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Tiers before Christmas

27 November 2020
giles whittell and Ella Hll
  • Trump said he would leave the White House but continued to insist the US election was a fraud.
  • Germany, France and Italy want all Europe’s ski resorts to stay closed over Christmas; Austria and Switzerland want to open theirs.
  • Tory MPs threatened to rebel against the UK government’s latest tiered Covid restrictions.

Except in LiverpoolAnxious not to gloss over the bad news that most of the UK faces continued tough Covid restrictions at least until January, Boris Johnson buried the only uplifting portion of his statement from Downing Street yesterday. Mass testing in Liverpool has worked. This has implications for policy but could prove awkward politically…

Halloween 2020

Leaks, delays, mistakes and recrimination. This Halloween, there was nothing scarier than the British government’s handling of the second lockdown


Chinese capitalism

Jack Ma’s fintech company Ant Group was set for one of the biggest stock market launches in history. Then China’s ruling party took offence.


Trans rights

Earlier this year, JK Rowling stepped into one of the fiercest debates of our time – gender and trans rights. Why?

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