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The rapid spread of the Delta variant was not an inevitability but the result of the government’s failure to control the UK’s borders.
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.
The England manager understands the need for a patriotism that is generous and enhances national cohesion.
There is appetite in the cabinet for having difficult conversations with the country on Covid – but some MPs fear this hunger runs out at the top.
Since last summer I have loitered with intent in Switzerland, Sicily and Greece. Am I a modern-day Typhoid Mary?
An issue as complex and sensitive as the Northern Ireland protocol won't get fixed during a weekend in Cornwall.
What came out of the talks was a cluster of middling commitments, rehashed versions of older ideas, unfunded aspirations and plans to make plans.
For defenders of the industry, it is the genetic link that matters, not the long months of pregnancy that transform a single cell into a legal person.
After initially refusing to condemn the booing of players, this government appears to have realised that this is a team you cross at your peril.
The evidence suggests that the Delta and Gamma variants are more dangerous for everyone, including young people.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The human rights campaigner reflects on cancel culture and life as an activist.
Jess Phillips speaking openly about contracting HPV is admirable, but why is there stigma still attached to the virus?
How the US and Russia became entangled.
Four years ago these two eminent scientists bet on the likelihood of a man-made global biological disaster. Is it time to decide a winner?
As free-market globalisation recedes, countries from the US to the UK to China are embracing national capitalism.
In the 19th century Garibaldi united a divided country. Today’s polarised politics could benefit from his pragmatic idealism.
Anthro-Vision by Tett, Napoleon: A Life in Gardens and Shadows by Scurr, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock by White and Red Milk by Sjón,
In his new book Seven Ways to Change the World, the former prime minister achieves a fluency in prose that he rarely managed in office.
Two new books argue politics is too often arrogantly distant from the things that really matter.
Fifty years on, the record still feels like a puff of air between your ribs.
The pandemic has destroyed countless community and public assets, but the power of local identity remains vital to our recovery.
Why the artist was hailed by Aaron Burr as “the first painter that now is or ever has been in America”.
A well-meaning scientist with an interest in mushrooms travels to a remote ecological centre in the aftermath of an unspecified, disastrous plague.
In this tedious and excruciating film, Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy play a warring couple trapped together in lockdown.
Recorded on location at the RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, the programme is peppered with birdsong and the buzz of grasshoppers, giving it a lively, absorbing feel.
Tillingham’s has the pleasant sourness of grapefruit, Little Waddon gushes pear juice, and if the Black Mountain was too funky for me, supporters of natural wine will love it.
A sprightly step and a fairly steep downhill slope, and what do you get? A fall.
There are more bees in the garden than I have ever seen before, more butterflies, more moths, more everything.
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Why the round-the-clock helpline is a false economy.
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The French novelist reflects on the work of Nelson Mandela, being painted by Chagall and 18th century French literature.
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