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The government's fatal early errors have been compounded by a succession of haphazard interventions.
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 new Labour leader has patience and is collegiate, and though he lacks charisma he does not lack authority.
The health service must prepare for next winter’s viral season to avoid becoming a major factor in driving a second wave.
This level of stress is a full-time job, and all I know is that Thursdays are terrible.
The new voters won by the Conservatives at the 2019 general election are among those most exposed by the new rules.
The government uses “number theatre” to distract from the lack of clear guidance.
Chastened by its early defeats and the rise of populism, the progressive coalition has turned inwards.
Comparisons to past injustices and genuine discrimination are ludicrous. We are being told to stay at home for our own safety.
“Hey, are you watching this Chicago Bulls doc? I’m a sports guy now!”
In 2011, in the shadow of the much-criticised swine flu response, officials prepared a new pandemic blueprint.
The pandemic has deprived us of something we took for granted: the ability to dispose freely of our private time.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The former Greek finance minister on Boris Johnson’s recklessness, Keir Starmer, and why he believes the UK should now pursue a no-deal Brexit.
Supermarket apps allow you to scan each item and pay for it instantly.
The website idreamofcovid.com has provided a surreal, poignant, and often darkly comic online archive.
Could the coronavirus pandemic have an effect as lasting and profound as the Black Death?
Our contributors Laura Spinney, Dr Phil Whitaker and Professor Michael Barrett joined Jason Cowley to discuss pandemics past, present and future.
Michael Goodier of the New Statesman data journalism team highlights some crucial new themes.
The UK has long downplayed the awkward truth that its victory in the Second World War largely depended on the USSR, the US and the dominions.
A spate of recent memoirs by former inmates and staff reveal the shocking reality of life behind bars in the UK.
If poetry was the literary form of the First World War, it was fiction that best expressed the reality of the Second.
A timely memoir investigates the benefits of being afraid.
What is Box Hill about? In its 128 pages, it is both strikingly expansive and wilfully resistant to interpretation.
Mark Lanegan – former frontman with Seattle proto-grunge pioneers the Screaming Trees – gives us an extraordinary snapshot of the reality behind the myths of the rock star as junkie.
The Prix Robert Walser-winning novel by the French-Korean author Élisa Shua Dusapin centres around an unnamed young graduate in South Korea.
Filmed mostly in the artist Grayson Perry’s studio, there’s a homespun informality to the whole affair.
Why Cole’s wounded pride helped inspire a national school of painting.
Like two other recent films by female directors – Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Assistant – the picture addresses male abuses of power without ceding the dramatic focus to the aggressors.
These extraordinary films should win all the prizes, and everyone in Britain should have to watch them, by law.
A reading of Emily Brand’s Fall of the House of Byron showed the wrath of shame and destruction brought on little George by his family, but where is the poetry?
As I have been telling novice gardeners for years, gardening successfully is largely about assessing priorities.
“Mum,” I say/think, “you won’t believe what’s happening. There’s a pandemic and we all have to stay indoors. Like, indefinitely. It’s weird. And I’m a bit sad and scared.”
With each successive nap, the brain takes longer than usual to distinguish between dream and waking reality.
I expect one of the other parents to intervene, to stop the game, to tell the kids to keep a distance. But none of us has the heart.
The fitness coach talks David Brent, Vincent van Gogh, and guided meditation.
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