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The crisis has accelerated the Conservatives’ retreat from austerity economics.
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.
Over a four-week period, 17 residents of the Essex home and one member of staff died.
Insofar as anything can be said to be safe, sending children back to school will be safe for them.
I have been able to take a walk with some of my girlfriends, which has been a precious relief.
For the first time in more than a decade, Labour has a leader with a higher net approval rating than the party as a whole.
Football is a game that in its highest professional form has become bereft of any moral compass.
My time-wasting is so severe that I’ve been known to procrastinate leisure.
Having craved Mike Ashley’s departure for years, fans are not too squeamish about who might replace him.
The philosopher’s distinction between work and labour should guide our attempts to build a better society.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The Dutch historian discusses the political consequences of Covid-19 and his new book Humankind: A Hopeful History.
On the daily briefings, ministers recite dubious figures and answer questions that are too random to put them under scrutiny.
The data-mining company Palantir is one of several businesses that has been enlisted to build the Covid-19 “data store” conceived by NHSX.
How the pandemic could transform British politics.
The national saga of 1940 was remarkable and truly historic. Eighty years on, the UK is again in the grip of a “people’s war” that will define the lives and outlook of all who survive it.
For writers from Daniel Defoe to Susan Sontag, plagues offer a window on to a rapidly changing world.
In Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, Lloyd exposes what the SNP knows, but will not admit: the dire economic consequences of leaving the Union.
The questions that keep you reading are hypotheticals: will they wind up together? Will they make it to the White House – and, if so, in what order?
Apropos of Nothing is both the best thing Allen has produced in 20 years, and a showcase for dismaying lapses of tact, taste and judgement that will sway anyone still on the fence about loathing him.
Amid many laughs and poetically mild insults, Brooker exposes the government's farcical inaction with startling clarity.
With no evidence that the 17th-century Dutchman ever visited Italy, it seems rather that he invented Italy in his mind and painted that invention.
The early Noughties film, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, left me so giddy I watched it twice.
As a double act, Monkman and Seagull bring to mind Morecambe and Wise, though somewhat less funny.
In interviews, he is unstoppably amusing, and clips of him in original recording sessions defy aural logic.
This meal has had to feed my imagination for the past three months, and may need to for many more.
When William Hartnell took on the role, he was two years younger than I am now. I had to have a little lie-down when I learned that.
Our outboxes have become Dickensian chronicles of the dullest facets of our lives.
Could The Viking Bible be the next Game of Thrones? Perhaps Moe could make this family millions.
The comedian talks The Young Ones, John Smith, and The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.
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