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Autumn hotpot

Retirements, departures, apologies, Europe and strikes—it’s all kicking off today

Do you ever have the feeling that everyone is trying to get as much news out of the door as possible before the Christmas party season starts? If we were being pretentious, we would say that today’s Playbook is something of a cassoulet—but since you can no longer get the ingredients for a cassoulet in Brexit Britain, we’ll call it a hotpot.

More on Europe momentarily, but let’s begin at Research England, where executive chair David Sweeney is set to step down. A recruitment process to find his successor was launched on 11 November.

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