News of the Week: 08 – 14 January 2017


A summary of the week’s main stories 


January 8


Universities warned over ‘snowflake’ student demands – The Telegraph

Government plans to place student satisfaction at the heart of a new university ranking system could encourage authorities to give in to unreasonable student demands.


University students demand philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white – The Telegraph

As part of a campaign to “decolonise” the university


Morris dancers forced to abandon performance after being accused of racism over traditional black face paint, witnesses say – The Telegraph

The Alvechurch group of Morris dancers were heckled by a handful of onlookers as they conducted performance in Birmingham


January 9


UK Foreign Secretary meets Donald Trump’s team in New York – BBC

Boris Johnson has held “positive but frank” talks with key advisers


January 10


UK in ‘front seat’ for US trade deal, top Republican says – BBC

A US-UK trade deal is priority, a top Republican in the US Senate has said


Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules – BBC

Switzerland wins a case at the ECHR obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons


Jeremy Corbyn: I’ve not changed mind on immigration – BBC

Corbyn says he stands by his view that immigration to the UK from the EU is not too high, despite having recently said Labour isn’t wedded to EU freedom of movement


January 11


New fertility procedure may lead to ’embryo farming’, warn researchers – The Guardian

A new lab procedure that could allow fertility clinics to make sperm and eggs from people’s skin may lead to “embryo farming” on a massive scale


NHS conditions worst ever, say leading nurses – BBC

Nurses say conditions in the NHS are the worst they have experienced


Kremlin says it has no ‘compromising’ information about Donald Trump – BBC

Russia dismisses claims it has compromising material as “pulp fiction”


January 12


Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in hiding – The Telegraph

Former MI6 officer who produced a dossier making lurid allegations about Donald Trump“terrified for his safety” after being unmasked by US publication


Mark Carney: the EU has more to lose from hard Brexit than the UK – The Telegraph

The Governor of the Bank of England also admitted that Britain’s economy will defy his own gloomy forecasts to grow faster than expected


UK considers plans to nearly halve international student visas – The Guardian

The Home Office is looking to slashing numbers from 300,000 to 170,000 under tougher student visa rules.


Diane Abbott’s late phone call ‘forced Jeremy Corbyn to make a migration policy U-turn’ – The Telegraph

The shadow home secretary raised objections with the Labour leader after he appeared to give his support to greater control over immigration


January 13


Donald Trump ‘wants EU to break up in wake of Brexit vote’, outgoing US ambassador in Brussels suggests – The Telegraph

Anthony Gardner has said that senior figures in the president-elect’s transition team have been asking EU officials which countries will follow Britain’s lead after Brexit


Support for EU freedom of movement rules ‘eroding’ – BBC

A senior Dutch government minister has said EU freedom of movement needs to be radically reformed, and that Brexit talks provide the perfect opportunity


Labour’s Tristram Hunt quitting as MP to head V&A Museum –  BBC

Labour MP Tristram Hunt is quitting as an MP to become the director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, triggering a by-election


January 14


Netherlands ‘will block UK-EU deal without tax avoidance measures’ – The Guardian

The Netherlands will block any EU-UK trade deal unless Britain signs up to tough tax avoidance regulations preventing it from becoming an offshore tax haven


The dark side of Britain’s gold rush: how corruption crept into our suburbs – The Guardian

The super rich flooded into London after 2008, and illicit wealth has followed