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By treating mask-wearing as a choice, the government has revived the mixed messaging that has so often undermined public health.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
Starmer’s bid to restore the faith of his party’s MPs rests on six people.
The terror group holds nearly twice as much territory as it did two months ago, and it could overpower Ghani’s government within six months of US forces departing.
I wouldn’t put Gavin Williamson in charge of a pot plant – the fact that our Prime Minister left him in charge of my sons literally made me weep over practice exam papers.
We have blind faith in the health service, but the system is broken – and it shouldn’t be heretical to say so.
The political debate about energy is still mostly defined by rhetorical blather.
The England team of 2021 is one that simply would not exist if Priti Patel had been in charge of the Home Office a generation ago.
The government has needlessly abandoned one of the most basic and effective public health measures.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
James Daunt, the managing director of Waterstones, discusses Covid-19 closures, paying staff the living wage and saving Europe's largest bookstore.
It should be concerning to us all that during the recent heatwave deaths in British Columbia have risen to three times normal levels.
We are now facing a demographic winter that will transform the way we live.
Why a reawakening of national identities could spell the end of the United Kingdom.
I often experience autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR. It starts with a tingling around the head coupled with a sensation of utter calm.
Crypto is more than just technology: it is a new political, economic and cultural paradigm.
How evolutionary theory explains why men and women seduce, deceive, abandon and hurt each other.
A new poem by John Burnside.
The Authority Gap by Sieghart, The Nile by Tvedt, The Coward by McGinnis and Amazon Unbound by Stone.
How political ideas such as “levelling up” draw on centuries of meritocratic thinking.
How nations use culture to engage in a “storytelling competition”.
A new book charts the unparalleled growth of the Chinese social media app.
The vivid, emotional works of an artist who left Picasso in awe.
Marvel Studios can hire interesting film-makers like Cate Shortland, but until the movies start taking the risks of TV spin-off WandaVision, the result will always be the same.
“Do you bring a casserole to the house of somebody whose son has shot up a school?” asks Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold.
“I have no idea how my cat’s mind works!” Suzi Ruffell exclaims in BBC Radio 4’s My Cat, the Judge. Can science help?
Though I used to wrench "self-seeding" plants out of my garden, I am learning to see them in a new light
When wounded, prepare to face innumerable microaggressions from a callous universe.
It is cruel that during a break-up, usual comforts are taken from you – including the person you would normally reach for in an emotional crisis
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