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Covid-19 update: Boris ‘in good spirits’ – but still in ICU

8 April 2020 2:58 am

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Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits cabinet, EasyJet grounded and postman soldiers on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, contracted the coronavirus disease Covid-19, as did Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. The Prince…

How much are people eating during lockdown?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

People power Boris Johnson said that the reaction to the coronavirus crisis showed ‘There really is such a thing as…

Letters: Why coronavirus is so hard to investigate

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Corona mysteries Sir: John Lee highlights the issue of dying of seasonal flu vs dying of coronavirus when assessing attributable…

One thing is missing from the government’s coronavirus response: an endgame

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The failures of Britain’s pandemic planning have been brutally exposed in the past few weeks. The scandalous lack of protective…

2448: Issues solution

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The novels are A Modern Utopia (anagram of AORTAE IMPOUND 17/5), The Time Machine (HEATHEN/MIMETIC 22/27), Tono-Bungay (BATON/YOUNG 29/31) and…

How much food have we really been stockpiling?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Time out When did British workers start being ‘furloughed’? The word furlough is first recorded in the English language in…

2447: No small matter solution

28 March 2020 9:00 am

BIG, the solution at 21D, can be associated with the ten unclued lights. First prize Elizabeth Shorter, St Austell, CornwallRunners-up…

Letters: Civilisation will survive coronavirus

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Covid questions Sir: I worry that Matt Ridley and others are trying to frighten us about Covid-19 (‘Like nothing we’ve…

The government must be as ready to remove restrictions as it was to impose them

28 March 2020 9:00 am

For days, the Prime Minister had been resisting the kind of measures which have placed many other countries into lockdown,…

Portrait of the week: Salmond cleared, Olympics postponed and Britain told to stay home

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus Sunday dawned with 233 people in the United Kingdom dead thus far from the coronavirus Covid-19 (a week earlier…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits pubs, offices, sport, the FTSE and Mount Everest

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus The government asked all people over 70 to cease from social contact for at least 12 weeks in order…

Where does ‘helicopter money’ come from?

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Taking off Who came up with the concept of ‘helicopter money’? — The term is derived from an essay in…

The cure to this crisis can be found in our communities

21 March 2020 9:00 am

For the Chancellor to produce an emergency bailout package just six days after delivering his Budget is an extraordinary state…

Letters | 21 March 2020

21 March 2020 9:00 am

British science Sir: Dr Fink is right that the UK bats well above its weight through curiosity-driven research (‘Back to…

2446: Spring time solution

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The omitted letters reveal SATURDAY THE TWENTY-NINTH OF FEBRUARY TWENTY TWENTY. First prize Lewis Osborne, Newton Mearns, Glasgow Runners-up G.H.…

Portrait of the week: Panic buying, Budget announcements and farewell to Harry and Meghan

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Home At the beginning of the week 319 people in the United Kingdom had been found to be suffering from…

Letters: The BBC licence fee is an anachronism

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Musical inspiration Sir: The interview with Antonio Pappano was splendid  for those of us who admire him in Australia but…

Is Boris about to abandon his own debt rules?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

It’s always tempting for governments to respond to economic trouble with a debt-fuelled spending splurge, but it’s a notoriously blunt…

2445: in other words II

14 March 2020 9:00 am

41/1A/10 is MISQUOTATION. 1D/24/33, 15, 34, and 38/16D are examples of common misquotations. First prize Dianne Parker, Dover, KentRunners-up Vincent…

The great Tory Budget giveaway

12 March 2020 1:08 am

It’s always tempting for governments to respond to economic trouble with a debt-fuelled spending splurge, but it’s a notoriously blunt…

The Tories cannot afford a war with the civil service

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Thirteen years ago, when John Reid became Home Secretary, he declared the ministry he presided over ‘not fit for purpose’.…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus plans, Boris’s baby and Priti Patel under fire

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Home After a Cobra emergency meeting about the coronavirus Covid-19, when the number of cases in the United Kingdom had…

Letters: We need career detectives, not fast-tracked officers

7 March 2020 9:00 am

We need career detectives Sir: Your lead article (Trial and error, 29 February) rightly condemns Tom Watson for pressurising police…

Is climate change making the weather more windy?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Heathrow’s nine runways When was a third runway for Heathrow first proposed? Heathrow was always planned to have multiple runways.…