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The ultimate blame for the government’s failures lies not with Dominic Cummings but with Boris Johnson.
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.
Could this be the moment from which Boris Johnson’s administration never recovers?
To get meaningful results from trials, you need significant numbers of people to encounter coronavirus.
Why gaslighting is not so much about outright lies but obfuscation and sleight-of-hand.
There’s a sense that things are coming full circle for the US secretary of state.
Why, despite being at the height of her powers, the chancellor will probably not seek a fifth term. And I say goodbye to Berlin for the first time in months.
The Newsnight host’s criticism of Dominic Cummings was more worthy of a columnist than a BBC presenter.
Faced with a new crush, I’ve reverted to the actions of my adolescence – letter-writing and mixtapes.
Each briefly threatened to become a pandemic, but those who dealt with them directly knew they could have caused far greater damage.
How the country has been hurt by Covid-19.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The lawyer behind some of Britain’s most high-profile cases reflects on his most personal brush with government incompetence: the loss of his brother to Covid-19.
Emboldened by a referendum victory followed by an election triumph, the government is now making elementary errors in press and public relations.
Our DNA bears the scars of an arms race that humanity has been fighting for millions of years.
Inside the mind of Dr Jim Down, a leading intensive care consultant, on the night of the peak number of deaths from Covid-19 in hospitals.
Boris Johnson’s chief strategist reached No 10 by pitting the people against the political elite and scorning the media. Now his hypocrisy is exposed.
Camus’s novel, first published in 1947, has become a global sensation. It is, it seems, the novel for now.
Culture and the universal genius were not the only things to thrive in this supposed golden age – so too did slavery and warfare.
A new poem from Erica Wagner.
The fourth novel by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara follows a young woman in pursuit of a freer life, and has been shortlisted for this year’s International Booker Prize.
The personalities that flourish on this show are those of the contestants: a wonderfully unconventional bunch.
Why Alan Reynolds was in fact two completely different artists.
Carol Reed’s postwar mystery, available to stream from this week, wears its greatness lightly.
I know you’re desperate for a new box-set – but, boy, is this dull.
“I am in every way an ordinary guy,” says the narrator of the BBC World Service's The Documentary: The Death Row Book Club.
From vinegar to garlicky milk, during past pandemics recipes were prescribed as potential remedies
When a curt nod from a neighbour transforms into a lockdown-breaking high-five.
I double up on the vodka in my cocktail shaker and mute the chaos of my Twitter feed.
After two months of no chat and no people and no fun, the sound of racket on string sounds almost as beautiful as music.
The medical journalist talks Line of Duty, family holidays in Venice and Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep.
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