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The Week

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The best of the media in one magazine. Each issue stitches together news and views from more than 200 global news sources into an utterly enjoyable, informative read.

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Dennis Publishing UK
51 Issues

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

What happened “Cash for curtains” Questions about the revamp of his Downing Street flat continued to dog Boris Johnson this week, as political parties prepared for Thursday’s local, mayoral, Welsh and Scottish elections. Labour put allegations of Tory sleaze at the centre of its campaign, accusing the Prime Minister of “trying to hide his attempts to fund his lifestyle through secret payments”. Three separate investigations are looking into the funding of the renovations, which are rumoured to have cost as much as £200,000. Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said the PM should “of course” resign if he is found to have broken the ministerial code of conduct. Johnson accused opposition parties of focusing on “trivia”, rather than “the things that matter” to voters. He has insisted that he settled all the…

5 min.

Controversy of the week A showbiz show trial? It was, or at least should have been, the pinnacle of Noel Clarke’s career. But when the prolific actor, director, screenwriter and producer collected his prestigious Bafta award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema last month, the normally self-assured 45-year-old looked “a little on edge”, said Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne in The Guardian. He already knew that 13 days earlier, Bafta had been informed of anonymous allegations of “verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment” against him. Bafta continued with the televised award on 10 April nonetheless, but it proved his downfall: the sight of Clarke appearing as “one of British film and television’s most lauded stars” prompted 20 women who had worked with him to “break their silence” in The Guardian. Jahannah…

4 min.
the uk at a glance

Hull Fish talks collapse: Britain and Norway have failed to strike a new fishing deal for this year, threatening hundreds of jobs. With the UK no longer bound by the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, the two countries agreed last year to hold annual talks on quotas and access to each other’s waters. But a Whitehall spokesman said that negotiations broke down when Norway, also outside the EU, refused a “reasonable and balanced” offer after weeks of talks. As a result, British trawlers will no longer be allowed to fish in Norway’s sub-Arctic waters, a key source of cod. Jane Sandell, CEO of Hull-based UK Fisheries, which owns the country’s largest freezer trawler, Kirkella, said the breakdown in talks was a “very black day for Britain” and a “national embarrassment”. The future…

4 min.
europe at a glance

Berlin Lockdowns easing: Germany has become the first country in Europe to vaccinate more than one million people against Covid-19 in a single day, marking a further acceleration in its initially slow vaccine roll-out. Last Wednesday, it gave 1,088,952 jabs, breaking the record of 874,000 set by the UK on 20 March. More than a quarter of Germans have now had at least one vaccine, and the authorities hope to have vaccinated everyone over 60 by the end of May. This week, Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a “jab to freedom” bill that could lift social distancing rules, curfews and testing requirements for people who have been fully vaccinated, from this weekend. Several countries across Europe have begun easing coronavirus restrictions as the continent’s third wave, which peaked at the end of March,…

7 min.
the world at a glance

Washington DC Big spender: President Joe Biden has set out plans for $4trn of government investment in jobs, education and social care. Speaking to a joint session of Congress, on the eve of his 100th day in office, Biden described the mammoth spending plans – which are certain to be the subject of intense Congressional battles – as a “once in a generation investment in America itself” (see page 17). He said they’d be paid for by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthiest households. The first part of the programme, styled the American Jobs Plan, was first announced a month ago, and involves investment in infrastructure including public transport, high-speed broadband and roads. Last week, Biden added to this details of a $1.8trn American Families Plan, to include free pre-school…

4 min.

Jagger won’t look back Mick Jagger must have more than a few stories to tell – but don’t expect him to write them down. In the early 1980s, the Rolling Stones frontman was reported to have been offered a £1m advance for his memoir by the publisher Lord Weidenfeld. He started work on a 75,000-word manuscript, but alas for those who’d hoped to learn more about, for instance, his decision to buy a mansion in Hampshire while high on LSD, Jagger found it all rather more wearing than he had imagined. “It takes a lot of you,” he told BBC Radio 6 Music. “It takes a lot of reliving, emotions reliving, friendships reliving, ups and downs and all this, and I must say it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience. It was…