How the UK floundered in the face of Covid-19
A long read by Martin Fletcher on six months that shook the UK as an “arrogant, cavalier and complacent” government squandered valuable time.
An essay by Fintan O’Toole on why post-Brexit Britain proved incapable of fulfilling its most basic responsibility: keeping its citizens safe.
NS data analysis reveals that it took the UK ten days after its tenth Covid-19 death to cancel public events and close schools – longer than any other country.
Our editorial on why it is now imperative for the UK to learn from its failures.
Why Britain failed: the international view
Writers from France, Germany, Poland, Georgia and New Zealand on why the British government’s handling of the pandemic is viewed as a cautionary tale.
The government’s avoidable errors
An NS data investigation shows the UK acted the slowest of any major economy – a decision that may have cost thousands of lives.
The New Statesman’s Britain editor Anoosh Chakelian on “the great betrayal” of the workers we all depend on.
Our health columnist Phil Whitaker on how the UK’s overconfidence in theoretical modelling was rudely exposed.
Helen Thompson on how the government’s failings and structural problems have lethally combined in the field of education.
Why Britain was unprepared for catastrophe
Sage contributors and other health and science experts deliver their judgement on the UK government’s response.
Cuts to local and national services over the past decade appear almost perfectly tailored to damage resilience in the face of coronavirus, write Anoosh Chakelian and Michael Goodier.
The crises to come
A survey of more than 500 industry leaders, including chief executives, directors and vice presidents, shows the potentially devastating economic consequences of the pandemic, writes Oscar Williams.
Anjana Ahuja on the lessons our leaders must learn from the Covid-19 crisis to prepare for the next virus.
Local lockdowns in Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale could follow that in Leicester, reports Michael Goodier.