No-vax Djokovic

By Laura Griffiths Novak Djokovic and his journey to compete in the Australian Open has become a story of visas, vaccinations, and vacuity.  Arriving in Melbourne yesterday, Djokovic and his team attempted to enter the country in preparation for the tournament but were unable to do so as a result of his visa being cancelled….

All the PM wants for Christmas is [Cabinet] you-nity

By James Surallie Following an emergency Cabinet meeting yesterday, the Prime Minister signalled that new COVID restrictions are unlikely to be implemented before Christmas. While it seems Boris Johnson will not be accused of reprising the role of ‘The Grinch’ for a second year in a row, he did warn that he would “not hesitate”…

PM reaches for Plan B, but will his MPs do the same?

By Fraser Raleigh For the second day in a row, all attention in Westminster was on the Downing Street press briefing room yesterday. But unlike the leaked footage showing No.10 aides laughing about how to explain away an alleged lockdown-breaking Christmas party last year, the faces last night were sombre as the Prime Minister confirmed…

War to attract talent will bring luxury offices near you

By Roy Turner Literally, in the ups and downs of the return to the office the trend is a definite recovery. Average daily elevator journeys in London reached 9,200 journeys in November, the highest since the onset of the pandemic and 72% of pre-pandemic levels, according to Helsinki-based lift and escalator manufacturer Kone. As a…

To Plan B or not to Plan B? That is the question.

By Paul Kelly Perhaps it’s because I am in my late 50s, but these days I find myself preferring to walk from London Waterloo station to the SEC Newgate office in Basinghall Street. This decision has been made easier by the fact that, up until now, the weather has generally been quite pleasant and of…

Post-pandemic track and trace

By Valeria Orezzi A lot has been written and said about tech and privacy. From GDPR to social media advertising, we as consumers are aware that our data is often not being adequately protected, but has COVID-19 changed our perspective? A week ago, Home Secretary Priti Patel praised BT’s idea of an app and phoneline…

From pandemic to endemic: Adapting to a new normal in Singapore

By Eunice Lim, SEC Newgate Singapore For many of us, life before the pandemic seems like a distant memory. When Singapore announced its first wave of Covid-19 infections last year, I recalled our country being sent into a frenzy. Thankfully, our government was quick to enforce stringent measures, carrying out aggressive contact tracing to curb…

Has London really stopped calling?

By Scott Harker, Senior Consultant London is in relative decline, well that is if the many articles online are to be believed. Most make reference to some measure of decline: a falling population, closed shops and offices sitting empty. At the beginning of the year, analysis by PwC indicated that the population of London could fall…