexit done”. Farage reacted furiously, suggesting that they had been offered inducements by the Tories to quit. But their argument was actually “unassailable”, said The Sun. By…

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spirit of the age

In the old days, people used to pilfer toiletries from hotel rooms. Now, they’re even stealing mattresses. Almost one in 20 owners of four-and five-star hotels say they have had mattresses stolen, most of which are taken in the night, via lifts connected to underground car parks; and 6% have experienced thefts of TV sets and coffeemakers, according to the survey by Wellness Heaven. Millennials are developing their own rules of etiquette: 42% wouldn’t give up their seat on a bus or train to an elderly or pregnant person, 28% say it’s acceptable to jump a queue, and 53% see no need to say “bless you” when someone sneezes. However, 34% think “ghosting” people on social media is rude, and 20% think it’s bad manners to share TV spoilers.…

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good week for

Kirk Douglas, who celebrated his 103rd birthday. The veteran actor was born in 1916, and made his film debut in 1946. Netflix, which secured 34 nominations at the Golden Globes. Three of the five best picture nominations were produced by the US streaming giant (The Irishman, The Two Popes and Marriage Story), while its nominations in the TV category included four for The Crown. Netflix now releases many of its films into cinemas for a limited period, to make them eligible for film awards. Audacity, after the Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens produced a £145 ten-course tasting menu at his new restaurant, Muse, which gives no information about the food. Inspired by Aikens’ childhood love of guessing games, dishes have names like “Just down the road”, and “We all have our ‘Beech Tree’…