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Rishi Sunak will be the first person of colour to lead the UK

Rishi Sunak, whose parents came to the UK from the East Africa in the 1960s, is of Indian descent. His father was a local doctor while his mother ran a pharmacy in southern England. Sunak studied at the exclusive Winchester College, Oxford, and Stanford universities. He is known for his expensive taste in fashion and has worked for banks and hedge funds including Goldman Sachs.

Sunak has also been scrutinized over the tax arrangements of his wife Akahata Murty, the daughter of an Indian billionaire. In 2022, Sunak and his wife appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List of the UK’s 250 wealthiest people.

Sunak stood by Johnson for a long time. However, he turned against him after Johnson’s slow act for the Partygate scandal. Thereafter, Sunak’s shock resignation let to Johnson’s demise. Johnson believes Sunak betrayed him by resigning from his government which triggering his resignation on July 7 this year.

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The Royal Mint – His Majesty The King’s Official Coinage Portrait

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The Royal Mint, the official maker of UK coins, has confirmed that coins featuring the portrait of His Majesty King Charles III will enter circulation.

There are approximately 27 billion coins currently circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Queen Elizabeth II ruled with heart and devotion, and will be dearly missed by millions of people around the world.

The King’s portrait will first appear on a £5 coin and 50p commemorating the life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 50p will enter circulation to mark the historic moment, and coins featuring His Majesty and Queen Elizabeth II will co-circulate in the UK.

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The King’s effigy has been created by renowned British sculptor Martin Jennings, and has been personally approved by His Majesty. In keeping with tradition, The King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II. The Latin inscription surrounding the effigy reads “• CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022” which equates to ‘Charles III, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith’. The effigy will start to appear on circulating and commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint over the coming months.

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for her mini-budget

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for her controversial mini-budget that crashed the UK Sterling, rattled financial markets and led to her firing her closet political ally. Despite of the huge pressure from the investors and party member, Truss insisted that she would lead her Conservative Party into the next general election.

Last Friday, Truss replaced Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng with Jeremy Hunt. Hunt then said that he would reverse almost all tax measures announced three weeks ago by his predecessor. Truss said it was painful to sack her “friends” Kwarteng as finance minister but said she stood by her decision.

Truss said that she still believed in the “high growth, low tax” formular she campaigned on to win the Conservative Party leadership in early September. However, she also recognized the UK was facing “very difficult circumstances at the moment.”

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

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The inflation is making the West difficult to go further on Russian oil

European Union and the United States have barred the import of Russian oil to cut off the revenue source for Kremlin and force Vladimir Putin to reconsider the war in Ukraine. However, it seems like this measure hasn’t worked.

When EU and the US looked at the data, they found that Russia is making just as much money from oil export as it was before the invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, global inflation is surging, and it generates Politian pressure on leaders like US president Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

In the recent G7 meeting, these leaders tried very much to reach a consensus on that to do next. However, on oil, only few options are available. several measures were being discussed. For examples, price caps on Russian oil imports and centralized purchasing, insurance bans on ships. Unfortunately, these tools have downsides, and they could push the oil price and inflation rate even higher. These prospective measures may come with significant costs directly to consumers in the US and Europe.

Nevertheless, there is an uptick in exports to Asia. China is currently taking advantages of huge price discounts. Russia is selling barrels of its Urals crude for about USD 35 cheaper than the Brent global benchmark. The Kremlin is still getting a pretty good price for their oil export. The West need to go further to get Russian oil off the market quickly, since any delay will give market participants time to come up with creative ways to skirt the rules.

To make it harder for China, India, and other countries to keep importing Russian oil, EU intends to phase in a ban on insuring ships. Such a move may push China and India to find replacement barrels, the price of oil could easily go rocket high.

Therefore, Treasury Secretary Yellen suggested that using price caps to push down the price of Russian oil and depress Putin’s revenues while allowing more oil supply to reach the global market.

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