Hosting the Olympics – Asset or Liability?

For most Britons, the Olympics evoke memories of London 2012 and the heroic performances of Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis. The combination of Danny Boyle’s storytelling, unusually good weather and Team GB’s success made for one of the most memorable summers this country has seen. Fast forward to Tokyo 2020, and it’s difficult […]

WHY THE OPTIMISM FOR UNLOCKING HAS BEEN REPLACED BY CAUTION

As of today, people in England will be able to escape May’s bad weather and enjoy a drink or meal inside for the first time since 2020. Better yet, the Government has now changed its guidance on hugging, and replaced the ban on international travel with a traffic light system. Many indoor entertainment venues such […]

Will we go back to the high street?

Non-essential retail opens up for the first time today since December 2020. After a year of false dawns, businesses will be hoping that the Government’s unlocking will be permanent this time. But how will the high street perform after 12 months of interruptions and disruption? With restrictions set to ease further in May, don’t be […]

Will the nature of the economic crisis require an unconventional response?

With the Government turning its attention to the recovery, PLMR’s Joseph Smith examines what this might mean in practice. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed the economic cost of a full month in lockdown with UK GDP contracting by 20.4% in April. In spite of this, thanks to the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, […]

PLMR Insights: Almost ¾ say foreign nationals should quarantine upon arrival

74% believe foreign nationals entering the UK should quarantine for 14 days, according to a poll commissioned by PLMR. Featuring in the Telegraph, the results provide a snapshot of the public’s view. Just yesterday, the Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed plans to force UK arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks from the 8th June. With […]

The Treasury’s Dilemma

In an address to the nation on Sunday, the Prime Minister attempted to shed light on how the lockdown might be modified over the coming weeks, unveiling a three-step plan to ease restrictions. Johnson also alluded to the considerable challenge facing the Government in absence of a vaccine – how to restart the economy without […]