The Week Ahead: Liberté, égalité and fraternité

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Welcome to the working week.

Liberty is going to be a theme of several news events over the next few days.

England’s citizens are preparing for confirmation of a return to freedom by prime minister Boris Johnson, who will outline the ending of (almost all) coronavirus social restrictions from July 19 in a statement to the House of Commons. Optimism is high. The success of the British vaccine development and rollout is something that the country can be rightly proud of. But risks remain, both of “chaos” in the jobs market as lockdown is unwound (not my words, those of business leaders) and of an escalation in Covid cases after “freedom day”. The road ahead will be bumpy — the surge in cases due to the Delta variant damped UK consumer spending last month. Setbacks could still force…

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