Guido Talks | Mayoral Tantrums, School Meals, and the BBC

The latest episode of Guido Talks is available now both here as a video and on all good podcast platforms. In this week’s edition, recorded yesterday, the team discusses some of our favourite stories from the last seven days. See a list of the stories discussed here… 

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Covid R Number Drops to 1.2–1.4

Official figures released by SAGE this afternoon show the UK’s Coronavirus R rate has dropped from 1.3–1.5 last week to 1.2–1.4. It seems the tiered restrictions are working – just in time for Sir Keir to u-turn on his Covid policy once again?

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Mark Drakeford’s ‘Non-Essential Items Ban’ in Action

Last night it emerged that along with Mark Drakeford’s power-mad nation-wide lockdown and English travel ban, a new edict was to come into force banning Welsh supermarkets from selling non-essential items. This raised two questions: what constitutes non-essential? and how would this be enforced?

The former remains unanswered, though this snap from a Tesco provides clarity on the former. Guido can only presume at this point Mark Drakeford is in fact an Amazon sleeper agent…

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Caption Contest (Middle Income Edition)

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Gavin Williamson Adds to Britain’s Tier Confusion

Times Radio listeners were confused this morning to learn about a fourth tier of Covid lockdown, discovered in a Department of Education press release from August, in which Gavin Williamson discusses school closures in “Tiers 3 and 4″. Unfortunately, the station hadn’t unearthed an accidental leak; unbeknownst to many, Gavin has his own, separate, tiered system not connected to Boris’s national lockdown, which details how schools can continue to operate. All the areas which have been put in Boris’s tier 3 lockdown are still in tier 1 of Gavin’s school restrictions if that makes any kind of sense…The highlighting of the DfE tiering system is even more mind-numbing after yesterday’s revelation Nicola Sturgeon is switching to a new 5 tier lockdown model, with both a looser level than England’s “medium” areas and a stricter level than England’s “very high” areas. To make matters worse, the media’s already exhausted all the good ‘tier’ puns prematurely…

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Truss Signs Independent UK’s First Trade Deal with Japan

A big day for the Department for International Trade today as Liz Truss signs the UK’s first trade deal as an independent country for decades. The Japan deal was agreed in principle over a month ago, however it was formally signed this morning at a ceremony in Tokyo. Next stop: TPP membership, boosted by our new best friend Japan’s 2021 chairmanship…

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