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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

The week began with Boris Johnson’s anti-obesity drive and the launch of his war on fat ‘to save the NHS’ on Monday – Mail

On Thursday a new analysis from Migration Watch UK revealed that an estimated global pool of over 600million people will be able to apply to work here under the Government’s new Points-Based System.

Thursday also saw the Government change its mind (again) on the length of time people must self-isolate for Covid-19 symptoms, from seven to 10 days across UK – BBC

On Friday we woke up to the Government’s latest coronavirus restrictions affecting 4.5million people, the biggest reimposition of restrictions so far. Separate households in nine areas across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Lancashire, including the cities of Manchester and Bradford, were banned from meeting in homes and encouraged not to get together in pubs and restaurants  – Mail

Also reported on Friday was that the anti-lockdown campaign led by Simon Dolan has raised more than £230,000  – Times

OUR COMMENT CHOICE 

As Britons were forced to wear face coverings in shops, Peter Hitchens said the decision will ‘kill the British high street’ – Mail on Sunday

In response to Boris Johnson’s anti-obesity campaign, Charles Moore asked: ‘If we must be slim, why are so many nurses fat?’ – Telegraph

News that Google has decided to let staff stay at home until next summer led Alex Brummer to condemn the bosses betraying Britain by keeping their workers at home, and to make a despairing plea for a return to work and sanity – Mail

Greta Thunberg’s message of doom is religion not reality, Iain Martin wrote – Times

In the US, James Freeman asked whether the police will serve at Joe Biden’s Democratic National Convention – Wall Street Journal

IN THE NEWS TODAY

Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, has warned that we have ‘probably reached the limit of opening up society’, and that we might have to close pubs so that we can open schools  – Telegraph

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

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