4 mn read Earlier this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that every adult in the UK would be offered their first dose of the vaccine before the end of 2021. And the government has been under immense pressure to deliver on its promise.
4 mn read The UK’s Bar Council, a body of barristers, warned the UK government on Tuesday that it risks “criminalising annoying speech” in the Policing Bill which is currently being pushed through Parliament. The Bar Council continued, saying that its proposals for “harassment in a public place” would make annoying speech a criminal offence.
4 mn read The Holyrood election is fast approaching, with less than a week to go until Scots take to the ballot box. The sixth Scottish Parliament elections have been long-awaited, fought with lockdown and distancing between candidates and voters. But this election is more decisive than just seeing whether Nicola Sturgeon can hold onto the reins of power, however; this election may be decisive for the Scottish independence movement too. Eat News spoke to Sir John Curtice, British political scientist, Senior research fellow, and pollster, to learn more about the election and the future for Scotland in the UK.
3 mn read Last week, a global summit on climate change, organised by the UK, saw 35 countries come together to discuss, in the run-up to the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in November. But while an invitation was extended to China, its absence was clear. The UK’s ignored invite has been the latest stab in the political joust over human rights in recent weeks. Tim Summers, former British consulate-general in Hong Kong, said: “The tit-for-tat sanctions…have clearly damaged the UK-China relationship.”
3 mn read Hong Kong democracy activist Honcques Laus’ book has been added to the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
4 mn read 1.5 million young women have lost income since the pandemic began in the UK, with working mothers paying a “particularly high price”, charity Young Women’s Trust told Eat News. More than a third of women who are single parents said they had skipped meals to just make ends meet, research by the UK-based women’s charity found.
4 mn read Talking with Gerry Stoker, a British political scientist and former government advisor, Eat News explores the key institutional failures that led to over 100,000 British deaths in just one year.
4 mn read In November 2015, it was announced by the UK government that the remaining fourteen coal power stations would be closed by 2025. The most recent to close was Aberthaw Power Station, which shut its doors on 31st March 2020, after half a century of business. At its peak in 2013, the plant generated enough electricity to illuminate 3 million homes every year. Carbon Brief deputy editor Dr Simon Evans tweeted about the closure, “Another UK coal plant is closing. 1,500MW Aberthaw B in Wales to close, citing “challenging” market conditions. Just FOUR remain: Drax, West Burton, Kilroot, and Ratcliffe.”
3 mn read The UK Government has been accused of handing COVID-19 contracts to private companies with intimate ties to the Conservative Party which resulted in “avoidable deaths”.
3 mn read The second lockdown in England is set to end at midnight on Tuesday, 1st December. Restrictions that will replace it draw similarities to the tier system imposed before lockdown was reinstated in November. However, many MPs are planning to vote against the regulations. After a month-long “circuit-breaker” across the mainland, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced […]