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The degradation of the UK’s public realm during a decade of austerity has heightened the threat posed by the disease.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
Will the Prime Minister’s style of delegating to a talented cadre of underlings work?
While the virus may discourage transglobal trade, it will also emphasise the reality of interdependence and the benefits of diverse markets.
I was reminded of the force of nature and the impact of the climate emergency on us all.
Online, people began to make jokes about prison rape. It always shocks me, that ugliness.
Bird’s stated mission is to do for the chicken shop what Byron did for the burger joint: reinvent it for a more affluent clientele.
The likelihood is that millions in the UK will become infected: schools should be closed and major gatherings cancelled.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The American satirist on Bernie Sanders, Brexit and conservatism.
Patel is an accident-prone minister. Johnson sent her to an accident-prone department. His fault.
Under Boris Johnson, parliament has been silenced and an inner circle of power-brokers are driving Downing Street's agenda. Who are they?
Urban versus rural tensions are building after years of favouritism, powerlessness and blame.
How an initial lone school sit-in galvanised a new global movement.
Acclaimed by the left, Piketty wants to transform European politics. But he ignores the real concerns of most people.
Much has been made of the idiosyncrasy of Mantel’s treatment of Cromwell. But as her new novel demonstrates, she has never simply given him a moral free pass.
Sally Howard’s The Home Stretch and the politics of housework.
Discovering the life of Eileen Blair, the “black hole at the centre of Orwell studies”.
Music journalist Paphides tells the immigrant’s story with clarity and tenderness.
Eloquent and full of human detail, this is a dramatic eyewitness account from someone who was once “the most influential woman in British politics”.
And I mean that in the best possible way.
Sophie Allison – the singer-songwriter behind Soccer Mommy – on fame, therapy and looking forward to death.
The ideal man is an archetype that changes with the times. A new Barbican exhibition asks – what does he look like, then and now?
Director Dan Scanlon makes plot the strong suit of this father-son story.
The BBC is airing its third reading of the short novel in four years. So what makes this book so worth revisiting?
There’s much to consider: when to plant seeds, where to plant them, and how to move them.
It was one of those poorlinesses that leaves one all dizzy and confused,
I spent much of Thursday staring at men.
You don’t always know what Grealish will do next – the vital ingredient all exciting players must have.
The comedian talks The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, swimming with wild dolphins and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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