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LDN Weekly – Issue 152 – 2 December 2020

BACK TO BUSINESS (SORT OF)

The welcome news that London’s shops have re-opened (there was certainly a long queue at TK Maxx in Ealing at 10:30 this morning) has to be set against the backdrop of the Arcadia and Debenhams news, especially for the thousands of employees whose job prospects appear bleak.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 151 – 25 November 2020

NO TRAINS, NO PLANES

Today’s spending review is not great for London; our infrastructure projects are stuck, some of our key industries for jobs and growth are badly hurt and our local authorities are struggling. It’s tough out there right now, and the Government has its sights trained on fixing, well, anywhere but here.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 150 – 18 November 2020

BUDGETS, BALLOTS AND BICYCLES

Sometimes it is good to focus on smaller stories and this week some thoughts on LTNs and BIDs (if initial reaction is WTF, then those are Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Business Improvement Districts respectively).

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LDN Weekly – Issue 149 – 11 November 2020

THERE IS HOPE

I owe my fellow Board director, Jenna Goldberg, a profuse apology (rest assured, we do occasionally communicate more directly than through LDN editorials). She was clearly well-informed when she hinted at brighter days ahead.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 148 – 4 November 2020

LOCKED DOWN, BAILED OUT, MOVING EAST

Last week my fellow Board Director, Jenna Goldberg, clearly tempted fate in her LDN foreword by suggesting brighter days might be ahead and noting all the cultural activity that London still had to offer. So, personally, I blame her for this second lockdown. 

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LDN Weekly – Issue 147 – 28 October 2020

TO BRIGHTER DAYS

Writing this from home, on a grey and gloomy day, having been up since 5am because the kids don’t understand that the clocks have changed, I’d rather not dwell on the transport rows over tubes and airports, or the political rows over planning reform and I certainly haven’t the head for funding rows over the future of beleaguered local authorities.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 146 – 21 October 2020

BAILOUT BUST-UP?

The news that the leader of Hillingdon is standing down after 20 years running the Council marks the fourth change at the top for London's boroughs in as many months, following the change of leadership at Southwark, Croydon and Merton. 

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LDN Weekly – Issue 145 – 14 October 2020

TO LOCKDOWN OR NOT TO LOCKDOWN?

Amongst all the acres of news and speculation around the pandemic, it is easy to ignore other important issues and even rare good news. 

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LDN Weekly – Issue 144 – 7 October 2020

CLEARING THE AIR

If you scroll down to our fourth story, beyond the mire of epidemiology and austerity, you will find a truly positive piece.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 143 – 30 September 2020

WINTER IS COMING

Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan has been all over the news and we are likely to be hearing more of the detail over the coming weeks. The package of measures, centred on a new Jobs Support Scheme, is as important for London as it is for any other part of the country.

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LDN Weekly – Issue 142 – 23 September 2020

SECOND WAVE OF WOE?

The New Year’s Eve fireworks are cancelled, as is the Lord Mayor’s show and presumably plenty of other exciting plans and calendar events. While we are not in full lockdown again, it is clear that new measures will be yet another blow to London’s already suffering economy (not to mention our collective mood).

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LDN Weekly – Issue 141 – 16 September 2020

A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

The Transport Secretary has parachuted in Baroness Vere to lead the charge to save the Hammersmith Bridge, which makes us wonder (once again) why everyone is so keen on fighting over just about everything these days?

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