In the news…
The year is opening with a display of hostility on many sides, both at home and abroad.
- Banking – Financial Service firms seek limited EU market access post Brexit, as City of London lobbying group drops demand for EU ‘passport’
- Economy – Pound hits post-Brexit low versus US dollar and No 10 distances itself from minister over levy on skilled EU workers
- Europe – Troops in Poland, rescue missions in Greece Polish crisis deepens as stand-off delays opening of parliament, VW admits guilt and pays $4.3bn emissions scandal penalty, Pressure mounts for Monte dei Paschi to disclose problem loans, Greece sends ship to Lesbos to help freezing migrants
- Heath – winter is always a difficult time for the NHS, but it seems there is more to this. Head of NHS England picks a fight with government over spending. London’s NHS hospitals face extra £16m-a-year business rates bill which isn’t going to help the capital.
- Property – Controversy as London’s Garden Bridge plan hit by soaring building costs, and Stonehenge tunnel given green light after nearly 30 years of delays
- Tech – Silicon Valley start-ups suffer fall in VC funding, EU to debate legal status of robots, EU says U.S. explanation of Yahoo email scanning not enough
- US – the situation is unbelievable as and the ongoing Trump scandal continues to entertain the world. Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire, the Kremlin rebuffs Trump memo claims as ‘pulp fiction’, Likewise Trump accuses U.S. spy agencies of Nazi practices over ‘phony’ Russia dossier. Trump Organization handover plan slammed by ethics chief, and Tillerson sets stage for clash with Beijing over South China Sea
- Trump blasts US intelligence on Russia dossier
- NHS England chief hits back at Theresa May on health service funding
- Cyprus talks to take international turn amid hope for deal
- Met Office warnings issued for high winds and snow
- Brexit no longer the main risk to UK’s stability