In a week with as many volatile twists and turns as the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case, we were up and down as Britain’s economy was said to have ‘more or less ground to a halt’ but then put in a face-saving recovery.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS
We were grimly hanging on, as the government package set out in the Queen’s Speech was overshadowed by the monarch’s absence and then derided as ‘cosmetic surgery for an economy facing a heart attack’. Britain’s cost of living crisis deepened, with more than 2 million adults said to have gone without food for a day, 41% cutting back on grocery shopping and 1.5 million forecast to struggle to pay food and energy bills. As ‘partygate’ fines issued by the Metropolitan Police doubled to more than 100, Sir Keir Starmer pledged to resign if he is fined over ‘beergate’.
KEEPING HOPES UP
Hopes sprang eternally, with Britain announcing plans to join the space race with its first direct satellite launch and Sadiq Khan optimistically floating the prospect of another London Olympics by 2050. Although Elon Musk put his acquisition of Twitter on a ‘temporary hold,’ the owners of Covent Garden and Chinatown confirmed talks about a £3.5bn merger and Morrisons triumphed in the battle for convenience stores group McColl’s. As a bust bought for $34.99 turned out to be an ancient Roman relic, an Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe fetched a record price for a 20thCentury painting.
RIDING OUR LUCK
As Georgia students create what may be the world’s longest hopscotch, the owner of a cocker spaniel called Leo hailed him as the world’s first dog to master the game. And Friday 13th turned out to be a lot luckier than you might think.