Two-week national lockdown imposed in Wales

By Sian Jones Lockdown, not lockstep, was the order of the day when Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced a two-week national shutdown in Wales – a policy thus far rejected by Boris Johnson’s Westminster Government.  Apparently anxious to create a clear dividing line with not just the policies, but the language, of his UK…

Lockdown redux, smoother waters but a brewing storm

By Simon Gentry , Public Affairs Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Health, came to the Commons today to announce what millions had been fearing, a move to Tier 2 and in some cases Tier 3 for communities in England.  At the urging of its Mayor, Sadiq Khan, London will go into Tier 2…

The Big Picture… even the Beautiful Game is at risk

By Robin Tozer While the front pages have been dominated by arguments about lockdowns, the back pages have been focused on the Big Picture. Project Big Picture to be more precise. Project Big Picture was a proposal by put forward by the US owners of Premier League giants, Liverpool and Manchester United. Ostensibly positioned as…

A Disunited Kingdom

By Joe Cockerline Much has been made of the disparity in COVID infection rates between the North and South of England. Despite today’s news that London looks set to join some Northern cities as it enters Tier Two restrictions over the weekend, it does the issue a disservice to imagine there’s direct parity between the…

Rumours of a revolution

By Simon Gentry, Public Affairs It began on Twitter, of course.  Ignited by the usual suspects, those Tory MPs who’d define themselves as Libertarian, who had always been sceptical about government radically restricting people’s freedom.  But it’s spreading now and it’s spreading quickly, almost like a virus.  In this case it’s not a virus, it’s the argument that…

The policy and politics of lockdown

By Gareth Jones, Public Affairs Developments in Westminster today have been dominated by further questions over whether a “circuit breaker” lockdown should be introduced in England in the coming weeks to bring the virus under control. At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer again called for a short, limited lockdown, in line…

FRC proposals on company reports are plain comms-sense

By Ian Morris The Financial Reporting Council published a discussion paper on Thursday setting out radical proposals on the future of corporate reporting that would see companies, among other proposals, split up their annual reports, provide additional information tailored to non-expert readers, and embrace technology to make reports more accessible. The FRC said its ideas…

Graduating in Covid: The impact of the pandemic on younger workers

While older generations are most at risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, the broader impact falls disproportionately heavily on the young. That reality was starkly highlighted in this week’s unemployment figures which show that while unemployment has risen to an average of 4.5% (in the three months up to August), it soars for those…

Perspectives on life under Covid from around the Kingdom

SEC Newgate colleagues have given their thoughts on how the latest Government announcements are affecting their region. We have views from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and North West England. The view from BelfastBy Austyn Close Things seem to only get bleaker as we edge closer and closer to Christmas. Reports lay out that over the…