A lot of people think an EV [electric vehicle] would be a bit weird. So a really good thing to do is just to get people, long before your car breaks down [to] just take one for a test drive. People are like, actually, yeah, it’s not so weird. It’s like driving a car
David Halpern, head of nudge unit, on things they are looking at
French farce: The other pressing issue facing No. 10 this weekend is a worsening diplomatic row with France — not to mention summer holiday frustration for Brits — over the government’s decision to keep the country on the so-called amber plus list, requiring arrivals from France to isolate when they enter the U.K. Steve Swinford and Adam Sage splash the Times with a critique of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s intriguing line on broadcast yesterday that it was the high cases of the Beta variant on the island of Reunion that played a part in the decision.
Why this seems strange: Well, to start, Reunion is 6,000 miles away. Former British Ambassador to France Peter Ricketts pointed out the flaw in the logic: mainland France might be on the amber plus list, but Reunion is still on the amber list, meaning people arriving in Britain from the island containing the Beta variant the government is so worried about, er, don’t have to isolate. Which makes precisely zero sense.
Alex Wickham, London Playbook