"Suga has declared he will not run in the leadership race to focus in the next remaining weeks on tackling coronavirus but this is an attempt to save face on what has been a largely misfiring and failed premiership." Chris Hughes, Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, comments on the decision of Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga to resign at the end of the month.
Dr Sharifah Sekalala, from Warwick's School of Law, comments on UNICEF's call for G7 countries to avoid dumping surplus vaccines but instead begin sending jabs now to avoid wasted doses.
"It is important that people possess skills which are relevant to the labour market. Equally, it is important that people have access to training which will keep their skills up to date. The government clearly recognises these two points with its Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Lifelong Loan Entitlement announced today." Professor Terence Hogarth from the Warwick Institute for Employment Research comments on proposed adult education reforms.
"If the UK Government has to resort to the courts to halt the Scottish Parliament from holding a second referendum, that would speak to the weakness of their democratic case for opposing it. We are in uncharted constitutional territory here and it remains to be seen when – rather than if – a new independence referendum is called." Politics expert Dr Alexander Smith explores whether there is now a mandate for a second independence referendum in Scotland.
Dr Sinem Hidir, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, comments on Labour's loss in Hartlepool.