Heather Stewart, Richard Partington and Rafael Behr discuss the chancellor’s spending review, and England’s move from lockdown back to a tiered system. Plus, Peter Walker, Polly Toynbee and Tim Bale look back through the history of civil wars in the Labour party
The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, stood up in the House of Commons on Wednesday and announced his latest plans for tackling soaring unemployment and levelling up the UK. To help pay for that, he’s putting a freeze on the wages of some of those frontline workers, and cutting overseas aid.
While Sunak crunches the numbers, ministers from the four devolved nations came to an agreement for Christmas restrictions. Three households will be allowed to meet for up to five days, in a Christmas bubble – or bauble, as Nicola Sturgeon called it.