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The Prime Minister is enjoying a vaccine bounce. But can he open up a decisive lead over Keir Starmer?
American censure of foreign human rights abuses felt especially hollow under Donald Trump, but the US’s moral authority was weakened long before the 2016 election.
Patel has always been an arch-opportunist, just like the buzzard – but I’m afraid Starmer is as grey as a plump pigeon, afraid to stray into less familiar territory.
Enforced isolation has brought less familiar pleasures, such as finally getting my bookshelves in order.
The costs of confusing public health messaging are suffered more by some groups – such as those who speak little or no English – than by others.
When men learn to separate the idea of personhood from the idea of sex, it enables the darkest of violence to occur.
A party which seeks to abandon its ideas-driven youth wing is doomed to failure, something all successful Labour leaders before Tony Blair well understood.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The former Bernie Sanders adviser on why the pandemic has shown the US and UK governments can never run out of money.
The Conservatives seem to have forgotten about the people who were once their most faithful supporters, and created a market gap. Labour should fill it.
The theme of Framing Britney Spears is an ancient one: the disempowerment of a woman on the grounds of mental instability.
Can the corporation save itself and the nation from fake news and culture wars?
A strict curfew, tough police measures and rising crime mean tensions are running high in the French capital.
His radical depictions of desire and oblivion changed the course of English poetry – and, 200 years after his death, they disarm us still.
Fort’s new book is alive to the poetry that stirs the human soul while fishing.
Bill Gates’s faith in a technological fix for climate change is typical of privileged men who think they can swoop in and solve the problems others have spent decades trying to fix.
We are Bellingcat by Higgins, The Rome Plague Diaries by Kneale, The Strays of Paris by Smiley and Chauvo-Feminism by Mills.
A French memoir of sexual abuse created a political storm – but is it, as its author suggests, “first and foremost a piece of literature”?
How the great writer, in his airless, claustrophobic fictions, provides a guide to living in the pandemic age.
A new poem by Ali Lewis.
The indie-rock artist on freeing her faith – and her songwriting – from the constraints of ideology.
Alongside the watercolourist Thomas Girtin, Bonington was the lost boy of English romantic art.
Jane Campion’s 2003 film is an ugly, frightening exploration of the danger that comes with being a woman attracted to men.
Serious, high-minded and brilliant – this is a stunning lesson in not patronising audiences.
Is it just a sexist trope?
Around 65 per cent of Covid patients suffer from anosmia, leaving foods tasting rotten and metallic.
I feel we all are in our own versions of Waiting for Godot. Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful.
Making something from nothing this lockdown has soothed everything, except my bank balance.
Four live games on Saturday, four again on Sunday. And did I watch them all? Of course I did.
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