Panic at the disco?

By Fraser Raleigh The government’s policy on nightclubs was thrown into confusion yesterday, as less than 24 hours after opening them without restrictions, the Prime Minister said that vaccine passports would be required from September.  The move is being seen as a warning to the roughly 35% of 18–34-year-olds who have not yet taken up…

Is there space for pandemic pets in the office?

By Georgie Procter The past two years of lockdown living have seen a number of trends appear, following an increased amount of time spent at home. Personally, I’ve indulged in most lockdown phenomena – baking numerous loaves of failed sourdough, trying to keep up with Joe Wicks, and becoming the proud owner of Robin, my…

Will ‘freedom day’ imprison businesses in a governance nightmare?

By Andrew Adie Happy Freedom Day. Boris Johnson is spending today in isolation, along with the Chancellor (after an incredibly quick U-turn yesterday) and with more than a million others across the UK. Nevertheless, the government has maintained that today represents an ‘irreversible’ return to normality, with the removal of the remaining pandemic restrictions in…

A Dark Day Under the Wembley Arch

By David Scane As a child, my formative experience of watching England play at international football tournaments was one of dread. Beyond the fear of the penalty shootout, the freak metatarsal break or the soft red card the thing I dreaded the most was the inevitable scenes on the evening news of smashed up continental…

Covid-19 the catalyst for women’s golf

By Sara Neidle Golf is finally back, with the start of the British Open at Royal St George’s today. Since the pandemic, we have seen a surge in participation and interest for the game. A staggering 2.3 million extra golfers visited a course in Great Britain and Ireland last year, with the average age of…

National Food Strategy – Part Two

By Will McMyn This morning’s papers were awash with headlines about new taxes on sugar and salt as the second (and final) part of the National Food Strategy was published. While the name gives the document the air of official government policy, it is in fact an independent report with recommendations for policymakers. The government,…

Postcard from Sydney: Sydney’s Delta Winter

By Jodie Brough Sydney has been back in lockdown in response to an outbreak of the Delta variant since 26 June and this is now extended until August. It has been something of a shock to the system for the Emerald City, where life had increasingly returned to its normal sun-drenched complacency in recent months….

In praise of Mark Cavendish and the power of sport to inspire

By Dafydd Rees Sport is all about the power of stories. Over the past few weeks, we have all ridden the rollercoaster of the European Football Championships and thrilled at the progress of teenager Emma Raducana at Wimbledon. But this is a column in praise of Mark Cavendish. We all need a good story in…

The Transport Decarbonisation Plan is finally here

By Imogen Shaw Today marks the long-awaited publication of the Government’s landmark Transport Decarbonisation Plan for England. The oft-delayed plan outlines the Government’s targets, timelines and approach for decarbonising the UK’s highest-emitting sector. In his statement to the Commons earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps highlighted that the measures announced today include linking local infrastructure funding…

Marking 60 years of Prime Minister’s Questions. A brief history

By Tim Le Couilliard Prime Ministers Question’s, or PMQs as they are referred to, are the centrepiece of British politics in the House of Commons, and this week marks the 60th anniversary of the first-ever session. PMQs are an opportunity for the Leader of the Opposition and pre-agreed other MPs to grill the Prime Minister…