As beer drinkers face a bottle shortage, other challenges are being flunked. While Westminster awaits the ‘partygate’ report, new pictures of Boris toasting a colleague in No. 10 during Britain’s second COVID- throw doubt on his Commons claims. After London’s new Elizabeth line was said to be ‘fit for a queen’, it was evacuated within hours of its grand opening. MPs are demanding the resignation of the Foreign Office’s top civil servant because of a ‘deep failure of leadership’ during the evacuation of Kabul. The state of NHS dentistry is being derided after a woman extracted 13 of her own teeth.
PUTTING UP THE SHUTTERS
Some corporates are giving up, with Airbnb closing indefinitely in China and McDonald’s and Starbucks pulling out of Russia. Investors in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi have voted to quit the New York Stock Exchange. After Snap’s shares plunged 30%, the company could be a ‘canary in a coal mine’ for the internet sector. The FTSE All-Share is giving back some of yesterday’s gains
RELYING ON HOPE
Thursdays are the new Fridays as Britain returns to the office on ‘core midweek’ days. Revenues are up 10% at repairs and emergency services group Homeserve, while the value of Chinatown owner Shaftesbury’s property portfolio has grown 7.5%. As Davos hears of food crises intensifying in a ‘world in trouble’, British gene-editing scientists have created a tomato with ‘souped-up’ vitamin D.
COMFORTED BY THE PAST
A huge ‘dragon of death’ flying reptile that was 86 million years ago has been dug up in Argentina. And 40 red-footed tortoises are being re-introduced in the country’s El Impenetrable national park.