Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines
Roger Hunt dies | Roger Hunt, England World Cup winner and Liverpool’s record league goalscorer, has died. Hunt, 83, was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s team of legends at Wembley in 1966 and such were his feats at Anfield under Bill Shankly, he was fondly referred to as ‘Sir Roger’. Read tributes from the football world and his Telegraph obituary .
- Railway renationalised | Southeastern refers itself to fraud office
- Sabina Nessa | Man denies murder of teacher
- Labour conference | Union breaks with party over ‘factional war’
- Aukus aftermath | France hails defence deal with Greece
- Stopping scams | Ring 159 for UK’s new emergency fraud helpline
The big story: Chinese energy crisis to hit whole world
And you thought we had it bad. As Britons queue at the pumps amid fears of a petrol shortage that has never existed (more on that in a moment), what really happens in an energy crisis is becoming apparent over in China.
Lifts have stopped working and street lights have gone dark in Chinese provinces home to millions of people, as authorities ration electricity in the face of rising coal prices and targets to reduce carbon emissions.
Your Christmas stocking may be missing an iPhone or some other electronic device this year after power cuts to meet energy consumption caps forced factories to halt production.
Meanwhile, cars are stuck in traffic jams, people at home are dusting off torches, and shopkeepers are lighting candles as a last resort.
Enforcing energy caps are a positive for long-term climate change concerns but idle factories have widespread implications for global supply chains.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard analyses why China’s energy crisis will rock the world .
It rather puts in perspective the panic-buying scenes in Britain, where a driver pulled a knife on another motorist as large queues continued to form at petrol stations.
Footage of a man in Welling, south east London, appeared to show him shouting at another driver and brandishing a weapon as tensions boiled over.
It is little wonder police officers fear they could be drafted in to guard the pumps .
Supermarkets have begun prioritising emergency workers for fuel and turning away members of the public.
To make matters worse, drivers have been told to brace for higher prices at petrol pumps as Brent crude hit $80 (£59) a barrel for the first time in nearly three years. Here is why this is happening .
Failure to prepare
Of course, once everyone has filled up their tanks, the present fuel panic will likely abate as rapidly as it began.
Robert Taylor sets out why it is time to get a grip and wonders whether the pandemic has left us with a collective case of PTSD .
Jeremy Warner argues the significance of the fuel crisis lies in the panic’s symbolism, and the pitiful buck-passing by ministers and their apologists as they desperately search for explanations that do not reflect badly on themselves or Brexit.
Read why the failure to prepare for the realities of leaving the EU has made Britain’s predicament so much worse.
Charles Moore offers an alternative to avoid the panic.
While Britain’s drivers are in a heightened state of anxiety about the supply of fuel, all kinds of questions have been thrown up.
Does petrol expire? Can you mix unleaded and superunleaded?
How can you lower the amount of fuel you use when driving?
Another question many people are asking themselves is whether to pack in their job to try lorry driving as salaries in the sector rocket.
Read how one teacher ditched his 20-year career to earn £20,000 more steering these juggernauts.
Comment and analysis
- Matthew Lynn | Germany’s paralytic compromise may destabilise EU
- Ross Clark | Now drugs are harming wildlife, we might take action
- Neil McCormick | R Kelly verdict will have old rockers shuddering
- Robin Aitken | If BBC insists on a Savile drama, it should tell the truth
- Oliver Brown | Ryder Cup has a problem but Tiger Woods can fix it
Around the world: Obstacles to Japan’s first female PM
Two women are vying to become Japan’s first female prime minister, although deeply entrenched attitudes in the country about the place of women in society mean they are likely to miss out to a male rival when the ruling Liberal Democratic Party votes on its new leader. The party has been forced into a vote for a new president after Yoshihide Suga, the present prime minister, announced earlier this month that he would not run for re-election as party leader. Julian Ryall analyses how sexism is set to sink the women’s bids in ‘nasty’ world of Japanese politics .
