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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.
A militarised over-reaction by the US government to legitimate domestic protests is a gift to dictators across the world.
The government appears content to keep the NHS from being overwhelmed, not to prevent people dying.
The morning after the Prime Minister announced the start of lockdown, I woke up with a fever, dry cough and searing headache.
Why the biggest challenge to Johnson’s administration is the Scottish parliament election, as the SNP aims to secure a mandate for a second independence referendum.
Even if an effective vaccine does emerge, its value as a tool for reopening economies will trigger squabbles over who gets it first.
How the crisis has exposed the fragile state of the Union and turned the UK government into a de facto government of England.
Now that I think about it, the cinema is probably the place where my phone is farthest from my body.
In a time of crisis, what can sporting leadership tell us about the real thing?
Why the hard right is fighting lockdown.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The pianist on the serenity of Beethoven.
Tory cuts and their disdain for health and safety have come home to roost: the inspectors we need to get a post-virus economy working are gone.
How the rapper voiced America’s pain.
What connects the most brazen forms of state violence against black people and the struggles of BAME coronavirus patients is systemic racism.
How the killing by police of George Floyd convulsed the United States.
During his turbulent career, the philosopher and diplomat was fascinated by plagues and their lethal effects – and his ideas about how politicians should address them are as relevant as ever.
As Victoria's soldiers fought in South Africa, some of the era's best known authors reported home. Their writing shaped the legacy of a traumatic conflict.
Over the past 120 years, working mothers have gone from being considered a social problem to a social norm.
A new poem from Pascale Petit.
Haunting and gently chaotic, this International Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is a rare and strident debut.
If it must be compared to Steve Carell's last leading role in TV comedy, this has fewer jokes and a lot more clunky exposition about space.
When Louise Bourgeois’s work was exhibited, male critics balked at its palpable rage. Ten years after she died, her Red Rooms feel more powerful than ever.
Richard Kelly's science-fiction comedy was widely derided on release in 2006, but it has since found a cult audience.
In this comedy of affairs and second wives, we see the family as I like to see it: generous, expansive, richly humane.
The Archers is "corona-proof" because it can't get any more boring than it is already. Fans simply cannot lose.
The serf-owning painter who turned to Mother Russia for his subjects.
Nothing compares, in elegance and vital energy, to the ferns.
It is curiously intimate, using someone else’s computer.
I consume as much of the city as I can, until I don’t know who I am without it.
Three more months. Three months! If it were a printed letter, I would crumple it up and lob it into the nearest bin.
The Booker-longlisted novelist on Nigeria, Law & Order and the Bible
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