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Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
The advocates of herd immunity remind us why it's always worth checking the credentials of academics, and why county cricket could be the perfect sport for a pandemic.
In Russia, we found a country where coronavirus was still a distant rumour. Palaces, churches and restaurants were packed. Bars vibrated with live music.
Labour would do better to listen to my old friend Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, than suspend him.
Patel is an accident-prone minister. Johnson sent her to an accident-prone department. His fault.
Could Corbyn’s advisers, such as Seumas Milne, not have got their hands on a draft of the Marmot report and waved it around during the campaign?
Some of the biggest policy blunders of the past 250 years can be blamed on Whitehall’s dominant department.
After five years of Boris Johnson’s comically ill-conceived projects, voters will want unflamboyant competence.
The parliamentary lobby fear losing their monopoly over political news. That’s a good thing.
Emma Tucker’s appointment as Sunday Times editor means that a record five national newspapers are now edited by women.
Even if half the planet’s population were burning, the global heating deniers would still blame a left-green conspiracy.