Grub’s up! Northern food’s back on the menu
The Hairy Bikers tell Joe Shute why they’ve returned to their roots for a new series, and what it was like to have royal approval
Sport briefing: Champions League – Biggar interview
Lionel Messi takes on an English club for the first time in three seasons when the fit-again forward lines up for Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester City tonight. Rob Bagchi has a brief history of his goals, glory – and anguish – against Premier League sides. Meanwhile in rugby, Wales fly half Dan Biggar did not hold back on his disappointment at the Lions series defeat in an interview with Kate Rowan . He also talks about his reasons for finding perspective, and why he hates stock answers.
- ‘People are waiting for the right film’ | Will No Time To Die rescue the UK box office?
- Remember Trump’s ‘Covid cocktail’? | It may be key weapon in this winter’s pandemic fight
- Turner Prize | This is the worthiest ever – and maybe the worst
Business briefing: Full speed ahead for driverless Tube
Ministers are forging ahead with driverless Tube trains in the face of stiff opposition from Sadiq Khan and union leaders. The Department for Transport has hired advisers to explore the rollout of driverless services on the London Underground, overruling the capital’s mayor. Despite a recent pledge to “build bridges” with Boris Johnson, Mr Khan hit out at the appointment of consultants. Exploring Underground services without drivers was a condition of Transport for London’s £1.1 billion bailout in June. Read a timeline of TfL’s pandemic black hole .
Tonight starts now
Look back in anger | Which disbanded group would harvest the most profitable global comeback tour? In 2021, the answer might well be Oasis. If they were to reunite, the Gallaghers would surely be unstoppable. In the meantime, the Oasis brand is tended with care. This month saw the release of Oasis Knebworth 1996, a 110-minute documentary recounting the group’s two open-air British concerts at Knebworth House at which they appeared before an audience of a quarter of a million people. Read why you should see it at cinemas now .
Three things for you
- Watch | A House Through Time, BBC Two, 9pm and tonight’s TV
- Exhibitions | Francis Hamel: Rousham, Through the Gardens
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles offers today’s crossword, sudoko and more
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
20 years of Per Una | How many times, over the last two decades, has the axe hovered over the Per Una label? Marks & Spencer has done some ruthless cleansing of its sub-brands in that time (farewell Limited Collection, Indigo, Portfolio et al) yet its dedication has never faltered to what is perhaps its best-known womenswear line. Caroline Leaper charts M&S’s most loved and loathed sub-brand .
- Al Gore puzzled by UK cuts to renewable energy support
- Tuesday morning news briefing: Queen's reluctant farewell
- Monday morning news briefing: D-day for the Royal family
- Tuesday evening news briefing: Why Meghan Markle missed Sandringham summit
- Monday evening news briefing: Prince William bullying Prince Harry claims denied by Buckingham Palace
- Thursday morning news briefing: Are there cracks in royal dream?
- Thursday evening news briefing: Prince Harry breaks cover
- Tuesday evening news briefing: Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg exchange thinly-veiled attacks at Davos
- New government in crisis-hit Lebanon, but protests continue
- Crisis-hit Lebanon's new cabinet to meet for first time
- New Government in Crisis-Hit Lebanon, But Protests Continue
- Coronavirus fears hit world markets - as face mask makers see windfall
- UK urged to reform tax rules over profit moving by global firms
- Baby, 1, fighting for life in hospital after pushchair hit by car in London
- UK weather forecast: 'Danger to life' warning issued as Hurricane Lorenzo strikes
- Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily?
- UK faces permanent generational divide, social mobility tsar warns
- UK weather forecast: Snow blankets north before -5C PLUNGE and ‘severe’ wind and rain, Met Office warns
- Hurricane Lorenzo: See where 'fierce' storm will hit in your area as warning announced
- Migration to UK rises by 21% despite coalition clampdown
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