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The Week in Review

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A round-up of the week’s news and comment

OUR TOP STORIES

In a move likely to be replicated by other forces across the country, West Midlands Police have begun interviewing crime suspects over video call, it was revealed on Sunday. This means suspects of assault and theft will now be able to take part in ‘virtual voluntary interview’ processes from the comfort of their own homes – Mail

A petition beginning on Monday to reverse the axing of Rule, Britannia by the increasingly woke BBC reached over 10,000 signatures in just 24 hours, raising fears within the corporation of dropping viewing figures for previously loved programmes – Telegraph

Retailers are cutting jobs at the fastest rate since 2009, it was revealed on Tuesday. According to the CBI, the figures are expected to get worse still in September – Guardian

Also on Tuesday, England’s deputy chief medical officer said that, despite continuing restrictions on schools, children are more likely to be hit by a car or to die from seasonal flu than to be harmed by the coronavirus – Times

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Thursday that net migration to the UK has risen to the highest level since the EU referendum in June 2016. The report also revealed that the total number of people coming to the country is at a record high, following ten years of Tory rule – Express and Star

On Friday, the Home Secretary – often touted as tough on crime – abandoned a deportation flight returning illegal Channel migrants to Spain due to legal challenges. The planned flight was for 23 migrants who arrived from France in boats – Telegraph

US

Donald Trump was officially renominated by the Republican Party as their candidate for this year’s presidential election on Monday. At his Party’s National Convention, President Trump challenged his rival Joe Biden, and asked how the Democratic Party could possibly lead America ‘when it spends so much time tearing down our country?‘ – National Review

Outside the convention in Washington, hundreds of protestors gathered – especially from the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement – and, left with no police protection, a number of Convention attendees were attacked. Those attacked included an elderly man who was punched in the back of the head and knocked to the ground – Mail

OUR COMMENT CHOICE

Questioning the need for ‘holiday-wrecking quarantines’, Peter Hitchens wrote that when it comes to the most suitable response to the coronavirus, ‘the government haven’t a clue’ – Mail on Sunday

Hitting back against considerations within BBC ranks that Rule, Britannia should be scrapped from the Last Night of the Proms, Charles Moore pointed out that the patriotic song ‘is about freedom, not slavery’ – Telegraph

Writing in the MailRichard Littlejohn highlighted the economic danger of keeping offices closed: ‘one person’s Working From Home is another’s P45’.

Commenting on the government’s decision for some secondary school pupils to wear face masks, Katharine Birbalsingh asked: ‘Do we really imagine a world where our teenagers turn up every day to school with a freshly washed mask? What about those who rarely wash their uniforms? And those children who come into school hungry every day? Will their parents forget to feed them but remember to give them a fresh mask?’ She left it to the reader to work out the answer – Telegraph

For those less well-versed on modern ‘woke’-speak, Jan Moir has compiled a guide to how Meghan talks to Harry. ‘My husband is a feminist’ translates roughly to ‘dimbo dude does what I tell him’ – Mail

IN THE NEWS TODAY

As the government’s ever-changing messaging regarding the lockdown continues to confuse the nation, businesses call for clarity on where people should work – Financial Times

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Michael Curzon
Michael Curzon is a student and is editor of the Bournbrook Magazine.

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