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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.
The Chancellor’s first Budget was stolen by a global health crisis that makes the Treasury’s economic projections even more uncertain.
Chaos ensued in the financial markets after the US Federal Reserve announced that it was cutting rates.
I think how much more we could all learn from listening to the experience of older feminists.
Without belief in the power of the impossible and the inexplicable, life would be far less interesting.
If his path to the White House now seems vanishingly narrow, that’s because being a successful overdog requires a very different disposition.
Why are some people worse affected by Covid-19 (and other viruses) than others? Estimates of the fatality rate vary from country to country.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The anonymous rapper who wants to be London mayor.
Labour would do better to listen to my old friend Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, than suspend him.
Panic evokes the past, as well as offering nightmarish visions of the future.
This is not the enlightened self-interest of classical liberalism – it is a movement fascinated with the prospect of annihilation, giddy for destructive adventure.
As public life is shut down, travel is curtailed and economies falter, writers from blighted cities report on the reality of living with the coronavirus epidemic.
The former vice president’s surge in the Democratic primaries reveals a split between those who aspire to transform the US politically – and those who seek victory at any cost.
Stoicism is a part of many nations’ identity, not just Britain’s: can the pandemic be met with dispassionate resilience?
After weeks of quarantine, Shanghai is slowly reopening. Many here say that China is the safest place now: no new cases have been reported in the city for four days.
Italians braced themselves for the worst, and they were right. Now that the lockdown has been extended to the entire country, people are despairing over the harsh measures.
When coronavirus erupted, many predicted Taiwan would be among the worst-hit nations. But thanks to the government's fast reactions disaster seems to have been avoided – and public confidence restored.
As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in EU institutions rises, there is speculation that the European Parliament will soon fully shut down.
Coronavirus has hit Japanese exports, and is keeping consumers at home. Shops, bars and restaurants are quiet and Tokyo Disneyland is shut. Any hope that the faltering economy will recover this year is gone.
Twenty-seven million Americans do not have health insurance and many more have insufficient insurance coverage; the US could be sleepwalking into a public health catastrophe.
Berlin is behind the curve. At the time of writing, 48 people here have the virus and the city remains relaxed. I have seen no one wearing a face mask. There have been only limited signs of panic buying.
Despite 800 years of medical advancement, coronavirus has resurrected our dormant fear of the plague.
The United States has always looked to Shakespeare to illuminate its politics – and in the polarised age of Donald Trump his work feels as urgent as ever.
A new poem by Serhiy Zhadan, translated by John Hennessy and Ostap Kin.
Cracking down hard on online misinformation and disinformation is equivalent to vaccination.
In Going Dark, Julia Ebner goes undercover online to study the dynamics and tactics of far-right extremist networks.
Grown men talk about “butterflies”. Dogs drink wine. And that’s before the weddings…
In this story of Women’s Lib protesters interrupting the 1970 pageant, it’s unclear what the story gains repackaged as drama rather than documentary.
It may be that I’m getting a bit soft in my old age, but I think the tone is all wrong.
Jackson is just so Jacksonian throughout: projecting fast-thinking and decisive intelligence, and a complete inability to suffer fools.
We are better off for obscure wines brought across borders to our table.
Whenever I press the hitherto blameless and reliable W key, it comes out as “sw”, and I have to go back and correct it.
TikTok has become a hotbed of political debate, social issue advocacy and policy arguments – and most recently, a battleground for the abortion debate in the US
There may come a time to escalate, but prematurity risks increasing the sense of threat to no good purpose.
The Booker Prize-winning author on Thomas Piketty, Buffy and why firemen are his heroes.
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