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The Week V. 1258

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

Tory triumph “Here is something you don’t hear much about any more,” said Sarah Baxter in The Sunday Times: “ABB, anyone but Boris.” Back in 2016, after David Cameron quit as prime minister, and again last summer, after Theresa May stood down, many Tory MPs did all they could to block Johnson’s path to the leadership. How crazy that seems in light of last week’s election. Thanks largely to the PM, the Tories won an extraordinary victory, “bulldozing” their way through Labour’s “red wall” to seize seats in the North and the Midlands – including Workington, Stoke-on-Trent, Blyth Valley and Bolsover – that have backed Labour for generations. There’s no denying that the result is a “personal triumph” for Johnson, said The Guardian: he “sensed the opportunity and seized it with…

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the week

British political journalists need a new crystal ball. Back in 2015, they didn’t predict the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. In 2016, they didn’t foresee that the UK would vote Leave. At the 2017 election, they didn’t guess how well Corbyn would do. And this time, few of them had any sense of how badly he would slip up, or how well Boris Johnson would go down with a Brexit-sick electorate. In the last three major votes, they at least had the excuse that the polls were wrong. This time, the polls were broadly right. It doesn’t really matter whether the experts call the race correctly. What is more worrying is that their sense of the national agenda seems awry. “When someone walks into a polling booth they’re answering a question,” according…

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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, Robin De Peyer, 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 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,…

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Controversy of the week Sturgeon’s landslide It was a victory that left Nicola Sturgeon “punching the air” in delight, said Connor Boylan in The Scottish Sun. The SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland couldn’t contain her glee at news that her party’s candidate, Amy Callaghan, had taken East Dunbartonshire in Thursday’s general election – unseating Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson on a triumphant night for the nationalists. The party won 48 of 59 seats in Scotland – 13 more than at the 2017 election, and not far short of its best-ever performance in 2015 (when it won 56). By contrast, the number of Conservative seats fell from 13 to six, while Labour had a disastrous night, retaining just one of its seven. The election result was an “astonishing achievement” for Sturgeon,…

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spirit of the age

The risk to privacy posed by “wearable tech” was highlighted last week by the case of an American woman who was alerted to her boyfriend’s infidelity by his Fitbit. On Twitter, Jane Slater explained that she and her partner had synced their fitness devices so that they could motivate each other to exercise. It was all going fine until 4am one night, when he hadn’t come home, and she noticed that his “activity levels were spiking on the app”. The number of pupils penalised for cheating in public exams in England rose 11% this year. In total, 3,040 penalties were issued to GCSE, AS, and A-level students who sat exams in the summer; 46% of the cases involved the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices.…

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good week for:

Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, who added another string to his bow: this week, the 29-year-old Norwegian was also the world’s top fantasy football player. A keen follower of football, Carlsen beat more than seven million competitors to get his team to the top of the Fantasy Premier League. The Chevy Suburban, after it became the first inanimate object to get an Award of Excellence star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the stars, chose the car on account of its many appearances in films – but refused to discuss whether Chevrolet had donated money to it. The Ford Mustang is believed to have appeared in more films, yet it has not been so honoured. Taylor Swift, who announced that she will be headlining…