Russian aggression and changes to travel list

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Travel list changes Next week an updated travel list will be published. The list is expected to contain some new additions to the green list; Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands. Good news for Brits looking for some summer sun. Due to an increase in the spread of the Delta variant, Israel is also expected […]

Liberal Democrats gain surprise victory in Blue Wall

Liberal Democrats win Chesham and Amersham by-election The Liberal Democrats have won the Chesham and Amersham by-election, held after the death of incumbent MP Dame Cheryl Gillan. The seat had been Conservative since its creation in 1974 and the Party were expected to hold it, albeit with a reduced majority. Since 1974, the Tory majority […]

Biden and Boris meet whilst Hancock takes the heat

BoJo and JoBi Today marks the first official meeting of Boris Johnson and the new US President Joe Biden. They meet at the much anticipated G7 conference being held in the Cornish seaside town of St. Ives. The pair are set to elbow bump their way to a proposed ‘Atlantic Charter’. The Charter has been […]

Covid Qualms, G7 and Flight of the Concordes

Covid Qualms   In recent days Boris Johnson has come under increasing pressure to delay the easing of lockdown, which has been scheduled for the 21st June. The UK wide R number, which is critical to understanding the growth of the virus, has risen, suggesting the virus is circulating more freely in society. Public Health England also announced on Twitter that […]

Discord in Downing Street and over Europe

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Dominic Cummings Boris Johnson’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, was called to give evidence on the government’s handling of the pandemic by the science and health joint committee. In his evidence, he claimed Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been fired for ’15 or 20 things’, including for lying to the PM and then Cabinet […]

Fears about the Indian variant and a ceasefire in the Middle East

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Indian Strain The Indian variant of Covid-19 is unsettling many in Whitehall. Just as Boris Johnson was announcing the relaxation of Covid rules across England, others, primarily SAGE scientists, were raising their concerns over the new variant. The new, highly transmissible, mutation is most prevalent in Bolton, where local authorities have broken with government advice […]

The Queen’s Speech, election fallout and trouble in the Middle East

The Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech The Queen’s Speech outlined a number of government priorities for the coming year. In a stripped down version of the traditional ceremony, the Queen appeared without the pomp and ceremony that usually surrounds this event. Opting for a Bentley over bloodstock and a hat instead of the crown.   The priorities for this […]

Smith Square Special: Election results and what they mean

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Mayoral Results As widely predicted, Sadiq Khan (Labour) won his second term as Mayor of London rather comfortably. He won 55.5% of the popular vote after heading into a run-off with Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey. In third place was Green Party candidate, Sian Berry. Further down the scoresheet were the Liberal Democrats who lost their […]

Mayoral Elections, Sleaze Scandal and India in need

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Boris denies sleaze allegations Leading the week are allegations that the PM said: “let bodies pile high in their thousands” in reference to avoiding a third national lockdown. He and his allies are denying the allegations. The trouble is, not many people believe the Prime Minister, after all, he does have a checkered history of […]

Green New Deal, an Indian variant and fears for European football

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Boris cancels trip to India Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a scheduled trip to India this week after the emergence of a new variant in the country was linked to India’s recent surge in Covid cases. The country has been reporting over 200,000 cases per day since the middle of April, the capital Delhi […]