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The pandemic’s invisible victims

4 July 2020 9:00 am

I sometimes pick up some food at Tesco for an 86-year-old pensioner who lives a few streets over. At the…

How Keir Starmer has reshaped Labour

4 July 2020 9:00 am

For the first time in 13 years, the public, when polled, think a Labour leader would make the best prime…

To understand the past, you need to inhabit it for a while

4 July 2020 9:00 am

‘It’s no go my honey love, it’s no go my poppet; Work your hands from day to day, the winds…

Don’t play a game you can’t win

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Of all the people who have made cash in the past month, few can have raked it in like Robin…

Will the shock of Covid change anything?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this month, a curious report caught my attention. Apparently there exists no rigorously established evidence that electric shock therapy,…

Why Biden might be better for Brexit Britain

27 June 2020 9:00 am

At the best of times, US presidential elections require the British government to walk a tightrope. In 1992, a Tory…

Political pandering won’t prevent Covid deaths

27 June 2020 9:00 am

When the media have gone large on the conclusions of an overpoweringly tedious report, one of the biggest favours a…

Does anyone think Boris has handled this well?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

I don’t know what’s happened to our football hooligans. The modern malaise, I suppose. A gradual descent into ineffectuality. Back…

Why ‘football thugs’ want to defend statues

20 June 2020 9:00 am

‘Saturday the 13th … everyone’s out to go up town to do Antifa. Loads of West Ham, Millwall, Chelsea, Arsenal,…

Is a Brexit deal within reach?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Trade talks between the UK and the EU are in a better place than they have been at any point…

This could have been a great opportunity for the Church

20 June 2020 9:00 am

During these months of inertia, I confess to having on occasion made illicit trips to churches in the English countryside.…

Marching against racism is too easy

13 June 2020 9:00 am

When I first saw the footage of George Floyd being asphyxiated by a policeman’s knee on his throat, my reaction…

Normality won’t return until schools do

13 June 2020 9:00 am

From Monday, you will be required by law to wear a face covering on public transport. Paradoxically, this is a…

The closing down of debate worries me most

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Eastern Orthodox Church has decided that yoga is incompatible with Christianity. This is an enormous problem for me, as…

The dying need real conversation, not false cheeriness

13 June 2020 9:00 am

A nurse friend recently finished six weeks in a Covid intensive care unit where she witnessed many deaths and always…

Toppling a statue isn’t erasing history – it’s writing it

13 June 2020 9:00 am

I couldn’t disagree more with Sir Keir Starmer (it was ‘completely wrong,’ ‘it shouldn’t have been done in that way’)…

Whitehall on trial: how the government is preparing for the Covid inquiry

6 June 2020 9:00 am

During the pandemic, Nicola Sturgeon has developed a reputation for announcing things just before the UK government does. But there…

The real problem with Newsnight

6 June 2020 9:00 am

The Twitter feed of BBC Newsnight editor Esme Wren (remember, I read this stuff so you don’t have to) is…

Why are street protestors exempt from the corona clause?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

It is nearly four years since Black Lives Matter had their first major protest in London. Emulating their US counterparts,…

There’s no point in bishops – Covid has shown us so

6 June 2020 9:00 am

It is a relief to parents that young children are allowed out a bit now as the length of the…

We can’t see the wood for the trees

30 May 2020 9:00 am

I was relieved to discover, earlier this week, that the Prime Minister’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, was a symbol of…

Why has coronavirus fled London?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

My partner, Julian, hovered at my shoulder on Friday as I tapped out my Times Saturday column (about travel quarantine).…

It’s not only Cummings whose fate is at stake

30 May 2020 9:00 am

When the cabinet met by conference call on Monday, three ministers spoke in support of Dominic Cummings: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Suella…

The genius of Alfred Hitchcock

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Nobody earns the right to respect just by having lived into old age, whenever that begins — it has happened…

Is living without risk really living at all?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Taking my life in my hands — as we all do when getting out of bed — I walked along…