Ex-Covid taskforce head’s leaving party

The information comes hours after Downing Street apologised to Buckingham Palace over two “deeply regrettable” events held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, as revealed by the Telegraph

The apology is known to have been communicated by “official channels” and over the phone. Downing Street declined to specify precisely who had communicated the apology. 

Read what the Prime Minister’s official spokesman advised reporters and here’s a reminder of the main points, together with how one member of workers was despatched to the Co-op on the Strand, a busy road close by, with a suitcase which was then full of bottles of wine.

Markets have a good time PM’s fall

An embattled Prime Minister on the point of being compelled from office and a governing party at conflict with itself would often create the sort of political turmoil that may see traders flee. 

If it had been an rising market, the forex would have tumbled, and the central financial institution could be working furiously to revive confidence, with the IMF on standby. 

Yet, the alternative is occurring to the UK – the pound is up over the week, and even amid uneven world buying and selling, the FTSE appears to be like perky. 

Matthew Lynn analyses why the markets would have a good time Mr Johnson’s downfall.

The Boris Effect

Telegraph readers have shared their disappointment on the Downing Street party revelations however there are some amongst them who recommend that “no Prime Minister is going to fall because of a drinks party”. 

After the nation made sacrifices – lacking loved-ones’ final moments, funerals, training, career alternatives – Judith Woods examines the baffling Boris Effect and why so many nonetheless love him. 

As Sue Gray, the civil servant charged with investigating the Downing Street events, sifts by means of the archives for helpful precedent, she is going to absolutely stumble throughout the story of London’s war-time blackout and its shameful enforcement in Whitehall. 

Paul Nuki particulars the blackout’s worrying lesson for No 10.

Comment and evaluation

Around the world: Putin’s choices for Ukraine invasion

Discerning Vladimir Putin’s army plans for Ukraine shortly runs right into a easy drawback: he has the aptitude to do nearly something. He may launch airstrikes just like Nato’s marketing campaign in opposition to Serbia in 1999. He may attempt a demonstrative however harmful floor incursion, as he did in Georgia in 2008. Or he may launch a grand Second World War-style invasion, encircle Kyiv, and annex half the nation. Roland Oliphant analyses Mr Putin’s 5 choices for the invasion of Ukraine.

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