We are well and truly into the festive season with Christmas rounding out the next seven days. But there is still serious work to be done.
Washington’s January 6 committee named wednesday such as the date on which he plans to present his report on storming of the United States Capitol in 2021 and to vote on whether to bring criminal charges for those involved.
Only a fraction of the material collected during the 18-month investigation will make it to the final eight-chapter report. Attention is expected to focus on the evidence uncovered regarding the role of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to undo his 2020 election defeat, as well as ways to prevent a repeat attack.
Further strikes will disrupt the UK working week as the Christmas holidays approach. The nurses must strike again tuesday. Also that day, on the eve of the first planned ambulance strike, which is expected to involve up to 10,000 workers, the national secretary of the GMB, one of the unions involved in the action, was called to give evidence before Westminster MPs on this dispute, alongside NHS and ambulance service leaders to explain what is behind it and why a resolution has not been found.
It’s not just strikes reminiscent of the 1970s that are giving Britons a blast from their past. On Sunday, the nation will return to something last heard in the 1950s: a national Christmas speech from a king. Charles III will have a lot to do when he delivers his first Christmas message on Sunday afternoon given Queen Elizabeth’s mastery of the medium. Perhaps he hopes that this king’s speech will be as surprising a success as his namesake on the big screen Was almost 12 years ago.
Economic news will be dripping in the coming days, following the rush of interest rate and inflation announcements last week. The Bank of Japan will announce its latest monetary policy decision while the US and UK will provide their final best estimates of last quarter GDP movements, with recession expectations in the minds of many people.
A net of results this week. Hot on the heels of the World Cup, where its logo was plastered on football shirts and boots, Nike hopes to please its investors with a second-quarter earnings announcement on Tuesday. The world’s largest sportswear maker has been grappling with questions of balance in its progressive marketing campaigns (not sure if its involvement with Fifa Qatar 2022 helped that) after losing its second head of diversity in as many years this summer.
Bunzl is generally considered a boring but worthwhile company, appearing in the financial press once every six months. And this could be his week. The supplier of helmets, beard guards and disposable cutlery should confirm a good end to the financial year by reporting on Wednesday a commercial balance sheet with good growth in its revenues, supported by numerous acquisitions announced during the last 12 months.
Finally, Tuesday is the deadline set by a High Court judge for British electricity supplier Octopus Energy to take over collapsed rival Bulb. Judge Zacaroli has confirmed that the deal could be approved through the Energy Transfer Scheme. But the controversy is far from over. Rival suppliers Eon, British Gas and Scottish Power have until that date to take legal action. Last week, Centrica warned that the deal risks breaching EU state aid rules. This could mean that the European Commission would get involved.
Read the full schedule for the coming week here.