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In this age of polarisation, our principal allegiance is to sceptical and informed thinking, and to the notion that no one ideology is the fount of all wisdom.
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 former government target to send 50 per cent of the population to university has led to “elite overproduction”, with graduates educated to expect jobs that simply don’t exist.
I have led my practice through the first wave, starting in early March when I realised the 25-year-old I was examining had Covid-19. It seems incredible now, but I had no PPE.
Making jokes about getting old is still just about allowed. My contemporaries certainly seem to think so.
The capital has seen off civil war, fire, the Blitz, murderous air and Margaret Thatcher. It will survive the loss of a few office workers – won’t it?
It should worry not just Americans but also their international allies that the president’s relationship with intelligence agencies is bad and getting worse.
Months upon end in which the devolved executives have exercised powers in health and education has convinced ever more people that the Union should end.
In one dream, I’m back in New York, in March, as I was when Covid began to spread – but instead of returning home, I refuse to leave. Somehow my act of refusal changes everything.
The manager’s fierce intellect and obsessive toil has taken the team back into the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
The city has knuckled down. Many feel bamboozled by the figures. People can’t know whether they’ve been picked on or picked out by the government, but they accept it for now.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The Harvard psychologist on whether progress is over, the problem with police abolition, and the Harper’s open letter.
The Guardian is the latest newspaper to reveal its wounds from Covid-19. It plans to cut 12 per cent of its workforce and shut four sections from its Saturday edition, but crucial issues remain unresolved.
Despite the government’s £1.57bn support package, theatres across the UK are being forced to make redundancies – or even to close for good.
Our writer travels from Berlin to Naples by train and discovers that the pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of the beautiful country.
These are not eye-catching creatures. Field guides often describe them as “undistinguished”. But, in this unfamiliar and far from reassuring world, discovering a flycatcher in my garden has brought me great delight.
Six days after I was supposed to die, I went home – and though I had only been gone a week, everything had changed.
Acts of courage in the age of Covid-19.
Many of the author’s family perished in the Holocaust and his parents viewed Germany with great suspicion. But today he believes the country that Britons love to hate should be a model for others.
As a child our writer dreamed of being a professional footballer, but she always wanted to play not with women but men.
The First Minister, who turned 50 this month, has had a good crisis and the SNP is surging in the polls. Is she destined to end Scotland’s union with England?
How our writer was prompted to reflect on the ideology’s beginnings, after the experience of life in lockdown exposed the legacy of the old liberal order.
How the novelist hid his cruel side – infidelity, bullying callousness, malice – in plain sight in his fiction.
A new poem by Mary Jean Chan.
Midway through Jenny Kleeman’s entertaining survey of the latest advances in life sciences, I began to worry.
Craig Brown’s One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time explores how, in less than a decade, the band redefined not just pop music but fame.
From hugless friends to heroic mice, these are the best stories to get your kids through the pandemic.
A book saved from a library in Seoul during the Korean War has finally returned home, bringing with it a life and story of its own.
How Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 dystopian masterpiece became the cultural exemplum of apocalypse, and a cardinal citation in the time of coronavirus.
Two new poems by Simon Armitage.
Deborah Levy, Ben Okri, Ahdaf Soueif and more explore how their lives have changed since the beginning of the pandemic.
There is a partly vicarious, partly communal thrill in watching reactions to great cinematic moments in real-time.
How Friedrich’s late masterpiece, The Great Enclosure, offers us a glimpse of the artist’s inner life.
That the composer, whose 250th anniversary is being celebrated this year, overcame deafness to write the greatest music of all time is a familiar story. But what does it leave out?
Blockbusters maketh the summer, but with many postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, these months are akin to a swallowless spring.
When this script isn’t embarrassingly explicatory, it’s purest slush.
In 2011 an 18-year-old called Jacob Dunne drunkenly killed another young man during a scuffle and went to prison. Years later, the dead boy’s parents meet Jacob.
From eating less meat to baking bread to combat “bad thoughts”.
The problem is that, when I get on the Tube, the proportion of people who know how masks work seems to be about 50 per cent.
I have fallen in love with the new book by Michèle Roberts, which could not be more timely, even though it was written before anyone had heard of Covid-19.
Nigel Pearson noted that players have had to switch from actors performing live on stage to actors recording in an empty studio.
The author talks Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amelia Gentleman’s The Windrush Betrayal, and incompetent governance.
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