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Budget: did Rishi Sunak pull any rabbits from his hat? 
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament
In Focus

Budget: did Rishi Sunak pull any rabbits from his hat? 

After a deluge of leaks, the chancellor gave his joint budget and spending review
27 Oct 2021
A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s ‘no-fuss’ approach to illness
The Queen at a reception at Windsor Castle
In Depth

A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s ‘no-fuss’ approach to illness

The monarch has skipped relatively few engagements over the years
27 Oct 2021
Does the UK need a referendum on climate change pledges?
Boris Johnson in front of a projection of Earth
Today’s big question

Does the UK need a referendum on climate change pledges?

Critics say net-zero target has been imposed by ‘elites’ without electoral mandate
27 Oct 2021
What the world is saying about Cop26
Boris Johnson
Global lens

What the world is saying about Cop26

The ‘last chance’ bid to tackle climate change kicks off in Glasgow this weekend
27 Oct 2021
The biggest problems with Test and Trace
Baroness Harding and Matt Hancock at Downing STreet
Getting to grips with . . .

The biggest problems with Test and Trace

MPs say programme has been expensive flop that ‘failed’ to stop the spread
27 Oct 2021
‘An eye-watering waste of money’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘An eye-watering waste of money’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
27 Oct 2021
Why sewage is causing a political stink
A dead fish by the Thames
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Why sewage is causing a political stink

Tory MPs face widespread anger after voting against bid to reduce amount of waste discharged into rivers
26 Oct 2021

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Covid case slump hopes: why is Downing Street resisting Plan B?
Health Secretary Sajid Javid
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Covid case slump hopes: why is Downing Street resisting Plan B?

Leaked documents suggest new restrictions could cost UK economy £18bn if in place for five months
26 Oct 2021
All you need to know about Covid booster jabs
An NHS health worker administers a dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Fact file

All you need to know about Covid booster jabs

Boris Johnson calls for more people to get third jab after string of record-breaking days
26 Oct 2021
‘Resign!’: what are the rules on leaking government budgets?
Rishi Sunak
Today’s big question

‘Resign!’: what are the rules on leaking government budgets?

Deputy speaker suggests Rishi Sunak has breached ministerial code
26 Oct 2021
Budget predictions: what’s Rishi Sunak got in store?
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak poses with the Budget Box outside 11 Downing Street
Today’s big question

Budget predictions: what’s Rishi Sunak got in store?

Wednesday’s budget and spending review have had ‘more trails than the average James Bond movie’
25 Oct 2021
London ULEZ expansion: who is affected, plus charges, penalties and how to pay
ULEZ
In Depth

London ULEZ expansion: who is affected, plus charges, penalties and how to pay

Ultra Low Emission Zone now covers an area of London 18 times larger than before – here’s everything you need to know
25 Oct 2021
MoD urged to investigate cover-up claims in murder of Kenyan woman
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
Why we’re talking about . . .

MoD urged to investigate cover-up claims in murder of Kenyan woman

Agnes Wanjiru was last seen with British soldier before her battered body was discovered in hotel septic tank
25 Oct 2021
Quiz of The Week: 16 - 22 October
Boris Johnson watches as a booster jab is administered in Little Venice, London
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 16 - 22 October

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
22 Oct 2021
The National Trust: a cultural battleground
Winston Churchill’s former residence Chartwell, near Westerham in Kent
In Focus

The National Trust: a cultural battleground

Critics believe it has become too ‘woke’ and a rebel alliance has been formed
22 Oct 2021
Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and minor scandals
The contenders for the 2012 Booker Prize, which was won by Hilary Mantel 
Behind the scenes

Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and minor scandals

Charlotte Higgins dives into the teeming, fractious history of the UK’s most prestigious fiction award
22 Oct 2021
The supply-chain crisis: what’s going on?
Felixstowe: turning away ships from Asia
In Depth

The supply-chain crisis: what’s going on?

Chaos in global supply chains is affecting the availability of everything from milkshakes to microchips
22 Oct 2021
‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs
Sajid Javid
In Brief

‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs

93% of GPs in England see the health secretary’s plans to encourage face-to-face appointments as unacceptable
21 Oct 2021
The energy price cap examined
Gas hob flame
Getting to grips with . . .

