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The Week

The Week

V. 1302

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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1 min.
poll watch

More than 26% of UK adults say their household income has gone down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that have followed. 3.4% say their income has fallen by more than half. 36% of people say they trust Boris Johnson to lead the country’s response to the pandemic, while 44% do not, giving him an overall rating of -8%. Matt Hancock has a trust rating of -13%, while Rishi Sunak has one of +19%. Nicola Sturgeon has a rating of +13%, rising to +22% in Scotland. BMG/The Independent 67% of Britons would support a “circuit-breaker” lockdown, in which the whole country goes into a lockdown for at least two weeks. 26% would oppose it, and 8% don’t know. YouGov/Sky News…

4 min.
the uk at a glance

York Institutional prejudice? Downing Street has been accused of snubbing John Sentamu, the Church of England’s first black archbishop, by failing to give him a life peerage. According to precedent, Sentamu should have been given an automatic peerage on his retirement as Archbishop of York in June. However, his name was absent from Boris Johnson’s recent honours list. David Lammy, the shadow justice minister, tweeted that it was evidence of “blatant institutional prejudice”. However, a Whitehall insider claimed the omission was merely the result of a procedural delay, and would soon be rectified. Belfast Covid protest: The PSNI made a number of arrests and issued fines last Sunday when hundreds of people gathered at Stormont to protest against new Covid restrictions. The demonstration followed the introduction last week of a partial “circuit breaker”…

1 min.
windmills past and future

The first windmills are believed to have been invented by the Chinese around 2,000BC, for pumping water. In the second half of the first millennium, the Persians developed wind-powered mills – with sails that rotated on a horizontal plane – to crush grain. In northwest Europe in the 1100s, there was a technological breakthrough in the form of the first vertical-axis windmills: i.e. their sails, mounted on a tower, rotated on a vertical plane. For 600 years, windmills were used across Europe to mill grain, before losing out to coal-powered mills during the Industrial Revolution. In 1887, the engineer Professor James Blyth built the first known electricity-producing turbine, a 33ft cloth-sailed device that powered his holiday cottage in Kincardineshire. He offered the surplus electricity to nearby villagers, who rejected it as…

2 min.
the economy: could it be the president’s trump card?

What are President Trump’s chances of re-election? On paper, it doesn’t look good for him, said Byron York in the Washington Examiner. He’s trailing Joe Biden by around ten percentage points in national polls and is also behind in key battleground states such as Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin. But these polls “don’t tell the whole story”. Before writing Trump off, consider this “jaw-dropping” number from Gallup. Asked late last month whether they and their family were better off or worse off than they were before Trump was elected, a “whopping” 56% of respondents said they were better off. By comparison, only 45% said the same in a Gallup poll after Barack Obama’s first four years in office; and only 47% after George W. Bush’s first term. That so many voters…

2 min.
nigeria: rising up against police brutality

Nigeria is in the midst of the biggest mass uprising in its recent history, said Zainab Suleiman Okino in Premium Times (Abuja). Last week, thousands of young Nigerians joined protests across the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a plainclothes police unit which has long been accused of human rights abuses including murder, extortion and torture. Anger at the unit’s “reign of terror” erupted after a video allegedly showing one of its officers killing a man went viral online this month. Officials responded to the protests by promising to disband SARS and replace it with another unit as part of a raft of police reforms, including a pay rise for 350,000 officers to make them less tempted to resort to extortion. But demonstrators say that’s not enough and are…

1 min.
covid impact on cancer

Cancer survival rates could fall significantly because of the Covid-19 crisis, Cancer Research UK has warned. It estimates that since March this year, three million people have missed cancer screenings – which could translate into thousands of cancers being missed. During the same period, at least another 350,000 people with suspected symptoms of cancer have not had the hospital referrals they’d normally have had. “Cancer services already needed drastic improvement before Covid-19 hit,” said Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK. The pandemic has “made this worse, leaving millions waiting for screening, urgent referrals and treatment”. The problem is twofold: services being suspended (screenings for breast, bowel and cervical cancer were paused in the spring), and people with symptoms being more reluctant to visit their GPs.…