Portrait of the week

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…

Portrait of the week: Mixed messages on masks, protests in Cuba and good news for pandas

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Home England expects everyone to wear masks in crowded places, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said in a televised address,…

Portrait of the week: Masks to be dropped, John Lewis builds houses and Russia lays claim to champagne

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said that if a review of coronavirus restrictions on 12 July allowed, then on…

Portrait of the week: Hancock out, Javid in and MoD papers found at a bus stop

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Home A lively game of hunt the issue followed the resignation of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health…

Portrait of the week: A bombshell by-election, Scotland bans Mancunians and China staffs its space station

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government contemplated its promised Planning Bill, blamed for contributing to the astonishing victory for the Liberal Democrat Sarah…

Portrait of the week: Freedom off, GB News on and the Queen’s tea with Biden

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The lifting of coronavirus restrictions was delayed from 21 June until 19 July, probably. The motive was to avoid…

Portrait of the week: Pub staff shortages, a baby called Lilibet and a slap in the face for Macron

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government pondered delaying the end of coronavirus restrictions on 21 June. But Chris Hopson, the chief executive of…

Portrait of the week: Boris Johnson’s wedding, bitcoin blackouts and a £140m tomato ketchup factory

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Home Freelance scientists urged the government not to end coronavirus regulations on 21 June, for fear of a third wave.…

Portrait of the week: Bashir’s reckoning, Dominic Cummings’s evidence and ‘secret’ local lockdowns

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Home The BBC was engulfed in doubts after a report by Lord Dyson blamed Martin Bashir for deceiving the late…

Portrait of the week: Indian variant goes up, Santander goes down and pubs reopen

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Home The government made noises about having to delay the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on 21 June in some parts…

Portrait of the week: Scotland votes, Queen speaks and Israel-Palestine crisis escalates

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Home A new complexion of British politics was revealed by the capture of Hartlepool by Jill Mortimer for the Conservatives…

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

Portrait of the week: A political squall, sub-postmasters exonerated and India’s Covid crisis

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Home By the beginning of the week, 12,071,810 people had received both doses of coronavirus vaccine, and the proportion of…

Portrait of the week: Covid pills, Chauvin’s conviction and a red card for the Super League

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced the hunt was on for two effective pills to treat Covid, to be…

Portrait of the week: Duke of Edinburgh dies, Covid retreats and questions for Cameron

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to the Queen for 73 years, died at Windsor Castle, aged 99.…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine passports, Northern Ireland riots and a cocaine-smuggling kayaker

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The government sketched a scheme for a coronavirus passport, or ‘Covid status certification’, to be tried out at the…