The UK defence minister gives a stark warning that the current world order is crumbling and it’s becoming more likely that use of biological and chemical weapons is in the future. Moderate Republicans ponder splitting from the party of Donald Trump as impeachment hearings continue. And another of the big oil companies puts out its plan to convert from fossil fuels by 2050.
Whether it’s the UK and French governments or climate czar John Kerry, everybody gets hammered for saying one thing and doing another this week. China is attacked by some for latest reports alleging systematic rape and torture of Uighers and the fall out in the EU from the vaccine wars continues.
A vicious vaccine war breaks out as the EU threatens to divert doses from the UK, Joe Biden launches a barrage of first week measures on climate change and much else besides. And we note how the pandemic has changed the world in ways that will echo for decades.
Joe Biden is inaugurated as Captain Unity, with a mission to unite America. The EU and Australia open new fronts in the war against the tech giants. And the UK ponders a vaccine-led future of long-term closed borders.
The tech giants demonstrate their power in obliterating any online presence for Donald Trump and taking down the independent Parler platform. In the UK conservatives threaten Boris Johnson’s leadership unless he maps out the terms on which lockdown will be ended. And America looks nervously ahead to an inauguration where multiple protests and violence are reportedly imminent.
Health systems are in crisis because of Covid-19 OR hospitals are no busier and deaths are no higher than average. Can both of these be true at once?Also, Brexit is finally done. The world begins vaccinating people – too slowly for some. And the US election nears the final chapter.
A mutant virus cancelled Christmas – was it just another example of over-reaction by the government? A Brexit trade deal limps over the line at the very last minute. And President Trump is urged to sabotage Joe Biden’s intent to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
While Europe locks down, Britain resists for now the pressure to abandon its plans to let people use their own judgement on how they spend Christmas. The UK government reveals its plans for an online harms bill and its plans for energy, and more people get cancelled, including Abraham Lincoln himself.