"Macron’s reshuffle, ditching a popular PM, is a gamble indicating how weak he is, how high the stakes are." Professor Ben Clift of PAIS comments on the news that the French Prime Minister has resigned, and explores what this means for President Macron's leadership and re-election chances.
"Lockdowns in democracies have always been about trust. In order for localised lockdowns to be effective, it is important to know what the public health threshold is for creating a localised lockdown so that communities don’t feel that they are being disproportionately impacted." Dr Sharifah Sekalala comments on the potential challenges of a Leicester lockdown.
Professor Roger Farmer comments on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee decision to extend the quantitative easing programme and keep interest rates at 0.1 per cent.
"Alignment of trading and security interests, as articulated by the FCO seem to be taking centre stage, as DfID gets side-lined." Professor Shirin Rai, Director, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development, comments on the Prime Minister's Global Britain announcement.
With many European governments making it compulsory to wear face masks in certain public places, and others recommending it, will masks become part of ‘the new normal’ in the UK? Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey and Professor Perry Hinton look at what norm theory can tell us about behaviour change.