On the face of it, Britain is not in a good way. The prime minister may or may not be braced to receive a fixed penalty notice for allegedly breaking his own Covid-19 laws.
The heir to the throne’s charity is facing a Met investigation into allegations of a “cash for honours” scandal. His brother, Prince Andrew, has reached an out of court settlement with Virginia Giuffre, having now admitted he regrets his association with serial abuser and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The Met itself is the subject of two inquiries into its conduct and culture. All the while, citizens of this small patch of land off the north-east Atlantic are no richer than they were in the weeks before the 2008 financial crisis, and about to be whacked by tax increases and a 54 per cent rise in the energy price cap.
Elsewhere in the paper, ‘I didn’t read until I was 17’ – Marcus Rashford speaks to the Standard as he unveils a new zine aimed at getting kids into books.
In the comment pages, Ayesha Hazarika has been watching Netflix’s Tinder Swindler and says we shouldn’t blame romance scam victims, because we’re all vulnerable to conmen. Ayesha also has a word or two to say about Prince Andrew, Virginia Guiffre, power and privilege.
Meanwhile, Homes & Property Editor Prudence Ivey wonders, as buyers and renters return to London, can we avoid another grim housing crisis?
And finally, people often ask Reveller Editor David Ellis where is good to eat. Here’s his answer.
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