On 25 June 2022, Tunisia voted in favour of a new constitution via a referendum. The vote was held a year after President Kais Saied dismissed the government, froze the legislature and assumed emergency powers. President Saied said the move was necessary due to economic circumstances and the Covid-19 pandemic. Opponents have criticised both the use of emergency powers and the referendum as representing a coup. The new constitution will increase the powers of the presidency and reduce the role of Tunisia’s Parliament.
E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers who are not former or current smokers. Young people who use e-cigarettes, or ‘vape’, often use small disposable devices that can contain the maximum permitted nicotine concentration. This article looks at research on the possible adverse health effects of vaping for young people and how the government has said it wants to prevent non-smokers and the young from using e-cigarettes.
Agricultural fertiliser and feed prices have increased significantly in recent months. The price rises have been driven largely by global pressures including increased demand, the war in Ukraine and higher energy costs. Record prices are pushing up costs for farmers as well as for consumers via the cost of produce and animal products. The government has announced a range of measures in response, including more frequent payment of subsidies and a sustainable farming initiative.
The policy known as ‘right to buy’ gives local authority housing tenants the power to purchase their home at a discounted rate. The government has recently announced plans to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants. The conditions of right to buy have been regularly changed since its introduction in 1980. Recent trials have tested how it could be extended to housing association tenants.
Microchips are essential for the manufacture of electronic goods and for providing modern infrastructure. Any interruptions to their supply could threaten national security. This article gives an overview of the microchip industry and summarises current commentary on the related national security concerns.
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The UK government has recently changed the process for the approval of field trials for gene-edited crops in England. This article examines the safety of the new technologies in question, and how regulatory changes may affect their use.