The Week

The chilling truth about the Facebook advertising boycott

4 July 2020 9:00 am

The printed press is not a natural ally of Facebook. Silicon Valley publishers have hoovered up so much advertising that…

Letters: Police must focus on deterring crime, not responding to it

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Deterring crime Sir: Rod Liddle is right to highlight the politicisation of the police as a source of their inadequacies,…

Portrait of the week: Boris does press-ups, pubs reopen and Leicester locks down

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said he was ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’ and did press-ups to prove…

Leicester has a history of lockdowns

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Leicester lockdowns Leicester was forced to impose the first local lockdown, in response to a reported surge in cases of…

Tiberius and the ‘phantoms of liberty’

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Word has it that ministers already do not bother to argue their corner with the government’s inner ring, while a…

The left-wing case for Keir Starmer

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Do you remember where you were when the BBC showed a rerun of Bowie’s Glastonbury set? When we ask each…

Portrait of the week: Lockdown eases, debt rises and three killed in Reading

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Home Pubs in England would be allowed to reopen for table service from 4 July, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister,…

Britain is reopening. Now it needs rebuilding

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s announcement that pubs, restaurants and many other facilities will be able to re-open on 4 July amounts…

As V&A director, I won’t save Clive of India

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘Pray for us St Sebastian that we may deserve to pass through this pestilence,’ reads the inscription on a 15th-century…

Which former prime minister earns the most for corporate speeches?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Voyage into history How did the Labour government respond to the arrival of the Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948?…

What can Roman outbreaks of malaria teach us about Covid?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

When Covid-19 first appeared, its similarity to Sars made some assume it could not mount a pandemic; others that it…

Letters: Churches have risen to the challenge of lockdown

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Back to schools Sir: I share Lucy Kellaway’s enthusiasm for seeing school-life return and inequality gaps closed (‘A class apart’,…

Portrait of the week: Statues, steroids and support bubbles

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Home Britain went into a frenzy of iconoclasm. The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was hidden by the…

Britain must begin its recovery – before more damage is done

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The discovery in Britain that a £5 steroid, dexamethasone, can be effective in treating Covid marks a potential breakthrough in…

We are living through a frenzy of conformity

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Reality seems thinner these days. As I walk along the high street, passers-by drift apart as though afraid of crossing…

Made to measure: where did the metre come from?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Made to measure The government started reviewing whether we should stay two metres apart while social distancing or whether one…

Why stop at destroying statues?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The actor John Cleese has been wondering if we should destroy Greek statues because Greeks believed ‘a cultured society was…

Letters: Did Bristol really want to see Colston fall?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Hong Kong’s success Sir: Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson are right to compare the UK’s Covid-19 response with Hong Kong’s…

Who is most likely to be killed by police in the US?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Colston chronicles Who, exactly, was Sir Edward Colston? Colston was born into a family of merchants and spent the…

Social distancing destroys our lives as social beings

13 June 2020 9:00 am

A lockdown diary is an oddly negative thing. At the dinner parties that we aren’t going to, we aren’t discussing…

It’s time for Boris Johnson to take back control

13 June 2020 9:00 am

There is a grim inevitability to the trickle of round-robin letters from scientists who feel aggrieved at the government’s handling…

Portrait of the week: Schools stay shut, Colston tumbles and bell tolls for Japan’s bike bells

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Home The government lurched uncertainly in dealing with coronavirus. Not all years in primary schools would after all return before…

Letters: What Hong Kong really needs from Britain

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Hong Kong’s future Sir: So we have a moral duty to protect the people of Hong Kong and guide them…

Letters: the NHS shutdown is hurting patients and costing lives

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Poor treatment Sir: My recent experience supports Dr Max Pemberton’s view that the NHS is letting down thousands of patients…

Has Covid-19 evolved to become less deadly?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Covid deaths Has Covid-19 evolved to become less deadly? — Global infections reached a new peak on 29 May, with…