The Danish government admitted Tuesday that it had no legal basis to order the killing of the country's mink population in order to contain a mutated form of the coronavirus

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Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s chief advisor, announced his resignation Thursday night, which should signal the beginning of an exodus of Vote Leave veterans from Downing Street.

The architect of the 2016 Brexit vote confirmed that he intends to make himself “redundant” by the end of the year as the consequences of the prime minister’s decision to break the pro-Brexit activists’ stranglehold on his operation number 10 are in full Whitehall echoed.

Senior government officials claim Mr Cummings and Lee Cain, director of communications on Downing Street, have been identified as suspects under the UK lockdown plan last week.

Both men have categorically denied that they were responsible for the leak that infuriated Mr Johnson. Mr Cain resigned Wednesday after the prime minister refused to promote him to the role of chief of staff in a tense one-on-one conversation that Tory MPs saw as a turning point.

Some Whitehall officials insisted stalled Brexit trade talks were not the cause of the bloodshed on Downing Street, but rather a struggle for access to the prime minister and power.

The combative Vote Leave team, Mr. Johnson’s Praetorian guard and support mechanism, is now seeing their power wane. (FT)

Coronavirus digest

The Danish government admitted Tuesday that it had no legal basis to order the killing of the country’s mink population in order to contain a mutated form of the coronavirus. © Bloomberg

The development of coronavirus vaccines has given drug companies a chance for salvation and, as Colby Smith writes, has caused tremors in the bond market. (FT)

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In the news

Central bankers: Vaccines add to uncertainty Three of the world’s top central bankers predicted that the Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough would increase uncertainty for the global economy as they called for more short-term public support to fill the gap to recovery. (FT)

  • At an earlier FT Global Boardroom event, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey reiterated ECB’s cautious optimism Christine Lagarde, saying that the long-term restructuring required after the pandemic will be more modest than it was in the 1980s or 1990s. You can register today to watch the conference. All sessions can be viewed here upon request. (FT)

US bars that own shares in the Chinese military Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning US investors from holding stakes in companies linked to the Chinese military as the US president’s assertive stance on Beijing continued despite his loss of the election. (FT)

Goldman partners with women and minorities Women and ethnic minorities make up nearly half of Goldman Sachs’ new partners, diminishing the dominance of white men in one of Wall Street’s most exclusive clubs as the bank promoted its smallest eligibility class in decades. (FT)

Male partners are more likely to leave Goldman Sachs than women.  Marimekko chart showing the percentage of partners leaving by gender since becoming partners

Republican Resistance to Biden Rifts A small but influential group of Republicans has called on President Donald Trump to allow the US election. Joe Biden named Ron Klain his chief of staff. Here is a profile of Lael Brainard, the internationalist for top treasury jobs. (FT)

  • Here are a few names that are touted as possible choices for Biden cabinet positions, including health, energy, and transportation.

  • Kadhim Shubber answered your questions about Donald Trump’s legal challenge to the presidential election result.

Brexit cliff risks Nausicaa Delfas, head of Brexit preparations at the UK financial regulator, has described three “cliff edge” risks if the transition period for leaving the EU expires in seven weeks. “Better back down” slogans coat the damage from Covid-19, writes Chris Giles. (FT)

the following days

“The Crown” Season 4 When Netflix’s regal drama returned to screens on Saturday, costume director Amy Roberts discussed the challenges and joys of setting up Diana, Princess of Wales, Margaret Thatcher and the Queen. Here is an interview with Olivia Colman, the star of the series. (FT)

Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales © Netflix

South African politician in court Ace Magashule, Secretary General of the African National Congress, will appear in court in Bloemfontein on Friday at a crucial moment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fight against transplantation and for control of the ruling party. (FT)

Merits The American fantasy sports outfit DraftKings, in which Michael Jordan recently bought an 8 percent stake, will publish its results for the third quarter on Friday. Mitsubishi UFJ and Nippon Paint also closed the week with calls for profits. (FT)

Local elections in Brazil More than 5,000 cities across Brazil will hold local elections beginning Sunday after a campaign of increasing mobilization across the political spectrum and record numbers of women, blacks and military officials battled for seats. (FT)

Your Fantasy Dinner Party: Tell FT weekend editors Alice Fishburn and Alexander Gilmour who you would invite, who would cook, and what is on your menu in Friday’s live Q&A.

What else are we reading?

Democracy or Dictatorship? While some call Donald Trump’s post-election reshuffle an “attempted coup”, others worry about the peaceful transfer of power. What’s going on in the White House? Demetri Sevastopulo and Katrina Manson from the FT explain. Donald Trump is not done with America yet, writes Edward Luce. (FT)

“Modis Rockefeller” India’s corporate titan has built its success on infrastructure. However, critics say his rise symbolizes a system where too little power is in the hands of too few. In other news, India’s economy is experiencing an inconsistent recovery from the pandemic. (FT)

Critics say the rapid consolidation of state assets in India is creating monopolies and stifling competition
Critics say that the rapid consolidation of state assets in India creates monopolies and suppresses competition © REUTERS

Erdogan’s family implosion The resignation of Berat Albayrak, the Turkish President’s son-in-law, as chief financial officer was marked by months of mounting economic problems and a currency in free fall. Some doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn’t have known how bad things were. But others insist that he was cut off from reality. (FT)

Personalized education for a digital age The pandemic has opened up new opportunities for teachers to experiment, writes John Thornhill. If 20th century education was all about standardization, 21st century education should focus on personalization. In these uncertain times, families share stories about parents during the pandemic. (FT, NYT)

UK Capital Gains Tax Review A capital gains tax review commissioned by Rishi Sunak earlier this week proposed major reforms of the levy, including raising CGT rates to levels similar to personal income tax rates and cutting the annual allowance. That’s what it means for investors. (FT)

The UK Treasury Department will examine the capital gains tax proposals in the report commissioned by Chancellor Rishi Sunak
The UK Treasury Department will examine the capital gains tax proposals in the report commissioned by Chancellor Rishi Sunak © REUTERS

Don’t rain on your parade. . . Even with the good news in the markets this week following positive results from the Covid-19 study, investors shouldn’t get carried away. Long dormant inflation risks could return, writes Gillian Tett. However, the pandemic has underscored the strengths of investment trusts, such as their ability to generate stable dividends. (FT)

Video of the day

Will Covid Kill Main Street?In early 2020, FT retail correspondent Jonathan Eley traveled to Doncaster in the north of England to see what the city could say about the future of Britain’s difficult main roads.

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Illustration of the day

Banx: Democrats carry on, Republicans deny the reality of the US election results

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