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In the UK, often cast as one of Europe's most atomised societies, more than 700,000 people have volunteered for the NHS.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
It was a moment of magical mutuality, a public coming together of a kind one seldom if ever experiences.
We are the waterfront against which waves of Covid-19 patients are beginning to break.
In east London, Tower Hamlets Council has shut Victoria Park, meaning more people are being crowded into smaller places.
Language and thinking of war could be used to justify and make palatable this administration’s rejection of refugees.
For perhaps the first time in 32 centuries, Jews around the world will be unable to celebrate the festival with their extended families.
The pandemic is forcing us out of our routines, individually and collectively.
Italy is an individual shut up in a room with the urgent voice of the news bulletin.
Life feels so savagely hollow to me right now that to look closely at an hour seems terrifying.
Why political choirs are on the rise, even in the face of a pandemic.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Physician Sharon Moalem on the role our sex chromosomes play in immunity and genetic advantage.
The advocates of herd immunity remind us why it's always worth checking the credentials of academics, and why county cricket could be the perfect sport for a pandemic.
How Xi Jinping will use the political opportunity provided by the coronavirus crisis to exploit a divided EU.
The era of peak globalisation is over. For those of us not on the front line, clearing the mind and thinking how to live in an altered world is the task at hand.
Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Elif Shafak, Michael Morpurgo and more on the cultural artefacts and pursuits that bring them solace in dark times.
A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done.
An exotic, acquisitive bird-watching trip on the other side of the world already feels like an artefact of another age. Now the creatures in my garden are helping me to think about the nature of community.
The former human rights lawyer aspires to unite not only the troubled Labour Party but the country. But who is he? And what does he really want?
Under lockdown, the City of Light has been thrown into terrible darkness.
The notoriously high prison population in the US is starting to decline – so why is the number of jailed women rising?
Political deadlock in Kabul, the onset of coronavirus, and a resurgent Taliban – Afghanistan’s future looks bleaker than ever.
I am the result of the movement of bodies on ships. Sails, winches, shackles and cane fields. I am a song of sugar.
The visionary English novelist’s dystopian imagination, defined by cataclysmic events, quarantines and technological isolation, has never felt so prescient.
How the crises of our times pose fundamental questions about the role of the nation state in our survival
A new poem by Simon Armitage.
Harry Rée was a grammar school teacher when war broke out in 1939. Then he joined Churchill’s secret army.
The trouble of focusing in a fractured world.
What to do with bored, fractious children in lockdown conditions? Read with them.
A new short story by Bernardine Evaristo.
It’s also the most popular show on Netflix right now.
The award-winning artist on race, humour and art in a time of crisis.
The relentlessly cheery pictures found in medical centres today are a far cry from the pious, grand and distressing paintings hung in hospitals throughout history.
From Trolls World Tour to Disney+.
This crime series is a great imposter story.
Actor Kerry Shale writes and stars in a radio play about Full Metal Jacket.
Weeds are the native vegetation exercising their birthright.
The most important thing to do is stay in bed. Stay in bed all day. Never mind not leaving your home except for the most essential matters.
Before games, they would have steak and chips. And, of course, smoke like chimneys.
There’s only one thing I want to do, and that is to be outside.
I embark on the new Hilary Mantel novel, The Mirror and the Light, and immediately find myself lost in it, grateful to be swirled back through the centuries, to 1536.
The celebrity chef on the moon landings, Greek philosophers and getting angry with his phone.
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