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The Week V. 1248

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 Mission impossible? The European Union accused the British Government of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit this week, after a Downing Street source claimed that German demands had made a Brexit deal “essentially impossible, not just now but ever”. It followed the row between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel in which – according to the Downing Street source – the German chancellor said a deal based on the proposals put forward by the Prime Minister last week was “overwhelmingly unlikely”. The only way to break the deadlock, Merkel apparently said, was for the UK to agree that Northern Ireland should stay in the EU customs union, and remain permanently aligned with EU single market rules. The apparent breakdown in talks all but killed off any remaining hopes of a breakthrough…

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the week

It’s anybody’s guess where British politics will be in a month’s time, but we can be reasonably sure that the House of Commons will have a new Speaker by then. John Bercow is due to stand down at the end of October after ten years in the role, and his would-be successors are busily setting out their stalls. Labour’s Harriet Harman, who says her election would send “a powerful message to older women”, has pledged to be a radically reforming Speaker. The Tory backbencher Sir Edward Leigh says he would be “rigidly impartial” and “wouldn’t speak much”. Another declared candidate, former Labour minister Chris Bryant, has promised to end bullying and intimidation. The next Speaker must “tend to MPs’ wounds”, he says – “we’ve all been a bit bloodied and…

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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, 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, Sorcha Bradley, Aaron Drapkin Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Alasdair Morton 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,…

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Controversy of the week The green uprising The Prime Minister dismissed them as “uncooperative crusties” blocking the streets of the capital with their “hemp-smelling bivouacs”. But the Extinction Rebellion protesters that I met this week were farmers, doctors, scientists and civil servants, said Polly Toynbee in The Guardian; there wasn’t a “dreadlocked treehugger” in sight. They set up camp on sites across Westminster on Monday; and though nearly 600 people were arrested in two days, the police were soon overwhelmed, as they were in April. Extinction Rebellion is winning; it is at the vanguard of a major “culture change” in the UK. “Weekly, the news tells of sea ice and glaciers melting, species vanishing, the emergency evident.” And these protests – along with Greta Thunberg’s school strikes – are changing the way…

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spirit of the age

Driverless cars hit the streets of London last week in a trial by the autonomous vehicle maker Oxbotica. Passengers were given rides in self-driving cars with a supervisor behind the wheel, ready to take control if necessary. Oxbotica is working with Addison Lee to get driverless cabs on the road by June, but says unsupervised cars are still years away. In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, a British energy executive was recently tricked into paying some £200,000 to scammers who had used “deep fake” technology to mimic his boss’s voice. The executive received a call from a man who sounded just like his company’s German CEO, telling him to make an urgent payment into a bank account in Hungary.…

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good week for:

Goldsmith Street, a newly-built residential terrace in Norwich, which became the first council housing to be awarded the Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. A “modest masterpiece” was how the judges described the 105-home street, which was one of the first new council housing projects to be built in a generation. Manchester, which finally has a Michelin star, after a gap of 40 years. The accolade was awarded to former Noma chef Simon Martin, whose restaurant, Mana, opened in Ancoats last October. Stella Creasy, who is to become the first MP to be given a locum to cover her maternity leave. The locum MP will represent her constituency, in north east London, for seven months. He or she will address constituency issues, and meet and correspond with ministers, but will not speak in…