Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what actually issues from the previous seven days.

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On this week’s episode, we focus on:

Opinion polls

After the occasions of the previous few weeks, opinion polls recommend that Labour has opened up a considerable lead over the Conservatives. However can the polls be trusted? And even when they’re correct, do they assist or hinder the nationwide debate? Polls suggesting that Rishi Sunak stood no probability in opposition to Liz Truss set the tone for the Tory management race, and but the outcome ended up being a lot nearer than anticipated. Do we want a brand new method to gauging – and reporting – public opinion?

Language assessments

The language app Duolingo is reportedly in talks with the British authorities to supply English-language testing for individuals making use of to change into UK residents. The benefit for potential candidates is evident: the brand new on-line check would price £50, in comparison with £300 for the present language check. Is there any purpose to not transfer official testing on-line?

Danish royals

The Queen of Denmark apologised to her grandchildren this week after stripping a few of them of their royal titles – however she didn’t reverse the choice. Whereas Denmark’s monarchy stays standard, Queen Margrethe II  mentioned that slicing the variety of princes and princesses was important for the survival of the establishment. Is she proper? And will the same streamlining come to the UK too?