THE MOOD: UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT MAKING A DASH FOR FREEDOM WITH A ROGUE ROBOT CLEANER
We’re not sitting pretty today, with nervousness over former UK minister Nusrat Ghani claiming to have been told her ‘Muslimness’ made colleagues ‘uncomfortable’ and worries about Sue Gray’s ‘partygate’ report, including whether or not it will be published in full. As London’s trains are rammed on the capital’s big return to the office after two years of working from home, Britain’s biggest cities are said to have lost nearly one year of sales to the pandemic, but a World Health Organisation official is alarmed by England lifting its COVID-19 restrictions and Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding amid new Omicron rules in New Zealand. Former Australian PM Paul Keating has criticised Liz Truss for ‘demented’ comments about China and accused Britain of suffering from ‘relevance deprivation’. Embassy staff are starting to be moved from Ukraine.
ON PINS AND NEEDLES
Some corporates are experiencing agitation, with banknotes printer De La Rue’s shares plunging 30% on a profits warning and activist investors causing trouble for Unilever and Peloton. The FTSE All-Share is losing ground. Uncle Sam is to start asking every taxpayer about their cryptocurrency transactions, while staff shortages are leading to Starbucks and McDonald’s reducing opening hours.
AS HAPPY AS A SANDBOY OR GIRL
Others are happy where they are, with Computacenter seeing its highest services revenue growth for 20 years and AIM’s market capitalisation hitting £150bn amid an IPO boom. John Lewis Is giving all staff full sick pay regardless of vaccination status, while HSBC is adding preferred personal pronouns to staff name badges. Edison’s watermarking solutions client Digimarc Corporation has received an ESG Edge score in line with the top performers in its peer group. Edison launches its Open House on Global Healthcare tomorrow.
MAKING SACRIFICES TO GET WHERE WE WANT
This stowaway somehow survived 11 hours in the wheel section of a plane flying from Johannesburg to Amsterdam. And a robot vacuum cleaner broke ranks and made a break for freedom, giving staff the slip at a Cambridge Travelodge.