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To honour his pledge of doing “whatever it takes”, the Chancellor has been forced to adopt progressively more radical measures.
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.
A national government may become inevitable.
In less than a week, we converted the practice to a “triage” model.
The government’s advisers initially underestimated the spread of the disease and the consequences for the NHS.
Nothing quite like this has happened before in the modern world.
As an authority on Online Weird Stuff, I wanted to recommend some lesser-known channels that delight and distract me.
Unearned confidence can infect anyone, though some individuals are more vulnerable to it than others.
Official recognition that many private businesses, such as supermarkets, provide public services is long overdue.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The anarchist collective on the surprising success of their new publication, Dope, as a response to the rough sleeping crisis.
In Russia, we found a country where coronavirus was still a distant rumour. Palaces, churches and restaurants were packed. Bars vibrated with live music.
A world constrained by pandemics is one in which the balance of power could shift dramatically back in favour of workers.
Rishi Sunak has lived a gilded life and risen rapidly in politics, but now he is grappling with a once-in-a-century crisis as the country faces recession and even depression.
A grim choice faces 21st-century societies: panopticons or pandemics?
New Statesman contributors from around the world reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic is transforming the ways in which we are governed.
Thanks to fast action from the government, much of everyday life continues in Singapore. Schools, universities, shops and restaurants remain open and most public institutions are still functioning.
Overnight, the Caucasus country has been transformed from one of Europe’s most open states to among its most reclusive.
Certain aspects of the way our government works will change fundamentally, and not all for the better.
China's outbreak has been brought under control thanks to an Orwellian system, from personal QR codes to a flourishing of new apps that facilitate lives lived in locked apartments.
Virtually overnight, Italians have shifted from dismissive cynicism of their national government to a blind and trusting devotion – even as the nation shut down and residents were shut in.
The wealthy and powerful without symptoms are able to get tested; others, even medical professionals, are told there are not enough tests for them.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the global order was unravelling, but now the crisis provides a historic opportunity.
Two surveys of sex and seduction show that not much has changed.
Oliver Letwin’s Apocalypse How? Explains why we fail to anticipate catastrophe
MacInnes’s intriguing second novel deserves to cement his reputation as a bold and curious writer.
The Labour MP’s new book, Tribes, is half-memoir, half an account of the world’s problems and how they can be fixed.
The ten stories all centre around a different protagonist named Claire, each clouded by a difficult mother – whether they dominate the foreground or linger slightly out of frame.
A comedy tackling drug addiction and coming out, Feel Good is neither patronising nor fluffy.
This smart film has turbo-boosted the careers of both its main actor and director.
The pitch-perfect mockumentary began, three series ago, by being hilariously funny. But by the time it ended, it had turned into something quite different.
It seems the distant past now, but just a few weeks ago there was very real talk of the end of the BBC. Then the virus hit.
An apparent loathing for all that is grand or awe-inspiring in the environment has caused Trump to begin work right next to the monument.
What is it with the bog roll? Food, yes, we can all understand that, but Andrex?
Rosie and Jacob's world is pristine and romantic: everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.
"If you carry on like this, I am going to go completely insane. And I don’t think you want Mummy to be insane, now, do you?”
The author on Princess Leia, Frida Kahlo and unfulfilled football dreams.
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