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Should the SNP win an overall majority at next year’s Scottish election it will have an unarguable mandate for a second independence referendum.
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There will be no return to “normal” in 2021, even if an unexpectedly rapid medical advance allows the world to subdue coronavirus.
Boris Johnson needs someone to blame for his Covid-19 failures, but scrapping the seven-year-old organisation is not a solution.
A magical looking-glass in the middle of our city separates a racially mixed, socially deprived town from a turreted village of dons, quads and gowns.
Donald Trump's campaign does not appear to know how to go after Harris. Perhaps that’s why his supporters have returned to a tried-and-tested line of attack.
Anger, it can seem, is everywhere. It spreads faster than ever. It is viral, but unlike coronavirus cannot be socially distanced into abeyance.
It used to be that only celebrities were subjects of biography, but life online has changed this.
Biden is not a natural progressive, which makes it hard for the Republicans to demonise him as an America-hating radical.
For too many people, this will not feel like a new economic crisis, but a new chapter in one that never ended.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The novelist on feminist dystopia, free will, and what women choose to do with their bodies.
The UK has an over-elaborate system for allocating university places – perhaps the government will seize the opportunity to design a better one.
Military intervention would turn most Belarusians against their larger neighbour – but the Kremlin could decide intervention to prop up its closest ally is worth the risk.
How a government led by technocrats nearly destroyed a generation of social mobility.
The UCL professor and author believes Covid-19 offers only a "small glimpse" of our possible future.
After a long period of nationalist dominance in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has been acting during the crisis like the head of an independent nation in waiting.
The pandemic has forced us to confront the issue of death: how do we think about dying, and what does it mean for how we live?
Human beings have always needed something to leaven the effects of science and religion.
Perhaps it's best to think of Summer as something other than a novel or, at least, a distinct subgenre of the novel. Fast fiction?
This international Booker Prize-shortlisted "masterwork" is structurally adventurous, and rife with narco-style violence and expletive-heavy prose.
In his new book Morality, the former chief rabbi lays out his thoughts on populism, identity politics and the decline of the West.
Macdonald's Vesper Flights, Bevins's The Jakarta Method and Grossman's An Elephant in Rome.
The latest novels by Graham Swift and Daniel Kehlmann take the conceit of literature as "rough magic" about as far as it will go.
A new poem by Zoë Hitzig.
The revival of relief printing from wood was spurred by Paul and John Nash and later Eric Ravilious, but also many women artists. The most original of them was Gertrude Hermes.
Xavier Dolan’s French picture and Alexandre Moratto’s debut explore sexuality and homophobia in the lives of two Canadian actors, and a teenager in Brazil.
The group's sixth studio album has moments that remind you why they have made it this far, but it lacks personality.
The BBC’s four-part documentary series suggests Manchester might be about to go “pop” – and not in a good club night sort of way.
Launched some two months ago, Times Radio’s thrust was to be unambiguously genial – an answer to Radio 4’s exhausted political scab-picking.
With over 20,000 species, there’s a daisy for everyone.
I resisted the salt and pepper grinders and the proper chef's knife. But surely, I thought, a dustpan and brush won't jinx things?
The high anticipation of summer has passed, now autumn opens out, wide and empty.
The Vernon God Little author talks Japanese samurais, Judge Judy and the rise of surveillance capitalism.
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