After 20 years in power, Mr Putin seems to be channeling his inner Bond villain to the extreme. Marc Galeotti examines whether he’s crazy, brilliant – or somewhere in between.
In this fascinating analysis, Senior Foreign Correspondent Roland Olifant examines why the Russian leader is obsessed with Ukraine.
And Guy Kelly explores what three striking images tell us about Mr. Putin’s grip on power.
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No student loans for math and english exam fails
It will be the biggest shake-up in higher education funding in a decade. Pupils who fail maths and English at GCSEs will be banned from taking out student loans, under government plans. Ministers will publish proposals this week, including the return of student number controls, aimed at limiting the cost of universities to the taxpayer and cracking down on shoddy degrees that put students in debt but add little to their their job prospects. Education Editor Camille Turner reports that this reflects a rollback on policies launched by New Labor and coalition governments that sought to encourage students to go to university.
Move over, Land Rover Defender – a 4×4 fit for today
When the Land Rover Defender went out of production in 2016, after 68 years, it was due to a lack of demand. Now there’s a new off-roader in town (and country). When it hits dirt roads later this year, the Ineos Grenadier, a much-anticipated utility 4×4 (as opposed to a “lifestyle” SUV), aims to pick up where Land Rover’s Defender left off: in the tough and challenging world of construction, utility, agriculture, military and emergency services markets. Andrew English tests the £48,000 vehicle, which could be the ultimate off-roader fit for the 21st century.
Daily dose of Matt
To see Mastit’s latest cartoon as he imagines the impact of Russian sanctions…on British B&Bs.
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“Party of the Party” | Scotland Yard cautiously questioned those who attended Downing Street lockdown parties, a leaked document reveals. It means Boris Johnson could have become the first prime minister to be questioned on bail by police. crime correspondent Martin Evans reports that the document appears to be a copy of the questionnaire issued by the Met to those accused of attending the rallies.
Around the world: the public turns to Ardern
What started as a spontaneous, mishmash attempt to ape the trucker protests seen in Canada has turned into something more organized in New Zealand. The Freedom Convoy protests against Covid vaccine mandates have turned into a broader expression of frustration with the country’s rules. Read Amanda Sexton‘s dispatch from Wellington on how protesters are targeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.