Beyond England

NHS contact tracing app
With the NHS contact tracing app pilot scheme well underway on the Isle of Wight, civil liberty groups remain concerned about privacy violations. Although uptake may be as low as 20 per cent, the government hopes to make the app an integral element of its plan to ease restrictions. Getting the economy back up and running appears the primary...

Power giants ramp up clean energy development

Energy companies in the United Kingdom are on track to invest multibillions of pounds in a bid to deliver a cleaner energy. Scottish Power for instance, said that it was planning to invest in clean power in Scotland as part...

England: ‘Stay alert’. Everywhere else: ‘Stay at home’

Boris Johnson has unveiled the first steps out of the coronavirus lockdown with a new slogan that had already been rejected by the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and...

Ministers asked to lure drug manufacturers into UK

The National Health Services (NHS), along with medical institutions, was calling on ministers to woo drug manufacturers into the United Kingdom to reduce the potential shortage of drugs amid...

Sturgeon warns social distancing could extend to 2021

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned social distancing measures put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic could extend into 2021. Sturgeon said a return to “the normal life...
ONS COVID-19 statistics

ONS COVID-19 figures indicate death rates may be 40 per cent higher

Amid fears that the true death toll of coronavirus patients remains unclear, the ONS COVID-19 figures go some way toward revealing the true picture. Care staff workers say the actual numbers may be far...

Brexit talks resume in midst of coronavirus – Scottish gov’t calls for 2 year...

Boris Johnson’s government has resumed Brexit talks with the European Union after several rounds of meetings had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish government has called for a two year extension...
COVID 19 and Brexit

COVID 19 and Brexit – UK opts out of EU-wide PPE procurement scheme

Despite the significant economic impact of COVID 19 and Brexit, the UK government is forging ahead with its plans to go it alone. In recent weeks, the UK has declined EU invitations on several...
Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet reshuffle – Northern Ireland’s reaction to Julian Smith’s sacking

What the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle means is beginning to become clear. Apart from merging the staff team at number 10 and number 11 which is in itself a seismic move, the people of...

Scotland’s finance secretary quits over texts to teenage boy, hours before budget speech

Scotland’s finance secretary has quit hours before he was due to deliver the government’s budget after it emerged he had been “bombarding” a 16 year old schoolboy with text messages. Derek Mackay – who had...