The energy price cap examined

Industry boss predicts UK market will shrink to ‘just five or six’ suppliers unless cap is abolished
21 Oct 2021
Nightclubs facing boycott over ‘needle spiking’
Nightclub dancefloor
In Depth

Nightclubs facing boycott over ‘needle spiking’

Priti Patel demands police action amid reports of women being drugged via drinks and needles
21 Oct 2021
Why Scotland’s Covid cases drop is good news for England
Shoppers wear masks on Princess Street, Edinburgh
In Depth

Why Scotland’s Covid cases drop is good news for England

But new Delta Plus variant is causing concern north of the border too
21 Oct 2021
What herd immunity means - and why it is back in the spotlight
London crowds
Why we’re talking about . . .

What herd immunity means - and why it is back in the spotlight

Government insider suggests current Covid-19 strategy is ‘tantamount’ to a policy of herd immunity
21 Oct 2021
Is it worth switching your gas boiler to a heat pump?
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is it worth switching your gas boiler to a heat pump?

The government hopes to have 5.5 million heat pumps in British homes by 2030
20 Oct 2021
Inside Plan B: ministers urged to enforce Covid-19 measures
People dancing at a nightclub
Between the lines

Inside Plan B: ministers urged to enforce Covid-19 measures

Health officials call for mandatory mask-wearing and Covid passports as UK cases rise
20 Oct 2021
The most popular British royals in 2021
Royal family
In Depth

The most popular British royals in 2021

Harry and Meghan’s popularity continues to sink in the UK
20 Oct 2021
Why some PCR results were negative after a positive lateral flow test
Pupils at a school in Halifax line up for lateral flow tests
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why some PCR results were negative after a positive lateral flow test

Investigation leads back to ‘isolated incident’ at private lab in Wolverhampton
20 Oct 2021
Why is half of Britain predicting a lockdown?
NHS poster saying Stay Home, Save Lives in London
Today’s big question

Why is half of Britain predicting a lockdown?

Booster vaccine programme has been criticised as moving ‘extremely slowly’ as Covid-19 cases hit a peak of nearly 50,000
20 Oct 2021
Prevent: is the UK’s anti-extremist programme fit for purpose?
David Amess tributes
In Depth

Prevent: is the UK’s anti-extremist programme fit for purpose?

Death of Southend West MP David Amess put anti-radicalisation programme back in the spotlight
19 Oct 2021
The government’s green strategies in a nutshell
Rishi Sunak
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The government’s green strategies in a nutshell

Net zero plans for finance and homes are announced as the Treasury tots up the price tag
19 Oct 2021
Delta-plus: is new mutation most infectious Covid-19 strain yet?
Ambulances outside a hospital during third national lockdown
Today’s big question

Delta-plus: is new mutation most infectious Covid-19 strain yet?

The Delta descendent already accounts for one in ten UK coronavirus cases
19 Oct 2021
The pros and cons of legalised assisted dying
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Pros and cons

The pros and cons of legalised assisted dying

House of Lords to consider law change on doctor-assisted suicide
19 Oct 2021
Boris, Carrie and the godmother at Christmas
Boris and Carrie Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

Boris, Carrie and the godmother at Christmas

Claims by ‘confidante’ have raised questions about Johnsons’ childcare bubbles
19 Oct 2021
Wembley Euro final disorder ‘seals the deal’ for World Cup bid hopes
Police and England fans on Wembley Way ahead of the Euro 2020 final
In Focus

Wembley Euro final disorder ‘seals the deal’ for World Cup bid hopes

England handed one-match stadium ban and an £84,560 fine by Uefa
19 Oct 2021
Glasgow’s Cop26 ‘gold rush’: where will all the delegates stay?
The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow will host the Cop26 summit
Behind the scenes

Glasgow’s Cop26 ‘gold rush’: where will all the delegates stay?

Inflated accommodation prices mean some visitors will travel from Edinburgh
19 Oct 2021
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