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In the UK, Covid-19 has interacted with pre-existing medical and social ills to lethal effect. We cannot cure them by simply importing a model from abroad.
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The two-week lockdown has the same problem as Labour’s general Covid-19 strategy: it leaves the party backing partial measures.
If he triumphs in the election on 3 November, Biden’s approach could come as a rude awakening for some Europeans.
Although my NS series on Europe is having a long sleep, I have visited a foreign country six times since March: mostly just to do my food shop.
“The north-west” or “the north-east” is nobody’s principal unit of identity. We live closer to home than that.
But this election is remarkable not for the ways in which it is like 2016, but for the ways in which it is different.
If Boris Johnson were to refuse another referendum, it would be harder to persuade Scottish voters that they are better served in the Union.
Covid-19 has accelerated football’s problems, but the widening financial inequalities and the absence of accountability or transparency pre-dated the pandemic.
The Prime Minister needs to develop a vision equally for solving the major problems that lie ahead in the next decade.
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The Swedish state epidemiologist defends his country’s handling of the virus and gives his verdict on the UK’s coronavirus response.
Marin, who was the world’s youngest head of government when she entered office in December 2019 at the age of 34, wants to change expectations of politicians.
Around the world, coronavirus has revealed profound flaws in our politics. Will we do any better in the next crisis?
Twenty years after my father's terminal cancer diagnosis, I listened to my spouse's doctor reveal the same news – but, this time, there was a different outlook.
From Macron’s En Marche! to the Conservatives’ “Get Brexit Done”: how populists embraced the language of science and expertise.
The Gambler brings to mind that old cliché: it is both good and original, but what is good is not original, and what is original is not good.
In her new collection Mantel Pieces, Hilary Mantel’s critical voice is superior, unkind – and deeply enjoyable.
Why Firestone’s groundbreaking manifesto The Dialectic of Sex, first published in 1970, still feels radical today.
Cooper Clarke’s I Wanna Be Yours, Martin and Quick’s Unions Renewed, Krauss’s To Be a Man, and In the Kitchen: Essays on Food and Life.
In his painting of one of the country’s many lakes, Gallen-Kallela saw a nation rippling into life.
Lee is known for her landmark biographies of writers such as Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton. Now, she has taken on her first living subject: Tom Stoppard.
New documentaries featuring David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg are uneasy about their stars' hero status.
Everyone in it is paying the price for some bit of bad behaviour, their innards, metaphorically speaking, trailing behind them like bloody ropes.
The podcast You're Wrong About re-examines the long-established narratives surrounding the Princess of Wales with renewed empathy.
The countryside seems so much more appealing than the city during a pandemic.
Having moved into my new flat, I realise costs that have been hitherto hidden from me – water, gas, electricity, internet, the consequences of my folly – are now besieging me.
The only industries that refer to their customers as “users”, viewers of the documentary are reminded, are tech and illegal drugs.
This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare’s “Richard II”, refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.
I groaned inwardly when the results of Jeremy's MRI scan came through: a couple of “indeterminate” areas. Not the definitive all clear I’d hoped for.
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