Quiz of The Week: 27 February - 5 March
Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
After months of headlines dominated by the Covid vaccination campaign, attention shifted to the post-pandemic plan as Rishi Sunak unveiled his spring budget this week.
Winning applause from Conservative MPs by announcing tax increases is no mean feat, but the chancellor did just that after seeing off a threatened rebellion over his plan to increase corporation tax for the first time since the early 1970s.
The budget took place against a backdrop of rising optimism following further promising data on the impact of the Covid jabs programme. In a boost to hopes of avoiding a fourth national lockdown, Public Health England’s head of immunisation told the BBC’s Today programme that people who have been immunised “are not getting infected at all”.
The general mood is likely to be less sunny over at Kensington Palace, however, as bullying allegations against Meghan Markle ratcheted up tensions ahead of the broadcast of the Sussexes’ tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Nicola Sturgeon made her first appearance in front of the Holyrood inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse allegations against her former ally Alex Salmond. During the marathon session, the first minister repeatedly denied Salmond’s “absurd” claims that she and other Scottish National Party (SNP) officials conspired to remove him from public life.
Across the Channel, the EU’s joint vaccine procurement scheme splintered further as Austria and Denmark joined the string of countries breaking from the plan to negotiate their own deals for additional doses of Covid jabs.
Meanwhile, the European Anti-Fraud office is investigating “ghost” vaccines being offered to EU nations after “senior government officials and even heads of government” began receiving “dozens of unsolicited offers for vaccines”, The New York Times says.
In the US, Donald Trump broke his post-presidential silence to deliver a speech that hinted at a second run at the White House in 2024. Predictably, Trump also took the opportunity to attack his White House successor, claiming that Joe Biden had overseen the “most disastrous first month of any administration”.
In a more surprising turn of events elsewhere on the world stage, Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman was accused of committing crimes against humanity in a newly filed lawsuit.