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GOODBYE 2022, HELLO 2023
Our last LDN issue of the year, and our 249th, provides you with a brief set of 12 headlines from the week just gone, followed by our look back at 2022 and a glance at 2023 – all in sets of 12.
IT'S SNOW JOKE
There’s so much in today’s issue that our editors simply gave up on writing a foreword – and who can blame them, amidst snow-speckled Christmas merriment only slightly dimmed by strikes
“If I had the energy for Twitter discourse, I might pose the following question to the masses. Is there a public institution or structure in this country that is currently working well, or if not well, then at least adequately?"
IN LDN WE TRUST?
“Trust is an important attribute in politics, as it is in life in general. And trust in our public services is vital to a healthy society."
HAVE YOUR SAY
“Readers, we come to you today with our usual rich mix of hard news, political gossip, sector insight and London life."
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW
“Lots of eyeballs will be trained on tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. Indeed, they are likely to be flitting from their latest energy bill, to their mortgage statement or rental agreement and back to the Chancellor with a mix of horror and hope."
CURTAINS DOWN IN LONDON?
“When people think about where to invest their money, go to study or simply for a holiday, a city’s cultural offer is often high up on the list. London’s offer has, historically, been incredibly strong."
CAPITAL OF CONTRASTS
The spectre of a winter of discontent loomed large in the Mayor of London’s speech at the London Conference yesterday, in sharp contrast to a more positive, upbeat speech by the Minister for London Paul Scully.
SUNAK SELLS STABILITY?
'It is now nearly 11 months since the Partygate story broke in the Daily Mirror (on 30 November 2021, to be exact). It can safely be argued that since then the government, as we used to know it, has stood still.'
ENTER THE HUNT
One’s mental capacity for institutional failure only goes so far but today, amid news of screeching U-turns from Government and wobbly markets we also bring the latest on the Metropolitan Police and Baroness Louise Casey’s interim report into ‘abhorrent’ behaviour among its officers.
I can safely say that I have not witnessed such chaos at the top of government in all that time as we are witnessing now.