Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: Saving Big Dog, scrapping the licence fee and tsunami hits Tonga

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office, having been asked by Boris Johnson to look into accusations…

Portrait of the week: No. 10’s garden party, Djokovic’s visa row and France’s vaccine protests

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson admitted to attending evening drinks for about 40 staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street on…

Portrait of the week

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Home The warmest New Year’s Day on record saw a temperature of 16.3˚C (61.3˚F) in St James’s Park, London. A…

Lockdown, protests, parties and Matt Hancock’s kiss

18 December 2021 9:00 am

January The United Kingdom found itself in possession of a trade agreement with the EU. Coronavirus restrictions were tightened. The…

Portrait of the week: No. 10 parties, a ten-year drugs strategy and Burmese arrest

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Home Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said that the Omicron variant of coronavirus was spreading by community transmission in ‘multiple…

A new Covid variant, a Labour reshuffle and a Twitter resignation

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Home In a nervous response to the entry into Britain of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 — B.1.1.529 — the…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s shambolic CBI speech, more Covid protests and Kyle Rittenhouse is cleared

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, praised Peppa Pig in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry: ‘Who would’ve…

Portrait of the week: a Liverpool terror attack, the end of COP26 and the Belarus migrant crisis

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Home The UK terror threat level was raised to severe after a taxi exploded and burst into flames just before…

Portrait of the week: Tory sleaze, NHS jabs and Elon Musk’s shares

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Home NHS staff in England will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid by the spring. Britain had ordered 250,000…

Portrait of the week: Fishing friction, Greta’s singalong and terror in Tokyo

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told delegates to the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework…

Portrait of the week: Queen stays home, Boris rubbishes recycling and pay freeze thaws

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The Queen will not attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow next week; she had resumed light duties after having…

Portrait of the week

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Home Sir David Amess, aged 69, the Conservative MP for Southend West, was stabbed to death while taking a constituency…

Portrait of the week: power failures, toy shortages and Boris’s Marbella mountain villa

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Home In an extraordinary wrangle between government departments, the Treasury accused Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, of ‘making things up’…

Portrait of the week: Facebook’s blackout, California’s oil spill and Rishi’s kitchen sink

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said he did not think Britain was in a crisis; he wanted it to…

Portrait of the week: Petrol panic, Labour’s meltdown and China’s crypto crackdown

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The crisis of the week was a shortage of fuel at garages. ‘There is no need for people to…

Portrait of the week: Gas prices soar, cabinet reshuffled and a green light for travel

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Home To prevent a shortage of meat, which relies on carbon dioxide in its packaging, the government gave millions of…

Portrait of the week: Boosters, Emma Raducanu and the Taliban’s new rules

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Home The government decided to offer booster vaccinations to those over 50. Children aged 12 to 15 would be offered…

Portrait of the week: Tax rises, Tube gets busier and Taliban names its government

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced a new tax in the Commons branded a ‘health and social care levy’.…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves Afghanistan, hurricane hits New Orleans and Gove goes clubbing

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Britain brought its last troops home from Afghanistan, having flown out more than 15,000 people since 14 August; but…

Portrait of the week: the chaotic evacuation from Kabul

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Home At the virtual G7 emergency summit that he was chairing, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, urged President Joe Biden…

Portrait of the week: the Taliban take Afghanistan

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Home Parliament was recalled after the rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, returned from…

Portrait of the week: Cameron’s cash, A-grades abound and Tower Bridge won’t budge

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Home With less frightening domestic data on the coronavirus pandemic to ponder, subjects such as the rivalry between Boris Johnson,…

Portrait of the week: Vouchers for vaccines, cases rise in China and a Christmas baby for Boris and Carrie

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Home After the number of people ‘pinged’ (alerted by an NHS Covid-19 app) neared 700,000, the app was adjusted so…

Portrait of the week: Channel crossings, chain-gangs for criminals and Tesco Bank shuts up shop

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Home The daily number of coronavirus cases detected by tests fell from 54,674 on 17 July to 23,511 by 27…

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…