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If only the UK could panic-buy prime ministers who know what they’re doing

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Is the government’s fabled Nudge Unit on a paddleboard somewhere in Crete? You have to ask, after Downing Street urged people not to panic-buy petrol, a piece of behavioural science almost guaranteed to make people pa...

‘If I could donate my jab, I would’: four readers share view on having a Covid booster

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About 1.5 million people in England who are eligible for a Covid booster jab, including over-50s, frontline workers and those who are vulnerable, will be sent an invitation this week to book an appointment. Though the...

Care homes warn crippling energy bills could force closures

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Care operators facing 100% increases in their energy bills to keep residents warm this winter have demanded urgent government intervention to avoid home closures. A typical care home of 50 residents already spends abo...

Johnson refuses to say if he could live on basic universal credit pay

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Boris Johnson has defended the government’s plans to cut universal credit while refusing to say whether he could live on the basic payment it provides of £118 a week. Questioned by reporters during his trip to the US ...

‘Someone could weld an eyeball out!’ Why Metal Shop Masters is the anti Bake Off

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Metal Shop Masters is a new American Netflix series where a bunch of skilled metalworkers compete to make the best sculpture within a punishingly limited timeframe. The fact that it exists is inevitable, because the w...

UK plan to end Troubles prosecutions ‘could breach international law’

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Boris Johnson’s plan to impose a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 could be in breach of international law, a European human rights commissioner has told the government...

GOP plan to block House measure could trigger an unprecedented $28tn default

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Top Republicans in the Senate are poised to block a key spending package advanced by Democrats in a move that could precipitate the dual fiscal crises of a government shutdown and an unprecedented US default on its co...

Britain faces a triple crunch – and the political cost for the Tories could be huge

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Long before there was talk of an energy crisis, the government had been looking vulnerable. Economic growth is slowing and inflation is rising. Despite the Indian summer, Covid-19 infection rates remain high, and the ...

Unions’ concerns could delay Keir Starmer’s Labour rules shake-up

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Keir Starmer could be forced to delay plans for Labour party reforms amid resistance from key trade unions, who have said they need more time to consult on plans to rewrite the leadership election rules. The Guardian ...

Delaying UK novichok poisonings inquiry ‘could put more lives at risk’

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The family of a woman killed in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings has warned that delaying the start of a full judge-led investigation into her death could put more lives at risk and is calling on the home secretary, ...

The global supply chain crisis could fuel a severe dose of stagflation

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How will the global economy and markets evolve over the next year? There are four scenarios that could follow the “mild stagflation” of the last few months. The recovery in the first half of 2021 has given way recentl...

This energy price crisis could have been avoided

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Perhaps the simplest yet most effective measure that the government could take to minimise the impact of rising wholesale gas prices on the “fuel poor” would be to make illegal the inclusion of standing charges in dom...

No 10 warned energy crisis and cuts could plunge households into hardship

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Hundreds of thousands of Britons face a “very, very difficult” winter thanks to rising household costs, No 10 has been warned, as firms said the energy price shock could trigger a three-day week for factories and furt...

British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

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Britain is facing a “baby shortage” that could lead to “long-term economic stagnation”, a thinktank has said. The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in th...

Garment workers in America’s fashion capital may make just $6 an hour. A new law could change that

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Los Angeles is considered the center of garment manufacturing in America, employing over 40,000 people to make clothing for fashion brands including Reformation, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Wet Seal. But for decad...

UK carbon dioxide shortage could force farmers to cull pigs

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Britain’s pig farmers are the latest casualty of the worsening energy crisis which threatens to trigger a shortage of carbon dioxide used across the food and drinks industry. Rocketing gas prices have caused a Europe-...

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