London Playbook: Spike warning — No Plan B for now — Hero to net zero – POLITICO

Good Wednesday morning.

SPIKE WARNING: Playbook hears Home Secretary Priti Patel has requested an pressing replace from the police following a spate of current instances the place girls have been drugged at home events and nightclubs throughout the nation. The disturbing studies have elevated in the previous few weeks, from police in Devon and Cornwall warning of ladies having their drinks spiked at home events, to a number of disturbing studies of ladies being spiked by injection in golf equipment in Glasgow and Nottingham. This story has considerably gone below the radar however it’s possible to now get much more consideration within the coming days.

Shocking studies: Journalist Lucy Ward final night time mentioned there was an “epidemic” of ladies being spiked, with attackers injecting girls with medicine within the again or leg. Ward printed a message from her daughter, a first-year college pupil, reporting that six of her associates had been spiked. She says: “The injections thing is the most recent thing they’re now doing … Girls are wearing denim jackets, because the material is harder to pierce.”

A Home Office supply tells Playbook: “This is absolutely awful. We have asked for an update from the police on this and would encourage anyone to report this behaviour to the police.”


NO PLAN B FOR NOW: Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and the federal government’s scientific advisers are awaiting in the present day’s coronavirus numbers with rising concern because the U.Ok.’s instances, hospitalizations and deaths all now seem to be rising — whereas Britain’s vaccine booster marketing campaign faces fierce criticism. Playbook is instructed Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have raised the alarm concerning the numbers in current days and that inside discussions have as soon as once more turned to the potential for reimposing a number of the milder measures this winter. Inside Downing Street nonetheless, the temper stays very a lot in opposition to the return of any draconian restrictions. Coronavirus has joyously been off the highest of the information for months (not that what changed it was a lot enjoyable both). Unfortunately, the virus is as soon as once more surging up the agenda and leads the BBC News bulletins this morning.

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Tuesday’s COVID numbers … for the U.Ok. give apparent trigger for concern. There had been 223 deaths reported, up from 181 every week earlier and the best quantity since March. New instances stay persistently excessive on 43,738. Hospitalizations are approaching 1,000 admissions per day. The authorities has at all times saved the variety of coronavirus deaths per day it was prepared to abdomen a carefully guarded and macabre secret. A supply instructed Playbook yesterday that 250 per day had beforehand been the highest finish of what was thought-about acceptable earlier this 12 months.

Hunt for unfold October: So what’s inflicting the surge? It seems it’s being pushed partially by transmission amongst youngsters, though there are additionally mounting fears that the safety supplied by two vaccine doses is sporting off, that the rollout of the third booster jab isn’t going quick sufficient, and that the complete launch of all restrictions together with masks sporting has seen Britons’ vigilance wane. Anecdotally, it does additionally appear instances are as soon as once more on the rise even among the many double jabbed. A heat welcome to the 1000’s of tourists heading to Glasgow for COP in 11 days.

Stark warning: Matthew Taylor, chief govt of the NHS Confederation, argued final night time that ministers wanted to change strategy: “We are right on the edge — and it is the middle of October. It would require an incredible amount of luck for us not to find ourselves in the midst of a profound crisis over the next three months. The government ought to not just announce that we’re moving to plan B, but it should be plan B plus.” The Guardian’s Andrew Gregory, Heather Stewart and Ian Semple had his feedback first. As the i’s Hugo Gye factors out, it isn’t instantly clear whether or not Taylor is suggesting deaths will rise considerably until issues change, or whether or not he’s involved concerning the NHS struggling to address its backlog, social care and different non-COVID sufferers.

Not blinking: Playbook is instructed ministers, together with the PM, are comparatively relaxed concerning the surge in case numbers — as long as it doesn’t lead to unmanageable hospitalizations and far greater deaths. A senior authorities insider mentioned case rises are “obviously a concern” however pressured the success of the vaccine in breaking the hyperlink with hospitalizations means “we are in a different place.” They mentioned that moderately than attain instantly for a return of non-pharmaceutical interventions (aka COVID restrictions), the federal government would proceed to monitor hospitalizations and the NHS, and step up the booster marketing campaign for aged and susceptible individuals.

Give us a lift: The worrying state of affairs with boosters splashes a number of of in the present day’s papers. On the entrance of the Telegraph, Sarah Knapton, Lizzie Roberts and Harry Yorke report that two-thirds of care residence residents are nonetheless awaiting their third jab. Inside, Gordon Rayner has some fairly dire numbers: The preliminary jab rollout noticed highs of 600,000 vaccinations a day; now they’re down at round 200,000. Just 1.3 million of the two.3 million over-80s eligible have had their booster. Nearly 5 million eligible over-50s nonetheless haven’t. NHS England concedes 2.4 million eligible individuals haven’t but had the decision to get their third dose.

Blame sport: Rayner writes: “The NHS is blaming the public, saying take-up of boosters is sluggish. GPs are blaming the NHS. Politicians are blaming each other. Boris Johnson is ‘upset’ and has demanded answers from ministers.” A Whitehall supply tells him: “The NHS isn’t focusing on this with the same verve as they did the first time round. The booster programme has been left to the classic regional NHS bureaucracy.”

Public service: The Sun splashes on an editorial calling on its readers to get their boosters when referred to as. The Express leads on the same name from well being leaders. The Mirror’s web page one criticizes the booster “crisis” and quotes Imperial’s prof. Neil Ferguson agreeing “Plan B may need to be implemented.” You know everytime you see Professor Lockdown’s face on TV issues aren’t going properly.

What’s Plan B? The senior authorities insider confirmed to Playbook final night time that if the hospitalization numbers do get significantly worse, then they’ve a “plan in place.” That would contain the return of obligatory masks, COVID certification at mass occasions and probably a change to the steering on working from residence. Worth stressing that by all accounts, regardless of the grumblings of the scientific advisers, we’re a way from this occurring. It’s additionally not clear whether or not these very minor measures would make a lot distinction to case numbers.

Definitely not occurring: Any suggestion of one other lockdown or lockdown-style measures proscribing social conferences is out of the query. Social distancing isn’t being thought-about.

Where is SAGE? Top scoop from the i’s Jane Merrick, who reveals the federal government’s SAGE advisory physique has ditched its weekly conferences and has met simply thrice since July. Labour says the revelation “beggars belief.” The Times‘ Chris Smyth studies SAGE is due to launch new modeling this week however warns the consultants are “finding it difficult to predict what will happen next, given huge uncertainties about the numbers yet to be vaccinated, how fast immunity wanes and how people will behave over the winter.”

What would Labour do? Labour chief Keir Starmer is within the Guardian accusing the federal government of “characteristic complacency” and says ministers want “to be more vocal, to step up and assure the public that they have learned the lessons of last year.” Would Starmer set off Plan B? The paper says he stopped in need of making such a name.

YESTERDAY’S UK COVID STATS: 43,738 new instances, ⬇️ 5,778 on Monday. In the final seven days there have been 314,231 optimistic instances, ⬆️ 43,646 on the earlier week … 223 reported deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic take a look at, ⬆️ 178 on the earlier week. As of the newest knowledge 7,749 COVID sufferers are in hospital.

VAX STATS: A complete 49,462,425 individuals or 86 % of the inhabitants aged 12+ have obtained a primary dose, ⬆️ 39,672. A complete 45,400,990 or 78.9 % of the inhabitants aged 12+ have obtained a second dose, ⬆️ 23,579.


HERO TO NET ZERO: Boris Johnson heads towards the COP26 summit hoping to have made Britain the world chief on tackling local weather change, after unveiling a Net Zero Strategy that was praised by some consultants as being probably the most complete and bold plan of any main nation. The problem Downing Street faces this morning is that whereas that could be true thanks to the commonly low bar set by the remainder of the world, it doesn’t essentially imply the roadmap to a carbon impartial U.Ok. goes to be sufficient to adequately cope with its emissions, not to mention persuade the U.S., the EU, Russia and China to comply with go well with. The fallout from yesterday’s announcement sees the enterprise division sparring with the Treasury, whereas Tory MPs and critics are cut up between those that suppose rather more radical insurance policies than a couple of thousand warmth pumps are required, and people going spare over the clean test leaving an enormous black gap within the funds of each the nation and householders — inevitably touchdown Britons with an enormous tax invoice.

Let’s begin with the optimistic information for the federal government: Ministers and officers shall be buoyed by the response of a number of the wonk world to its epic doc dump. Tim Lord, net zero boffin on the Tony Blair Institute, calls it a “serious piece of work” that “means the U.K. can meaningfully claim to have the most comprehensive, whole-economy net zero strategy in the world.” He reckons “the level of ambition looks about right” and hails the BEIS officers who drew most of it up, though he says “there’s a lot more detail needed as we move to implementation.”

Also feeling chipper … is the Resolution Foundation’s Torsten Bell, who says “it’s a triumph today to see the cross party consensus on the net zero goal/timing/broad path … If you’d told me five years back we’d get here I wouldn’t have believed you. And the contrast with the U.S., where a single Republican election win will derail things, is huge.” Now for the much less triumphant information for No. 10 …

Does the warmth pump coverage work? Tuesday’s Playbook coated the query marks over why the federal government is making such an enormous deal over its flagship warmth pump coverage when it solely seems to be subsidizing some 30,000 of them initially. That’s, er, one out of each thousand of the 30 million buildings in Britain. There are additionally technical doubts over whether or not the pumps are a practical answer for Britain’s very outdated housing inventory, as Ben Webster and Jayne Dowle clarify of their helpful Times Q&A. The primary downside is they aren’t notably efficient in poorly insulated and older houses. Some 36 % of U.Ok. houses had been constructed prewar and solely 17 % had been constructed after 1990. Insulating tens of millions of houses at an estimated price of up to £14,000 per property is a really huge outlay and it’s not clear who’s going to pay. Green MP Caroline Lucas claims the warmth pump coverage is a “token gesture” as utilizing one in a poorly insulated house is like “buying a teapot with cracks in it.”

HMT vs. BEIS: In the Telegraph, Global Counsel’s Joe Armitage — a former member of the federal government’s gas provide crew — warns the technique dangers showing “incoherent” as there may be little on provide from ministers on insulating houses, and with out that insulation they are going to be “as inefficient as replacing a car’s engine with a wind sail.” He concludes that within the wrangling between the Treasury and BEIS over the cash for net zero, the Treasury “ultimately won that battle, given that just £450m over a three-year period will be spent on heat pump grants, capped at £5,000 a pop, which is barely sufficient to cover half the typical installation cost per home.” The Mail runs a bit from “building expert” Roger Bisby calling warmth pumps “one of the biggest cons I’ve seen.”

Taking a threat, having a punt, having a go, that pumps me up: By Playbook’s reckoning which means the warmth pump coverage has largely up to now bombed with inexperienced activists on the left, power consultants and commentators within the middle and Tory MPs and newspapers on the fitting.

Flying blind: Judging by in the present day’s papers, the principle downside ministers are going to have is with convincing the general public that the large spending required to pay for net zero will be managed realistically and pretty. The Treasury admits within the paperwork it merely has no concept how a lot that is all going to price: “It is not possible to forecast how individual households will be affected over the course of an economic transition that is expected to take thirty years to complete.” As one official places it to Sky’s Sam Coates: “It’s like asking, 30 years ago, the cost of the world adopting new digital technologies.” The Sun’s Harry Cole reckons the Treasury docs suggest a black gap of £100 billion a 12 months. Today’s Mail splash by Jason Groves and Claire Ellicott goes full Dr. Evil predicting the ultimate invoice might be £1 trillion.

Grand theft auto: The most obvious instance of this black gap is available in one other key facet of the net zero plan: transitioning from petrol to electrical vehicles. As the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith notes, gas responsibility and automobile excise responsibility generate £37 billion in tax income. This stark Treasury graph reveals how that income sinks by 2030 after which utterly falls off a cliff by 2050. The HMT doc is evident that “motoring taxes will need to keep pace with these changes during the transition,” suggesting the federal government is planning big new highway taxes on electrical vehicles. The FT’s Jim Pickard, Camilla Hodgson and Nathalie Thomas report that “most experts believe that the government will have to introduce road pricing to replace the tax revenue lost from the switch to electric cars but the Treasury document avoids any mention of this.”

Tax bombshell: The Treasury is up entrance that net zero means tax rises for Britons. A line within the Treasury doc warning that “if there is to be additional public investment to support decarbonisation, it may need to be funded through additional taxes or reprioritised from other areas of government spending” makes loads of the operating in in the present day’s papers. The Times‘ Oli Wright, Henry Zeffman and Chris Smyth splash on the tax warning, contrasting Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s extra gloomy realism with Johnson’s upbeat declare that Britain will meet its emissions targets “without so much as a hair shirt in sight.”

One extra combat … that Playbook picked up on throughout conversations with Tory MPs yesterday is over the federal government’s daring plan to make it more durable for mortgages to be supplied for badly insulated houses. (Sam Coates bought the news on that on Tuesday.) Multiple Tory MPs expressed unbridled rage to Playbook over this menace, with one evaluating it to the cladding scandal that has seen individuals left with big payments in houses they’ll’t promote. They insisted there was no means Johnson would get this coverage by means of parliament as “every non-payroll home-owning Tory MP will vote against it.”

Squeezed center: Issues just like the mortgage proposal might to some extent be the product of No. 10 and No. 11 attempting to triangulate their local weather coverage between a daring inexperienced agenda and defending the economic system, with the potential pitfall of ending up upsetting everybody. The Green Alliance’s Sam Alvis tells Playbook that considerations over whether or not the technique goes far sufficient on issues like warmth pumps really “go hand in hand” with fears over new crimson tape and taxes. As he places it: “If the govt doesn’t stump up the cash with capital investment it has to look to other ways of filling the gap, including regulation or burdens on households.” Other inexperienced campaigners like Greenpeace say Tuesday’s announcement falls brief — the Guardian’s Fiona Harvey and Jess Elgot quote the group: “This document is more like a pick and mix than the substantial meal that we need to reach net zero. Extra cash for tree planting and progress on electric vehicles doesn’t make up for the lack of concrete plans to deliver renewables at scale, extra investment in public transport, or a firm commitment to end new oil and gas licences.”

So does Labour oppose it then? Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband got here out swinging in opposition to the plan on Tuesday, zoning in on the HMT vs. BEIS cut up. “This is a plan torpedoed by the Treasury. Once again, it has failed to recognize that the prudent, responsible choice is to sufficiently invest in a green transition,” he mentioned. “Homeowners are left to face the costs of insulation on their own, industries like steel and hydrogen are left hobbled in the global race without the support they need, and the government cannot even confirm they will meet their climate target for 2035.” That mentioned, as of final night time, there is no such thing as a suggestion Labour would oppose the plan within the Commons.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 11.30 a.m. with COP26 questions, adopted by PMQs at midday … After any UQs or ministerial statements, the principle enterprise shall be consideration of Lords amendments to the Environment Bill.

TERROR GUIDELINES: New sentencing pointers printed in the present day will say terrorists who plot to kill two or extra individuals will face a minimal jail sentence of 14 years. Deputy PM and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says: “Those who kill and maim in the name of warped and fanatical ideologies will spend longer behind bars.” The Times has the small print.

AMESS FALLOUT: The Independent’s Lizzie Dearden reveals the federal government’s deadline for the assessment of the Prevent program was missed weeks earlier than the homicide of Conservative MP David Amess. The Guardian’s Vikram Dodd and Dan Sabbagh report the suspect, Ali Harbi Ali, obtained assist from the federal government’s “Channel” counter-terror scheme in 2014 earlier than his case was closed.

Now learn this: In the aftermath of Amess’ deadly stabbing, there’s been a renewed push from a few of his colleagues to crack down on on-line anonymity. But these inside authorities say the problem’s removed from settled, studies my POLITICO colleague Annabelle Dickson. Some argue there doesn’t seem to be a direct hyperlink between on-line abuse and the homicide of Amess, whereas others need wider change.

COMING TODAY: The i’s Arj Singh hears the federal government will in the present day announce new powers to allow ministers to introduce expenses on all single-use gadgets — not simply plastic ones.

COMING TODAY? Trade negotiations between the U.Ok. and New Zealand are reaching fever pitch with rumors flying that an settlement in precept might come in the present day, my colleague Emilio Casalicchio studies in in the present day’s Morning Trade U.Ok. publication. Some within the commerce division Emilio spoke to final night time sounded optimistic — though the Cabinet had not been briefed {that a} deal will come and the official authorities line at bedtime was that nothing had been agreed. One to watch.

BANKERS’ BONUS: Chancellor Rishi Sunak will embrace measures to maintain the City aggressive in subsequent week’s funds, reducing a tax surcharge on financial institution income to 3 % from 8 %. The FT’s George Parker and Stephen Morris have the news.

TODAY IN COP: A joint session of the science and expertise and transport committees will interrogate COP26 President Alok Sharma on the federal government’s preparations for the summit (3 p.m.).

Plus: London Mayor Sadiq Khan is in the present day appointed the brand new chair of “C40 cities,” a world community of virtually 100 megacities dedicated to addressing local weather change.

ALSO ON COMMITTEE CORRIDOR: The science committee appears on the authorities’s dedication to rising R&D spending forward of the funds with consultants over three panels together with UKRI chief Andrew Mackenzie (9.15 a.m.) … Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith takes questions from the worldwide improvement committee’s sub committee on the ICAI (9.30 a.m.) … The residence affairs committee appears into the reporting, investigation and prosecution of rape and severe sexual offenses with senior members of the judicial system (10 a.m.) … The Lords structure committee hosts Alliance Party chief Naomi Long and SDLP chief Colum Eastwood (10.15 a.m.) … The joint committee on human rights examines the human rights implications of the Nationality and Borders Bill (3 p.m.) … and National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove will face questions from the joint nationwide safety technique on the U.Ok.’s exit from Afghanistan (3 p.m.). Full committee listing right here.

HOUSE OF LORDS: Sits from 3 p.m. with questions on playing operators, steps to defend the susceptible from shortages and when the PM will subsequent meet the devolved administrations … Followed by the principle enterprise, which is the committee stage of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and a debate on COVID in Latin America.


EU-POLAND ROW: Brussels has vowed to punish Poland for its problem over key components of EU regulation, as the edges proceed to commerce barbs. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen turned up the warmth on Tuesday and mentioned the EU had 3 ways of hitting again at Poland, and “will act.” If you haven’t been paying consideration, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal earlier this month declared the nationwide structure dominated supreme over the EU Treaties. In response to von der Leyen’s feedback, Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki instructed the European Parliament he rejected “the language of threats.” POLITICO’s Maïa de La Baume and David M. Herszenhorn have a write-up.

What subsequent: David, Maïa and Lili Bayer even have a helpful — and scoopy — learn on the possible subsequent steps for either side, concluding that regardless of the robust speak, each realize it’s a combat they’ll’t win.

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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng broadcast spherical: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … Times Radio (7.20 a.m.) … BBC Breakfast (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … Today program (8.10 a.m.).

Also on the Today program: Matthew Taylor, chief govt of the NHS Confederation (7.10 a.m.) … Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group and a developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine (7.50 a.m.).

Also on BBC Breakfast: JCVI member Adam Finn (7.10 a.m.).

Also on Sky News breakfast: Valneva Chief Financial Officer David Lawrence (7.30 a.m.) … Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson (8.20 a.m.) … Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs (8.30 a.m.).

Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Resolution Foundation Senior Economist Jonny Marshall (7.10 a.m.) … Guardian columnist George Monbiot (7.15 a.m.) … Telegraph columnist Andrew Lilico (8.10 a.m.).

Also on Times Radio breakfast: Dr Michael Mullholland from the Royal College of GPs (7.15 a.m.) … Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson (8.35 a.m.) … Designer and ambassador for the Royal Osteoporosis Society Cath Kidston (8.50 a.m.) … SAGE member Andrew Hayward (9.05 a.m.).

Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Public accounts committee Chair Meg Hillier (7.05 a.m.) … COVID Recovery Group Chair Mark Harper (8.20 a.m.) … Tory MP Mark Francois (8.50 a.m.) … Tory MP Steve Baker (9.06 a.m.) … Former Tory MP Patrick Mercer (9.40 a.m.).

Politics Live (BBC Two (11.15 a.m.): Tory MP Matt Warman … Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh … Daily Mirror Editor Alison Phillips … The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley … Business Minister Lee Rowley … Shadow Treasury Minister Pat McFadden.

Cross Question with Iain Dale (LBC 8 p.m.): Greens co-leader Adrian Ramsay … Former Tory SpAd Anita Boateng … Free Speech Union General Secretary Toby Young … Comedian Matt Forde.

Peston (Twitter 9 p.m. and ITV 10.45 p.m.): Shadow Child Poverty Secretary Wes Streeting … Israel’s COVID czar Salman Zarka … Actor Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Reviewing the papers tonight: Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): The Mirror’s Kevin Maguire and Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith and Shadow Schools Minister Peter Kyle.


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Daily Express: Booster jabs plea to maintain Britain protected.

Daily Mail: Boris’s trillion pound inexperienced gamble.

Daily Mirror: Our nation wants a booster.

Daily Star: Naff orf — Her Maj could be very a lot not amused.

Financial Times: Sunak plans minimize in banks’ revenue surcharge to maintain City aggressive.

HuffPost UK: COVID deaths highest since March.

i: U.Ok.’s COVID-19 scientists are assembly as soon as a month … as infections rise.

Metro: Countdown to net zero.

POLITICO UK: U.Ok. wrestles with on-line anonymity in wake of MPs’ killing.

The Daily Telegraph: Care residence booster jab rollout falling brief.

The Guardian: U.Ok.’s net zero plans fall brief on ambition and funds, say consultants.

The Independent: New Oxford vaccine to goal Delta variant.

The Sun: Booster jabs — Time for lift-off.

The Times: Britons face greater taxes to pay for eco pledges.


WESTMINSTER WEATHER: 🌦🌧☁️ Some mild showers all through the day and a average breeze. Highs of 17C.

SPOTTED AT THE EU EMBASSY RECEPTION … to mark João Vale de Almeida’s ambassadorial standing: Former No. 10 Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell … Former Chief Brexit Negotiator Olly Robbins … Former European Commissioner for Trade and Labour peer Catherine Ashton … No. 10 SpAd Hugh Bennett …  Former European Commissioner for Financial Services and Tory peer Jonathan Hill … Former European Commissioner for Security Julian King … Lords subcommittee on the Northern Ireland protocol Chair Michael Jay … Centre for European Reform Director Charles Grant … Sky News’ Sam Coates, Adam Boulton and Beth Rigby … Spanish Ambassador José Pascual Marco Martínez … Romanian Ambassador Daniela-Laura Popescu.

END OF AN ERA: The BBC’s legendary North America Editor Jon Sopel is leaving the States after greater than seven years of overlaying Obama, Biden and Trump. He tweeted that he’s “planning a long break” and can spend a while getting to know his first grandchild.

NEW GIG: ITV’s Rachel Bradley has been promoted to the function of Westminster information editor. Here’s her tweet.

BIRTHDAYS: MoJ Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo … Lib Dem peer Jane Bonham-Carter … Treasury International Economics Director Robert Woods … 2012 Olympics opening ceremony director Danny Boyle.

PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Zoya Sheftalovich, reporter Andrew McDonald producer Grace Stranger.

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