Comment: While Guinness is investing in London, are good things coming to Rishi Sunak waiting?


ishi Sunak did not quite say “Guinness is good for you”. But when he spoke to Standard, the chancellor welcomed what he called a “crucial declaration of confidence” in the capital’s continued recovery from hibernation, as Guinness announced plans to open a 50,000 sq ft, £ 73 million microbrewery, event space and restaurant in Covent Garden.

As the government prepares to publish its long-delayed and highly acclaimed White Paper to Leveling Up, it is encouraging to hear senior ministers give London’s economy the care and attention it deserves. We hope that this trend can continue with a long-term financial package for TfL, as well as a renewed focus on urban poverty, housing and infrastructure.

As our exclusive Ipsos Mori poll reveals that Sunak is the frontrunner to succeed Boris Johnson and on par with Sir Keir Starmer in “The Good Prime Minister”, the Chancellor has to wonder if there will really be good things coming for those who wait.

The tiger roars in

Lady Gaga, Phillip Schofield and Princess Anne share one thing in common – they were all born in the year of the tiger.

Chinese New Year, observed by more than a billion people around the world, is to be celebrated with food, family and parades. London’s Chinese community makes a huge contribution to our city’s culture, economy and food scene.

We all wish you a happy new year with the tiger.

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