Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China?

In welcoming whatever custom they can get from China, universities are doing what the rules of the higher education market demand. They also have sound academic reasons for collaborating with a country that is increasingly at the forefront of research, particularly in the sciences. Unfortunately, China does not play by what are generally understood as […]

Oldham becomes UK’s new coronavirus hotspot after nearly 150 people are struck down by the virus in a week despite the town being hit with tough new lockdown rules last month

LOCKDOWN RULES: WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO Areas affected: Preston, Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester.

Polly Hudson: Exterminate knee-jerk Covid tactics!

Last week, scientists at Independent Sage, a rival group to the official government advisers, called for England to work to completely eradicate coronavirus, by formally adopting a Zero Covid approach. And only yesterday Nicola Sturgeon pushed for it too, for all of the UK.

FIFA’s Warner extradition papers signed, case adjourned to Friday

The case was then adjourned until Friday after lawyers asked for time to review the documents. Warner is among nine officials of world football’s governing body, along with five sports marketing executives indicted by U.S. prosecutors. He faces 12 charges related to racketeering and bribery.

The end of tourism?

Behind the recent campaigns against over-tourism lies a growing appreciation that public goods that were assumed to be endlessly exploitable are, in fact, both finite and have a value that the price of visiting them should reflect. “Polluter pays” is an economic principle that is gradually being introduced to farming, manufacturing and energy. The idea […]

Hidden Hand review – China’s true global ambitions exposed

But Xi and the party’s ambitions have begun to be rumbled and challenged – a development that this book underpins. Subverting the Hong Kong treaties and breaking international law to suppress its millions of protesters under an extension of Chinese law, the suppression of the Uighurs and the growing trade aggression of the Trump administration, […]

Coronavirus: Eat Out to Help Out sees 10.5 million discounts claimed in first week

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “The jury is still out regarding the benefit of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which launched last week, although there were rises in footfall on each day between Monday and Wednesday from the week before.

Diners used Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme more than 10.5 MILLION times in its first week, Treasury figures reveal

‘It is also encouraging to see that, even with the temptation to spend more now, people are still remaining consistent with their efforts to save and they are seemingly trying to continue that habit going forward, particularly as we face economic uncertainty in light of Covid-19.’