The papers The Guardian leads with “No 10 faces showdown as Tory rebellion over Brexit bill grows” and the Times agrees that is the best story of the day with “Law chief leads Brexit rebellion”. Others stick to Covid-19 for their main stories with the Mirror saying “Final virus warning” and the Telegraph “GPs warned they must see patients ‘face to face’”. The Mail prefers “Revealed: lockdown blow to UK health”, as does the Express with “Lives at risk in cancer research cash crisis”. The FT leads on “SoftBank executives revive talks on delisting Japanese tech group”. In Scotland the Herald says “Consultants could demand more money in second wave”, while the Record has “The sex beast on Tinder”. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead
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It’s time, Mr Dowden, you faced up to a simple truth: artists know much more about the arts than politicians. So far the most practical plan for the theatre has come from Sam Mendes, who has made numerous recommendations: increasing the theatre’s tax-relief scheme from 20% to 50%, inviting the government to become theatrical “angels” by investing in productions, challenging the streaming services to put money into an industry from which they directly benefit. Have you spoken to Sir Sam about his ideas? Have you co-opted him onto the cultural renewal taskforce you have set up? Or are you simply fiddle-faddling while Rome burns? … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
Aneel Bhangu, a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Birmingham and a consultant colorectal surgeon at University Hospitals Birmingham, said he had fully adapted to telephone and video, including 30-day post-operative follow-up and wound assessment. “The only face-to-face I do now is to tell people they have cancer,” he said. “This is 100% the future.” … [Read more...] about GP appointments by phone and video surge during coronavirus lockdown
Last Friday the government released its “roadmap” for reopening UK theatres. There is just one problem: it’s woefully vague with no dates or hard information – or anything of practical use – and it has demoralised everyone I’ve spoken to in the industry. What good is a road map when you don’t know whether the little fuel you have left in the tank will last the journey? … [Read more...] about The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need
For the last two decades, English urban policy has focused on what’s known as “agglomeration”, or the spatial concentration of economic activity in cities. This approach to urban development has long treated city centres as convenient and easy landing points for global financial capital. It’s naturally appealing to global investors, who crave speedy and easy financial returns built around the sure-fire bet of land and property development. Agglomeration is the reason our cities have densely concentrated networks of offices and financial centres, and why people in London, the UK’s main financial centre, spend an average of 81 minutes a day commuting into work. … [Read more...] about UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders