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So my first edition of The Week arrived, and it's a little disappointing considering all the juicy stuff that's happened this week. I think that all the juicy stuff must have happened as they were going to press, so stuff like Mr. Prescott's affair fell by the way side. Wicked quote though, from the fiancé of the woman he had an affair with: 'I feel sick, I can't believe the woman I wanted to marry slept with John Prescott''. I think I want to marry him

I love The Week because it gives an unbiased portrayal of the weeks headlines, both domestic and international but in it's editorials and columns is admirably sensible and non-sensationalist. The 'Spirit of the Age' column is lacking this week but I will relay the best entry:

'A disabled woman was barred from entering a pub because her fake arm posed a safety threat. Brenda Jackson, 44, was turned away from the Cross Keys in Burney on the grounds that she might use her false arm as a weapon.' - The Week, 29th April 2006.

WTF??? I'm not sure if there is a legal precedent, but surely the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) is a superior law to the Licensing Act. Then again, the DDA doesn't make the government any money where as the LA does, but both acts are deeply routed in PC, particularly the DDA which throws practicality out the window. 

I read this this which I found mentioned for a similar reason as this on the LJ  of [profile] theregoesyamum earlier today and was amazed (and indignant). I thought it was a satire until I read the comments, then I read that 33% of women find housework more satisfying than sex. Eh?

Y'all in the States have, I presume read about Lee Paige, the DEA officer who shot himself whilst giving a talk on gun safety to a bunch of school kids in Florida! He's suing the government following a leak to the press about his blunder, which apparently caused him 'mental anguish, loss of reputation, embarrassment, humiliation, and anxiety' . Well, he wouldn't have made it into the UK press if he hadn't sued! 

'pologies for the cynical mood tonight, I just get so pissed off with constantly listening to whiney PC people, it gives me the shits!

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Yay! I just subscribed to The Week, with a special offer that gets me 6 free issues!

The Week, for those of you who don't know is a marvelous publication that assimilates all the major headlines and news from all the major daily papers and bundles them up in one handy magazine. They highlight the three major stories of the week, with a summary of the story, excerpts from editorials and predict what the likely out comes will be. They also highlight stories from around Europe and the rest of the World. Perhaps best of all though, are the sections entitled 'It must be true, I read it in the tabloids', 'Spirit of the Times'(a PC watch) and the best 'Letters to the editor'

I've sorely missed reading it since I left home, my mother sends them on to my brother in China, I'm not sure how happy the People's Party would be about that but whatever.

I can't wait to receive my first issue, I don't buy a daily paper but I miss reading them and the BBC news website is really pissing me off with their poor copy and knack for missing the point.


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